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Inner Hebrides

We shall visit the Ardnamurchan peninsula’s ancient oak woodland enroute to Oban, where our adventure really begins. In the morning we shall catch the ferry to Coll, our base for three nights. From here we shall be taking three pelagic excursions to various locations in search of the magnificent Basking Shark, as well as other sea dwelling mammals and birds.

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LeadersSally Nowell and Kate Mennie

Day 1Meet at hotel in Inverness - 1 night Premier Inn, Inverness
Day 2Drive to Mallaig birding enroute - 2 nights West Highland Hotel, Mallaig
Day 3Drive to Arisaig, boat trip to Rum/Eigg
Day 4Travel to Oban via Ardnamurchan and Glenborrodale - 1 night Oban Bay Hotel, Oban
Day 5Early ferry to Coll, boat trip around the island for rest of the day - 2 nights Tigh na Mara Guest House, Coll
Day 6Boat trip for the whole day including landing on Tiree
Day 7Boat trip for the whole day, evening ferry from Coll to Oban - 1 night Oban Bay Hotel, Oban
Day 8Drive back to Inverness - 1 night Premier Inn, Inverness
Day 9Depart Inverness

WeatherWe can experience all the seasons during this trip and at times it can be windy and cold especially at sea, so please be prepared for all conditions and weather, with potential temperatures between (5°-25°C)
WalkingCoastal walks on uneven terrain of up to three miles - walking boots recommended, but trainers or even sandals suitable on some occasions. Collapsible/telescopic walking poles could be useful for this trip
Boat TripsBe prepared for all weathers on our boat trips. Waterproof clothes including gloves are recommended. As a precaution, you may wish to bring seasickness medication with you. Toilet onboard
MealsAll included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9
InsectsBiting insects can be a problem at this time of year in certain conditions, so come prepared with insect repellant
AccomDouble, twin and single rooms all ensuite. Private or shared bathroom in some rooms on Coll.

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