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Mull and Kintyre

Venture into unknown Argyll, with hidden corners and the chance of Beaver, through to the majesty of Mull with its high density of eagles, to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond! The west coast at the best time of year, from the comfort of three delightful waterside hotels, where the wildlife can be viewed from the windows. Includes minibus transport and mixed level walking plus a boat trip to offshore seabird colonies on rougher terrain.

"There were so many highlights, but we really enjoyed the ‘Island experiences’. Each island has its own particular feel, the rugged beauty of Lunga with its confiding seabird colonies, the stark basalt spendour of Staffa (our place of the trip) and the gentle beauty of Iona. One of the absolute highlights was enjoying our packed lunch on Iona, whilst listening to the repeated calls of a Corncrake" Maggie and John Tester, 2021

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LeadersJulian Sykes and Ailie Brown

Day 1Arrive in Glasgow, travel West to Lochgilphead - 3 nights at Grey Gull Hotel.
Day 2-3Wildlife and birdwatching exploration throughout Argyll and Bute.
Day 4Journey through stunning scenery, before catching the ferry to Mull - 5 nights at Isle of Mull Hotel.
Day 5-8Wildlife and birdwatching exploration on Mull, including a boat trip to the Treshnish Isles.
Day 9Ferry back to the mainland then drive to Loch Lomond birdwatching enroute - 1 night at Loch Lomond Arms Hotel.
Day 10Leave Loch Lomond for Glasgow.

WeatherMixture of sun and showers, but cooler on boat trips and in the mountains (10°- 25°).
WalkingMost walks are 1-2 miles on wide sandy tracks, although there is the possibility of a forest walk of up to 4 miles. Walks on Lunga and Staffa, although approx only 1 mile long, are more challenging and only suitable for those with good mobility and balance. Walking boots will be needed.
Boat TripsOur boat trip to Lunga lasts 6 hours, including 3 hours onshore. Our trip to Iona is a short 10 min ferry ride.
InsectsBiting midges will be encountered.
MealsAll included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 10.
AccomGrey Gull Hotel, Isle of Mull Hotel and The Inn on Loch Lomond - double, twin and single rooms all ensuite.