The Isle of Mull Custom Birdwatching Trips Tour For Two 22nd – 28th May 2021

Tobermorry Mull

The Isle of Mull famous for its Eagles and Otters and the only town - Tobermory.

Awesome White-tailed Eagle right overhead just a totally wow moment!

We collected Chris and Carla from Glasgow Airport on the morning of the 22nd May to head up to the Isle of Mull for their custom tour for two. The weather was lovely as we drove north and were soon in spectacular scenery. Our first stop was for lunch at Inverarary – a lovely seaside village – and we watched breeding plumaged Red-throated Diver, Red-breasted Mergansers, Eider and Shags and a superb lunch.

Black Guillemot 2

We enjoyed seeing lots of Black Guillemots on this wonderful custom tour for two.

More great scenery took us to Oban where we were to catch the ferry over to the Isle of Mull. We had time for a look around Oban and enjoyed super views of Black Guillemots in the sunshine. Then onto the ferry for the fairly short crossing to the island, we rolled off the ferry and a few minutes later we were watching our first of many White-tailed Eagles, fantastic. Common Sandpiper and Ringed Plover were on the beach here and Atlantic grey seals were hauled out on the rocks a wonderful start to our visit to the Isle of Mull. A short drive took us to our beautiful B&B set in private grounds with stunning views across to the mountains of the mainland – perfect. Then into nearby Tobermory for a great pub meal on the quayside before heading back to the B&B.

Few birds can compare to a White-tailed Eagle especially when seen up close and personal!

We spent the week exploring the beautiful Isle of Mull in a range of conditions from torrential rain to glorious sunshine with millpond seas, we certainly had variety. The wildlife performed whatever the weather and we had so many sightings of magnificent White-tailed Eagles including making two kills – rare to see one kill so two in such a short space of time was so lucky. On one of the perfect days for weather we took a boat trip on the clam sea with the bluest sky possible above and had the closest views possible of these monster birds of prey right alongside the boat – a lot of photos were taken. We also looked on in awe at Golden Eagles such wonderful raptors and were able to enjoy them alongside their even bigger cousins the White-tailed Eagles.

We had two amazing encounters with otters, the Isle of Mull is equally famous for its otters as it is its eagles, Chris spotted the first one a big male making his way down the beach and into a sea loch. Luckily he was in the mood to show off and dived for fish close in and caught one after several dives eating it on the surface – what a wonderful encounter. Later in the tour Ruth picked out an otter on a seaweed covered rock and we quickly set up the Leica telescopes to watch this lovely animal. We needn’t have hurried the otter was totally chilled out grooming his thick fur, yawning and resting on the rock in full view. We watched and watched until finally we decided to move on leaving the otter still in full view but now dozing in the sun on his rock. Not very often we get to leave an otter in full view and drive away so lucky with this wonderful animal.

Hen Harriers are another of the Isle of Mull’s famous attractions and we had some of our best ever views of these spectacular birds of prey on this tour. One evening after a really delicious meal we walked down to a beautiful inlet with spectacular views out to the west and as we stood drinking in the vista a superb adult male Hen Harrier floated past so close. What an unforgettable moment to see such a stunning bird in the evening sun in such a wonderful location – just perfect. The sunset that followed was one of the best any of us had ever seen just breath-taking.

No matter how bad the weather Atlantic Puffins always make us all smile.

We took a boat trip out to The Treshnish Islands, six hours on the boat, which was an “experience” shall we say, sadly the weather was grim with rain and strong cold winds. But even despite the awful conditions we did see plenty of wildlife – seabirds from the boat included Arctic Terns, Manx Shearwaters and Gannets and ashore we had hundreds if not thousands of Puffins at our feet! What a magical experience to be so close to these delightful comical seabirds. Also on the island were Fulmars, Razorbills, Common Guillemots, Great Skuas and a single Twite. But we didn’t linger very long as the weather was so grim, but as a reward for sticking it out on the way back a pod of bottle-nosed dolphins came right alongside us giving fantastic looks at these huge dolphins a real thrill and we all forgot the cold and rain.

The Puffins were intent on going about their daily lives and totally ignored us just a few away.

Wonderful weather for our visit to the adjacent island of Iona and it's famous Abbey.

We also visited the neighbouring island of Iona just a few minutes by ferry from the Isle of Mull. Again we enjoyed one of those perfect days with cobalt blue sky, warm sunshine and not a breath of wind. Chris and Carla had asked if we could include a visit to the famous Abbey here and of course we could on this custom tour. Alan ducked out of the Abbey tour and explored the island a little hearing several Corncrakes and finding a family of Twite, Carla and Ruth also heard calling Corncrake near the Abbey. Iona is a lovely island and we will certainly include it in future summer tours to the Isle of Mull.

Team Isle of Mull May 2021 - Carla, Chris, Alan and Ruth.

So much more was enjoyed on this super week including lots of Cuckoos, Great Northern Divers in full breeding plumage, common seals, red deer, carpets of bluebells and some of the very best scenery the UK has to offer. We would love you to join us on a Birdwatching Trips tour to the Isle of Mull either a set departure tour or as Chris and Carla did on a custom tour perfect to suit you!

Just one of the so many stunning views on the Isle of Mull - come and join us!

Of course a wonderful way to see more birds is to join one of our Birdwatching Trips and learn a lot about the birds you are enjoying too. We have tours suitable for all from beginners to experienced birders that are seeking particular species. Just drop us a line here and we can arrange a perfect custom tour for you!

We look forward to enjoying wonderful birds with you as soon as it is safe.

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