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Tours / Wild Mull 2019

Join myself and Jackie Walker, my co-guide, for the week on the wonderful Isle of Mull. This trip is now in it’s 8th year and continues to be a firm favourite with guests, many returning for a second time such is the appeal of Mull and it’s abundant wildlife.

One of the many highlights will be an extended trip to the island of Lunga in the Treshnish Isles. This stunning little island is a seabird spectacular with Shags, Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes and of course everyone’s favourite – Puffins, thousands of them.  Normal boat trips only stay max 2 hours on the island, our stay will be extended well beyond that and into the late summer evening allowing 6 hours plus photographing time.

Mull is renowned for its population of White Tailed Sea Eagles so to give our guests the best possible chance to see and photograph these huge impressive birds we will charter our own boat which will only have our own group on board giving plenty space for everyone to enjoy this experience.

Through out rest of time we will explore various other parts of the island in search of a variety of species, our main targets being red deer, waders like common sandpiper and snipe, herons & otters (please not this tour is a multi species trip and although otters are something we aim to find they are not our only focus) also many enchanting small bird’s like stonechats and meadow pipits will be possible. Of course we will always be on look out for the likes of Hen Harriers and Short Eared Owls that we do come across on occasions, although these encounters are problematic photography wise. These excursions will be split into two (2 guests per guide and vehicle) allowing more space in vehicles and better chances when we encounter wildlife. Mull is an extremely scenic island so of course any landscape opportunities will not be overlooked either. Each small group will rotate between myself and Jackie so equal amount time will be spent with each of us.

The tour will begin on the Sunday evening over dinner and full photography days will start on the Monday through till departure after breakfast on the Friday morning.. Days are very long at this time year allowing photography up 9-30pm and later. So to ensure we do not burn ourselves out on the non boat trip days we will take a few hours down time in the middle part of the day to relax and recharge batteries.

Our accommodation is of a very high standard in a modern large house in a stunning location with great views. Each guest will have their own private room (no sharing). With group size only being 4 guests and many occasions these being split into 2s you can be assured of almost 1-1 attention from myself and Jackie who will do our utmost to make this trip a memorable one for you.

Below is a basic itinerary of how the tour will play out but please note this could change due to weather conditions or any other unforeseen circumstances, which may result in days being switched around to suit.

Day 1 Arrival evening Guests arrive at the house 5pm on the Sunday evening, get unpacked introduced to everyone and settled in before dinner at 7-30pm where we will give you a briefing about the days to come. 

Day 2 Monday-  We normally schedule the Lunga boat trip this day. We take the boat out to island where we will spend an extended stay on island photographing Puffins, Guilimots , Razorbills, Kittiwake, Shags. The boat leaves with the rest of the people from the normal trip after approximately an hour and half after which we will basically have the island to our selves until the boat returns to collect us around 8-30pm. Lunga is a wonderful little island and the seabirds are very approachable offering fantastic opportunities for a wide range of images. Planning this as our first day gives us flexibility to swap days and reschedule later in week if the boat is unable to sail due to weather and sea conditions.

Day 3 Tuesday-  Today we will board the Lady Jayne for the Sea Eagle boat trip where we exclusively have the boat for our own group, so it will be just the 6 of us compared to the usual 12. This is a very thrilling experience, seeing these huge birds soar above you then swooping down to catch fish is something you do not forget in a hurry. We spend around 3 hours or so on the boat then return home for lunch. In the evening we will split into groups of 2s between Jackie and myself in which we will take drives round various pars of the island that we know have a chance to photograph a wide range of subjects like red deer, red shank, common sandpiper, curlew, snipe and hopefully otters. Also Hen Harrier and Short Eared Owl are possible but very problematic photographic wise but some guests have had pictures in the past.

Days 4 & 5 Wednesday & Thursday-  These days will involve early pre breakfast trips out which will be similar to the Tuesday evening format however we rotate areas so that you will visit a different location from previous evening/morning. Again we will be on look out for all the species mentioned for the Tuesday evening. Each day we will return for late breakfast/ brunch then you get some down time during the days. Depending on weather and tides we may venture out during this time for a short spell to explore other parts of the island before returning back to house for early dinner. This will then allow us time for extended evening drive outs the same as morning, which will take us right up till late evening when the light goes. If you like landscape photography there will be chances for this over these days as well, if the light allows and it’s something you want to do, if not we will concentrate on wildlife.

Day 6 Friday  Breakfast will be at 8am, or before if you have earlier ferry, and departure from house is by 10am.

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Cost: £1299 per person

Deposit: Non refundable deposit of £300 to secure place. Final balance due 8 weeks prior to trip.

Guide(s): Neil McIntyre and Jackie Walker

Group Size: 4 guests per trip

Tour Dates

Trip 1: Arrive Mull evening Sunday 16th June 2019 - depart morning Friday 21st June 2019. (Full)

Trip 2: Arrive Mull evening Sunday 23rd June 2019 – depart morning Friday 28th June 2019. (Full)

Please email to register interest for 2020 tours.

Included

  • Full board accommodation.
  • Transport on island on duration of trip.
  • All boat trips on duration of trip.

Not Included

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel to / from Mull (ie Oban to Craignure on Mull ferry)
  • Travel insurance
  • Any personal items.

Equipment

  • Digital DSLR or Mirrorless type system.
  • Minimum 300mm telephoto lens on a cropped sensor or a 500mm is ideal.
  • 100-400mm or similar type zooms also very suitable.
  • Shorter lens for landscape work like a 24-70mm also useful for wider shots of Puffins on Lunga.
  • Tripod and cable release.
  • Any teleconverters.
  • Spare batteries and charger and extra memory cards.
Clothing
  • Good walking boots.
  • Waterproof Jacket and trousers.
  • Hat
  • Fleece.
  • Insect repellant.

Fitness

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There is very little walking required on this tour as most days your photography will be done either from a car or a boat. The only exception to this is the Lunga day, whereupon arrival at Lunga you will need to negotiate a short walk over the boulder beach. This beach can be slippery on occasion however you will receive assistance if required. This is followed by a short walk up a very short but relatively steep slope to reach the Seabirds.