Argyll Islands

Mull and Iona

Mull is well known for its golden and sea eagles as well as otters and red deer thanks to recent appearances on BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch. It has a rich history to explore as well as a distillery, castles, narrow gauge railway and gardens. It also provides access to the idyllic island of Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Britain and one of the best places to hear corncrakes calling.

Islay, Jura and Colonsay

Islay lies off the Kintyre Peninsula and is a peaceful and less developed holiday location, with equally rich wildlife and natural beauty. Take the ferry from Islay over to Jura, home to many more red deer than people and of course the striking Paps and a distillery. From Jura you can look out to the smaller island Colonsay, a compact community that provides a restful holiday haven to returning guests each year.

Coll and Tiree

Coll and Tiree are reknowned for their sandy beaches and flower rich grasslands (machair). Come and see what makes these wonderful islands so special. Being the most westerly of the Argyll Islands, they have a strong identity of their own.

Gigha

The low lying and fertile island of Gigha shows how successful a community buy-out can be, and its hotel, gardens and cottages make it an ideal holiday destination.

Kerrera and Lismore

Closer in to the scottish mainland and accessible by ferry from Oban lie the islands of Kerrera and Lismore. Both are perfect for a day trip or come and enjoy their tranquility for a little longer.

The Slate Islands

South of Oban lie the islands of Luing, Seil and Easdale, known collectively as the Slate Islands. Once the site of busy quarries they are now quiet and scenic, with spectacular views to the island sof the west.

Bute

Bute lies off the Cowal Peninsula and being closer to the Scottish Central Belt is a very popular holiday destination. It is more developed than the westerly islands, and perfect for a day trip as well as a longer break.

Argyll Charters

One to four hour wildlife watching trips on board the purpose built catamaran Mara Mhor. Based in Oban, tours include the Creag Islands, Lismore, Kerrera, Corrywreckan Whirlpool and the Firth of Lorn. Also full day whale and dolphin safari from Oban up the Sound of Mull to Tobermory.

Coll of the Wild

Isle of Coll Tel 01879 230241/402 Exclusive wildlife holidays throughout the year on the beautiful Hebridean islands of Coll & Tiree. Come and experience the wealth of wildlife on these stunning islands, including corncrakes, breeding waders, raptors, orchid-studded machair, rare plants, wintering wildfowl, divers, great yellow bumblebee, whales and dolphins, basking sharks, seals & otters. […]

Guideliner Hebridean Wildlife Cruises

Near Oban Tel 01470 532393 Six day cruises leaving from Dunstaffnage, near Oban. Covers west coast and inner isles. www.guideliner.co.uk

Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions

Ulva Ferry, Isle of Mull. Tel 01688 500121 The Island of Mull is one of the most diverse wildlife destinations in the world and your trip is designed to maximise your chances of seeing golden eagles, otters, white tailed sea eagles, porpoise, hen harriers and a whole host of fascinating Hebridean wildlife. www.torrbuan.com

Sea Life Surveys

Dervaig, Isle of Mull. Tel 01688 302 916 Whale watching, wildlife and sightseeing boat trips on a daily basis from the Isle of Mull. www.sealifesurveys.com