Wildlife Cruise – Mull
The Majestic Line has announced a new one-off Mull Wildlife Cruise departing April 30th from Oban in Argyll with wildlife specialists on board.
What makes this cruise extra special is that, in addition to the four crew, there are two wildlife specialists on board The Glen Tarsan to spot birds, mammals and marine species. Dr Matt Oliver is an ecologist with a great talent for spotting and identifying birds and mammals. Dr Rachel Bell is a marine biologist with a passion for marine species.
The Island of Mull is outstanding for its natural environment and remarkable range of wildlife. The itinerary takes in many wilderness areas which are very scenic as well as providing the best opportunity to see as many species as possible. Anchorages are chosen for their tranquillity and natural habitat. A major attraction in May is the proximity of nesting puffins and other seabirds on the offshore islands, including the Treshnish Isles. Porpoises, dolphins, otters, white-tailed and golden eagles and many other bird species can be spotted all around Mull at any month of the season.
The Majestic Line cruises are famed for the gourmet cuisine served up by the onboard chef, using the best of fresh ingredients sourced from Argyll and the Hebrides and the personal attention from the crew, who provide a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.
Typical stopovers and anchorage on this cruise are:
• Loch Spelve: Anchor in Loch Spelve on Mull, well known for sighting otters, with the opportunity to take a shore walk under a canopy of ancient oak forest. White-tailed eagles are frequently seen circling on the hills behind the loch
• Tobermory: Go ashore for a woodland walk with some spectacular waterfalls in Aros Park, home to a variety of woodland birds. Visit the shag colony at the waterfall in the harbour
• Lunga: Go ashore to get close to nesting puffins and other birds from April to July. Puffins have a relaxed attitude to humans – they seem to know that having people near the nests prevents predation by gulls
• Ulva and Gometra: An idyllic anchorage between the isles of Ulva and Gometra where seals, red deer and feral goats can be viewed from the boat. On shore, sightings of white-tailed eagles and peregrine falcons are frequent
• Fingal’s Cave: Take a trip into Fingal’s Cave on Staffa in the boat tender for an unforgettable view of the rock formations; the isle is also a haven for wildlife
• Iona: Dolphins are often seen in Iona sound and the elusive corncrake is often heard. A visit to the Abbey is an opportunity not to be missed