For the holiday of a lifetime cruise the Scottish Hebrides aboard the sturdy beautiful St Hilda: incredible scenery, rare wildlife, quiet anchorages, great range of activities and delicious food. For six guests there are three warm and comfortable cabins: a double en-suite, a twin en-suite and two single berths with adjacent toilet and shower rooms.
See Staffa Daily on Iolaire leaving Fionnphort at 10am or 2pm or Iona at 9:45am or 1:45pm. This 3 hour trip allows you at least one hour ashore on Staffa to see Fingal's Cave and Sea life. Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment but payment is made on board. Phone 01681 700358/07591 060267
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Even on a brief visit to Mull it will soon become obvious that this is an outstanding place to see wildlife. Red deer roam the hills. Eagles and Buzzards soar over the skylines. Seals and otters can be seen in many of the bays and inlets. Mull's blend of mountains, coastline, moorland and bogs is a wonderful habitat for both flora and fauna. Click on the links for more detailed information.
Red deer are seen on the hills and in the many forests here. Fallow deer inhabit the wooded area around Gruline and Salen and wild white goats are found from Grass Point in the south-east down to the Ross of Mull in the south-west.
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Mull is one of the best places in Europe to see whales and dolphins. The waters around Mull are home to bottlenose dolphins, minke whales and harbour porpoises. Risso's dolphins, killer whales, common dolphins and Atlantic white-sided dolphins are also common visitors to the area. For more information on whales and dolphins in Scotland and the best places to see them on Mull, visit the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust's Marine Discovery Centre in Tobermory.
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Lizards can be found basking in the sun on dry stone dykes and slow worms sunning themselves on the grass and moss. Frogs are plentiful and there is also a healthy population of both toads and newts. Grass snakes and adders do well here, too.
Notable absentees are foxes and squirrels
Beautiful dragonflies are regular visitors to ponds and bogs in the summer and there are always plenty of colourful butterflies and moths to be seen, along with their creepy crawly, hairy caterpillars.
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Mull, Iona and the surrounding islands support a varied range of birdlife. The rarer birds to be seen are the Corncrake and the White-tailed Eagle or Sea Eagle.
Wildlife expeditions with local experts are available on the island, picking up from either the ferry or from hotels. This is certainly the way to make the best of a wildlife visit and saves a lot of research and effort.
Find out more about Wildlife Tours and Walks.
Read more about birds on Mull (PDF)