Here we are already – the busy Whitsun bank holiday weekend on Mull. Where have the last few months gone! We have a full changeover of guests this weekend. Many of last week’s guests were reluctant to leave, they had had the most wonderful time. One couple booked before they left to come for 2 weeks next year. Another, a keen birdwatcher was delighted to have seen 99 species on the island during their week here, and half of those were whilst out walking here on Treshnish!
New guests who arrived last night were excited looking forward to the week ahead. Some were already prepared and had booked various boat trips before they arrived, but we were able to share the Turus Mara 10% discount for Treshnish guests to those who hadn’t arranged anything yet. There have been lots of dolphin/porpoise sightings around the island this last week – visitors to Tobermory were treated to a display of breaching and rolling harbour porpoise right in amongst the boats moored in the bay, and we watched a family slowly make their way along the coast near the Whisky Cave – guests then saw them below the house. Magical!
The forecast for this bank holiday weekend on Mull is pretty good – warm and dry with lots of sunny spells. Farmer is busy getting the last loads of dung (farmyard manure) on to the fields and we are having outdoor painting done on windows and porches whilst the weather is good! The grass is finally growing in the fields, and the wild flowers are beginning to flourish. I saw the first Wood Bitter vetch in the Haunn field which was lovely. I think it might be flowering a bit earlier than last year! There is plenty of Thrift along the rocky shore line all around the headland, flowering like pink pin cushions high up on sheer cliff-faces as well as on rocks at sea level.
The sun is setting over the Isle of Coll at the moment, almost directly opposite the Treshnish Cottages. The Aurora season has finished until August, but I am now on the look-out for Noctilucent clouds! I am planning to sneak aboard a boat trip to the Treshnish Isles soon – so many lovely images of them online, and so many porpoise/dolphin sightings.. too good an opportunity to miss – I might even persuade Farmer to come with me.