May is a good month to visit the Treshnish Islands.
The month of May always seems to me to be full of promise – new leaves and foliage are bursting forth, splashing colour onto trees and bushes. The Primroses are still in bloom and Bluebells carpet the woods, filling the air with their heady sweet scent. Wild garlic is plentiful here, and guests are welcome to forage and make their own wild garlic pesto, or use it to flavour soups. Some migrating birds, the Red Throated Diver and the Great Northern Diver, are still around.
The sailing season has begun and you can spot the yachts appearing round Treshnish Point on their way to the Treshnish islands.
Lambing finishes in the middle of May, and on Beltane (May 1st) the bull joins the cows and their calves to enjoy the spring grass. We control where they graze carefully in order to protect ground nesting birds and to allow wild flowers to set seed. For 6 weeks until the middle of June we do not allow stock into certain fields and in some herb rich fields we do not cut silage until August.
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