Visitors to Mull and Iona have a lot of choice for land based wildlife trips on Mull. Spending a day or half day on a wildlife tour at the start of your holiday is a great way to discover more about local wildlife. But also, in taking a tour and being driven by a guide, you are helping reduce fuel consumption, which is good for the environment.
The tour operators are very knowledgeable, both of the island itself and of its wildlife. There are no guarantees but tour guides know where to go to ensure the best chance to see key species.
Nature Scotland is based near us in Dervaig, and is run by Ewan Miles. Ewan is an extremely knowledgeable guide. I have only been on one of his half day tours but it was fascinating and the only thing we didn’t see was an Adder! He offers a range of tours, including one to Ardnamurchan, which I am desperate to do!
Mull Magic offers the chance to explore Mull and Iona on foot. Ruth Fleming is a very knowledgeable guide and her groups always look very happy! She offers a Corncrake walk on Iona, as well as a walk on Ulva and several on Mull itself. It is worth talking to her too, if you are staying here without a car, about alternative pick up points.
Other tour operators
I have concentrated in this blog on land based wildlife trips on Mull operating in our immediate area between here and Tobermory. There are others. Have a look at the Visit Mull and Iona website for a list of tour operators based further afield from here.