Join us aboard M/V Bold Ranger to photograph the very best of Hebridean wildlife, landscapes and seascapes.
The iconic town of Tobermory will be our home for the week. From there we will embark upon daily excursions to explore Hebridean seas and islands with an emphasis on capturing the wonderfully diverse flora and fauna along with their natural surroundings.
Ewan Miles from Nature Scotland will be your on board photography specialist, providing guidance and assistance throughout the tour.
While out at sea we regularly see minke whales, basking sharks, common & bottlenose dolphins, plus a myriad of wonderful seabirds both at sea and ashore.
We will stop in remote anchorages for lunch, giving you time to discover and photograph the idyllic islands such as Staffa, Lunga, Ulva, Coll, Tiree, Muck, Eigg and the Isle of Mull.
Our adventure starts in the picturesque village of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. After spending the first night in your comfortable accommodation, you will join us aboard our vessel, M/V Bold Ranger, for our first day at sea. We will return to Tobermory each evening and the five days of the holiday will involve a mixture of time at sea and on land, covering a variety of the locations described below.
MullThe fourth largest Scottish island with over 300 miles of coastline and a wonderful mixture of landscapes. From the rugged ridges of Ben More and the black basalt crags of Burg to the blinding white sand, rose pink granite and emerald waters that fringe the Ross, Mull can lay claim to some of the finest and most varied scenery in the Inner Hebrides.
Noble raptors such as golden eagles and white-tailed eagle soar over the mountains and coast.
StaffaThe island is best known for the world renowned geological site of interest, Fingal′s Cave! The solidified lava pillars are incredibly photogenic along with its surrounding seascapes. On top of the exposed rock formations is a wonderful plateau of rich wild flower coastal meadows with a diverse range of flora, butterflies and even one of the UK′s rarest breeding birds ‐ the corncrake!
LungaLunga, one of the Treshnish Isles, has been described as ′a green jewel in a peacock sea′.. Populated until the 19th century, Lunga still bears the remains of historic blackhouses. To the northeast of the island lies the remains of the ruined village, which was abandoned in 1857.
The natural heritage of the island is very special and is designated a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) due to the diversity of plant and bird life. The ′seabird cities′ are breath-taking and provide endless photography opportunities to capture species including puffin, guillemot, razorbill, kittiwake, fulmar and great skua.
CollThe beautiful island four miles to the west of Mull is populated by only two hundred people. It is well-known for its prolonged stretches of white-shell beaches, secluded bays and unique ecosystems which include very rare bird, reptile and invertebrate species.
Just off the spectacular coastline is a wonderful example of completed marine ecosystems with minke whales, common dolphins, basking sharks and harbour porpoise showcasing why Hebridean seas are among the richest in Europe.
Inch KennethInch Kenneth lies a short distance off the coast of Mull, nearby Gribun rocks. The island is fifty five hectares in area and is Geologically different from the rest of Mull. Inch Kenneth is one of the most historically important islands in Scotland; along with Iona, this island has a significant number of important burials of the Kings of Scotland. The island (Innis Choinnich) was named after St Kenneth, who founded a monastery there.
Inch Kenneth has had a diverse range of owners ‐ in the mid 20th Century the owners were the notorious and aristocratic Mitford family. The island is currently owned by relations to Charles Darwin.
The natural history is just as impressive, with exposed sedimentary foundations around the coast and wonderful views back toward Mull′s ′skyscraper′ coastline.
EiggOne of the four ′Small Isles′, Eigg is another example of extraordinary geo-diversity in the Hebrides with its prominent volcanic pitchstone ridge providing exquisite scenery. Eigg has a very dramatic coastline, including some spectacular sea caves.
Deciduous woodland, moorland and agriculture make up the beautiful unspoilt landscapes on the island along with panoramic seascapes all around, from the never-ending West Highland peaks to the mountainous elevation of Rum and Skye.
Over a hundred species of birds have been recorded here, including golden eagle, peregrine, hen harrier and short-eared owl.
MuckTurn your clocks back 40 years on arrival, this island has a very traditional feel about it, with a small community of around 30 residents. Privately owned, it is managed as a farm, for agriculture, sport and tourism.
Photography opportunities present themselves with the beautiful old-fashioned building designs among a community of solitude and tradition.
Corncrakes can be heard in the iris beds and meadows with May being the best month for photography opportunities.
Ulva′Wolf island′ as the Vikings named it, has a wealth of wildlife to enjoy, including the endemic slender scotch burnett moth (only found on Mull and Ulva) and the internationally scarce marsh fritillary. Ulva has a beautiful expanse of native woodland surrounded by raised skylines which are often owned by the resident eagles.
We will check some otter foraging grounds surrounding the east of the island in an attempt to encounter the elusive mustelids.
Shown above is a typical itinerary for this cruise.This can be subject to change, due to weather, wildlife or other considerations.
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