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Idyllic Islay

Date: February 2018

Join us on the idyllic inner Hebridean  Isle of Islay for a  4-day birding and wildlife holiday and blow those winter blues away.

This is one of the best times to visit if you want to see a good number of geesechoughs, hen harriers and eagles and there’s a good chance of otters and seals too.

We will be staying just outside Bowmore at a well-equipped and comfortable lodge with views over heather-clad hills and a burn below where otters and grey herons can be seen. The lodge has 5 twin en-suite bedrooms and a spacious living area with TV, DVD player and open fireplace. You will be catered for by us with breakfast ,a packed lunch and home-cooked evening meal with the option of one evening out at one of the local restaurants or hotels. Special diets will be catered for – please advise on booking.

We will spend our days driving round the island looking for places to stop and watch wildlife   as   well   as   using hides   and   taking   leisurely   walks   on   the   RSPB’s  Loch Gruinart and Oa Nature Reserves. We will also drop into  Machir Bay  to take a walk along this stunning white sandy beach. A slight detour to visit the Bruichladdich or Bunnahabhain distilleries can be arranged for those who are whisky aficionados ,whilst the rest of us look for otters and divers.

Target Species: Hen Harrier,  Raven, Chough, Golden Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Barnacle and White-fronted Goose, Diver species, Otter, Common Seal and Grey Seal.

Have a look at our video for a taste of what to expect, video edited by Mousehole Films

The price includes accommodation, all meals, ferry crossing and mini bus transport whilst on the island and from a pick up and drop off point in Scotland (to be arranged). 

Please complete the enquiry form for further information.

2017's interactive trip report

 

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