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Cairngorms Highland Wildlife Park & Mull Island Wildlife Tour, Scotland - 9 Days

Cairngorms Highland Wildlife Park & Mull Island Wildlife Tour, Scotland

Caledonian Wilderness, Cairngorms, Strathspey & the Isle of Mull

This 9-day Cairngorms Highland Wildlife Park and Mull Island Wildlife Tour is leisurely paced and available as a set departure. During this unique Scottish adventure you will experience some of the most exciting wildlife in the Highlands and Islands, from Capercaillies and Golden and White-tailed Eagles to Pine Martens and Minke Whales, huge seabird colonies, ancient Celtic rainforest and gnarled Pinewoods.

Over nine days at the Cairngorms Highland Wildlife Park we will explore the great Caledonian wilderness from the rich emerald waters surrounding the Isle of Mull to the peaks of the Cairngorm massif, accompanied by expert guides in all aspects of Scotland's wildlife.

We will delve behind the scenes of the Cairngorms Highland Wildlife Park into some incredible conservation projects which focus on marine megafauna, Arctic-alpine plants, invertebrates and regenerating the spectacular landscape of Scotland with ambitious rewilding projects on this Highlands and Islands wildlife tour.

Join us on what promises to be a Scottish wildlife extravaganza at Cairngorms Highland Wildlife Park. Plus receive 5% discount when you book the back-to-back tour: Scotland’s Hidden North Coast

Cairngorms National Park and Mull Island Wildlife Tour highlights include:

  • Exploring the Cairngorms Highland Wildlife Park in Strathspey, the Moray coast and the Isle of Mull
  • Visit the ancient Caledonian forest in search of rare animals and plants
  • Seek out elusive Ptarmigans and Mountain Hares on the UK’s highest mountain peaks and watch White-tailed Eagles cruise over sea lochs
  • Uncover the secrets of Arctic-alpine plants and the region's flower-rich meadows with PlantLife Scotland
  • Sail the waters of the rugged west coast in search of Minke Whales, Basking Sharks, Bottle-nose Dolphins and Grey Seals in the company of Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
  • Discover how ancient ecosystems are being restored at a flagship site with Scotland: The Big Picture
  • Look for Pine Martens, Badgers, Reindeers, Red Squirrels
  • High-quality accommodation

Please note: this set-departure tour is also available as a private or custom tour on request. Please submit an enquiry with your preferred dates and group size.

If you’d like to try an alternative tour, look at what this Shetland Wildlife & Birding Tour has to offer.

Alternative Tour Name: Scotland’s Highlands & Islands
Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival | Inverness | Heading South into Strathspey

Meet mid-morning in Inverness and head straight out to look for Bottlenose Dolphin and Red Kite around the Moray Firth before heading south into Strathspey where we will spend four nights in our idyllic mountain lodge.

Day 2
Days 2 to 4 - The Spey Valley | Cairngorm

From our comfortable accommodation we will spend three full days exploring this wilderness area. On the slopes of the Cairngorm massif we will search for everything from rare Arctic-alpine plants, Mountain Hare, Red Grouse and Ptarmigan to some remarkable insects. The gnarled Scot’s Pine trees of the ancient Caledonian Forest are home to Red Squirrel, Pine Marten and Crested Tit as well as the endemic Scottish Crossbill and we will search for these amongst the pines listening for the latter as they crunch pine cones. Capercaillie and Black Grouse lurk in the Bilberry and Heather and we may stumble across either species during our exploration of the forest which should be rich in fungi at this time of year.

Plantlife Scotland will introduce us to some of the lesser-known inhabitants of the forest including the rare Twinflower and we will learn more about bringing this bonny plant back from the brink. The wide open strath holds some beautiful flower-rich meadows whilst the pools and lochans are home to breeding Slavonian Grebe and Red-throated Diver. These habitats are also a haven for many invertebrates such as Downy Emerald Dragonfly, Northern Damselfly and a plethora of butterflies and moths. As well as enjoying amazing experiences with these species we will also hear directly from the organisations involved in conserving and managing the species and habitats. To complete the picture we will get a behind the scenes look at efforts being made to rewild the Scottish landscape, plus meet the owners of the beautiful Lynbreck Croft who farm with nature in mind (you will get to taste their delicious produce with a BBQ lunch there). Weather permitting we will also run a moth trap each night which we will check before breakfast the following morning.

Day 3
Day 5 - Landscapes of Strathspey | Rugged Hebridean Coast

Today we leave the wide forested landscapes of Strathspey and head for the rugged Hebridean coast. We will stop to explore a beautiful reserve nestled in a glen where butterflies are the main focus. Following which we will enjoy a short ferry journey to the Isle of Mull and our base for the next four nights.

Day 4
Days 6 to 8 - The Isle of Mull

The Hebridean Isle of Mull offers a wonderfully diverse array of habitats which are home to some awe-inspiring wildlife. We will explore the weathered coasts and ancient mountains of this magical island in search of Golden and White-tailed Eagle, Otter and Red Deer. We will spend a full day out in the rich Hebridean Sea where the waters around Mull, Staffa and Coll give us an opportunity to see such charismatic megafauna as Minke Whale, Basking Shark, Common Dolphin, Grey and Common Seal, not to mention innumerable seabirds including Puffin, Gannet and Manx Shearwater. Here we will be joined by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust to give us an insight into their research and some of the results which are contributing to the designation of this region as a Marine Protected Area. Back onshore the Atlantic waters wash the coast and we may have a chance to explore the rockpools in search of nudibranchs and Sea Scorpions. Mull and Iona are home to some equally memorable floral displays and we will spend time delving amongst the moss-strewn boughs of the primeval Celtic temperate rainforest and through exceptionally flower-rich meadows where we may also encounter Corncrake.

Day 5
Day 9 - Last Day

Our final day sees us depart Mull for the mainland. We head back to Inverness via the iconic Great Glen and Loch Ness where the tour will end.

Wildlife species expected to see:

Golden and White-tailed Eagles, Crossbills, Pine Marten, Badger, Red Squirrel, Peregrine, Goshawk, Black Grouse, Emperor Moth, Bottlenose Dolphins, waders, Tree Pipits, seabirds, Puffin, Tree Sparrow, Grey Partridge, Grey Seal, Common Seal, Black-throated Diver, Curlew, Lapwing, Redshank, Osprey, Redstart, Red Deer, Mountain Hare, Ring Ouzel, Minke Whale and more…

What is included?

  • Expert services of two leaders
  • High quality (occasionally exclusive) accommodation
  • All meals (B, L, D)
  • Soft drinks, tea, coffee
  • All transport from start to end location
  • All activities and excursions
  • Gratuities to external service providers
  • Support to our conservation partners
  • A native tree planted on your behalf in our woodland grove

What is not included?

  • Travel before or after tour start/end
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Other items of a personal nature, e.g. laundry, souvenirs, etc.
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary and "what is included"

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Why should I book with Wild Discovery?

Wild Discovery was born out of our conviction that the wildlife tourism sector must integrate conservation and sustainability in a more comprehensive approach. We approach everything we do with this mindset in mind. Guests benefit from our trips since we work with and assist conservation organisations. As a result, our visitors are better equipped to support and promote conservation-oriented tourism because of this network of professionals.

Who are the leaders?

Dan and Rachael, founders of Wild Discovery, will be your hosts and leaders during this tour. They are superb naturalists and will bring an exceptional level of knowledge and service to this expedition. From bird songs and moths to plants and ecosystem ecology they will help open up the natural world for you to see the unseen. This exceptional leader-to-guest ratio ensures the highest level of care and attention to your requirements and ultimately a superior travelling experience.

What sort of accommodation do you use?

Our accommodation is carefully selected to be comfortable and well situated (i.e. close to the best sites!). Where possible we select our service providers based on our ‘source locally’ ethos and we support local community businesses at every opportunity. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.

What is the transport?

We will use 4x4 vehicles and/or 8-seater minibuses depending on numbers.

What is the group size?

4 - 9 guests or we can arrange this itinerary for an individual or private group. Get in touch to discuss your options.

What are the start and end locations?

Inverness train or bus station, depending on your travel arrangements.

Do you need a minimum fitness level to join this tour?

Our days will have a relaxed pace. There will be optional pre-breakfast strolls in some places. During the day our walks will vary in length and strenuousness. Every walk will be a leisurely wildlife-spotting pace. Some days will involve taking a packed lunch out and we may end up covering several kilometres on those walks but the majority will be much shorter (1-3km over 2-4hrs).

What should I pack for this tour?

We recommend walking boots and a walking pole for uneven terrain and uphill/downhill walks whilst lighter, non-slip trainers will be sufficient during the boat trip. The weather can vary hugely in coastal and mountainous areas. A typical week in July can produce temperatures in the range of 10-25 oC and we would expect a mix of sunshine, showers and wind! We recommend layers that are easy to take off/put on as necessary and waterproof jacket and trousers. We recommend bringing your own binoculars if you have some as they will considerably increase your enjoyment of the wildlife we are there to see. Your leaders will have a telescope with them to enhance your experience.

How do I pay and what are the terms and conditions for this tour?

Payment can be made directly to Wild Discovery via a bank transfer. Wild Discovery’s full booking terms and conditions can be found here: https://wild-discovery.com/booking-conditions For financial protection should Wild Discovery become insolvent Worldwide Traveller Protection via Blue Sky Wildlife (based in the United Kingdom) can offer Worldwide Traveller Protection as a member of The Travel Vault and as part of this membership it has a range of insurances in place to cover the potential insolvency of any of the local wildlife specialists listed on the site, as well as the company itself should Blue Sky Wildlife cease trading. If you would prefer to book through Blue Sky Wildlife and make full payment directly to them to activate this protection at no additional cost, it would also mean the travel contract would be between yourselves and Blue Sky Wildlife. Please refer to their booking terms for more information.

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01/07/2023 - 09/07/2023 available GBP 2,900
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9 Days

Price & Availability

GBP2,900 / per person
Single Supplement GBP 340
This tour is operated by: Wild Discovery

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Tour Facts

  • Cairngorms in Strathspey, the Moray coast ,the Isle of Mull, Scotland
  • Set Departure
  • Set Departure Tour
  • Wildlife
  • 1 to 9 pax
  • 9 Days
  • June, July, August
  • +15 Years
  • Leisurely
  • English
  • No
  • Aberdeen Airport or Contact Us To Know
  • Aberdeen Airport or Contact Us To Know