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Mull Wildlife Experience

Spot Minke whales and basking sharks, along with porpoise and dolphins

Best Time To Go

Apr - Sep

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extend your holiday with a stay in Oban?

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Spot Minke whales and basking sharks, along with porpoise and dolphins

Mull Wildlife Experience

Best Time To Go

Apr - Sep

Why not...

extend your holiday with a stay in Oban?

Prices From


No of Nights


Seek out whales, otters and eagles on our most popular wildlife holiday.

*As featured in the Guardian Travel  from 13th June 2015*

“You never forget spotting your first whale!” Emma Cook – The Guardian

Enjoy wonderful opportunities to see the full range of wildlife on this Isle of Mull wildlife holiday. Includes a wildlife and whale-watching tour, where you might be lucky to have the chance to see Minke whales, as well as basking sharks, porpoise and a multitude of seabirds.  Then a “wildlife safari” where expert local guides will help you track down some of Mull’s many other birds and mammals – including elusive otters and majestic golden and white-tailed eagles.

If you would prefer a longer holiday, then take a look instead at our Mull Week of Wildlife.

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Isle of Mull Wildlife

The Hebridean Isle of Mull is Scotland’s mecca for wildlife enthusiasts. Its many miles of coastline boast fantastic sandy beaches – particularly at Calgary and Ardalanish – while off-shore is one of Europe’s prime habitats for whales and dolphins, not to mention seals and porpoises. Majestic golden eagles and huge white-tailed eagles soar overhead – provided you know where to look – while otters make their dens around the loch shores and deer nuzzle on the hillsides.

Accompanied by knowledgeable local guides both onshore and offshore, you’ll have the best possible opportunity to spot these magnificent creatures in their natural habitats. You’ll also have time at leisure to explore the island as you wish – whether that’s further wildlife spotting, putting your new-found skills into practice, or going for a long stroll along near-deserted coastline. You could even choose to take advantage of the local shopping delights in and around the main town of Tobermory.

Day One

Your holiday starts with a memorable ferry trip from Oban, on the West Coast of Scotland, to the island of Mull, your base for the next four days.

Day Two

Today’s full-day ‘wildlife safari’ will not only introduce you to Mull’s most spectacular wildlife hotspots, but is a great way to explore some of the more remote and hidden scenic highlights of this wildly beautiful island.  Your friendly and knowledgeable guides will take you to the best wildlife spots, tucked away in secret locations that you would never otherwise discover.  Look out for golden eagles soaring in silent glens and swooping down to protect their chicks….white tailed sea eagles hunting in coastal bays… black, red and great northern divers… hen harriers gliding over scrub and marshes… merlin and peregrine falcon stooping for prey… otters, seals and perhaps even porpoises sunning themselves in seaweed-strewn bays.  There is always plenty of wildlife to look out for and enjoy some of the most glorious scenery in the world.  Coffee and tea are supplied en route and binoculars are provided.

Day Three

Spotting a whale in the wild is still one of the greatest thrills in nature. Your Mull wildlife holiday includes a wildlife and whale-watching adventure in co-operation with one of the UK’s most experienced companies.  All trips are part of an active research programme focused on minke whales and contributing directly to marine conservation.  Expert guides on board will help you spot minke whales and porpoises.  These waters are also frequented by several different species of dolphins and increasingly by the perfectly harmless basking shark.  The sight of the pointy fin has nevertheless been known to make people shudder and start humming the Jaws theme. Rarer, but occasional visitors, are magnificent Orca (killer whales).

Day Four

Day at leisure, perhaps to practice new-found bird spotting skills, or to explore the coastline, beaches and mountains of the island. If you have a car, you may also consider a day trip to the peaceful and spiritual neighbouring island of Iona.

Day Five

Return by ferry to the mainland taking special memories and newly-discovered skills with you.

Hotel Option A – Dervaig

This cosy 17th century droving inn, is ideally situated between Tobermory and Calgary in the pretty Victorian village of Dervaig.  Popular with the locals, who come from far and wide to soak up its convivial atmosphere, this is a place where visitors can enjoy traditional island hospitality, regular live music and wholesome highland fayre.  Hearty meals and lighter bar snacks both feature fresh seafood and the finest Mull beef and venison.  Accommodation (including family rooms) is quietly situated away from the hustle and bustle of the bar, and residents can also enjoy a private lounge/TV room with glorious views over the village and glen.

Hotel Option B – Tobermory

Your beautiful guest house provides the best of both worlds – easy access to the amenities of Tobermory yet a tranquil location away from any hustle and bustle.  Bedrooms and public areas are a delight while the friendly owners will do all they can to make your stay a luxurious home from home. We’ll provide recommendations for evening dining options in Tobermory.

Hotel Option C – Glengorm Castle

Do you dream of staying in a romantic Scottish castle, far from the cares of the world, with nooks and crannies and turrets and sweeping sea views? Make that dream reality, but without the stuffiness and airs and graces you might expect. Here, you will receive a very warm welcome – you are not just a visitor, but a special guest in a family home. The owners are passionate about the whole estate, and take great pride in introducing you to its many delights – from the café and coffee shop secluded in the grounds to the wonderful wildlife, from the Victorian bathing pools by the seashore to the distinctive volcano on the ridge. You’re a short drive or taxi trip from Tobermory for evening dining.


Based on the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland, with a choice of accommodation options. This holiday can be self-drive and is also perfectly feasible using public transport, providing you choose to stay in Tobermory. There is a regular train and bus service from Glasgow to Oban, from where you can travel as a foot passenger to Mull. Local bus services connect with selected ferries and take you direct to Tobermory.



Option A – Dervaig: £495 per person for April, £570 per person for May to September.

Option B – Tobermory: £685 per person for April, £735 per person for May to September. 

Option C – Glengorm Castle: £685 per person for April, £735 per person for May to September

All prices based on two people sharing a twin/double room.

Single occupancy supplements are £120 staying in Dervaig and £230 if staying in Tobermory.

Price includes:

  • Four nights’ accommodation based on two adults sharing a twin or double room ensuite on a bed & breakfast basis.
  • Return ferry crossing for a car and two adult passengers.
  • Full day wildlife tour with a naturalist.
  • Wildlife and whale-watching trip.

This holiday is perfectly feasible using public transport, providing you choose to stay in Tobermory. There is a regular train and bus service from Glasgow to Oban, from where you can travel as a foot passenger. Local bus services connect with selected ferries and take you direct to Tobermory. The price for this holiday without a car is £785 per person in April, £855 per person May to September, based on two sharing a double room ensuite in Tobermory. This includes return train travel from Glasgow.

Family Mull Wildlife Experience

We can also offer a similar holiday for families, staying in family rooms in the Dervaig hotel option. Prices start from £1360 for a family of four. Contact us for more details.

(Note that the wildlife excursions described are not really suitable for children under the age of 7, but we would be happy to tailormake a trip in this case.)

Note for wildlife trips:

We of course cannot guarantee that you will see any of the wildlife described – these are wild animals and as such cannot be called to order. No refund will be made if you are not lucky enough to see the animals described, despite the very best efforts of the guides.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday. Included will be some information on the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust to help you learn more about their work in conserving whales, dolphins and porpoises in Western Scotland, along with how you can help their efforts with their “Whale Track” app and by visiting their discovery centre.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.

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