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Wildlife and Landscapes of Mull

In early July I spent 5 days on Isle of Mull with Mull Wildlife Breaks. I’d been to Mull before on a day trip and wanted to explore more of its wildlife and dramatic scenery.

Mull didn’t disappoint with its variety of landscapes, mountains, coastal scenes, wildlife and village life, I feel every photographer should visit at least once.

These photos were taken with Fujifilm X-H2S and Fuji 100-400mm lens, a Panasonic Travel Zoom compact, and my mobile phone. Hopefully they give you a flavour of what Mull has to offer from a photographic point of view. It’s one of my favourite UK places to visit.

Day 1 - Having arrived on the midday ferry the afternoon was spent locally to the Glenforsa Lodge Hotel which also serves as Mulls airstrip and is next to the coast.

Red Breasted Mersinger and chicks
Sand Martins
Mull Airstrip

Day 2 – We headed to the North of the island, first stopping at the Boats of Salen and then Tobermory. Not a whole lot of wildlife around but picturesque.

The Boats of Salen
Cascades near Tobermory
Waterfall up north

Day 3 – The Ross of Mull and Iona

To give you an idea of the scale of Mull we were stopping in Salen the central eastern part. It takes 2 hours 30 mins to get to Fionphort (South Western tip of Mull) to catch the 10 min ferry to Iona. Admittedly its 40mph most of the way, but still. Iona is very picturesque with lots of landscape, coastal and village life opportunities. It is formed of different rock from Mull and is considerably older than its larger neighbour only 10 minutes away.

Northern Gannet
The Abbey at Iona
Highland Cattle on the beach at Fionphort
Euphrasia - Plenty of wildflower opportunities in June and July

Day 4 – Staffa and Lunga boat trip. June and July are peak season for Puffins on Lunga, amongst other bird life and sea creatures.

Mist rolls off Ardnamurchan on the Scottish mainland. Lots if dramatic scenery on the 1hour 40 min boat to Staffa.
Common Dolphins and sometimes whales are spotted on route.
Staffa and Fingels cave
Red Legged Guillemot
Puffin with Sand Eels

Day 5 – Central belt of Mull along Loch Na Keal and around Ben More in search of Otter and White-Tailed Sea Eagles. Whilst we did see White Tailed Sea Eagles and a Hen Harrier they were too far away for a photo.

Common Sandpiper
Common Seal
Otter – we spent about 45 mins with these three
The Three Lochs

This trip with Mull Wildlife Breaks was not a specific photographic trip, however it was at a pace that allows you to get the most photographic opportunities in a small group (max 8) and being a respectful distance from the wildlife. As with all wildlife patience is key, we spent quite a while on the lochs waiting to see any sign of wildlife. And even when we didn’t see any the majestic scenery made up for it.

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