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Treshnish Isles

Isles off Mull, Scotland


For many seabird & wildlife enthusiasts, a day trip with Turus Mara a family business based on the Isle of Mull will provide observation and photo opportunities of a greater variety of feathered and woolly creatures than ever before. Puffins, Guillemots. Coffee and juice are available on board, and an electric toilet is provided in the forward compartment.

The Treshnish Isles are several small islands off the south west coast of Mull. The islands have been landmarks for travellers through the Hebrides for at least 1000 years. The names of some of the islands still reflect their importance to the Vikings who once ruled in the Hebrides. Medieval chapels and castles prove that although the islands are now uninhabited, humans were once permanently living on these remote and unsheltered islands. The islands, and Cairnburgh Castle in particular, had a strong strategic position well into the 1800s. The Isles possess unique landscape, rich wildlife communities and contain habitat, which is vital for several vulnerable species. The islands have international recognition of their heritage value.

Lunga has one of the most varied and accessible seabird colonies on the Western Seaboard. Dun Cruit (the Harp Rock stack), is home to more than 6,000 guillemot, razorbill, puffin, kittiwake, fulmar, shag, skua and many more. Puffins spend most of the year at sea and breed from April to July and leave again in early August. The puffins on Lunga are not afraid of people which gives ideal opportunities for photography. Lunga is also an important breeding ground for Grey Seals.

After Lunga the 'Hoy Lass' took us upwards to Staffa to see Fingal's cave some 20 m high and 75 m long formed in cliffs of hexagonal basalt columns. It has the acoustics of a cathedral and This cliff face is called the Colonnade or The Great Face and it was these cliffs and their caves that inspired Felix Mendelssohn's to compose Die Hebriden which was premiered in London in 1832.

Photos of the trip can be seen in the following video:


Posted by drever 16:17 Archived in Scotland Tagged sunsets_and_sunrises children birds boats islands scotland history

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