In partnership with Coastal Connection we are delighted to be offering Seabird Safaris to Gunna and Lunga on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of May. All trips are limited to 11 passengers and are led by expert guides. Trips to Lunga last 3.5 hours and allow for over 2 hours on Lunga to explore the island and view the huge colonies of seabirds.
Gunna lies between Coll and Tiree and is now uninhabited. Visitors can expect to see feeding seabirds including Shags, Arctic Terns, Little Terns, gulls and auks, with a fair chance of Black Guillemot, Great Skua and possibly Arctic Skua. It is also likely that both Grey and Common Seals will be visible and there is a possibility of seeing Harbour Porpoise and Basking Sharks.
Lunga is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its abundant plant life. Many rare and endangered plants are native to the island. The flora includes Primroses, Birdsfoot Trefoil, orchids, Sea Campion, Thrift and Tormentil. Atlantic Grey seals inhabit the waters surrounding the island while birdlife includes Storm Petrels, Kittiwakes and Manx Shearwaters. Guillemot, Puffin, Corncrake and Razorbills breed on Lunga and on the Harp Rock, a sea stack separated by a narrow gut, which you can walk to on your visit. A trip through the sound of Gunna provides the opportunity to see a variety of sea birds, stunning scenery and the possibility of seeing dolphins.
Most visitors take advantage of the puffin-therapy afforded by a trip to Lunga, where you can sit within a few feet of these iconic little sea-parrots and watch them interact. Lunga attracts over 2000 breeding pairs of puffins within a small area on a grassy plateau overlooking the sea, which makes for a fantastic spectacle.
Please note that guests on our boat trips should be comfortable with walking over rough terrain and prepared to access the vessel via a series of steps or a ladder, depending on tide conditions. Please contact us if you have any concerns over accessibility and we will be happy to help. You can view further information on the vessels we use for the trips here: Coastal Connection.