Events and activities will take place over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, currently some times and details are still to be confirmed. New for 2017 will be the option to book on to a wildlife photography workshop and of making your visit a two instead of 3 day trip, arriving by fast-boat transfers from Oban to Coll on the Saturday morning, with the return journey on the Sunday evening.
In partnership with Coastal Connection we are delighted to be offering Seabird Safaris to Lunga and Gunna Sound on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of May. All trips are limited to 11 passengers and are conducted within the comfort and safety of vessels provided by Coastal Connection.
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.
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.
A trip through Gunna sound provides the opportunity to see both Grey and Common Seals, the possibility of seeing Harbour Porpoise and a variety of seabirds. Gunna Island lies between Coll and Tiree and is now an uninhabited island under private ownership. 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.
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.
Friday 12th May
10am & 11.30am – Walks around Totronald Bird Reserve led by Ben Jones RSPB
2pm & 3.30pm – Walks around Totronald Bird Reserve led by Ben Jones RSPB
2pm – 4pm – Photography Workshop* with David Palmar
7.30pm – Presentation Evening with guest speaker Professor Rhys Green, supporting speakers John Bowler RSPB and David Palmar volunteer with SOC & RSPB
Saturday 13th May
5am – Dawn Watch at Totronald RSPB Reserve led by Ben Jones RSPB
7am- Boat from Oban to Coll with Coastal Connection
9.30 – 1.00pm Seabird Safari to Gunna led by John Bowler RSPB
10.00am – Family event, details TBC
1.00pm – 4.30pm Seabird Safari to Lunga led by David Andrews RSPB
2.00pm – Guided walk around Arinagour
8pm – Concert & Ceilidh with Eabhal
Sunday 14th May
9.30 – 1.00pm Seabird Safari to Gunna led by John Bowler
1.00pm – 4.30pm Seabird Safari to Lunga led by David Palmar
1.00pm – Beach clean and Bird Watching at Breachacha Beach
4.30pm—Boat back to Oban with Coastal Connection
* Photography workshop as planned is intended for beginners, if interested in a more advanced session please contact us.