Duart Castle, on the Isle of Mull in Scotland is the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean. Standing proudly on a clifftop guarding the Sound of Mull, Duart enjoys one of the most spectacular and unique positions on the West Coast of Scotland. For over 400 years this has been the base of the Clan Maclean's sea-borne power. In 2012 there will be a clan gathering 100 years after the first. There are various activisties on throughout the Summer at Duart including Children's Treasure Hunts, Duart Pipes and Highland Dancing Day and Highland Swordsmanship Demonstrations. All are on variuos dates throughout the Summer check www.duartcastle.com for all the information.
There are great numbers of people doing expeditions of one sort and another and this is only a sweetener of what is on offer,
ISLE OF MULL WILDLIFE EXPEDITIONS www.scotlandwildlife.com
WILDLIFE & BIRDWATCH SAFARIS www.mullwildlife.co.uk
Both these operators could probably arrange to pick you up in the morning and drop you off at the end of the expedition as they have to pass through Salen en route for
Craignure to pick up participants from Oban.
MULL WILDLIFE TOURS www.mullwildlifetours.co.uk
Mull In Focus - Daily Wildlife Tours. This is a four star wildlife experience. Contact www.mullinfocus.co.uk for more information
Islandscape Photography - Great photography workshops capturing the essences of light and wildlife on Mull. www.islandscapephotography.co.uk
Iona Abbey - The centre of Christian worship for almost 1500 years a trip to Mull must include a short ferry crossing from Fionnphort to Iona to explore the Abbey and the Island.
Isle of Staffa and Fingal Cave - An outstanding example of a lava flow that has solidified into hexagonal coloumns. There are boat trips throughout the year from Fionnphort and also Tarus Mara at Ulva Ferry. www.turusmara.com
Isle of Ulva - This small privately owned island has no tarmac roads, but has 5 walks of varying lengths around the island and the Boathouse Restaurant. Catch the ferry or water taxi for a crossing of just a few minutes to explore this lovely little island.
GORDON GRANT runs similar trips starting from FIONNPHORT but as they cater for Oban visitors it is probably feasible to join Bowman`s coach that runs from
M V VOLANTE operates whale watching trips also from FIONNPHORT www.volanteionas.com
Other operators run similar trips from TOBERMORY.
M V LADY JAYNE runs trips to INCH KENNETH operates a sea eagle adventure and sea angling trips, bookable just over the road . www.mullcharters.com
TALL TALES OF MULL A tour of Mull with lots of entertaining tales ,history ,legend ets from Finlay Christine www.talltalesofmull.co.uk
Finlay is a retired policeman with a great love of wildlife and he was largely responsible for setting up Eagle Watch to ensure the SEA EAGLES could nest in peace
- without fear of their nests being robbed for their eggs. He also runs sunset trips in the evenings to see the sun set over the Tresnish Isles ;a wonderful photo opportunity.
Vast views, stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife - fab place!!”
A & P Alcock