Spot Minke whales and basking sharks, along with porpoise and dolphins, on your whale-watch trip
Your Mull hotel, a 17th century coaching inn
Tobermory's iconic colourful houses
Spot seals around Mull's coast
Your whale-watching boat allows plenty of interaction with marine biologists onboard
Your trip's marine biologist will help you spot bottlenose dolphins
Wrap up well for the whale-watch
Spotting a whale in the wild is still one of the greatest thrills in nature. Join our full day whale watch accompanied throughout by knowledgeable and enthusiastic marine biologists who will help you spot minke whales, basking sharks, dolphins and porpoise. You can even do your bit by helping out with data collection. A simply unforgettable experience - and all easily accessible from the central belt of Scotland and therefore from any of the main airports or other travel routes.
We have arranged this unique holiday in co-operation with one of the most experienced whale watch companies in the UK. Your holiday will include a full day's whale watching and you'll also have plenty of time to explore the rest of the island, which boasts a highly diverse eco-system.
Take a 45 minute ferry ride from Oban to Mull and make your way to your base for the next three nights. We offer a choice of hotels both around half an hour's drive from the ferry port.
You will normally join the whale watch on your first full day. The trip departs from Tobermory and will involve around 5-6 hours at sea; you may land on a remote island or cove. Hot and cold refreshments are available on board for a small charge but you will need to bring a packed lunch - as well as a camera of course.
On your second day you'll be able to explore more of the island, which is also a haven for bird watchers, and has several stunning sandy beaches. Perhaps take another ferry to the peaceful island of Iona, the birthplace of Scottish Christianity and the final resting place of the former Labour leader, John Smith.
Hotel Option A - Dervaig
This cosy 17th century droving inn is ideally situated between Tobermory and Calgary in the pretty Victorian village of Dervaig. Popular with the locals, who come from far and wide to soak up its convivial atmosphere, this is a place where visitors can enjoy traditional island hospitality, regular live music and wholesome highland fayre. Hearty meals and lighter bar snacks both feature fresh seafood and the finest Mull beef and venison. Accommodation (including family rooms) is quietly situated away from the hustle and bustle of the bar and residents can escape to a private lounge/TV room with glorious views over the village and glen.
Hotel option B - Tobermory
Basking in the picture-postcard charm of Tobermory's stunning waterfront, your hotel has been cleverly converted from a row of fisherman's cottages into a delightful family-run establishment. Comfortable lounges and bedrooms offer a warm welcome just a stone's throw from one of the world's prettiest working harbours. Tobermory itself is a lively little town with several friendly bars and other places to eat and a real night-time buzz.
This holiday is also perfectly feasible for those who prefer to travel by public transport. Oban can be reached by train from Glasgow and ferries are met by regular bus services to Tobermory, from where the whale-watching trip departs.
Note: if using public transport you will need to stay in Tobermory.
If you would like to explore more of the island, we would recommend having access to a car, and we can arrange car hire locally on request.
This holiday is based on the Isle of Mull off the west coast of Scotland. It is possible as a self-drive holiday, or you could opt for public transport.
Dervaig - first hotel option, £340 per person for April and £360 per person for May to September.
Tobermory - add £40 per person for a standard double room with seaview, or £65 per person for a larger double or twin with seaview.
Prices are based on 2 people sharing an ensuite room for 3 nights on a bed & breakfast basis.
Price includes return ferry crossing for a car and 2 adult passengers and a full day whale watch. There is a £10 per person peak ferry supplement for Saturday ferry crossings from May to August.
Note for families: We do not recommend this full day trip for children under the age of 12.
A shorter more general marine wildlife-watching trip with 4 hours at sea - more suitable for children under 12 and for those who are hesitant about longer trips on boats - is also available for a reduction of £35 per adult. Children sharing a family room with 2 adults cost from £140 with this shorter trip.
Although if you would like to explore very much of the island we would recommend having access to a car for this holiday (and we can arrange car hire locally) - it is also perfectly feasible for those who prefer to travel by public transport. Oban can be reached by train from Glasgow and ferries are connected by regular bus services to Tobermory, from where the whale-watching trip departs.
If using public transport you will need to stay in Tobermory. Ask us for more details.
Note for wildlife trips:
We cannot of course guarantee that you will see any of the wildlife described - these are wild animals and as such cannot be called to order and no refund will be made if you are unlucky enough not to see any of the animals described, despite the very best efforts of the guides.
All our touring holidays include a map of Scotland with recommended routes from your specified starting point, suggestions on places to see and visit depending on your personal interests and our expertise to help you get the most from your holiday.
All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.
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Check availability for: Whale-watching from Mull
From late April until late September
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The guides were not just helpful - they were enthusiastic and interested in their work. Well worth going on this excursion