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The Splendours of Islay

Discover the Island known as the Queen of the Hebrides.

DATES: 11 Mar - 18 Mar 2017

Although this holiday has now taken place we think the following holidays may be of interest to you:

Programme TitleThemeHoliday DatesAvailability
Autumn Birds & Strathbeg:Birds23 Sep - 30 Sep 2017Places Available
Highland Wildlife Highlights with Nick Baker:Birds7 Oct - 14 Oct 20171 Place Available
Hungary: Cranes, Plains & Przewalski Horses:Birds21 Oct - 28 Oct 2017Places Available


Clouds of pink-footed geeseIslay is famed for many things; from being one of the best areas for birding in the world, through to its position in Scottish History as the first seat of the MacDonald clan, whilst also being a mecca for whisky connoisseurs with its eight world-renowned distilleries.

Early spring is an ideal time to visit this wildlife haven, with enormous flocks of barnacle geese and Greenland white-fronted geese gathering to make their way back up to their breeding grounds and the resident red billed chough making the most of increasing invertebrate activity. The vast coastline provides ample opportunity for spotting a huge variety of sea duck and waders, including scaup, common scoter, purple sandpiper and turnstone plus Wadersall three species of diver. Hen harrier, golden eagle and peregrine falcon reside on the moors whilst the rich seas host otter and common and grey seals aplenty, with cetaceans like bottle-nosed dolphin and orca commonly spotted off-shore.

This exciting new programme will show you the best that the Inner Hebrides has to offer.

Highlights Include:

  • Leadership by an Aigas guide experienced in the Inner Hebrides.
  • All the top wildlife sites of Islay including The Mull of Oa and RSPB Loch Gruinart Reserve.
  • Stay at the newly renovated Islay Hotel in Port Ellen.
  • A visit to neighbouring Jura to compare the two islands and look for the white-tailed eagles, which now breed on this beautiful but wild island.
  • A visit to one of the world famous whisky distilleries on Islay.
  • A fantastic blend of brilliant wildlife, history and whisky, this trip is not to be missed!

N .B. This programme begins and ends in Oban.

All inclusive

otterThis programme is all inclusive (ferries, full board etc.)


"The experience of seeing the wildlife, learning the background knowledge and a comfortable stay are masterfully combined!" Aigas Shetland Guest, 2012

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