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 Title||Theme||Holiday Dates||Availability|
|Spring Birds:||Birds||15 Apr - 22 Apr 2017||Places Available|
|Beginner's Bird Watching:||Birds||22 Apr - 29 Apr 2017||Places Available|
|Highland Wildlife Highlights with Nick Baker:||Birds||13 May - 20 May 2017||Please Ring Office|
|The Magic of Orkney:||Islands||27 May - 3 Jun 2017||Fully Booked|
|360°s of Nature with Mark Cocker:||Birds||3 Jun - 10 Jun 2017||Please Ring Office|
|Shetland: Land of the Simmer Dim:||Islands||3 Jun - 10 Jun 2017||Fully Booked|
|Wildlife of the Western Isles:||Birds||3 Jun - 11 Jun 2017||Fully Booked|
|Wildlife of the Western Isles:||Islands||3 Jun - 11 Jun 2017||Fully Booked|
|Summer Birds & Handa Island:||Birds||17 Jun - 24 Jun 2017||Please Ring Office|
|Summer Birds & Handa Island:||Islands||17 Jun - 24 Jun 2017||Please Ring Office|
|Autumn Birds & Strathbeg:||Birds||23 Sep - 30 Sep 2017||Places Available|
|Highland Wildlife Highlights with Nick Baker:||Birds||7 Oct - 14 Oct 2017||Fully Booked|
|Hungary: Cranes, Plains & Przewalski Horses:||Birds||21 Oct - 28 Oct 2017||Places Available|
Islay 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 all 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.
- 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.
"The experience of seeing the wildlife, learning the background knowledge and a comfortable stay are masterfully combined!" Aigas Shetland Guest, 2012