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Islay & Jura in Summer: Birds & Botany of the Inner Hebrides

Tour Code: GBR27

A 7-day midsummer visit to the glorious islands of Islay and Jura in search of birds and flowers.

7 days from £1295(flights not included) Land Only Price: £1295 SRS: £295


The Inner Hebridean Islands of Islay and Jura comprise one of the most wildlife-rich areas in Britain. Over 100 bird species breed on the islands including two of Britain’s largest birds of prey and there is also a wide range of plant species, some at either the northern or southern limits of their ranges. Butterflies abound, such as the beautiful Marsh Fritillary and mammals include Roe Deer, Brown Hare, Otter and seals. Islay’s coastline extends for over 130 miles and we will explore inlets, sea-lochs and beaches enjoying its

  • Occasional Glaucous or Iceland Gulls & Great Northern Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine & White-tailed Eagle among raptors
  • Explore the machair, a fertile, low-lying grassland rich in summer flora, bordering the sea 
  • Nesting waders include Redshank, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher & Lapwing 
  • Peatbogs resound to the evocative cries of Curlew & the ‘drumming’ of Snipe 
  • Look for Corncrake, Twite & Corn Bunting
  • Eider Duck, Red-breasted Merganser & Black Guillemot among resident species
  • Bog Myrtle, Black Bog Rush & White-beaked Sedge all flower on the machair
  • 5,000 Red Deer on Jura, plus Grey Seal & Otter
  • Led by an expert naturalist guide

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Marsh Fritillary

Marsh Fritillary

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White-tailed Eagles (Tim Melling)
O.T.
Gwent
The tour turned out to be an outstanding success. The choice of venues for lunch were very good and the quality of food was excellent (also in the hotel).
S.H.
Cheshire
I enjoyed the trip very much. Peter Clement is a wonderful naturalist, very easy with all his clients and finds EVERYTHING! The wall-to-wall sunshine was a surprise! I was so happy with everything we saw, especially Hen Harriers and otters at close quarters.
S.M.
Cheshire
Peter delivered! His knowledge and expertise are second to none. All round, a good trip, and thoroughly enjoyable.
L.B.
Cheshire
The trip was a fantastic insight into the life and nature on the two islands. Peter, our leader, was accommodating to everyone and his knowledge was inspiring. He was so organised and knew all the hotspots on both islands.
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Mon 11th June 2018 - Sun 17th June 2018

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£1295

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The tour turned out to be an outstanding success. The choice of venues for lunch were very good and the quality of food was excellent (also in the hotel).
O.T., Gwent