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Islay, Jura & Colonsay

18 Jun — 25 Jun 2019 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand

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Tour Director

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Kevin Hand, MSc, MCIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

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Itinerary

Day

1

Tour assembles 1100 at Glasgow Central railway station (Glasgow airport 1130). Depart via Loch Lomond, Inveraray and Kennacraig to Port Askaig, Islay, for seven nights at Port Askaig Hotel.

Day

2

Whole day excursion to Colonsay: flowers, wildlife, Colonsay House Gardens, ‘Pigs’ Paradise’ (remote sheltered cliff-top and sea bird colonies).

Day

3

Morning: Port Charlotte (Museum of Islay Life), Nerabus (medieval carved grave slabs), Portnahaven (crofting fields), corncrakes and seals, Claddach for Wave Power site and exposed cliff vegetation, and Frenchman’s Rocks (sea watch). Afternoon: Machir Bay (dunes and grasslands), Kilchoman Church, Loch Gorm.

Day

4

Duich Moss, Kildalton Cross and Chapel (finest surviving example of Celtic high cross), Islay whisky distillery.

Day

5

Whole day excursion to Jura: coach tour with stops for birdwatching, botanising and historical sites.

Day

6

Morning: Loch Gruinart RSPB Reserve and Ardnave Loch. Afternoon walking tour towards Gortantaoid Point.

Day

7

Islay Natural History Trust Centre, Bowmore (Round Church) and the Mull of Oa moorland and spectacular cliffs (rare chough breeds along the dramatic coastline).

Day

8

Transfer to Glasgow. Tour disperses 1300 at Glasgow airport and 1330 at Glasgow Central railway station.

Tour Dates

18 Jun — 25 Jun 2019

Days

8

Cost

£1795

Tour Code

ISLA-19

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Cost includes:

accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, three packed lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £145. Rooms with a sea view are available at a supplement.

 
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