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Islay, Jura & Colonsay

3 Jul — 10 Jul 2018 | Tour Director: Mark Welch

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Mark Welch, BSc, MSc, DPhil

Mark Welch is a research scientist in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London

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Itinerary

Day

1

Tour assembles 1130 at Glasgow Central railway station (Glasgow airport 1200). 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 and Frenchman’s Rocks (sea watch). Afternoon: Machir Bay (dunes and grasslands), Kilchoman Church, Loch Gorm.

Day

4

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

Day

5

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

Day

6

Morning: Loch Gruinart with Ardnave Loch. Afternoon walking tour towards Gortantaoid Point and returning via Loch Finlaggan.

Day

7

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

Day

8

Transfer to Glasgow, tour disperses 1300 at Glasgow airport and 1330 at the railway station.

Tour Dates

3 Jul — 10 Jul 2018

Days

8

Cost

£1825

Tour Code

ISL2-18

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Cost includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, four 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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