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Islay, Jura & Colonsay

19 Jun — 26 Jun 2018 | 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

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

3

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

Day

4

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

Day

5

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

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 clough breeds along the dramatic coastline).

Day

8

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

Tour Dates

19 Jun — 26 Jun 2018

Days

8

Cost

£1795

Tour Code

ISLA-18

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Cost of £1795 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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