Saturday, March 11, 2006

Wild life successes in Mull

You can see the Puffins on the Treshnish Isles by boat trips from Dervaig in Mull - see the link.

A record number of 9 young eagles have been seen this year. Call the RSPB officer Dave Sexton at 01680 300387 for details of the viewing hide. If you can get an answer. Or get a day tour of Mull looking for wildlife from Richard Atkinson at 01680 300441. They get regular sightings of white tailed sea eagles, golden eagles, divers, Merlin, Peregrine, hen harriers, otters, golden plover, twite, raven, and many other species. Catch the 10.00am ferry to Mull 08705 650000. Trips run through the year if there are two people going. Cost £32, a little walking, no little ones under 8
But the seabird stocks of puffins, razor bills, arctic terns and kittwakes in the Islands have been devastated last year and the trend is bad. It seems to be a dietary problem in the main - not enough sandeels. But if you find only 4 guillemot chicks from a population of 2173 birds on Tiree it is nothing short of a disaster.
It is a bit like the red squirrel problem. A disease carried by the un-British grey squirrels is taking out our red ones. 3 out of every 4 red squirrels are in Scotland and the biggest proportion of these are in Argyll. Ardnamurchan is one of the priority sites for the UK national survey of these furry ones.

From Kentallen, there are three possible crossing places to reach Mull. Oban is the nearest about 40 minutes away. Be on the MacBrayne's boat ten minutes before departure.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Bayview lochside cottage special deal for April

At the moment we just have two weeks available in the cottage in April, from Saturday Apl 22nd and also from Apl 29th - but you might need to check with the opening page of the web site to see if they are still free.

Although the temperature in April is a full 4c higher than in March, (11c on average) and the sun usually gives us a full 142 hours, it can still be showery, wet and windy. It is April after all. But the flowers are coming out, and the birds and the bees are busy doing what birds and bees do in the Spring and making a lot of noise about it, everything is truly splendid.

If you book either of these two weeks, then we'll not charge you anything if you cancel because of a bad weather forecast. That way you can get a guarantee of the weather you want! The charge for a week is £295, and the pretty cottage sleeps 4 people. All mod cons, re-furbished last year. It is a gorgeous little place by the lochside. Highland garden.

Good idea? We'll do the same thing for November, and for Janaury to March next year.

Look at the web site for booked dates, then e-mail us if you are interested. This weblog is for visitors to Glencoe, Argyll, and the Highlands of Scotland. It has current events, local gossip, things to do, useful information and travellers tales from past visitors.You can share your experience of the area with us. Just send me up to 200 words by e-mail

Thanks John Winkler.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Just thought you'd like a pic of Kentallen bay

Everyone wants to tell the story of their holiday.

To-day Kate told us the story of her trip to Mexico, they did have a good time, really interesting. You know what, we gave her about five minutes of concerned listening, that was all.

Guilty, yes I am. As soon as you get back to work then the usual telephones go, the e-mails are piled up, the washing has to be done, exhaustion sets in.

So, tell us please what you did and how you got on with your Scottish holiday. Places, nice people you met, the family party. E-mail it to me and I'll post it. Can you keep it to 200 words? Few people are going to read beyond that.

Mail them to me please at

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