Treshnish Isles

The Treshnish Isles are an archipelago of islands, running South-westerly from the North West corner of Mull. There are a handful of larger islands, together with countless small skerries. The Biggest Islands are Bac Mòr, also known as ‘The Dutchman’s Cap’, the Cairn na Burghs and Lunga – which is the main destination for a boat trip to the Treshnish.

Two operators offer trips. Gordon Grant Marine, also known as Staffa Tours, operates from early May until August and provides a scheduled service. A round trip takes about 5½ hours. Mark Jardine’s ‘Alternative Boat Hire’ offers the chance to tailor your visit, get there at a more leisurely pace (often under sail), and to take the helm for a while if you so desire. This trip can take around 8 hours.

Lunga’s biggest draw is the large number of seabirds that nest here from April until late July. It is a seabird lover’s paradise! As with Staffa, a variety of birds can be seen on the journey and passengers often get the chance to view seals and occasionally dolphins and porpoises. If you are very lucky and visit in June, July or August, you might encounter a whale or basking shark! Boat crews are knowledgeable and can help you identify what’s around you.

The topography of Lunga means that it isn’t suitable for wheelchairs, however, passengers with limited mobility will be made welcome on boats even if they aren’t able go ashore.