Mull, Iona and Staffa – Three islands offering three unique experiences.
While these three Inner Hebridean Isles are geographically close, each offer visitors unique experiences, scenery and wildlife. Below is a brief snapshot of each island that includes their unique features as well as information on The Treshnish Isles, visited by our wildlife cruise.
Visit the Isle of Mull
Famously showcased by The BBC’s Coast and Springwatch programmes, Mull is teeming with wildlife, spectacular scenery, unspoilt beaches and is home to one of Scotland’s most photographed and picturesque towns – Tobermory.
Red deer, golden eagles, otters, porpoises, gannets and seals are all present on and around Mull and with Scotland’s largest colony of sea eagles, there’s every chance you will spot one of these impressive birds on your visit.
Visit the Isle of Iona
It may only be 1.5 miles wide by 3 miles long but Iona is known worldwide and is ‘The Cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland and is visited by around 130,00 visitors per year.
Only a short ferry journey from Mull’s Fionnphort, the island is surrounding by turquoise waters and white beaches that provide visitors with beautiful views and the perfect place for relaxation and contemplation.
We recommend that you visit its beautiful abbey and the small graveyard beside it which is thought to be the final resting place of 48 medieval kings of Norway, Ireland and Scotland.
And while we can’t guarantee that you will be one of the many visitors who leave the island with the pervading feeling of peace and restoration, given our own and many other’s experience, we think it highly likely!
Find out more about visiting Iona.
Visit the Isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave
Featured in the BBC’s ‘7 Wonders of the Commonwealth’ programme, this uninhabited island is home to the awe-inspiring Fingal’s Cave, the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebridean overture.
Formed by lava flows which cooled to form hexagonal columns, the cave stretches 250 feet into the rock and its roof is 70 feet above the sea , making the acoustics and sight spectacular!
As well as Fingal’s Cave, the Isle of Staffa offers stunning views out to surrounding islands and is home to the ‘clowns of the sea’ – Puffins – from mid-April to early August and are a huge attraction for visitors who get to see them close-up in their nesting places. For more information on the history of Staffa take a look at our detailed article here.
The Treshnish Isles are formed from 8 principal islands varying in size from less than 4 hectares to 60 hectares. The archipelago lies, at its closest, 3km west of Mull and extends along a northeast-southwest axis for a distance of 11km.
They are currently designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and are a Special Protection Area under the EC Directive on the Conservation of Wild Birds.
The islands provide a breeding habitat for nationally important concentrations of seabirds. At the Harp Rock on the island of Lunga, these are particularly spectacular because dense aggregations of guillemots can be viewed across a narrow but precipitous ravine providing a singular view of a seabird colony. Also among the thousands of birds are fulmar, shag, kittiwake, gannets, manx shearwaters, and the ever popular and sociable puffins can be seen very close up.