Puffins of Mingulay
Discover the secret life of the Puffins on Mingulay in their natural habitat!
£95 per person
6 hour trip
SCHEDULE: Departing Eriskay we head south South past Barra to Mingulay. You will then have 3 hours to explore the island before heading to the sea stacks on the West of the island if weather permits and then back to Eriskay.
Mingulay in sometimes referred to as the "Near St Kilda" due to it's accessibility from neighbouring islands. It was abandoned in 1912 and now is famous for it's bird life including the Puffins, Kittiwakes and Razorbills that nest in their thousands on sea cliffs that are amongst the highest in the British Isles. The waters around Mingulay and the other Bishops Isles are teaming with wildlife and Basking Shark sightings are not uncommon. Join Uist Sea Tours as we visit this spectacular island, sweeping down through the amazing blue waters of the Minch to encounter the Puffins of Mingulay.
Please note that the Puffins normally leave the island around the first week in August, we still offer trips here after that as Mingulay has so much more to offer
Due to avian flu the rangers of Mingulay have put up barriers into the puffin colony to keep them as safe as possible, do not worry though as you can sit just outside the colony with puffins still flying around you and still see/photograph them in their colony
A 1 hour fast boat trip down the coast of Barra towards Mingulay. There are 3 hours on shore to visit and discover the island and then one hour boat trip back. Please note once arriving at Mingulay the journey onto the island will be done by tender.
We are on the wild West coast of Scotland and you will be on the sea so you might get wet! We provide flotation suits or lifejackets as required but remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear. Gloves and a hat that won't fly off are recommended as well as sunscreen. We do not carry pets and smoking is not allowed on board.
Take a camera to catch anything of interest on the trip but remember to sit back and take in the stunning scenery and enjoy your time with us.
If you are pregnant or have any medical conditions such as lower back pain that can be aggravated by jarring movements then our trips will probably be unsuitable for you as it can get a little bumpy. If you're unsure about whether it's right for you please ask and we'll advise as best we can.