Wildlife on The Isle of Mull

Wildlife Watching on the Isle of Mull

The sheer diversity of wildlife on the Isle of Mull is astounding. The area is a world hotspot for basking sharks, but not to worry – these gentle giants are filter feeders and don’t have teeth. The exceptionally clear waters make the area ideal for both scuba divers and snorkelers alike and give you the opportunity to see dolphins, seals, basking sharks and even killer whales.

The Isle of Mull has been referred to as ‘Eagle Island’, due to being perhaps the best location in the United Kingdom to spot white-tailed and golden eagles. Not to mention the variety of seabirds and ducks, otters and deer that reside on the Isle. It’s easy to see why those with an interest in animals often migrate to Mull with cameras in hand. The stunning species to see, set against the postcard perfect landscape make it an ideal location for nature photography. There are also many wildlife tours available in Mull, from rambling tours across the countryside, to boat trips out to sea.

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Animal Species on the Isle of Mull

All year round

Red Deer, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle,  Mountain Hare, Common Seal, Fallow Deer, Otter, Hen Harrier, Harbour Porpoise, Red-throated Diver


Pearl-bordered Fritillary


Puffin, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Iceland Purslane, Slender Scotch Burnet, Corncrake, Northern Emerald, Lesser Butterfly


Grey Seal, Whimbrel, Merlin


Great Northern Diver, Black-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe

Further information: Explore Scotland


Eat & Drink

Eat and drink before or after your wildlife watching day trip at our restaurant, Sheallach-Na-Mara which has arguably the best views on the island and specialises in local seafood and steaks. The seafood on the Isle of Mull is world renowned, and delivered straight to The Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa on a daily basis. The bar and lounge also provides a range of hot and cold drinks, an extensive wine list, ales, beers and over 30 single malt whiskies.  

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Combine your stay with us at the Isle of Mull with a wildlife tour of the island. We offer a selection of hotel guestrooms from single, double and family size rooms, some sporting fantastic views of the sea. Inside the hotel you can find a 17-metre swimming pool, children’s splash pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna and our specialist Rasul Mud Room. Choose from a wide range of relaxing spa treatments and retire to a restful night’s sleep.. View our latest offers & breaks.

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