Winter break, packages, cottages and tours

Why come to Mull in Winter?

Each season has its own beauty and Winter is no exception. The island is at rest and giving you time to step away from busy lives and relax in one of our cozy cottages. It rearly snows here except to make the mountains look spectacular.

Enjoy seeing Mull with us on a wildlife/scenic tour just for you.
Dungallen and Frayja cottage are open all year round. The cottages can be booked individually or take up our new offer of a winter package.

Our packages

Package 1, £690.00
7 nights in Dungallen self-catering cottage for up to 4 people, and 3 tours.
The price includes all linen and heating with wood for the log burning stove. Two all day and one evening private tour with lunch.

Package 2, £590.00
7 nights in Frayja self-catering cottage for up to two people and 3 tours
The Package includes all linen and heating. Two all day and one evening private tour with lunch.

Please visit our stay page for more details of our cottages.
Longer or shorter breaks can be arranged please contact us for more details.

What will we see out of season?

The wildlife in Winter is more visible as the Island is quieter. There is lots of wildlife about including the Mull big 5, White tailed sea eagle and Golden, Hen harrier, red deer and otter.

Even in December the Eagles are starting to take sticks into nests. The young eagles gather as parents are no longer interested. We have seen as many as 8 White tailed Eagles flying together and interacting. It’s a great spectacle. The Eagles are hungry, and we often see them hunting for food, windy days bring them lower giving special experiences. Daylight hours are shorter, so they have less time to feed.

Otters are often seen around the shores during the day. Its lovely to watch them fishing just off shore and grooming out on the seaweed. Red deer are down from the hills looking for shelter and food. Barnacle geese, Great Northern and Black throated divers, Slavonian grebe, little grebe, Golden eye, widgeon and teal are amongst our winter visitors. As the season heads into March we start to see Skylark, Meadow and tree pipits displaying. Atlantic grey and common seals showing us how to relax as they lounge about on rocks.
Dolphin and porpoise are also around. If you’re lucky you will get great views of them coming close to shore.

Dark nights give access to the night creatures such as Barn owl, Tawny Owl and long eared owl. An evening walk or drive often puts up snipe and woodcock from the roadside. Clear nights give us fantastic stargazing as we have dark skies here. Winter is also a great time for spotting the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

The air is pure and clear highlighting the stunning scenery through the snow capped mountains edges picked out like a line drawing. Even if the storms come through Mull comes alive with fantastic waterfalls and moody skies.
We do get Winter storms and they can be quite dramatic. We often go out and sit watching the roaring sea or spectacular waterfalls. Sometimes they go up instead of down.

Things to do

Your tours. We aim to give you the best chance to see the wildlife. With this in mind our tour days are flexible to work with your interests and the weather. We are happy to explore different areas with you or spend longer in one place. You will usually have both Mike and Jacqui as guides giving you more eyes to spot the wildlife.

There are local maps and books in the cottages to give you the chance for a lovely walk, there is always wildlife to see. We are on hand to give you suggestions for areas to visit.

  • There are experienced local guides if you wish to venture for longer walks into the hills.
  • On a wet day you can put your feet up with a warming fire and relax.
  • We have a WIFI connection and Sky TV, DVD player and CD players in both cottages.
  • You could also learn to make a rug, paint a silk scarf or wall hanging with Jacqui in the studio.
  • Discounts available for booking both cottages for larger groups.
  • Good local food is available from the Salen Hotel, the Taste of Mull for takeaway food on weekends. Tobermory and Craignure also have Hotels and Pubs for food.

Please contact us if you would like more information or a shorter/ longer break.