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- Arusa Qureshi
- 28 August 2019
Soak up the beauty of the Scottish Isles this autumn
There's never a bad time to head to the Scottish Isles but with all the vibrant colours of autumn and some of the best opportunities for wildlife-spotting, the post-summer months provide a true treat for visitors. Whether you're into your food and whisky, or adventuring is your bag, here are some ways to make the most of your island experience in the coming months.
Take a wildlife safari on Mull
Mull is famed for its incredible wildlife, with 300 miles of dramatic coastline from which you can spot glorious golden eagles and sea eagles, as well as the UK's largest land mammal, the mighty red deer. Its stunning beaches and waters are populated by playful otters and seals, alongside porpoises, dolphins and whales.
The most direct route to Mull is by ferry from Oban, which takes 50 minutes.
Enjoy a dram on Islay
As the weather changes and the colder months start to arrive, there's surely no better way to warm yourself up than with a small dram of whisky. As Scotland's whisky island, Islay is the perfect place to test out your knowledge of the famed drink or even try previously untasted tipples. There are nine working distilleries on Islay, including the big names like Laphroaig, Bowmore and Ardbeg. Head along to some of the distilleries for tours and tasters, and be sure to make a pitstop in their shops too, where you might just find that rare bottle.
Get the ferry to Islay from Kennacraig on Kintyre, landing at Port Ellen (2 hours 20 minutes) or Port Askaig (from 1 hour 55 minutes).