Posted by Lynne H
We were delighted to find we could stay at their homestead as an all inclusive package, so booked it for 4 nights.
He met us off the ferry, along with 6 other folk and after a tour around, took us back to his home at Bunessan, in a lovely, remote area at the far south west of Mull. I had no idea what to expect accommodation wise, so was amazed to find a large, beautiful home that they had built themselves, incorporating the original stone from the derelict croft that was originally on the land. It reminded us of the homesteads we had seen in the Falkland Islands. Our on suite room was very attractive and comfortable.
They are still working on the garden, although the 2 deer we spotted early one morning, grazing on one of Fiona's little flowering shrubs, are making it quite a challenge. They love their birds and the feeders attract them in. They have a hide in the garden and this allowed distant views of a White Tailed Eagle one evening. We even had great views of a Cockoo a couple of times, in their garden.
Fiona is a great cook and we certainly enjoyed our meals.
The weather was very poor a couple of days, but that didn't stop Nigel finding us every thing we were hoping to see. Including Eagles, otters, seals and many raptors. He knows every inch of the Island and where the critters are likely to be.
When we went to Iona, Nigel knew where the Corncrakes were likely to be and sure enough we first heard and then found one, within about 20 minutes of landing.
We had a great boat trip to Staffa, for Fingal's Cave and saw a raft of Puffins on the sea. I don't think they had actually started nesting that week.
We had a great 4 days. If we go to Mull again we will certainly book with Nigel at Island Encounters.