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Wildlife

Islay and Jura are fascinating islands with complex geology and a wide range of plant and animal species, some at either the northern or southern limits of their ranges.

While rightly well known for bird watching, Islay and Jura have much more to offer. This island group is one of the most wildlife-rich areas in the UK. An unusually compact habitat mosaic of wet grassland, moorland, machair, blanket bog, lochs, intertidal areas and shoreline supports internationally significant populations of priority bird species, rare plants, beautiful butterflies and iconic west-coast animals such as otter, seals and red deer.

Islay and Jura can offer a genuinely year-round wildlife experience.
 
Fat Bike Tours with Kayak Wild Islay
Fat Bike Tours with Kayak Wild Islay
Does the thought of too many hills put you off getting on a bike?Would you prefer rides that are primarily on tracks, beaches or quiet country roads?Would you like to...
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Islay Natural History Trust Visitor Centre
Islay Natural History Trust Visitor Centre
Whether you are a seasoned naturalist or just interested in learning a bit more about Islay, there is a wealth of Islay’s diverse wildlife and geology to find out...
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Islay Outdoors
Islay Outdoors
Bespoke guided day tours offering Wildlife and Nature walks to spot otters, eagles, deer and seals; Seashore foraging; Archaeology and Historical monuments. Tours are...
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Islay Sea Adventures
Islay Sea Adventures
Islay’s only 4* wildlife experience, a MUST DO whilst visiting. We offer Islay’s only wildlife and fishing boat trips on board our 38ft Revenge charter...
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Jura Island Tours
Jura Island Tours
George Orwell once famously described Jura as a very unget-at-able place, but we've moved on a lot since his day. Now it's not only easy to get to Jura, but...
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Kayak Wild Islay
Kayak Wild Islay
Get up close to wildlife on Islay! No previous experience necessary and small group sizesWelcome to Islay. We specialise in providing quality trips around the coastline...
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RSPB Islay - Loch Gruinart
RSPB Islay - Loch Gruinart
Get closer to Islay’s wildlife at one of the RSPB’s two nature reserves on the island.Loch Gruinart is home to one of the UK’s best wildlife...
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RSPB Islay - The Oa
RSPB Islay - The Oa
Get closer to Islay’s wildlife at one of the RSPB’s two nature reserves on the island. The Oa reserve has wild sea-cliffs and open moorland, the perfect home...
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St Hilda Sea Adventures - Scottish Cruises
St Hilda Sea Adventures - Scottish Cruises
St Hilda Sea Adventures provides small ship cruising and wildlife holidays on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland. Our cruises, among the breathtakingly beautiful...
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Wild Islay Birding
Wild Islay Birding
Wildlife & birdwatching on the Queen of the HebridesEnjoy Islay’s abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery on a guided tour of the island.We offer full &...
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