Lunga Island the largest of the Treshnish Isles and a photographers and birdwatchers dream. There are thousands of puffins and guillemots.
The puffin breeding season on the Isle of Lunga (one of the Treshnish Isles) starts in the middle of April. To make sure to have thousands of them on Lunga Island to spot, I recommend a visit not before May. They stay on this island until the beginning of August. For your trip planning, please check our monthly puffin overview with details for spring, summer, fall, and winter for the Isle of Lunga below. Also, check out our Isle of Lunga Puffins Video on YouTube. A helpful monthly weather overview can be found here: Treshnish Isle - Scotland - Monthly Weather
Puffin Sightings | Lunga Island
September - March |Bad Time:
No puffins are on the island during these months, from autumn until early spring.
April| Good Time:
It's possible but rare to see puffins in spring before mid-April. Although not the greatest time, you usually spot them from mid-April on. However, sometimes they even arrive later in April. Experts say: Early to mid-April, sometimes later.
May - June - July | Best Time:
Late spring and early summer is the perfect time. You spot thousands of puffins on Lunga Island! To save money, make sure to book your nearby accommodation in advance (see below).
August | Mediocre Time:
Be careful, as they stay on the island only until early August. Sometimes slightly longer. We wouldn't risk visiting later than in the early days of August if at all.
I went there at the end of June, and besides puffins, I saw chicks from the guillemot, razorbill, and shag. The puffin chicks are hidden in the burrows, and you may encounter them only when they leave the nest.
Our guide Luke, a marine biologist, explained that young sharks disappear as soon as you get into the water. It only makes sense to snorkel with older and bigger ones.
The season starts middle of June until September. The highest chance for a sighting is also the peak season on the Hebrides in July and August. Anyway, no guarantee at all. I booked a four-day trip to increase the chance for snorkeling with one and I only saw a young one from the boat. One guy had booked a trip for the third time and our three meters tall shark was his first one. You need the right conditions and also a lot of luck!!
I'd recommend August now. This is also the month when the shark festival takes place at one weekend.
PLEASE NOTE that climbing this mountain can be very dangerous. It is not a walk and demands scrambling.
Isle of Skye, also known as "Misty Isle", has only few really good days for climbing the higher mountains. The best time is usually from mid April to the end of May, but you can be lucky and experience a great day throughout the whole year. From my experience, it is better to start after noon, since evenings are usually more calm on Skye. Check the forecast before you go! Note that climbing Sgurr Alasdair requires mountain experience. People who suffer from vertigo should not try this. Note that Cuillin ridge can be very dangerous place for people who underestimate it. Weather can change very quickly and navigation is very hard on the ridge. Use proper clothes, shoes and equipment when going to the ridge and be ready for every eventuality.
Quinag is a massif of three Corbetts. It lies in the northern Assynt near Kylesku bridge. The best way up the mountains is from the car park on the main road A894.
It is better to start in the morning or before noon, since the walk can take more than six hours (depends on how fit you are). Always check forecast before you go!
Some say, the best time to visit Scotland is from mid April to the end of May, but you can experience good weather all year round.
Bla Bheinn is a magnificent mountain with stunning views. Although it looks very steep, the path up the hill is 99% walk and 1% easy scramble.
Isle of Skye, also known as "Misty Isle", has only few really good days for climbing the higher mountains. The best time is usually from mid April to the end of May, but you can be lucky and experience a great day throughout the whole year. From my experience, it is better to start after noon, since evenings are usually more calm on Skye. Check the forecast before you go!
The Kintyre Way is fairly new. It’s a 161 km self-guided hike which was established 2006. It runs along the length of the Kintyre peninsula.
This gorgeous scenic trail can be hiked year-round. However, read on for our suggestions regarding the best months:
Mid-April - May: Good chance of dry weather. The temperatures go up to 10 - 15 °C. However, Scotland’s weather is unpredictable. For hikers May is often one of the best months: Warm enough, longer daylight, lush and green landscape, wildflowers bloom, less tourists.
June - August: Long, sunny days, warmest time. However, it’s peak season: Most tourists and highest accommodation prices. Annoying midges are at their worst.
September - October: Less busy and midges start to disappear as well. Temperatures in September are between 10 and 16°C in and between 6 and 12°C in October. Idyllic landscape with beautiful foliage. In October deer are rutting. Great time for hiking and wildlife spotting here.
November - March: It can get very cold and days are short. Guesthouses are often closed.