Lunga – a puffin experience

On Saturday, I took a day off and took full advantage of an opportunity to visit the largest of the Treshnish Isles, Lunga thanks to Staffatours (based out of Mull) and the Oban and Lorne Fiddlers who arranged the trip as part of their visit to Tiree.

It was incredible to finally visit an island I have seen in the distance for so long.

Lunga is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of its abundant plant life. Many rare and endangered plants are native to the island. The flora includes Primroses, Birdsfoot Trefoil, orchids, Sea Campion, Thrift and Tormentil. Atlantic Grey seals inhabit the waters surrounding the island, while birdlife includes Storm Petrels, Kittiwakes and Manx Shearwaters. Guillemot, Puffin, Corncrake and Razorbills breed on Lunga and on the Harp Rock, a sea stack separated by a narrow gut. Barnacle geese appear each winter. (

Of course, I took the camera and spent most of the 2 hours on the island lying flat on my face photographing puffins. They are my new favourite bird.

We were also very fortunate to see common dolphins and a Minke whale as we sailed.

If you ever get a chance, go. It’s worth every penny. These photos are as shot – no photoshop, no nothing. 75-300mm Canon Lens and a Canon 400D


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