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Wild Isles


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Region: Northumberland | Scotland
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
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Next Departure: 17th - 23rd May 2025
Accommodation: Classic

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    Trip Overview

    Created by: Anna Brownlow


    Explore the shifting sands and ceaseless tides of the Northumberland Coast on our Wild Isles wildlife holiday.

    Joined by an experienced Wilderness guide, traverse the northern shores of England into the southern reaches of Scotland on this 7 day Wild Isles wildlife holiday. Explore wild, uninhabited islands and discover important habitats home to a unique blend of flora and fauna across the wild isles.

    With the salt-stung air vibrating with the soundtrack of seabirds, visit National Nature Reserves and take boat trips to islands rich with wildlife. With the breeze fragrant with the sweet, coconut smell of gorse, meander across headlands bright with sea pink. Watch for seals and dolphins in the swell, the rainbow beaks of puffins on rocky outcrops, and the blue-ringed eyes of gannets flying high above the rolling waves. When late golden light starts spilling over the horizon, enjoy delicious food in the cosy peace of independent, local accommodation.

    On a memorable guided tour to England and Scotland, enjoy discovering the wonderful wildlife and beautiful landscapes of this rugged slice of the East Coast.

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    Day by Day
    Itinerary

    Day 1 – Welcome to Northumberland Read Less

    Day 1

    Welcome to Northumberland

    Meet your Wilderness guide mid-morning at Morpeth Railway Station and transfer to Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre. Along the way, stop to stretch your legs and enjoy the gentle breeze that’s bright with salt and sunshine. On arrival, have lunch at the cafe and chat about the adventure ahead with your guide. After a pot of tea and a round of sweet treats, spend some time exploring the centre. Renowned for its birdlife, walk along the quiet nature trails and duck into the wildlife-watching hides. This evening, settle into a traditional hotel and enjoy a pint of local ale or crisp glass of wine before dinner and a good night’s sleep.

    Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

    Day 2 – A Boat Trip to Inner Farne Island Read Less

    Day 2

    A Boat Trip to Inner Farne Island

    After breakfast this morning, head out with your guide for a fantastic boat trip to the Farne Islands. Sail around this National Nature Reserve (which encompasses 28 isles in total) and learn about the internationally important wildlife which call them home. Spot Atlantic grey seals and thousands of seabirds, including puffins, terns, kittiwakes, guillemots and eider ducks. Back on the mainland, visit Long Nanny: the estuary of a small stream surrounded by sand dunes. Notable for its tern colony, Long Nanny supports arctic terns, little terns, and, interestingly, a lone black tern. Guarded consistently during the summer by rangers, a visit to the warden’s hut provides the opportunity to see these wonderful birds up close.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Day 3 – Exploring Holy Island Read Less

    Day 3

    Exploring Holy Island

    Today, enjoy visiting Lindisfarne, also known as the Holy Island. Reached by crossing a tidal causeway – 3,500 hectares of dunes, saltmarsh and mudflats form this National Nature Reserve. Home to an array of flora and fauna, 20 different species of orchid can be found growing among its shifting sands, including the endemic Lindisfarne helleborine. As you explore, look out for ringed plovers and merlin; watch out for waterfowl such as little grebe, shoveler, mallard, moorhen and coot. Before leaving, visit the Priory, following in the footsteps of the ancient monks who lived here nearly 1,400 years ago.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Day 4 – St Abbs Head Read Less

    Day 4

    St Abbs Head

    As the silky dawn light recedes across the shimmering sea, leave your friendly hotel behind and travel a short distance north, crossing the border to St Abbs Head. A spectacular coastal headland, the cliffs form thin, precipitous spines that hang eerily above the waves. Alongside your knowledgeable guide, enjoy identifying the many seabirds that fill the land, sea and sky as you walk across the headland and take advantage of the many clifftop vantage points. Afterwards, visit Siccar Point and observe the unique junction between two distinct types of rock, separated in age by millions of years. Continue your journey along the coast later this afternoon, arriving in North Berwick and settling into your lovely hotel to relax before dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Day 5 – Bass Rock and John Muir’s Birthplace Read Less

    Day 5

    Bass Rock and John Muir’s Birthplace

    After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a boat trip to Bass Rock. A volcanic island that’s cloaked with a raucous white veil of over 150,000 northern gannets, it’s home to the world’s largest colony of these snowy white, sharp-eyed birds in peak season. Enjoy watching them dive like arrows into the sea, tucking their wings and disappearing deep beneath the waves. Sail by Craigleith Isle, a brilliant place to see puffins – undoubtedly one of the most cheering and endearing coastal birds. Back on dry land, enjoy a visit to John Muir’s birthplace and a lovely stroll on a peaceful beach. A genuine hidden gem, the views across the clean, white sand are breathtaking.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Day 6 – Boat Trip to the Isle of May Read Less

    Day 6

    Boat Trip to the Isle of May

    Today, cast off into the calm sea to explore the Isle of May. A National Nature Reserve, the island is grey and green, rugged and treeless, and home to the largest puffin colony on the east coast of Scotland. On your approach, spot the monochrome guillemots that crowd the island’s ledges and the soft-eyed faces of grey seals. Welcomed ashore by a warden, chat about how to explore the island so as not to disturb the nesting birds. With designated paths to follow, enjoy seeing puffins popping in and out of their underground burrows. Return to the mainland later this afternoon and enjoy a delicious dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Day 7 – Visiting Aberlady Nature Reserve and Depart Read Less

    Day 7

    Visiting Aberlady Nature Reserve and Depart

    After a mellow morning of packing and coffee, leave North Berwick and travel a short distance to Aberlady Bay. In 1952, the Reserve was the first site in the UK to be designated a Local Nature Reserve. The extensive reserve encompasses a variety of habitats from low water through to salt marsh and sand dunes. Enjoy a walk with your guide, looking out for a wide array of wildflowers while also spotting wheatears, whitethroat and blackcaps. Enjoy the sweeping views across the bay as the electronic call of lapwings fill the salt-stung air. After your walk, hop back in with your guide to transfer into the bustling heart of Edinburgh, where your trip will conclude. (

    Meals Included: Breakfast

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    Trip Dates for 2025AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    17th May - 23rd May 20258 place(s) leftPROVISIONAL £2,395Book Now
    7th Jun - 13th Jun 20258 place(s) leftPROVISIONAL £2,395Book Now

    Make This Trip Private

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your preferred departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    We spend our nights in welcoming and friendly hotels: the first three nights in England in the village of Bamburgh in Northumberland, with its magnificent castle and pristine beach. The next three nights are in Scotland, in North Berwick, which is ideally situated for visiting the islands offshore. Accommodation is in twin or double rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities.

    Single Rooms

    There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of £495.00 is charged.

    Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

    Meals Read More

    This trip is ‘All Inclusive’ meaning all meals from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 7 are provided. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements are willingly catered for u2013 simply let us know at the time of booking.

    We generally eat dinner as a group however, if you would like to make alternative arrangements, you are free to do so and this will be at your own cost. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will let you know the arrangements for dinner that evening. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in 3-star Guest Houses & Inns, with breakfast each day.
    • All meals during the trip, including trail snacks (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable Wilderness England Guide throughout.
    • All transport throughout the trip, starting in Morpeth and finishing in Edinburgh.
    • All boat trips and entry fees mentioned in the itinerary.
    Grading Read More

    Green Grade 1-3

    All of our wildlife trips are graded Green and involve straightforward hiking with no major ascents, as well as other activities which are pitched at a novice level. You can expect to be active for around 5 hours each day, so you will need a reasonable fitness level. Please note that there may be some early starts and late nights as we seek to maximise our chances of finding wildlife, although you can always opt out of activities if you prefer an early night or long lie-in, in the morning!

    So to help you decide if you are fit enough for this kind of trip, ask yourself:

    Are you generally active and, for example, happy to hike for up to 10 km/6 miles, including some ascent, with rough ground in places?
    Are you up for a challenge and trying new activities such as boat trips?
    Are you looking for a wildlife trip which involves more than simply sitting in a hide?

    Travel - Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness England Guide at Morpeth Railway Station at 11:30am on Day 1 of your trip.

    The trip will conclude at Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station at 1:00pm on the final day of the trip.

    There are regular direct trains to Morpeth from Edinburgh or Newcastle, and there is also usually a direct early morning service from London to Morpeth.

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Green Grade 1-3

    All of our wildlife trips are graded Green and involve straightforward hiking with no major ascents, as well as other activities which are pitched at a novice level. You can expect to be active for around 5 hours each day, so you will need a reasonable fitness level. Please note that there may be some early starts and late nights as we seek to maximise our chances of finding wildlife, although you can always opt out of activities if you prefer an early night or long lie-in, in the morning!

    So to help you decide if you are fit enough for this kind of trip, ask yourself:

    Are you generally active and, for example, happy to hike for up to 10 km/6 miles, including some ascent, with rough ground in places?
    Are you up for a challenge and trying new activities such as boat trips?
    Are you looking for a wildlife trip which involves more than simply sitting in a hide?

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    This was a great hiking experience and I loved the opportunity to experience 5 National Parks in the UK with a varied landscape and environment.

    Laurel Pedri
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK
    Reviewed on 04/10/2019

    Rated 4.94 out of 5 based on 1,381 reviews

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