Inverie, Eigg & Tobermory, Scotland

Aug 29, 2018 - Lord of the Glens

As we woke in Inverie on the Knoydart peninsula, the sunshine broke through the clouds, painting the wonderful mountainous surroundings in dappled rays. As we left the region that morning, we spotted a majestic white-tailed eagle overhead, Britain’s largest bird. 

Our first sailing took us to the beautiful, community-owned Isle of Eigg. We explored the nature-rich island—both by bike and on foot—along the wild coastline and into a beautiful patch of ancient Celtic rain forest.  

After departing Eigg, we set out into the waters of the Sea of the Hebrides, around the Ardnamurchan peninsula, and began to look for marine wildlife. On our way, we saw a plethora of beautiful birds, including diving gannets, kittiwakes, soaring Manx shearwaters, great skuas (also known as bonxies in Scotland), fulmars, and guillemots. Our journey into the Sound of Mull was topped off by a brief but wonderful harbor porpoise encounter!  

Upon arrival in the colorful harbor town of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, the group split up between a photo walk (complete with a lesson on how to best capture the picturesque colorful houses) and a scenic nature walk to the Tobermory Stevenson’s lighthouse. 

Back on board, Pippa from the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust gave a presentation about the amazing marine wildlife that can be found in the seas around the Hebrides. It was a great end to a busy day.

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About the Author

Ella Potts


Ella’s passion has always been in marine conservation, with a childhood spent swimming, kayaking or boating in the chilly waters of the UK, or surveying the marine life of those waters from windswept headlands. She has numerous, distinct early memories of shivering adults, wrapped up in jumpers and cagoules, looking down at her with slight horror through sheets of rain and commenting on her short sleeves. A phenomena that persists to this day.  She graduated with a Masters degree in Marine Biology: Conservation and Resource Management from Swansea University, setting her up for a career protecting those marine ecosystems that she so loves. 

Ella has worked for several British whale conservancy charities, including ORCA and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) and is a British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medic. She has a real passion for lecturing, and during her time in these different organizations has presented to vastly ranging audiences; from groups of young children right up to filled auditoriums at the headquarters of HWDT partner, WWF. 

About the Photographer

Brenda Tharp

Brenda Tharp

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

For over 20 years, Brenda has used her photographs of the world to celebrate its beauty, and inspire others to protect what we have. Brenda grew up exploring the woods, lakes, and coastlines of New Jersey and New England and her family traveled regularly throughout the eastern U.S., camping, hiking, backpacking, and canoeing. She spent most of her childhood engaging with nature in some form or another and learning about animal behavior. When her father taught her some photography at 13, Brenda soon combined her love for nature with her newfound passion, and several years later her adventure began as a freelance photographer, teacher, and writer.

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