Turus Mara
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Turus Mara run seabird and wildlife Cruise-tours to Staffa, the Treshnish Isles and Iona. Get some Puffin Therapy on Lunga in the Treshnish Isles, wonder at the awe inpiring Fingal's Cave and experience the serenity of Iona, cradle of christianity.
Dervaig, Scotland
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2022

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Jeanie Lazenby
Blackpool, UK8 contributions
May 2022
This was our second trip to Staffa and Lunga withTurus Mara was as enjoyable as our first a year ago. Having watched the weather forecast we booked to do a trip on the Sunday (15th May) because it was showing as the best day of the week, and the forecast prior to this was correct with strong winds and rain almost every day. This meant we were unable to do the Big Bird trip we wanted to do , as it did not run on Sundays. However, as we set sail the rain arrived! This did not stop us from sitting on the top deck and admire the views as we sailed.. That's what waterproofs are for :). The stop at Staffa was not what we wanted, having visited Fingal's Cave already. It was very busy there with another tour company dropping off visitors numerous times while we were there, but once we got to Lunga, and across the slippery boulders from the boat to the grassy area, we were in heaven! The sun came out, we saw lots of puffins and we had a fantastic time.
The crew were fabulous, friendly and helpful, especially when landing on Lunga. The skipper deserves a mention as he was very amusing with his information he shared with us. Possibly lost on some, but he made me and my friends laugh.
The weather may not have played ball on the day, and was not as forecasted all week, but we were very lucky to go on the trip as I am aware a lot of folk had their boat trips (generally) cancelled due to wind and sea swells before and after we visited.

One thing I would say to anybody considering doing these trips and have not been before - wear sensible clothing - good footwear and waterproof clothes if the elements are unsettled. Also, please don't sit/lie/stand too close to the puffin burrows as they are so fragile! There are eggs/chicks and adults in the burrows that will come to harm if the burrows collapse.

Thank you Turus Mara for a great day.
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Written May 22, 2022
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Jackie M
28 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Excellent day out visiting Staffa & Treshnish Isles (ashore on Lunga).
Many other tour boats also visit these islands & I would recommend going to Fingal cave first on Staffa - as track is quite narrow.
Fingal cave is just stunning & my highlight on Staffa. The close proximity to the puffins on Lunga the highlight there.
Handy hint - the cafe at Oban pier is excellent- can get a good coffee & breakfast & all food provisions needed for the day out on the boat.
Waterproof & warm gear a definite for 2nd half of our trip.
Crew very knowledgeable, coming onto the islands to point out wildlife and answer questions, plus very accommodating and considerate, with once rain started shifting passengers on another boat heading back to Ulva, giving them an undercover trip back & leaving more undercover spaces on our boat to make sure everyone was comfortable.
Communication before trip via phone & email excellent.
We arrived on the morning car ferry from Oban & easily managed the trip around to Ulva Ferry in under an hour.
Would highly recommend.
Written June 21, 2022
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NorthumberlandJulieR
Northumberland, UK208 contributions
Apr 2022
I deliberately left booking until the last minute as I didn't want to risk poor weather conditions. Not only was I lucky with the weather, the trip proved to be one of the ultimate events of my life. The expertise of the skipper is phenomenal and his fellow crew member was also very accomplished. Whilst they joked about the "special effects" the passengers gave them a round of applause when we safely left the island because the conditions were very challenging - but we were in no doubt at all that they would not have landed if it had not been safe to do so and we would have respected that decision. Even if you don't get to land and walk into the cave you get to see and experience the caves at close quarters and also see the puffins. I'm not quite sure how I can ever top this trip as it exceeded all my expectations. THANK YOU Turus Mara for one of the best days of my lfe.
Written April 21, 2022
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Mistry13
Laurencekirk42 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
We went on a day trip to Lunga to see the puffins and then on to Staffa and Fingals Cave. Both of these were experiences of a lifetime and gave us memories to cherish forever.
We have done many boat trips over the years and this one was expensive. The boat isn’t kitted out really for sight seeing unless you can sit up on top. If you are stuck below the experience is more like being in a submarine with no windows as there are only 2 clear enough to see through. The price for such a great trip is fair, however a few touches would make it easier to swallow. Perhaps offer a softdrink and snack and improve the vision down below with better windows.
Be warned they say they accept dogs but will then charge you £15 for even a tiny dog that sits on your knee.
Written June 29, 2021
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Charles HC
Tadcaster, UK8 contributions
Aug 2020
We booked a family trip (including a 16 year old and an 8 year old) to visit Staffa & the Treshnish Isles in August - a trip / experience for which I have nothing but praise.

Booking online was very simple and easy but equally the team were contactable and friendly on the telephone. In fact on the day we were scheduled to go I lost my car keys but rung up with only 30 mins until we were due to sail and was immediately moved onto the following days trip (with more concern for me an my keys than their own disruption)

On the day access to the boat at Ulva is easy and obvious and with the Covid situation cleanliness, social distancing etc were all catered for and prioritised. At no time did we feel unsafe or packed together on the boat.

On the trip we spent the first 30 minutes being surrounded by dolphins leaping around our boat and then on the way to Staffa we also saw several Minke Whales and porpoises off little Corosay . This took much longer than the original schedule given all the wild life on show but the crew were more than happy to take the time and extended the length of the trip to account for this.

We had a full hour on the isle of Staffa - plenty of time to see the cave, wander round the island and have a picnic.

We then cruised round the various Treshnish isles with the crew pointing out all the many sea birds, seals and other wild life interspersed with the history of the islands before returning on the North side of Ulva and passing several Sea Eagles on the way home.

Throughout the crew were very friendly and accommodating and I would highly recommend this tour which you feel has a much more personal and customer friendly approach than some of the other equivalents.

We were lucky with the wildlife but will definitely consider booking again particularly if we are on Mull in June / July when you also stop on Lunga to see all the Puffins nesting at very close hand.

We had a mixed age group party and all enjoyed themselves thoroughly - thank you very much to Ian M and his crew.
Written August 20, 2020
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mpw246pl
Surrey320 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Choose Turus Mara for the 2 island tour (Lunga and Staffa) as the company had been referred to us by multiple sources as well as the owners of the house we were renting.
From start to end, it was a very smooth trip with no hiccups and informative commentary when necessary.
The boat (Lady Jayne) was superb for the job and rear seating afforded great island views.
We got 2hrs on Lunga to watch the amazing puffins and 1 hour on Staffa to marvel at the basalt columns and visit Fingals Cave.
Overall well worth it and fautless
Written June 7, 2022
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Bob The Worm
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Went on an afternoon trip to Staffa with Turus Mara. While Staffa was spectacular, I'm not sure I could really recommend Turus Mara. The journey there and back was spoilt by the boat being overcrowded - far from Covid-safe. I'm know the last year has been incredibly difficult for operators like this, and I know they need to recoup losses made in that time, but it certainly detracted from what was a fairly expensive trip (it cost more than double the ferry to and from Mull with car! OK, I know CalMac is subsidised, but it puts it in perspective)
Written August 24, 2021
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Sarah T
5 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
The trip to Staffa is one not to be missed. The crew coped admirably with the current covid situation (face coverings, hand gel and social distancing). We felt safe and respected. We had time ashore to take in the beauty of Fingals cave and the rest of Staffa and time afloat to look at the puffins and surrounding geography. Even our dog was allowed to come along, making it the perfect day out for couples or families with older children.
Written July 23, 2020
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,278 contributions
Jun 2021
The boat leaves from the dock next to the Ulva ferry. Depending on where you are staying it's not the easiest place to get to. The trip goes to Staffa first where you get just over an hour. That is enough because depending on the time of year there is little wildlife and there is only so long you can spend looking at the cave. It's popular so don't expect to be the only one there. The boat then goes onto Treshnish, Lunga island specifically. At this time of year there are so many Puffins you have be be careful that you don't tread on one. It is an incredible experience. However, that said we wish they would restrict the number of visitors on the island at any one time. It gets very busy. Not cheap but if you like birds don't miss this place.
Written June 9, 2021
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Coleen W
Glasgow, UK53 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Excellent, very well co-ordinated boat trip to Lunga and Staffa from Oban. You need to get your ferry ticket from Oban to Craignure, pack a lunch and bring appropriate gear and leave the rest to Turus Mara. The shuttle bus pics you up and drops you off at the ferry terminal in Craignure. The drive across Mull to Ulva offers splendid scenery.
Written July 3, 2022
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