Furhana Ahmed met us as we disembarked from the ferry at Oban. We were so impressed by the guiding services offered by her company, ‘Ruggedy Range Wilderness Experience’, and particularly by her flexibility, enthusiasm and friendly manner, that we immediately arranged to visit Ulva Island next day with a small group. Furhana tailored the tour according to the interests and stamina of the party. Three of the group opted for a half day visit while four of us decided on a full day tour; we would recommend this as it provides time to see a wider range of rare birds and better explore the island and its vegetation. Ferhana’s bird knowledge is extensive, and her ability to identify species from their calls is uncanny. She was able to predict when and where we would see particular birds, and as a result our bird list for the day was impressive.
The following day Furhana arranged for us and two others to join a morning bird-watching cruise where we observed at close quarters 3 species of Albatross and other interesting birds.
During the week Furhana took us on the Fern Gully walk along a watercourse and through dense forest. She also advised on other independent walks and lent us walking poles. Her university qualifications have equipped her with a good scientific background and her experience on the island has provided a sound knowledge of the local flora and fauna as well its history.
Altogether we found Furhana a first rate guide and we valued her contribution to our memorable Stewart Island visit.
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