2020 EXPEDITION DATES TO BE RELEASED SUMMER 2019
The Isle of Carna is free from the distractions of internet and TV, and a phone signal can only be reached at the peak of Cruachan Carna. With no roads on the island, the sound of traffic is instead replaced by a seasonally shifting natural soundscape, unique to each Expedition.
Surrounded by the clear marine water of Loch Sunart (Site of Special Scientific Interest & Marine Protected Area), you can expect regular sightings of Eurasian Otters, Common Seals and Harbour Porpoise off the shores of Carna. You can even enjoy watching these amazing species using our Kite Optics scope and binoculars from the comfort of your accommodation; Carna House. We’re certain you’ll want to be out discovering the wilds of this stunning island for as long as possible, and so you will have the use of our Kite Optics as well as the contents of an Expedition Pack whilst on the Isle of Carna.
The Isle of Carna is unique in that it is undergoing a state of rewilding; so the surveys and field work you undertaken during this Expedition contribute directly to the Isle of Carna rewilding plan. You will receive training in wildlife survey and media techniques, learning methods to discover and record the island’s biodiversity through the use of specialist equipment such as camera traps, moth traps, Longworth traps, heterodyne bat detectors and more. Due to your in-depth exploration of the Isle of Carna’s landscape and wildlife, you will also work towards a John Muir Explorer Award on this Expedition.
In between your jam-packed itinerary of island exploration, wildlife surveys and wildlife photography, you will also enjoy a full day whale watching tour with Ardnamurchan Charters. This will be a private charter, so we will have the freedom to spend time searching for and learning about species such as Minke Whale, Puffin, Seals, Common Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise and Basking Shark!
The next Wild Intrigue Isle of Carna Expedition will be in 2020. Dates to be released in Summer 2019, check back soon!
Prices from £600
Includes 6 nights shared accommodation on the Isle of Carna, in Carna House; all specialist training and guiding; boat transfers from Laga Bay to the Isle of Carna; a day long private charter with Ardnamurchan Charters in search of cetaceans and other wildlife; a Wild Intrigue Expeditioneer Pack.
Excludes all food and drink; your travel to and fro the meeting point of Laga Bay, Ardnamurchan; you own personal travel insurance.
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Expect Eurasian Otter, Red Fox, Red Deer, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Small Mammals, Common Seal, Harbour Porpoise, as well as stunning flora and fascinating coastal species. You are also likely to see Minke Whale, Basking Shark, Puffins and more on our inclusive full day whale watching tour.
You will also be provided with an Expedition pack containing the previous ecological reports and species records for the Isle of Carna, as well as basic survey equipment to use whilst on the Isle of Carna.
Atlantic Oak and Hazel woodland
Sea Loch (Sunart)
Rooms shared between 2 people
All linen and towels provided
Two bathrooms incl. showers & bath
Full kitchen (self-catered)
Isle of Carna, Loch Sunart, off coast of Ardnamurchan
Heath moth trapping
Island-wide camera trap installation and analysis
Full species identification
Breeding bird surveys
Bat activity surveys using detectors
Wildlife and timelapse photography incl. using portable hides
Small mammal trapping
Crepuscular Otter watches
Nocturnal wildlife walks
Guided Whale and Cetacean watching tour
This Expedition is intended to run with 6 to 8 people. If you are part of a group with more members than this, please get in touch with us to discuss options via our 'Contact' tab.
Wild Intrigue is for those wanting to avoid the 'eco-tourism' bandwagon. What sets Wild Intrigue apart is their heartfelt commitment to conservation, knowledge sharing and building partnerships with others who really mean it too.
Phenomenal experience and a great way to get hands-on learning experience about wildlife, while actually being outdoors!
Wild Intrigue has provided essential skills such as species ID methods, camera trapping and small mammal trapping, just to mention a few.
The Wild Intrigue Isle of Carna Expedition is a truly unforgettable experience that I would recommend to anyone interested in wildlife!