White-tailed eagles are magnificent birds of prey, with a wingspan of over 2 metres when adult. They became extinct in Britain in the early 1900s but were reintroduced in the 70s.
The first successful breeding of the re-introduced white-tailed eagles occurred on Mull in 1985. Together with the golden eagle, these birds are the reason Mull is often called ‘Eagle Island’.
A unique partnership
Mull Eagle Watch is a unique protection and public viewing partnership between the Mull & Iona Community Trust, RSPB Scotland, Nature Scot, Forestry and Land Scotland and Police Scotland.
Inaugurated in 2000 at Loch Frisa, it allows people to get great views of the birds without disturbing them. Since then the eagles have become TV stars – famous among bird lovers.
Mull Eagle Hide is graded by VisitScotland as a four star “exceptional wildlife experience”. It has won awards including ‘Innovation in Tourism’ from the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards and ‘Nature Tourism’ from The Nature of Scotland Awards.
Here at Mull Eagle Watch we are committed to providing a sustainable attraction, and we’re constantly trying to improve our credentials. We obviously care about our wildlife on Mull and that of course means looking after the environment too.
Green tourism is sustainable tourism…
Mull Eagle Watch is rated Gold by the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Green tourism is defined as tourism that takes into account the needs of the environment, local residents, businesses, and visitors.
Mull Eagle Watch Charter
- We support local and organic
- We encourage car sharing, cycling and walking
- We support the Mull Eco Charter
- We recycle all glass, cans, paper, printer cartridges and batteries
- We collect rainwater for the birdbath and dog bowl
- We use sustainable RSPB bird food
- We support local events to educate and encourage green ideas
A responsible charter for our visitors
- Make sure you switch off your car engine when stopping around the island or in our car park.
- Car share, walk or cycle when you can. Look out for public transport options, we have bus and ferry timetables on site.
- Choose to buy local and organic produce when you can, lots of stores stock local grown veg and things like wool here on Mull.
- Don’t leave any litter behind, respect your natural environment. We can recycle your litter for you.
- Use the countryside code and respect paths, cycle ways and bridleways.
- Help us to improve on our green tourism, share your ideas with us.
- Report any of your wildlife sightings to us or the tourist information centre in Craignure.