Last summer the National Trust for Scotland concluded their acquisition of the Treshnish Isles meaning they are now responsible for both Staffa and The Treshnish Isles.
The Trust are (rightly) very clear that, due to the potential impact on ground nesting birds, they don’t want dogs ashore on the Treshnish Isles during the bird breeding period.
Here is what they say:
“Please do not bring your dog to the Treshnish Isles”
“The Treshnish Isles are a haven for ground-nesting birds such as puffins, Manx shearwaters and storm petrels. In line with other important islands in the area, we ask that during the breeding season (1 April to 30 September), when the birds and their young are particularly vulnerable, that dogs are not brought to the Treshnish Isles. Many seabird populations are currently under increased pressure from avian flu and changes to prey species. Keeping dogs away from their breeding sites at particularly vulnerable times is one way to help relieve any additional stress on these populations. Dog-sitting services are available on Mull.”
While we consider ourselves very much to be dog lovers, at Turus Mara we agree with this policy and will be complying with it. This means we won’t be able to carry dogs during the breeding season. As stated above there are dog sitting services on Mull.