Islay Mist 2022

RAFOS is aiming to resume the 18 month cycle of visits to this lovely island in the Inner Hebrides following cancellations due to Covid 19 and here is a trawl for participants for the next visit.


Islay Mist – a subtle and seductive mixture of smoky peat and seaweed.

Robbie’s Whisky Merchants

Known as the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay boasts a wide variety of wonderful scenery and habitats, including wild open moorland and hills, unspoilt beaches and cliffs, mixed woodlands and mudflats, all of which offer amazing birding, over 100 species being present on the island all year round. There are so many habitats here that you will never get tired of seeking out and finding birds.

In the spirit of recycling, we’re going for our money’s worth on last year’s advert.

The next RAFOS visit to Islay is planned for 7 to 14 May 2022, staying at the usual cottages at Kilchoman. The average species count from the previous 6 Spring expeditions is 120 (range 113 to 126). If you fancy some good gentle birding in beautiful scenery then contact Dick and Jan Knight at or on 01243 920289. Our deadline for booking is 6 January 2022. If you are that way inclined, serious yomping is available, but you’ll probably be on your own.