The End

Well I tried, couldn't have done much more but it is obvious that there is no requirement for our tours. I have decided that there is no longer any point in flogging an dead horse, the tour business is to close. It is very disappointing. a lot of effort went into setting it up but there is no point running tours without tourists.

Wildlife and Walking Tour

Well it has been a busy couple of days. On the 27th I a most enjoying Wildlife Tour. Unfortunately the weather was against us, very heavy rain, at one point it looked like the day may be a washout. My guest had requested trying to see a woodpecker, not always the easiest birds to find, we were lucky, I know of a few places where we are likely to see one, it paid up trumps, the picker arrived about 5 minutes after we had, it landed on a stump about 3 feet from us, stayed there for about 30 seconds the flew onto a nearby tree where we were able to watch it doing what it does naturally,  peck wood. In all we saw over 30 different birds and animals. Not too bad for a wet day.

Cormorant, redshank, curlew, gbb gull, lbb gull, black head gull, herring gull, eider duck, buzzard, swift, swallow, fulmar, pigeon, song thrush, blackbird, oyster catcher, carrion crow, blue tit, great tit, dunnock, chaffinch, Robin,  great spotted woodpecker, coot, moorhen, mallard, mute swan, little grebe, starlin…

Busy June - well compared to previous months

This month we've already done a wildlife tour and next week we have another wildlife tour booked along with a St Andrews Walking Tour for hoteliers. Hopefully our promotional work is now starting to pay off. I always said that this year was not about the money but about getting ourselves known. We have more promotional ideas and hope that bookings start coming in more frequently.

Fantastic 5☆ review

I know that we are new to this but after doing a couple of wildlife tours in Mull I can honestly say that I offer a better service. A greater variety of Birds and animals and in general seen a lot closer. With the photography tips on top of this I aim to give every client a day to remember. The lady from yesterday's tour has just left a review, I think it says everything

Wildlife tour 4th June 2017

Had a fantastic wildlife tour today with the delightful Barbara from Chicago. A very interesting lady with a love of wildlife and Photography. Managed to show her about 30 different species including red squirrel, bank vole, great spotted woodpecker, heron, fulmar, little grebe, mute swan, coot, moorhen, goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch.

Poor response

Now you think that when you offer something for free that folk would bite your hand off, nope, well sometimes folk can be a bit suspicious of free stuff. Then you would hope that local business would want to help and support other local business, especially when in the same sector and would compliment their own business, nope again........

2 weeks ago I emailed 14 local hotels to offer a complimentary hoteliers walking tour, I told them that I couldn't expect them to recommend our services if they don't know what we are offering. I got one response, just the one, a very positive response though wanting to send 2 of their staff on the tour.

On Monday I emailed them all again with a gentle reminder, still no response, nothing. I find it very disappointing that they couldn't spare 30 seconds of their time to respond.

I am trying to promote the St Andrews Area for all and not just rely on the ones who come to play golf.

Promotional Time

This week I've been concentrating on promoting the business. I've designed leaflets for leaving in tourist offices, hotels etc. Sent the order to the printers and should have them by the end of the week. I've also contacted 14 local hotels to offer an exclusive hoteliers walking tour in 2 weeks time, my thoughts being that I can't expect them to suggest our services without really knowing what we offer. I hope between this, trip advisor and visit scotland that our name and services will become better known. Got a few photos shoots coming up in the next few weeks, a day at Knockhill with the racing motorbikes, a day out shooting wildlife testing a 150-600 mm lens,  hire before buying! All followed with a wildlife photo shoot over 3 days in Mull, hope to capture white tailed sea eagles, golden eagles, otters, amongst many others. Watch this space for results!!