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Zegrahm Expeditions Travel Resources

Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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solo travel
July 17, 2019
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Solo travel is a rapidly growing trend nowadays, as more and more people are discovering the joys of traveling alone.

Some solo travelers love going it alone simply to have the freedom of making their own choices, all day, every day. Some like the opportunities for engaging with locals when they travel, and meeting new people on the road. Others (and women especially)...

European Crested Tit
August 28, 2017
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The birds of Europe include around 700 different species, many of which are similar to those found in northern Asia and North America. In fact, there are only 10 endemic species of European birds that you won’t see anywhere else in the world.

There are six other European birds which could possibly be classified as unique endemic species by taxonomists in the future. These include the Balearic warbler (found in the Balearic Islands), brant goose (from western...

Plymouth, England
July 23, 2015
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Monday, May 18, 2015 - London, England / Plymouth / Dartmoor / Embark Sea Adventurer: Our adventure began in the surroundings of the Hilton Hotel at London’s Paddington Station where we had gathered yesterday to meet our fellow travelers and some of the expedition team. This morning we were shepherded through the rush hour crowds to catch our train which took us through some lovely English countryside and along the...

Puffin, Flannan Islands, Outer Hebrides
July 11, 2011
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The name alone should send shivers up and down your spine. As a photo appeared on the screen at Recap for our next adventure, there was a gasp in the crowd...okay, not really. But everyone’s eyes got wide and there were definitely some nervous giggles—and that was from the staff! The Flannan Islands, known for their lighthouse, is a place shrouded in mystery—literally. In December 1900, the three lighthouse keepers simply disappeared. When the crew of a supply ship sent to restock the...

Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
July 3, 2010
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An excellent way to start the day! Brunch, sunshine, and a full day tour of the stunning archaeology of the Orkney Islands. Of course, I confess to being somewhat biased in my enthusiasm—having spent some 30 years of my life digging in Orkney and discovering its Viking past—but enthusiasm is infectious!

The small capital city of Kirkwall, whose skyline is dominated by the magnificent red and yellow sandstone Cathedral dedicated to St Magnus, the martyr saint of Orkney, positively...

Puffin, Flannan Islands, Outer Hebrides
June 30, 2010
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At 5 a.m., under leaden skies and a lazy, rolling sea, our vessel, the Island Sky, made its way into Village Bay at Hirta, the largest of the seven islets that make up the archipelago of St. Kilda—Britain’s most remote group of islands. No amount of reading could have prepared us for this dramatic scene; sheer mountains that explode from the sea, launched from the ocean depths by wild volcanic explosions, its peaks draped in a soft, gray fog.

As primordial and striking as...

Ireland
May 2, 2012
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Stephen C. Quinn, of the American Museum of Natural History, will be joining our Ireland and the British Isles expedition this May. Being of Irish descent, Stephen is particularly excited about the journey and shared with us his must-have items on a trip that incorporates both incredible wildlife viewing and magnificent scenery.

There is a very good little field guide to the region’s birdlife, A Pocket Guide to Common Birds of Ireland by Eric Dempsey and...

Abbey Gardens, Tresco, Isles of Scilly
June 22, 2010
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The first landing of our Wild and Ancient Britain adventure began with a short Zodiac ride to the island of Tresco; one of the islands that make up the Isles of Scilly. Located at the southwestern most tip of the UK, these islands are subtropical in nature and allow a remarkable range of plants to be grown from South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, and the Mediterranean. With blue sky, sunshine, and a gentle walk to the gardens, what more could you ask for!...

Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
December 30, 2011
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Naturalist Mark Brazil has been leading trips for Zegrahm Expeditions for over 10 years. His explorations range from seeking out India’s rare Bengal tigers to photographing Japan’s white-naped cranes.

“Remote” and the “British Isles” are words that are not often combined in the same sentence. After all, the islands, geographically encompassing both Ireland and the UK, have been settled for millennia, are rich in archaeology, history, folklore and custom, and support a...

Great Saltee Island
August 18, 2011
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Today we were spoiled for choice.

Some of us opted for a trip to world famous Lismore Castle and Gardens. The trip gave them the opportunity to pass through some of Ireland’s most scenic countryside, looking its best in early-summer with lush green fields sprinkled with Elder bushes covered in large white blossoms. Lismore itself has won a number of heritage awards and was looking radiant in the sunshine. The castle itself is steeped in history. Built by Prince John of England in...

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