Arisaig Marine Ltd
TELEPHONE: 01687 450224
ADDRESS: Arisaig (Inverness)
Departs daily from Arisaig Marina. Booking is essential. Trips to the islands of Eigg, Muck or Rum. Likely species include minke whales and harbour porpoises, Risso’s dolphin, Atlantic white-sided dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, killer whale and basking shark.
TELEPHONE: 01381 600323
ADDRESS: Cromarty (Ross and Cromarty)
Cruises on custom-built ribs taking up to 12 passengers (2 hour trips and charters on request). Bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise, seals and other general wildlife are likely to be seen.
Gairloch Marine Wildlife Centre & Cruises
TELEPHONE: 01445 712636; 07751 992666
ADDRESS: Gairloch (Ross and Cromarty)
One and two hour wildlife cruises on the 31′ MV Starquest. The wildlife information centre also includes photographic displays of local wildlife, identification guides, films and sightings data. Harbour porpoises are the most frequently encountered marine mammals, on which survey work is conducted. Other cetacean species seen include minke whales, common and white-beaked dolphins. There are also grey and common seals to be spotted.
Gemini Marine Charters
TELEPHONE: 07747 626280
ADDRESS: Urquhart (Moray)
Book via form online
Dolphin trip and marine tour, sailing 3 times daily aboard the beautiful 72ft ex-Clyde class live aboard lifeboat, The Gemini Explorer. Likely to see bottlenose dolphins, minke whales, harbour porpoises seals and other general wildlife.
TELEPHONE: 07871 463755
ADDRESS: Stornoway (Isle of Lewis)
The MV Monadhliath is a fully-converted fishing boat specifically designed now for carrying passengers to observe whales, dolphins and other marine and coastal wildlife via our two custom-built raised viewing platforms with seating, and for live-aboard cruising and charter thanks to the cabins below deck in the former fish hold. We can carry up to 12 passengers on our day trips, and can sleep 8/9 on our overnight cruises plus our 3 crew. The Monadhliath is certified by the Coastguard to carry passengers up to 60 miles offshore in complete safety which means we can include St Kilda on 1 or 2 of our itineraries each year – always a highlight!
harbour porpoise, common dolphin, Risso’s dolphin and minke whales are the most common species that we come across. However, a wider range of other whale and dolphin species use this area to feed in or travel through: this includes various species of beaked dolphins to humpback whales and even orca too. Basking sharks are also seen each year once the summer has warmed the waters up. Seabirds are also a highlight and puffins, guillemots, razorbills, gannets, shags, kittiwakes, fulmars, and gulls are great to watch, as are the growing numbers of white-tailed sea eagles that we regularly see around the Isle’s of Lewis and Harris. The Shiant Isles are a regular stop for us, and in the early season are amazing to see with their breeding colonies with important numbers of puffins and razorbills in particular.
Hebridean Whale Cruises
TELEPHONE: 01445 712458
ADDRESS: Gairloch (Ross and Cromarty)
Wildlife watching trips from Gairloch around the seas of Northwest Scotland onboard MV Kerry. Species likely to be seen include minke whales, harbour porpoises, killer whales, many species of dolphins including Risso’s dolphin, common dolphin and bottlenose dolphins, as well as many species of seabirds.
Islay Sea Adventures
TELEPHONE: 01496 300129
ADDRESS: Port Ellen (Isle of Islay)
John O’Groats Ferries
TELEPHONE: 01955 611353
ADDRESS: John O’Groats (Caithness)
The ferry takes just 40 minutes to cover the old sea route to Orkney across the famous Pentland Firth which links the Atlantic Ocean with the North Sea. Maxi day tours are also of the Orkney islands are also organized in the summer. The Pentland Firth is rich in marine wildlife and the many isolated islands provide secure breeding places for thousands of sea birds. Look out for seals and whales.
Misty Isle Boat Trips
TELEPHONE: 014718 66288; 014718 66222
ADDRESS: Elagol (Isle of Skye)
We operate 3 boats. The vessels are Misty Isle, a 42ft open wooden launch and Heather Grace a 30ft wooden launch which both specialize in trips to visit Loch Coruisk and the common seal colony. The third boat is a fast Cygus Cyfish 33 which will be running trips to Rum and Canna to see the puffins and to look out for cetaceans. Various wildlife including cetaceans, seals, and birds including puffins.
North 58 Sea Adventures
TELEPHONE: 01309 690099
ADDRESS: Findhorn (Moray)
We run trips to suit everybody; trips out on our custom built RIBs offer a unique combination of adventure, exhilaration and the joy of close encounters with the marine life and incredible scenery. Likely species to be seen include grey seals, harbour seals, porpoise, and bottlenose dolphins seen regularly. Common dolphins, minke whales, basking sharks are often seen in the summer months as visitors to the area. Various marine bird species.
Northern Light Cruising Company
TELEPHONE: 01599 555723
ADDRESS: Dornie (Ross and Cromarty)
North West Cruises
ADDRESS: Gairloch (Ross and Cromarty)
1 hour trip ~ Short cruise inside Loch Gairloch; 2 hour ~ to the mouth of Loch Gairloch and west side of Longa Island looking out into the Minch; 3 hour ~ Recommended for seeing whales and dolphins, takes you out into the Minch towards Rhona and west to the Isle of Skye. Full day charters available by arrangement. Minke whales, harbour porpoises, killer whales, Risso’s dolphin, common dolphin, bottlenose dolphins, as well as many species of seabirds.
Seabirds & Seals
TELEPHONE: 07831 217042
ADDRESS: Bressay (Shetland)
Dunter III of Bressay is a 12-metre vessel, purpose-built to cruise in comfort to Shetland’s seabird cities and seal colonies – and to give wheelchair users access to these wonders for the first time. Gannets, guillemots, kittiwake, puffin, razorbill, black guillemot and great skuas. Cetaceans and pinnipeds are also sighted.
TELEPHONE: 01852 300003
ADDRESS: Oban (Argyll)
Our Wildlife Tours depart throughout the day visiting the Gulf of Corryvreckan, home of the World’s Third Largest Whirlpool. Our two hour nature spectacular is set amongst the many islands in the area. The scenery is spectacular with both woodlands and cliffs. All Seafari boats are high speed Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats purpose built for wildlife and nature watching. Boats are driven by one of our highly experienced skippers and crewed by a qualified wildlife guide.
Species that can be seen include harbour porpoise, dolphins and whales which feed in these food rich waters along with many seals and the occasional otter. There are deer on the islands and seabirds in the skies which are also home to both the white tailed sea eagle and golden eagle. Using our cabin RIBs we are able to offer tours to the whale feeding grounds in July and August and day tours to Iona, Staffa and the local Puffin colony.
TELEPHONE: 01631 571010; 01852 300203 (evenings and weekends)
ADDRESS: Clachan (Seil)
Three, four and five hour whale and wildlife trips aboard the purpose built 900 horsepower “Porpoise II” on the West Coast of Scotland near Oban in Argyll. Likely to seee porpoises, dolphins and minke whales and basking sharks. Bird watching highlights include sea eagles, golden eagles, and puffins. Meanwhile otters, seals, and deer can be seen along the shore.
Sea Life Mull
TELEPHONE: 01688 302916
ADDRESS: Tobermory (Isle of Mull)
2 – 7 hour wildlife and whale-watching cruises, private charters and package holidays aboard one of two vessels departing from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Species likely to be seen are minke whales, basking sharks, harbour porpoise, common and grey seals, white-tailed and golden eagles and common dolphins are all sighted regularly during the summer months, as well as a variety of seabirds. Occasionally Risso’s dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and killer whales are also seen.
Seatrek Outer Hebrides
TELEPHONE: 01851 672469
ADDRESS: Uig (Isle of Lewis)
Wildlife cruises on a rigid inflatable – takes up to 12 passengers (day trips). Risso’s and white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, harbour porpoises and basking sharks.
TELEPHONE: 01854 612472
ADDRESS: Ullapool (Ross and Cromarty)
We run trips to suit everybody; trips out on our custom built RIBs offer a unique combination Powerglide 50 Catamaran, built 2010, 15.1 mtr GRP hull. Twin 400hp engines, radar, plotter, 2 VHF radio, twin deck, passenger lounge, toilet. Cetaceans, pinnipeds and plenty of birds can be seen.
St Abbs Charters
TELEPHONE: 07802 864870
ADDRESS: St Abbs (Berwickshire)
We offer wildlife trips and scuba diving around St Abbs Head on our 10m Offshore 105 charter boat, Stingray which can carry 12 passengers and 2 crew. We run regular trips at the weekends for individuals and groups but are also available for whole boat charter for customised trips. Grey seals, bottlenose dolphins and occasional minke and humpback whales. The sea cliffs are covered in breeding colonies of razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes and gannets.