What activities can I do on board a cruise?
Relax on board and enjoy the panoramic scenery and fabulous wildlife of west Scotland and it's islands. Watch for whales or the head of a dolphin or porpoise breaking the waves. You can even swim with basking shark on one of our cruises. Glance up to the cliff tops in search of the sea eagle, the world's fourth-largest eagle and spot puffins nesting below. Head to shore for harbour life, scenic walks, castles and gardens, while no trip would be complete without a visit to a whiskey distillery. A different experience awaits you on each of the individual Hebridean Islands where secrets and folklore abound.
If your dream is to land on an uninhabited island then the Outer Hebrides is the right location for you. With over 200 islands, most of which are uninhabited, this is also one of the world’s best destinations for sea kayaking.
what Wildlife will i see?
If you can only get to one destination to enjoy Scottish wildlife, make it Mull, just off the west coast in the Inner Hebrides. The variety of wildlife and habitats on this attractive island is mind-blowing. The waters around Mull are the best place in the UK to watch whales. Minke whales are the most common here, though you can also see orcas as well as dolphin, porpoise, and basking shark. Sea eagles, the fourth-largest eagle in the world, were wiped out in Britain thanks to the Victorians, but a programme of reintroduction on Mull has been successful and nowadays you can see them here and on the islands of Skye and Rum, year-round. Otters are also another sight here, but can also be seen off the coast of Skye and are present in the region all year round.
The unmistakable puffin is a delightful bird. They winter at sea, but head ashore to breed in colonies. They are most visible on the cliffs during the spring and summer months and one of the best places to see them is Lunga in the Treshnish Isles, just off Mull.
It is possible to see common and grey seals and harbour porpoises all year round, along the coast and amongst the islands. Bottle nose dolphin appear in the spring and summer months while common dolphin, basking shark and minke whale show up in the summer.
The west coast of Scotland is also home to some of the largest sea-bird colonies in the country and many a sheer, stepped cliff will be crowded with birds, particularly during the spring and summer's breeding and nesting season. June however is probably the best month overall for bird-watching.