Boat charter and wildlife cruises in Argyll & The Isles

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  • A boat exploring the Corryvreckan Whirlpool
    Corryvreckan Whirlpool
  • A dolphin leaps out of the sea
    A breaching dolphin

One of the best ways to get up close to some of Argyll's abundant wildlife is to take a boat trip around the rugged coastline, whether by chartered yacht or aboard any of the numerous operators that run dedicated wildlife-spotting cruises in the area.

You'll find cruise and charter operators located across the region, sailing from Oban, Craobh Haven and Ardfern, as well as from many of the offshore islands including Mull, Islay and Coll.

On a wildlife cruise, you'll be in the hands of experienced skippers and wildlife guides whose great local knowledge will take you to known hotspots that all-but-guarantee spotting all manner of marine life in the clear waters around the Inner Hebrides. You'll be able to see large colonies of grey and common seals, porpoise and common dolphins while the area also boasts some of the best minke whale watching opportunities in Britain.

And of course, the area is rich in seabirds including storm-petrel, fulmars, gannets, skuas, guillemots and razorbill to namely only a few of the species found here. You can also meet some of Scotland's tamest puffins on a day trip from the west side of Mull to the Treshnish Islands.

Being offshore also gives you a new perspective from which to enjoy the stunning Argyll scenery plus you can visit the Corryveckan whirlpool - the third largest whirlpool in the world.

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  1. Argyll Cruising

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    Tour Operators

    Gradings

    Dunoon

    Argyll Cruising offers unique cruises and private charters for up to 7 guests in South Argyll, aboard their converted, comfortable vessel Splendour.

  2. SailEzra

    Type

    Sailing Charter Companies

    Gradings

    Ardfern

    Ezra, a wooden pilot cutter, is based on the Craignish Peninsula, some 20 miles south of Oban.

  3. Gradings

    Argyll & The Isles

    About Argyll Walking Holidays offers walking holidays, hiking tours and bespoke private guided hiking trips in beautiful but undiscovered parts of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

  4. Association of Scottish Yacht Charterers

    Type

    Sailing Charter Companies

    Gradings

    Tarbert

    The Association of Scottish Yacht Charters represent the majority of independent yacht charterers and sailing schools in Scotland.

  5. D M Auto Marine

    Type

    Sailing Charter Companies

    Gradings

    Lochgoilhead

    Welcome to auto marine

  6. Portway Charter

    Type

    Sailing Charter Companies

    Gradings

    Colintraive

    Portway Charter offer bareboat and skippered yacht charters in the waters and lochs on the west coast of Scotland.

  7. Gradings

    Dunoon

    Departing from Blairmore Pier, near Dunoon, this is a spectacular 2 hour West Coast Fjord-land tour, exploring the sheltered waters of Loch Long and Loch Goil.

  8. Curanta Cridhe

    Type

    Sailing Charter Companies

    Gradings

    Oban

    Welcome to Curanta Cridhe

  9. St Hilda Sea Adventures

    Type

    Sailing Charter Companies

    Gradings

    Dunoon

    St Hilda Sea Adventures provides a unique sailing holiday in the sheltered sea lochs of Argyll on the west coast of Scotland.

  10. Staffa Trips

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    Don't miss this chance to see Iona, Fingal’s Cave and Staffa in one day with Staffa Trips.

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