Sealife Adventures

Boat Tour

Sealife Adventures Pontoon, Clachan Seil, Argyll, PA34 4TL

    Experience a whale and wildlife watching boat trip around the Firth of Lorne Special Area of Conservation, including the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool. Cruises depart from the mainland near Oban - All ages welcome!

     

    Experience whale and wildlife watching boat trips including the Corryvreckan whirlpool. Sealife adventures operate  from the mainland near Oban in Scotland, looking towards Mull.  

    The local Special Area of Conservation is is exceptional for porpoise, minke whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters and seals.  Bird watching highlights include sea eagles, golden eagles, puffins and a great variety of seabirds.

    Whale, porpoise, dolphin, eagle & seal hotspot

    The Firth of Lorn Special Area of Conservation embraces uninhabited islands and dramatic sea cliffs. Golden and sea eagles are resident and the rugged coastline is home to otters, deer, and wild goats.

    Rich feeding grounds create a hotspot for sightings of whales, porpoises, dolphins, basking sharks and an amazing abundance of seabirds. Scallop-dredging and tangle-netting are banned and these waters host an internationally important population of porpoises and seals. The SAC is rivalled only by St. Kilda in terms of the variety of marine species. 

    Most experienced operator, established 26 years

    Marine biologist David Ainsley set up Sealife Adventures 26 years ago, and is the most experienced skipper in the Firth of Lorn Special Area of Conservation. David is an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, and an underwater TV cameraman.

    Your knowledgable, capable and enthusiastic wildlife guide will ensure that you have a trip to remember, with plenty of stories about the wildlife, local history and whirlpool. She'll pay special attention to children, and provide an endless supply of hot drinks and biscuits! Our aim is to make sure that the trip is the highlight of your holiday.

    Most powerful, spacious and seaworthy boat

    With almost 900 horsepower, our large, seaworthy boat offers a unique combination of exceptional speed, range, uncrowded comfort and stability. We hold the highest certificate of seaworthiness in the area. Boats of this type can be licensed to carry 56 passengers, we carry just 12 so that there is plenty of room to move around.

    David built this boat (his third vessel over the years) to be the ultimate for whale and wildlife trips. It enables us to reach the best areas for whales, and its twin engines are silenced to minimise disturbance to wildlife. With its size and stability, heated wheelhouse, complimentary refreshments and washroom facilities, we aim to take you on a comfortable and memorable trip!

    Wheelchair friendly private pontoon & car park

    We provide a spacious private car park right next to the pontoon. We have a specially designed pontoon with ramps enabling easy access to the boat for wheelchair users. As with most boats of this size the toilet and wheelhouse are not wheelchair accessible, if you are a wheelchair user please phone David to have a chat about your requirements.

    Responsible wildlife watching

    We avoid disturbing wildlife by using silenced engines and a quiet approach. David teaches on WISE courses which encourage people to watch wildlife without stressing the animals we go to see.

    We provide complimentary binoculars to our guests.

    Gradings
    4 Wildlife Experience
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Children

    • Children Welcome

    Location

    • Village Location

    Transport

    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Parking

    Domestic

    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Toilets

    Special Requirements

    • Allergy Sufferers
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Young People

    Road Directions

    Take the A816 south from Oban for about 8 miles and turn right onto the B844. Follow the signs posted for the Atlantic Bridge and continue on this road onto Seil Island over the steep humpback Atlantic Bridge. After the bridge continue exactly 0.8 miles and turn left into our site. If you have a SatNav enter PA34 4TR but be aware that this will not take you exactly to our site.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- Getting there from Oban

    We work from Seil- a scenic 30 minute drive south of Oban. Take the A816 south from Oban for about 8 miles and turn right onto the B844. Follow the signs posted for the Atlantic Bridge and continue on this road onto Seil Island over the steep humpback Atlantic Bridge. After the bridge continue exactly 0.8 miles and turn left into our site. If you have a SatNav enter PA34 4TR but be aware that this will not take you exactly to our site.

    Public Transportation
    Take the 418 Westcoast Motors bus from Oban. There is a bus stop very close to our pontoon. Ask the driver to stop at Clachan Seil. Check timetables on the Westcoast Motors website.



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