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. Sea Life Surveys

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Tobermory & North Mull

    "A family leading the way in responsible marine wildlife adventures" Award winning Sea Life Surveys is a family run business operating marine wildlife cruises around the Hebrides for 30 years.

  2. 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.

  3. Alba Tours

    Type

    Tour Guides

    Gradings

    Tarbert

    Welcome to Alba Tours are offering day and bespoke tours around any area of Scotland. To get some inspiration take a look at our suggested day tours on: www.albatours.org/day-tours, any of which can be tailored to suit your requirements.

  4. The Bessie Ellen

    Type

    Sailing Charter Companies

    Gradings

    Oban, Mull and Lorn

  5. Sealife Adventures

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Oban

    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!

  6. Argyll Yacht Charters

    Type

    Sailing Charter Companies

    Gradings

    Crinan

    Argyll Yacht Charters offer a range of sailing yachts for bareboat or skippered charters from their base at Bellanoch, near to Crinan on the Scottish West Coast.

  7. Turus Mara

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Mull

    This family business based on the Isle of Mull runs wildlife and seabird cruises to Staffa, the Treshnish Isles and Iona.

  8. Alternative Boat Hire

    Type

    Boat Tour

    Gradings

    Oban, Mull and Lorn

    Explore the coasts, the alternative way. Untamed islands, wildlife, history. Small numbers, Child friendly. Trips under sail on a stunning restored Danish Gaff Ketch.

  9. Gradings

    Inveraray

    Hello from Quebec Marine Services. We provide Boat Hire and Dive Air at very reasonable prices on the shores of Scotland's beautiful sea loch's, Loch Fyne at Inveraray. In operation within the Argyll Caravan Park for over thirty years.

  10. Gradings

    Craignure & South Mull

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