Arran and Ailsa Craig Wildlife Explorer cruise

Our Arran and Ailsa Craig Wildlife Explorer cruise explores a rich habitat, which is home to a large variety of wildlife, including many rarities. A major highlight of the cruise is the island of Ailsa Craig, a wildlife hotspot in south Argyll.

Day 1

Join Splendour at 1600 in the Holy Loch Marina. Cruise South from the Holy Loch to the scenic Kyles of Bute, watching out for porpoises and seabirds from Splendour’s spacious decks. Spot the common seals and nesting ducks and gulls as we squeeze through the tight channel at the Burnt Isles. Anchor overnight in beautiful Loch Riddon.

Day 2

After breakfast go ashore by tender to enjoy a walk from upper Caladh through oak and birch woods to the village of Tighnabruaich. There is a good chance of spotting roe deer, red squirrels and a variety of woodland songbirds, including wood warblers and bullfinches. From Tighnabruaich we cruise south past Inchmarnock, which was used by the 9th Scottish Commando and the French-Canadians as a training ground for D-Day during WW2. We then head for Loch Fyne and a visit to the common seal colony at Black Harbour en route to our overnight anchorage at Castleton, where wild goats and a variety of nesting seabirds can be viewed on the islands.

Day 3

We start with a short cruise to the Otter Spit, a huge bank of glacial moraine which extends out into Loch Fyne. Tidal conditions allowing you will be tendered ashore for a walk along the spit. This is an unusual beach walk and many types of wading birds, otters and porpoises may be encountered. After lunch, we cruise Loch Fyne past the seabird nesting islands and go ashore to enjoy a walk in the wonderful woodlands of Crarae Gardens, where many woodland songbirds can be seen and heard.

Day 4

Arran is now in our sights as we cruise down Loch Fyne to the village of Loch Ranza in its awe-inspiring loch and mountain location. Here you can visit the Arran Distillery or simply walk the trails looking out for wild red deer and the resident golden eagles. On return to the boat we weigh anchor and cruise down Arran’s east coast, passing impressive Glen Sanox en route for Lamlash, which is sheltered by Holy Isle. This is a wonderful natural harbour and is our overnight anchorage. This leg of our journey is excellent for spotting basking sharks in season.

Day 5

Ailsa Craig is a volcanic plug 18 miles south of Holy Isle and is the object of our desires for today. 40,000 pairs of gannets, thousands of guillemots and razorbills, hundreds of Kittiwakes, fulmars, puffins, shags, cormorants and the odd peregrine falcon and golden eagle call this rock home. After an unforgettable circumnavigation of this outpost, we will anchor for lunch and go ashore to do a ‘time team’ on the old curling stone workings and enjoy an invigorating walk to the summit, which at over 1100 feet gives panoramic views from Argyll through Ayrshire to the Antrim hills. Splendour then retraces her steps for an overnight stay at Lamlash.

Day 6

North to the Island of Great Cumbrae where porpoises fish in the ‘tan’, the stretch of water between Great and Little Cumbrae. Go ashore to Millport by tender after elevenses for a close encounter with the resident grey seals on the way. Cycle the level 10 mile circuit of the island where an abundance of seabirds, porpoises and the odd basking shark can be seen. After guests have enjoyed a well-deserved lunch, Splendour will continue her journey north up Loch Long and Loch Goil to her overnight anchorage off Carrick Castle.

Day 7

Homeward bound for the Holy Loch Marina with the last chance to see seals, porpoises, eider ducks, gannets etc. At 1100, all too soon, it’s time for fond farewells and ‘haste ye backs’.

Ab £2225 pro Erwachsener


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April — Oktober


Argyll Cruising

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6 Days


  • Boat


  • Bespoke
  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English


  • History
  • Walking/Hiking
  • Whisky
  • Wildlife


Ab £2225 Pro Erwachsener

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Argyll Cruising

Argyll Cruising offers ten unique Scottish Cruises, visiting the inlets and islands of Argyll, Arran and the Hebrides, including Mull, Islay, Jura and Skye and the Small Isles. The spectacular cruises run from three to thirteen nights, amongst the beautiful islands and stunning sea lochs of Argyll. With a maximum of 8 guests on board, these are highly personalised cruising experiences within an idyllic maritime setting.

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