Swimming with a 10m basking shark

© Basking Shark Scotland

Sea of the Hebrides

Basking Shark Tours

We are the No1 worldwide operator to see basking sharks in the biggest basking shark hotspot. We can see sharks from April to October but have a short consistent time from July-Sept in the Hebrides. Our tours run from one day to week long adventures.

Our geographical area of operation is a basking shark ‘hotspot’, widely known as one of the best areas in the whole world for basking shark sightings. We offer a wide range of basking shark swimming and wildlife excursions in the Inner Hebrides. Our mission is to provide you with great interactions with basking sharks and the abundant wildlife of the area. We create opportunities for you to experience in-water swimming with basking sharks, plus wildlife and adventure excursions. From snorkelling with sharks, to wild swimming in Fingals Cave, our multi day tours show you the best of what the Hebrides have to offer.

Our tours are organised from April to October to coincide with the basking sharks' migration to the area, where they feed on the abundant plankton. Multi day tours also include snorkelling with seals and the chance to experience some amazing wild swimming spots.

A wide variety of people seek out our expertise on our shark swims. Whether you’re a novice or have experience with the sea, we’ll make sure you have the very best of the opportunities available.

For those not so keen on a close encounter or getting wet, you are welcome to book as a shark watcher on board the boat where you will still get an amazing view of these gentle giants.

Advanced booking is essential!

From £600 per adult

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

July — September

Contact details

Basking Shark Scotland

Oban Transit Marina
Corran Esplanade
PA34 5PZ

Key facilities

  • Parking

Tour information


  • Coll
  • Oban
  • Oban, Mull and Lorn


7 Days


  • Boat


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


  • English


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Geology
  • Island Hopping
  • Landscapes
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Photography
  • Wildlife

Tour prices

From £600 Per Adult

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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Basking Shark Scotland

Tour company information

Basking Shark Scotland

We specialise in adventure wildlife tourism, offering transformation experiences snorkelling and wild swimming around the Inner Hebrides. Our basking shark specific tours are seasonal so we also run many other wildlife & watersports tours, charters and overseas expeditions. Look out for our shore based experience snorkelling - a perfect introduction to the wealth of marine life below the waves.

Opening times

Office (home) open Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri - 0930-1600
Different tours operate at different times of year. Main season usually Apr-Oct.

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