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Risso's and Bottlenose Dolphins
North Minch, Scotland © Andy Williams

Cetaceans and Sunsets Cruise

From £2385 per adult

Departure days

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August — August

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One of our favourite itineraries, where we’ll take advantage of the natural shelter of the islands. We’ll go to the hotspots we’ve spent years finding, these might be in search of feeding minkes, basking sharks or an area where raptors are active.

Dates: August 14th to 23rd 2023

Whilst walks are planned daily, the priority will be to enjoy our time at sea. This is a great time of year for a variety of seabirds, raptors and cetaceans. In recent years we’ve had wonderful encounters with huge pods of dolphins and also large groups of Basking Sharks. Our evenings will be spent in secluded anchorages often adjacent to seals, otters and other native wildlife.

Guests join motor vessel Hjalmar Bjorge around 1530 on Monday 14th August in Oban. Our departure shortly thereafter will see us on anchor for our first evening meal aboard.

The itinerary is dependent on weather – balancing shelter with reaching our preferred destinations – which we plan to include Mull, the Small Isles (Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck), the Isle of Skye, Coll and Tiree. Expect sea and golden eagles, lots of different seabirds and hopefully a variety of cetaceans, basking sharks, and seals.  

Part of this exploration of the Inner Isles will include heading out off north west Skye where we have a great chance of spotting large cetaceans. 

On the final day we head back into Oban for your departure after breakfast on Wednesday 23rd August.

Sightings and findings from previous similar cruises: Arctic skua – Arctic tern – basking shark – black guillemot – bottlenose dolphins – buzzard – chiff chaff – common butterwort (insectivorous) – common dolphins – common tern -cormorant – corncrake – dunnock – eider duck – fulmars – gannets – golden eagles – great northern diver – great skuas – guillemots – hare – heron – jackdaw – kittiwakes – Leach’s petrels – long-tailed skua – Manx shearwaters – minke whales – orchids – osprey – otters – oystercatcher – peregrine – pied wagtail – pomarine skuas – porpoise – puffins – razorbills – red deer – red-throated divers – rock pipit – sea eagles – seals – shag – shelduck – short-eared owl – storm petrels – sundew (insectivorous) – swallow – thrift – wheatear – white-beaked dolphins – wren – yellow flag iris

Contact details

Northern Light Cruising Company
14 Francis Street
IV40 8DT
Private Small Group (1-16)
Adventure Island Hopping Landscapes Outdoor Activities Photography Wildlife

COVID-19 facilities

  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Outside seating

Tour prices


  • £2385 Per Adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Tour company information

Northern Light Cruising Company

The Northern Light Cruising Company is based in Oban and offers scenic and wildlife-watching adventures cruises around Scotland's Highlands and Islands, primarily the Inner and Outer Hebrides including the favourites of St Kilda, Mull and the Isle Skye. Enjoy a small-boat (11 guests max), slow-travel experience as you island-hop some of Scotland's most beautiful, historic and remote locations. Meanwhile enjoy the whales, dolphins, seals, otters, eagles and seabirds like puffins and gannets, and explore quiet locations on shore excursions each day. Private charter is available - please ask.

Opening times

Our Scottish cruising season is from April to October.
Booking office open year-round for enquiries.
We are part of the Hebridean Adventures family.

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