Landing on the Isle of Colonsay
Isle of Colonsay, Scotland © Elizabeth Blackburn

Jura, Colonsay and Corryvreckan cruise

From £1720 per adult

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April — April

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A lovely early-season cruise taking in the Inner Hebridean islands of Jura and Colonsay and the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool area and maybe interesting island sites such as the Garvellachs, Oronsay & Nave. Golden and white-tailed eagles are likely.

Date: 11th - 17th April 2023 - 6 nights

Guests join the MV Hjalmar Bjørge around 1530 on Wednesday 11th April 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 – but may include for example, some of the following places;

  • Garvellachs (Isles of the Sea), we’ll land on Eileach an Naoimh.
  • Colonsay and Oronsay, overnight anchorage and land on both.
  • Nave Island (off Islay) a short visit to explore the Monastic ruins and chapel on this rarely visited island.
  • Jura and the Sound of Islay.
  • Scarba, hopefully a short walk for a dramatic view of the whirlpool.
  • The Gulf of Corryvreckan, tides and weather permitting we’ll make passage through the Gulf.

On the final day we head back into Oban for your departure after breakfast on Tuesday 17th April.

Wildlife highlights we’ve enjoyed on previous cruises:  

Birds of prey like Buzzards & Kestrel are widespread, with Sparrowhawk & Peregrine needing more patience & luck is needed to see the diminutive Merlin – Black Guillemots (known as Tysties) in their striking plumage – Acrobatic Choughs on their Scottish breeding strongholds of Colonsay and Oronsay – Smart Dippers & Grey Wagtails bobbing along stream sides – Responsible viewing of Golden & Sea Eagles as they afford privileged views on their territories, hunting for prey to feed their chicks in spring, with sightings of successfully fledged young ending the season – Hooded Crows, strikingly different from their southern cousins – Incredibly acrobatic Ravens giving everything else in the sky a flying lesson – Skuas, both Arctic and Bonxies shadow the boat, parasitizing other seabirds of their food

Cetacean encounters most commonly with Minke, Humpback’s are a less frequent visitor, occasional sightings of Fin and Sperm whale – the Hebrides have a resident pod of Orca and the area is occasionally visited by an Icelandic pod – frequent encounters with Common, Bottlenose & White-beaked dolphins, Risso’s & White-sided dolphins are also occasionally sighted – Basking sharks have been scarce the last few years but are still seen and seem to be returning, we know the hot spots! 

Other Info:

The Northern Light Cruising Company is part of the Hebridean Adventures group.

Contact details

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

COVID-19 facilities

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

Tour prices


  • £1720 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 group.

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