Outside Fingals Cave on a sunny day

© Basking Shark Scotland

Treshnish Isles

Swim Fingal's Cave, Staffa

Wild swimming in Fingal’s Cave is a real adventure. The basalt columns and 60m long chasm which forms the cave is a stunning piece of geology and an swim of epic proportions. Snorkel and free dive the surrounding kelp beds of this legendary cave!

Fingal’s cave, along with all the smaller caves around the island provide amazing opportunities to see the geology and spectacle of the location at sea level. Either by snorkel or by swimming, you can see an entirely different perspective. Floating in the mouth of the cave, it’s stunning to look straight up the basalt pillars and rock formations then dip your head under water and see the colonies of marine life. Some of the offshoot caves have smoothed rock faces and geology that has to be seen to be believed.

Another way we like to explore the area is via kayak or SUP. Deploying from our large RIBs you can easily paddle around the cave to marvel at the spectacle from water level without getting too wet!

We usually visit Fingal’s Cave during our multi-day tours of the Hebrides. This unique island is often a highlight for many! Swimming in the cave does require specific weather conditions so our multi day trips give you the best chance of getting the right weather window. The cave is around 3 hours by our fast boats to reach from Oban; when we are based on Coll for multi day shark trips it’s only around 30-45min away.

We can also offer this as a day tour as a private charter from Oban or Tobermory (Mull), however it's at least a 10 hour tour and around 100miles travelling, which is reflected in the tour cost. Of course if we have settled weather and enough people, then you're in for a total epic day with all the places and wildlife to see along the way.

Price on Request

Departure days

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

April — October

Contact details

Basking Shark Scotland

Oban Transit Marina
Corran Esplanade
PA34 5PZ

Tour information


  • Oban
  • Tobermory & North Mull


1 Day


  • Boat
  • Kayak


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


  • Adventure
  • Geology
  • Landscapes
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Wildlife
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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