Loch Maree and Slioch
Western Highlands, Scotland © Colin Leslie

West Coast Wildlife Odyssey Cruise

From £1400 per adult

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September — September

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Cruise up the stunning coastline of the Highlands between Mallaig and Ullapool on this 4-night trip. Amazing scenery, stunning wildlife and fun shore excursions will make this trip memorable and also unique to us!

DATES: Mon 19th September to Fri 13th October 2022


Our fully guided wildlife cruise will travel between Mallaig and Ullapool, but we will also offer pickup and dropoff to Inverness via our own Hebridean Adventures 4x4 vehicle, giving you a central location to get to if you prefer. If you'd like to meet or leave us in Ullapool or Mallaig to fit in with other travel plans just let us know.

On this cruise we will search for whales and dolphins from our dedicated viewing decks, travel with migrating seabirds, watch patiently for otters and pine martens and scan for golden and white-tailed eagles whilst learning about the ecology of the Scottish Highlands. This very special trip will be a catalogue of iconic Scottish wildlife species. We will also be utilising our own minibus to maximise our experience with shore excursions, and will visit locations on the west coast mainland as well as the famous Isle of Skye.

With a chance of seeing minke whales, basking sharks, up to 4 dolphin species and maybe even orca if we are very lucky during the week, we will be kept busy wildlife spotting and every day will take us somewhere very different, from the marine environment to the ancient Caledonian forest (land minibus excursion) as well as the stunning mountains of the west coast of the Highlands.

During this week, as with all our cruises, we will be collecting cetacean data for the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) via their Whale Track app. We will take the opportunity to teach everyone aboard how to use the app and take part in this very important citizen science data collection effort. 

The guides aboard MV Monadhliath are highly experienced ecologists and both crew and guides are very familiar with the area we cruise, known as the Minch, and our land-based knowledge of the West Highlands is based upon decades of experience. This thrilling adventure will give us a chance to go ashore and explore islands and beaches and give you opportunities to get close up to some iconic wildlife and locations to be found in the Highlands, making for a truly memorable holiday.

Please note that whilst we try to make these trips accessible to everyone, the boat is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues due to the compact spaces and steep stairs descending to the cabins.

  • 4-night guided wildlife cruise.
  • Visit the majestic Western Highlands of Scotland.
  • Pickup and dropoff from Inverness.
  • A mix of wildlife spotting adventures on sea and land.
  • Look out for whales, dolphins, seals, otters, pine martens, eagles and seabirds.
  • See the Isle of Skye and visit an otter hide.
  • Help collect cetacean sightings data for the Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust.
  • View and visit some of the most scenic west coast locations in the Scottish Highlands.
  • A truly memorable cruise you will never forget.

COVID-19 information

This business has confirmed that they have implemented, and will ensure ongoing compliance with, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels protocols. The Safe Travels stamp is based on self-assessment and it is not a certification.

Contact details

Hebridean Adventures
22 North Beach
Isle of Lewis
Inverness Mallaig
Small Group (1-16)
Adventure Castles Landscapes Photography Wildlife

COVID-19 facilities

  • Advance booking essential
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • Capacity limit
  • Contactless payment possible
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Face masks available for visitors
  • Hand sanitiser available to visitors & staff
  • Online booking possible
  • Outside seating
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas

Tour prices


  • £1400 Per Adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season


Tour company information

Hebridean Adventures

Whale & wildlife watching + activity cruises around Scotland's Hebridean islands and the Highlands' west coast, with itineraries including Skye and St Kilda! Cruises range from two to six nights and are all-inclusive, with shore excursions. Certain cruises offer activities like sea kayaking, hiking, snorkelling and photography led by an expert. Our guides will point out the whales, dolphins, eagles, puffins and other sealife that call this area home while keeping a safe and respectful distance. Two raised observation decks give you great views! Departures from Mallaig, Stornoway and Ullapool.

Opening times

Our shop near Stornoway Harbour is often open when we are in port during the daytime from around 10-4. Otherwise please call or email our office.

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