Minke whale surfaces close tour boat

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Sea of the Hebrides

Whale and Dolphin Watching

A full day of ocean wildlife watching in the Sea of Hebrides, a recognised marine wildlife hotspot on the Hebrides Whale Trail. Join our team of marine biologists as we search for dolphins, whales and more!

Our tour starts in Oban (Dunstaffnage Marina) and using our fast RIBS we can take you to the whale and dolphin grounds quickly and comfortably. We also have an option to join the tour from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

Join our marine biologist guides on an ocean discovery and let us show you some amazing marine wildlife!

We'll spend our tour exploring the Inner Hebrides around Mull, Coll & Small Isles a designated hotspot on the Hebrides Whale Trail, and now a MPA for minke whales. We will see both coastline and open ocean giving you the best chances to see a range of species.

The main whale species we see is minke, along with common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and porpoises. There is always a chance of basking shark sightings, along with other rare wildlife - such as the last members of the west coast orca pod, rissos dolphins and even sunfish!

We also see a lot of seabirds on our tours which are very abundant during summer months. The main species are puffin, guilliemot, razorbill, manx shearwater and gannets. We also pass by areas where white tailed sea eagles are resident and have very good chance to see them too.

Though we can offer full days of wildlife watching, both our seal and lagoon day trip and puffin and seabird tour have excellent opportunities for spotting whales and dolphins too!

From £165 per adult

Departure days

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

May — September

Contact details

Basking Shark Scotland

Oban Transit Marina
Corran Esplanade
PA34 5PZ

Key facilities

  • Parking

Tour information


  • Mull
  • Oban
  • Oban, Mull and Lorn
  • Tobermory & North Mull




  • Boat


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


  • English


  • Adventure
  • Castles
  • Island Hopping
  • Landscapes
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Photography
  • Whisky
  • Wildlife

Tour prices

From £165 Per Adult

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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Tour Stops

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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