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Get a Glimpse of Corryvreckan Whirlpool Up-close

Witness the third largest permanent whirlpool on earth.
The Corryvreckan Whirlpool in Argyll

Brace yourself for a fast-paced adventure and witness the dramatic Corryvreckan Whirlpool. It is the third largest permanent whirlpool on earth and one of the most dangerous stretches of water around the British Isles.

But don’t let that put you off! There are daily boat trips running to this impressive site, led by knowledgeable skippers who can show you this wonder safely.

The Gulf of Corryvreckan is a narrow strait between the islands of Jura and Scarba in Argyll, off the west coast of mainland Scotland. It’s developed a fame for its strong tidal currents and standing waves, and of course, the whirlpool which forms at the right state of tide.

As you approach, you’ll be able to hear it – it’s said that at certain times the roar is so loud that it can be heard 10 miles away! At full strength the currents can reach over 10 knots and produce waves over 9 m high.

Boat trips around this area will show you the power of the whirlpool, but also take you whale watching, dolphin spotting and birdwatching! Look out for seals, sea eagles, dolphins and maybe even basking sharks and minke whales.

If you’re ready for a long walk, you can also see the whirlpool from the Isle of Jura itself by following a single-track road. The first section follows a rough track to Barnhill, where George Orwell wrote 1984, and then continues to the old Kinuachdrachd harbour, before the final stretch to Carraig Mhor and the furthest tip of the island. Eventually you get to the vantage point where you can gaze out to the swirling waters, which were originally classed as unnavigable in the 19th century by the Royal Admirality.

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Corryvreckan Whirlpool
The Gulf of Corryvreckan, between the islands of Jura and Scarba, Argyll

Corrywreckan Whirlpool