Boat Trips & Whale Watching
Wester Ross is one of the finest areas in Europe for watching marine wildlife.
Over the past few years sightings have been made of Minke, Sei, Sperm, Orca, Humpback, Pilot and Bottlenose Whales; Common, White Beaked and Risso’s Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Basking Sharks.
What else is there to see – Common and Grey seals, Otters and an amazing number of some of the rarest seabirds in the British Isles such as; Black and Red Throated Divers, White-Billed Diver, Golden eagles, White-tailed Sea Eagles, Skuas, Puffins, Guillemots, Gannets, Frigate Birds, Storm Petrels, Shearwaters.
Where to see these wonderful creatures ? Wildlife cruises leave Gairloch
pier several times a day during the summer months. With a good pair
of binoculars or telescope it is possible to sit on the shores of Wester
Ross and watch these rare animals many of which can be seen throughout
Boat trips are available from Gairloch Harbour (adjacent to the Old Inn) for both wildlife watching and sea angling. The ‘Kerry’ is the top boat for whale and dolphin sightings and has 3-hour trips, which take you up to 15 miles offshore to areas where you have a realistic chance of sighting whales. www.hebridean-whale-cruises.co.uk
A new service has been introduced this year by Hebridean Whale Cruises which is quite unique. They are offering regular trips to the Shiant Isles also known as ‘The Enchanted Islands’ on their new ‘fast’ boat ORCA 1. The Shiant islands are home to many thousands of guillemots, razorbills and other seabirds and is recognised as having the densest population of puffins in the world.
Sailing and powerboat trips are also available.
Boat trips are available on Loch Maree, to view Viking graves and the famous Money Tree visited by Queen Victoria. www.lochmareehotel.co.uk
Regular boat trips sail from Ullapool and Achiltibuie to the glorious Summer Isles. www.summer-isles-cruises.co.uk / www.summerqueen.co.uk