Sea Life Surveys

Sea Life Surveys, established twenty-one years ago, was the first and is now the most experienced whale watching, dolphin watching, marine survey, and education programme in the UK. Establishing the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust in 1992, Sea Life Surveys is still actively conducting a research programme focused on the Minke whale and contributing directly to marine conservation.

Three boats allow a wide range of trips to suit everyone from families and complete beginners to professional marine students and salty sea dogs.

Daily cruises of 1/2hr, 2hr, 4hr and 8hr in length, as well as package holidays ofbetween 2 to 7 days. Become involved with our research projects, or just kick back, relax and enjoy the adventure… something for everyone! 96% sightings rate.

Based in Tobermory on Mull.

Brennan Fairbairns, James Fairbairns, Richard Fairbairns, Lewis Drysdale (day trips) (holiday packages)

01688 302916

Glenuig Inn

We offer bespoke sea-kayak guiding and coaching and specialise in full or multi day trips for small groups or individuals in one of the most spectacular areas on the West Coast of Scotland.

Based at the award winning Glenuig Inn. . . the great base for doing things . . . our location is ideal for exploring the coastline around the Sound of Arisaig, seeking out white sandy beaches, rocky headlands and sheltered lochs, with a backdrop of stunning scenery including the Small Isles of Eigg, Rum and Muck.

Whether you have experience or not, it’s a great day out and all specialist equipment will be provided.

The abundant wildlife in the area makes it relatively easy, although never guaranteed, to spot Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles, Puffins, Gannets, Dolphins, Otters, Basking Sharks, Minke Whale and many more . . .

So join us for an unforgettable experience …

Steve Macfarlane

Telephone: M 07957 356099 T 01687 470219


Sea.fari Adventures (Oban)

Seafari Adventures (Oban) provides marine eco-tours in Firth of Lorne (European Special Area of Conservation), south of Oban.

Tours include the Gulf of Corryvreckan – home of the worlds third largest whirlpool, plus whalewatching tours, landing tours to local islands, and a daily ferry to Iona. Species include minke whales, porpoise, bottlenose dolphins, seals, otters, deer, sea eagles, golden eagles and a vast array of other seabirds.

We are a Visit Scotland accredited 4* wildlife experience, and a founder member of Wild Scotland. Boats always operate with both skipper and crew/naturalist.

Based at Easdale conservation village, just south of Oban. Bed & breakfast available. Full information from our ticket office. Open all year (limited winter sailings).

Tony Hill, Steve Patterson, George Houston, Gavin Devaney, Jess Hill, Liz Coutts, Chris Barnett, Terence McKibben, Colin Macleod.

01852 300003

Mull of Kintyre seatours

Mull of Kintyre Seatours offer memorable wildlife and heritage trips around scenic Kintyre. Based in Campbeltown, destinations include the mull of Kintyre, Arran, Ailsa Craig, Ayrshire and Northern Ireland. Sightings (although not guaranteed!) include Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Minke Whales, Dolphins,Porpoises, Seals, Otters, Deer, Wild Goat and a wide variety of seabirds.

01586 830301

Kilda Cruises

01859 502060

07760 281804

Cruise to St Kilda and other islands of the Hebrides of Scotland. Spectacularly rugged, forbidding, yet teeming with rare species of plant and bird life, the remote archipelago of St Kilda has fascinated explorers, naturalists and adventurers, keen to discover for themselves its unique history, landscape and wildlife.

Kilda Cruises is based in The Isle of Harris and aims to provide a fast, comfortable day trip service with St Kilda as our main destination, and other remote outlying islands by request

Gairloch Marine Life Centre and Cruises

Since 1989 we have offered scenic and wildlife cruises aboard our fully equipped and certified 31′ passenger vessel, the MV Starquest. Visitors are often rewarded with sightings of whales, dolphins and porpoises and eagles in flight. Owned and operated by a marine biologist there is an emphasis on education within our Wildlife Information Centre and out on the water.

We cruise daily between Easter and the end of September from Charlestown Harbour, Gairloch where you will be welcomed aboard by your skipper Ian.

Ian French – WiSe Master Accredited

01445 712326


Sealife is a specially converted ex-ships lifeboat and is the only one in Great Britain. We are the only Wildlife boat cruise to combine looking below the waves whilst also being able to enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife of Gairloch Bay. During our wildlife trips each person enjoys the unique experience of seeing the sea bed through their own personal viewing station.

Our cruises begin at Gairloch pontoon, we travel gently across to Shieldaig Bay, watching and monitoring birdlife, porpoises and seals. In the shallows we drift over the sea bed and a magical world comes to life. You will see the kelp forests swaying with the motion of the water, sandy sea beds, muddy sea beds and the vast array of plants and animals that exist in the clear quiet waters. This is a seeing and learning experience not just a boat trip.

Richard Holmes – WiSe Master Accredited

01445 781729

Cumbrae Voyages

Fantastic Marine Wildlife Adventures… Let us take you on a unforgettable marine adventure. CUMBRAE VOYAGES offers unforgettable marine adventures and wildlife tours amongst the beautiful islands of the lower Clyde. Join us for a fully interactive expedition onboard our custom built, 12 seat, Rigid Inflatable Boats. The speed and manoeuvrability of our boats allow us to take you to areas seldom visited, providing you with close encounters of the islands wildlife safely and enjoyably.Voyage around the Cumbraes, view the spectacular scenery, wonder at the variety and beauty of the wildlife which surrounds these Islands. Each trip provides a mixture of exhilaration and sensitive appreciation of the fantastic wildlife.

0845 2570404

07795 836543

email cumbrae voyages

Hebridean Whale Cruises

Hebridean Whale Cruises operates from Gairloch Pier in the North West Highlands of Scotland. We are open all year so you can encounter all the seasonal wildlife the Hebrides is famous for. Our survey area is huge and we are the only operators to monitor vast areas of the North Minch. As this is open to the North Atlantic we have a good reputation for the more unusual sightings of Humpback, Sei, Fin and even Sperm Whales! Regular “hat-tricks” of Minke whale, Common Dolphin and Harbour Porpoise on a single cruise.

Cruises run daily and are of 1-3hrs. From late April until Mid August we visit the Shiant Islands, the only way to get there from mainland Scotland (3hr) to see puffins. Our vessels have been custom built for maximum passenger comfort. The M.V. Kerry a traditional cruiser has a fixed canopy and retractable window side panels, so you can be protected from the wind and the rain. Orca 1 is a 11m offshore RHIB with cushioned seating, everyone is issued with full body flotation suits and visors. On shore facilities include a wildlife centre next to the Harbour Lights Cafe on Pier Rd where you can take advantage of our charts and interactive software to learn more about the marine life found in the Hebrides. With the huge map of the area we can also recommend areas to search for land and marine fauna.

Nick Davies and Strav McDonagh

Tel 01445 712458

Free phone 0800 008 6833

email us!

Gordonstoun International Summer School

RYA courses

36 – 43ft modern yachts

West coast of Scotland

Laurie A. Mill

01738 840370


Day charters from Knoydart and Mallaig for whale and shark watching.

Explore Knoydart and the Small Isles with a local Highland skipper.

Wildlife and picnics

33ft Lochain vessel, licensed for 11 passengers.

Iain Wilson

01687 462844

07766 082757

Seafreedom Kayak

Seafreedom is a mobile sea kayak resource based at Connel, near Oban, on the West Coast of Scotland, We run trips and sessions for individuals and small groups. We want you to experience that special kind of freedom that is sea kayaking. We can go places that almost no one else can get to. Our craft are silent and create no fumes so if we are careful we can see coastal wildlife without disturbance.

If you have never been before, try a beginner’s session to see what it is all about. If you already have some experience, let’s go and explore the wild coast and islands of the Firth of Lorn or the Hebrides – or Alaska – or wherever you want to go. And while we are out there, we will teach you everything you need to know, from basic techniques and safety, through advanced paddling skills to navigation and trip planning.

Tony Hammock – WiSe Master Accredited

Olga Hammock, Leonie Woolf, Carol Lang

01631 710173

Bella Jane Boat Trips and AquaXplore

Experience the remote and beautiful isles of Canna, Rum, Soay, Eigg and the Cuillin and Loch Coruisk.

Breathtaking scenery, unique history and abundant wildlife – look out for Minke whales, Basking Sharks, Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Otters, Sea-Eagles, Puffins and majestic seabirds in this rich marine environment.and trips to Loch Scavaig.

We also offer private and commercial charters, school, club & group events, and corporate days. See our website for further info.

David Brown, Martin Muirhead, Quentin Banting, Gavin Martin, Donald Lockley, Jess MacLennan, Joanna Lockley and Alex Nairne

David Brown – WiSe Master Accredited

Gavin Martin – WiSe Master Accredited

Alex Nairne

0800 731 3089

01471 866244

Tramoyle International

Clyde and Antrim coasts. Day trips arranged to cover special occasions.

Filming a speciality.

Homeport: Largs, North Ayrshire and Cushendall, Red Bay, Co. Antrim.

Vessel 7.4m Cukin R.I.B.

Gordon Deas and Moira Deas

0141 942 8591

Dry Island Boat Trips

Creel fishing and wildlife watching

Trips leaving from historical Dry Island Pier.

See creels lifted from a traditional creel boat filled with interest.

No more than 5 persons per trip.

Ian McWhinney

01445 741263

Seaprobe Atlantis

Seaprobe Atlantis is Scotland’s only semi-submersible glass bottom boat, operating from Kyle of Lochalsh, Special Area of Marine Conservation.

See seals, otters, beautiful scenery, seabirds, occasional dolphins and whales, and of course the underwater kelp forest teeming with marine life.

Nigel Smith

0800 980 4846

Rathmor Marine

Firth of Clyde (Inverkip) based marine tourism operator. Join us for the very best Wildlife and Adventure experience. During the vast majority of our trip we will see Seals and Porpoise, with Basking Shark and occasionally Whales spotted on our Round Bute Trips.

Why not book a private trip for your Celebration, whether it for a special birthday, Stag/Hen weekend or just a break away with the boys (or girls) then we can provide you with something different altogether. From a day to weekend(or longer) we can arrange it for you, in the Firth of Clyde, including all sea lochs.

Also private ferry services and marine duties.


01475 522930

07774 287771

Ardmay House Outdoor Centre

Outdoor education centre operating open canoe/kayaking as part of multi-activity residential trips for school children.

Andrew Ritchie

01301 702998

Cedar Cottage

Self-catering, farm-based, natural heritage related tourism business.

Involved in coastal zone management and training & promotion of green/ecotourism.

Angus McHattie

01471 822506

email Angus

Torridon Sea Tours

A marine tourism business operating from Shieldaig on Loch Torridon in Wester Ross.

Looks at all aspects of marine life, with ROV (remote operated vehicle underwater) and observe in the field the only Marine Stewardship Council approved sustainable fishery.

Kenneth Livingstone

01520 755310

San Clare Motor Yacht Charter

San Clare, classic Italian motor yacht, offers days out or 2, 3 or 6 night cruises on the Clyde or West Coast of Scotland.

In these areas, we have seen dolphins, sharks, porpoises and whales, seals and otters, and many types of seabirds including puffins and golden eagles.

Marian & Charlie Simmie

07710 043 754


07786 456 883

Northern Light Charters

Set up in 1995 we offer Hebridean Island & Wildlife Cruises from Oban on the west coast of Scotland. Our 4 – 8 night cruises travel the Hebrides frequently visiting St Kilda, famed for vast numbers of sea birds and amazing sea cliffs and stacs. Winner of the 2005 “Green Highlands Tourism Award” we strive to balance the needs and wants of our customers with the realities of the places we visit, some of which are fragile, wild places. We follow strict Codes of Conduct and our Environmental Policy is published on our website. We also donate £5 per cruise customer to local charities.

Our relaxed, informal and friendly cruises include visits to remote islands, daily walks and great photo opportunities. We regularly see minke whales, dolphins (common, bottle-nosed, white-beaked, Risso’s), basking shark, puffins, gannets, skuas, petrels, golden and sea eagles, otters, seals, deer etc. Excellent food and a maximum of 12 guests.

Mark Henrys & Hannah Thompson

Phone: 01631 740595

Fax: 01631 740596

Kintyre Express

Fast charter boat operating in the Firth of Cyde and North Channel.

From the moment you depart on the Express, every minute is a fascinating Wild life Sea Safari. Aboard the boat you will be travelling at speeds of (30knots+) and are still struggling to keep pace with an array of amazing sea birds, including eider duck, diving gannets, puffins, razor bills and guillemots.

There is also the possibility of coming across seals, basking sharks, dolphins, harbour porpoises and as you can see from our brochure the occasional sighting of a magnificent minke whale.

Wilson Smith, Anne Smith & Robin Smith

01294 270160

Arisaig Marine Ltd

Take a day trip aboard the MV Sheerwater, or use her to travel between the islands. The Sheerwater operates daily from late April until late September, departing Arisaig at 11.00 am. The Schedule varies through the week to give you the opportunity to visit and explore the contrasting islands of Eigg, Muck or Rum. A variety of accommodation is available on all of the islands and many visitors return to spend a week’s holiday or more so they can enjoy their full potential.

A wide array of sea and bird life can be spotted on and around the islands and it is not unusual for sailings to be slightly late due to a detour to watch Minke Whales, Basking Sharks or Dolphins!

The Sheerwater is skippered by Ronnie Dyer. With nearly 30 years’ experience in these waters, Ronnie is well respected among local boat and wildlife operators. His wealth of knowledge about the bird and sea life around the Arisaig area has earned him a well-deserved reputation for finding whales!

Ronnie Dyer – WiSe Master Accredited

Angus MacLean

01687 450224

Ardnamurchan Charters Ltd

Ardnamurchan Charters is a family firm established in 1985. We offer boat charters in Loch Sunart, around Ardnamurchan and the Hebrides. In the summer months we also visit Coll, Muck, Staffa and the Treshnish Islands on a weekly basis. We specialise in cetacean and bird watching.

We also offer group accomodation on the mainland and the privately owned island of Carna, Loch Sunart (boat hire included).

Tom Jackson – WiSe Master Accredited

Andrew Jackson – WiSe Master Accredited

Sue Jackson

01972 500208

Sea Knoydart

Sea Knoydart provides fast, comfortable and safe transport to and from Knoydart, the surrounding islands and almost anywhere you might want to go on the west coast of Scotland.

Our exhilarating wildlife and sight-seeing tours are skippered by a qualified marine biologist of over 20yrs experience, who can probably answer all your questions about what lives in and on the sea.

Mark Woombs – WiSe Master Accredited

01687 460046

Small Isles Medical Practice

Medical services to Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna.

Redbay rib (Tamo).

Patrick Weldon

01687 482422-424

Diver’s eye boat trips


Dive and sea the hebrides

Boat trips and diving with a difference. Our shoreside dive centre, established in 1986, is based on the Waternish Peninsula in NW Skye, in the quiet historic fishing village of Stein. From Lochbay, easy access to the magnificent coastal waters of the Minch, presents plummeting sea-cliffs and white coral beaches, beside shallow reefs and clear deep blue seas offering endless word class diving opportunities!

With reliable dive charter boat, experienced diver skipper and Stein Inn on the doorstep, our single stop dive centre offers all you need. In-water encounters with a basking shark remain an occasional lucky treat, whilst sightings are become increasingly more common. Accompanied to the dive site by porpoise or dolphins, a glimpse of a whale makes an even more special day.

Gordon Mackay and Aileen Robertson

or Dive and Sea website

01470 592219

or Dive and Sea email

Equal Adventure

Suresh Paul

Equal Adventure is committed to removing barriers faced by disabled people when seeking full and meaningful participation in outdoor activities and active lifestyles.

We offer a range of people centered multi-disciplinary, research, design development, training and information initiatives to ensure that you and your organization are able to overcome barriers.

We work with organisations to help them include disabled people in outdoor education, fieldwork and expeditions.

01479 861200

Rua Fiola Island Exploration Centre

(wild island exploration ltd)

Based on an otherwise uninhabited island near Oban, our weeklong residential courses are specifically for unaccompanied youngsters aged 9-15. The youngsters explore the rocky islands and skerries, on foot and by kayak, go sea-fishing and lobster-potting, stay overnight on the shoreline in bivvies and participate in a “Robinson Crusoe” survival exercise on their own island (maybe in a pre-historic cave!).

All food and equipment is provided and all instructors are qualified and highly experienced. 2008 is our 33rd year of operation. All courses are run by Torquil and Margaret Johnson-Ferguson and their 3 children, using expert instructors.

Torquil Johnson-Ferguson

01387 372240

Misty Isle Boat Trips

Boat trips to Loch Coruisk in the Cuillin Hills from Elgol on the Isle of Skye.

Visit this beautiful area with local experienced skipper Seumas MacKinnon where you will see the famous seals and a host of other wildlife. You may see basking sharks, dolphins, porpoises, golden eagles, sea eagles, and more.

Boat and skipper were featured in ITV’s “Britain’s Favourite View” programme in 2007.

Seumas MacKinnon and Stuart MacKinnon

01471 866288

Eagle-Watch Cruises

Loch Shiel

Day / half-day cruises on the sheltered inland waters of Loch Shiel from Glenfinnan, near Fort William. Regular sightings of golden eagles, black-throated divers and red deer.

MCA approved to seat 50 passsengers. Covered and open-seating, along with a bar, toilet facilities and tea & coffee.

Jim Michie

01687 470322

Rockhopper Sea Kayaking

We offer half, full or multi day trips around one of the most beautiful areas for sea kayaking in the world, taking in the some of the most spectacular coastal, mountain and island scenery in Scotland. Sea kayaking is a safe and fun activity enabling you to journey through new areas and explore uninhabited islands. All kayaking equipment will be provided by Rockhopper. Our Sea kayaks are long and stable, easy to manoeuvre and to paddle in a straight line.

This area is rich in wildlife and you may be lucky enough to encounter seals, dolphins, porpoise, otters, a huge variety of coastal birds and perhaps even the White Tailed Sea Eagle. Whether new to the sport or an experienced sea kayaker, Rockhopper will provide an unforgettable experience that everyone can enjoy.

Ben Dodman

07739 837344

Vertical Descents (Seaxplorer)


Being in, on and around the aquatic environment is and has been our passion for over 10 years.

Vertical Descents is the most established and experienced Canyoning and water sports activity provider in the Outdoor Capital of the UK.

Based near Glencoe on the west coast of the Scottish highlands our coastal wildlife adventure trips onboard SeaXplorer allow us to observe wildlife against a backdrop of natural beauty giving you an adventure to remember. Daily trips Easter-October. Limited out of season trips. Private charters available.

Also COASTEERING available, access by boat.

All our skippers are WISE accredited and have vast experience in boat handling, group management and river guiding and are qualified to the highest standards.

We work in association with Rescue 3 UK, MCA, WISE, ALAA and the RYA

Simon Green and Ben Starkie

01855 821593

07729 937242

Wilderness Scotland

Wilderness Scotland is an award winning adventure travel and ecotourism company. We specialise in small group walking and adventure holidays in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. We run small trips including walking holidays, sea-kayaking courses and expeditions, mountain biking holidays and other adventure holidays to suit all ambitions. We also offer self-guided walking holidays, family activity holidays and a dedicated tailor-made holiday service.

We are driven by a passion for adventure and a desire to share with others the magic of the Scotland’s last remaining wild places. Being committed to the principles of sustainable tourism, our trips are designed to minimise our impact while maximising the experience for our clients. We were Scotland’s Tourism Business of the Year in 2005, so we hope that you feel inspired to seek out adventure in Scotland’s wild places with us.

Myles Farnbank

0131 625 6635

Open Ground

Sam Harrison

We run voyaging holidays in partnership with Eda Frandsen Sailling, based out of Mallaig.

On a 75ft beautifully restored gaff cutter, we explore the small isles and Outer Hebrides with an experienced guide introducing you to the rich ecological and cultural heritage of the area.

01631 562665

Craignish Cruises

Guided Wildlife boat trips and charters on purpose built 60 passenger catamaran Sea Leopard 11 from Ardfern, Argyll, to Corryvreckan Whirlpools, the Sound of Jura, and the Firth of Lorn

2,3,and 4 hour trips, private charters. Heated wheelhouse and toilet.  Suitable for persons with limited mobility. Hot and cold drinks availiable.

Operating all year, advanced booking advised. Gift vouchers availiable.

Lindsay Johnston – WiSe Master Accredited

Mob: 07747 023038

Wild Adventure

I offer personalised guiding, coaching and instruction in Sailing, Powerboating, Mountaineering and Mountain Biking.

I am a qualified Ocean Yachtmaster (Commercial), Yachmaster Instructor, Advance Powerboat Instructor, International Mountain Leader and Trail Cycle Leader.

Most of my water based activities take place on the West Coast of Scotland (my base is close to Arisaig). Mountaineering and Mountain Biking in Scotland and the Alps.

Graham Moss

01397 722447

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust


The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust runs a unique scientific marine mammal monitoring operation throughout the Hebrides. Join us aboard our research yacht Silurian and part-take in collecting valuable data which contribute to a better understanding and protection of marine mammals in the region. With the guidance of experienced researchers and crew, you will learn how to conduct scientific surveys including passive acoustic monitoring using a towed hydrophone. Eat, sleep and work on board for up to 12 days while exploring the remotest and wildest corners of Scotland.

Dr Conor Ryan, Edward Hewett, Jonathan Biddle

01688 302620

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Arran Adventure Company

We are based on the Isle of Arran on the west coast of Scotland, easily accessible from Glasgow and Prestwick airports with frequent rail and ferry services.

We offer a wide range of adventure activities and one of our most popular is Sea Kayaking, which is the ideal activity for close up views of wildlife, which include seals, otters, a variety of sea birds, porpoises and the occasional Golden eagle.  Arran has a superb natural environment, with dramatic rugged hills, gentle rolling glens and miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, which makes the perfect adventure playground!

Calum McNicol

01770 302244

Caledonian Discovery

We run cruising holidays with activities and special interest options aboard “Fingal of Caledonia” in the Great Glen. Our wildlife cruises visit sheltered sea lochs in Loch Linnhe and Loch Eil on the west coast, or the Inner Moray Firth and Beauly Firth on the east coast

Martin Balcombe and Rob McInally

01397 772167

Sealife Adventures

3 and 5 hour wildlife and whalewatching trips, visiting the Corryvreckan whirlpool.

Based in Seil, near Oban

David Ainsley – WiSe Master Accredited

01852 300203

Centre for Marine Biodiversity & Biotechnology (C.M.B.B.)

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Educational and research organisation, running a research vessel (RV Serpula) based in Loch Creran near Oban.

Dr. Alastair Lyndon

0131 451 3462

Brian Morrison

Freelance yacht and powerboat skipper based on the West Coast of Scotland.

01397 702434 07779 253 734

Argyle Guided

Personalised walking and fishing guide

Chris Wolfe

01852 300276

Coastal Connection

We run wildlife trips from Oban on our two Redbay 11 metre cabined RIBs providing a safe, dry and comfortable environment in which to relax and take in the scenery, including the castles and the wildlife along the west coast. Tobermory is a popular run and a great day out.

Cameron & Struan Smith

01631 565833 07919 615 210

Lady Anne Boat Trips

Nick Ingledew

01870 602403

West Coast of Scotland

Ocean Breeze RIB Tours

Tours from Arran around the Firth of Clyde and Kintyre, visits to Alsa Craig and Sanda. We can also arrange charter tours designed specifically to your requirements.

Russell & Elspeth Cheshire

01770 820 356 07771 463 567 or

Sea Kayak Scotland

Sea kayak guiding and instruction in a wild and accessible area across the Atlantic Bridge.

Ken Lacey

01852 300770 07771 918 431

Spirit of Adventure

We operate wildlife trips from March until November with fishing trips and dive charters to various locations offered all year round.

Philip Macleod

01599 534331 01471 822716

Brigadoon Boat Trips

Wildlife tours in the Sound of Raasay. Sailing out of Portree, various wildlife is evident including Sea Eagles, Dolphins, Porpoises, Seals, various Birds including Puffins!

George Burns, Peter Elford

Telephone – 01478 612641

Westward Quest Ltd

Wild Life and Heritage Cruises under sail on the West Coast of Scotland. We sail from the Isle of Seil, Kimelford or Crinan to explore the West Coast of Scotland from the Clyde to St Kilda. Five or six day cruises or courses mostly explore the coast from Isla to the small isles. Typical programmes include Oronsay, Staffa, The Treshnish Islands & the circumnavigation of Mull. Sailing boats provide one of the best ways to observe Cetaceans and Basking Sharks. We also offer RYA Training, and Youth Sail Training.

Robert J Rae

Telephone: 01852 300379

Mobile: 07919 808098

Oban Sea School

Cruising sailing vessel used mainly for practical training cruises but also for exploration cruises to remote locations and wildlife watching. We have an environmentally friendly outlook. Working from Oban, Argyll we cover the west coast of Scotland, Outer Hebrides, North to Shetland and West to St Kilda.

Robert Kinaid

Telephone: 01631 562013

Sails and Summits Ltd

Sails and Summits Ltd offer skippered yacht charters, sailing and activity holidays on our modern cruising yacht “Esseness” a Dufour 455. Wildlife tours, walking, climbing and canoeing, we cruise the West Coast of Scotland from Oban and cover – St Kilda – Outer Hebrides – Small Isles Skye – Orkney and Sheltand Isles.

We have regular sightings include, Minle Whales, Basking Sharks, Dolphins, Golden and Sea Eagles, Most Seabird species including Gannets, Guillemots and Fulmar.

We are also an RYA Training centre offering the full range of sail training courses. All our cruises and activities are tailored to your requirements. Sue and Stuard look forward to discussing your plans.

Stuart Layton

Telephone: 07775 538989

Alistair Mackay

Nautical Training

Telephone: 01505 320782

Mobile: 07770 945568

RNLI Sea Safety

Howie Whyte

Telephone: 01463 861462

Angus Marine Services Ltd

Operator of specialised Windfarm Support vessels working across Europe.

Tom Cassidy

Telephone: 01382 226530

Paddle Lochaber

Paddle Lochaber offers sea kayak coaching and guiding on the stunning west coast of Scotland. We are based in the village of Ballachulish, just south of Fort William.

We offer half, full and multi day trips. Introductory and beginner courses are ideal for anyone wanting to try sea kayaking for the first time, while our other courses may suit those who would like to develop existing skills or wish to explore in the company of a friendly and knowledgeable guide. We supply all the specialist equipment you will need to have fun whilst being safe and comfortable on the water.

Sea kayaking is a fantastic way to explore the coastline; providing plenty of opportunities to see wildlife, stunning scenery and access uninhabited islands and coastline. Species that may be seen include grey and common seals, otter, cormorant, shags, terns, black guillemot, widgeon, grey heron, oyster catchers and eagles.

Mark McKerral, Keith McKerral and Lindsay Buchanan

Telephone: 07841 353460


Highland Ribs

Based in the Inverness the Highland capital, Highland Ribs specialise in providing a Skippered RIB charter and Marine support service to all those wishing to safely access Scottish waters.

Skippered Charters “Explore Loch Ness for the allusive monster, see Urquhart Castle through a Jacobite’s eyes, or just sit back, relax and take in the magnificent scenery… One things for sure, theres something for everyone on a “Skippered RIB charter” Seating for 8 including the Skipper this is a fantastic treat to enjoy with your loved ones, friends or family…” Prices start from £195 per boat

Colin Barber

Telephone: 07765 003424


Portway Yacht Charters

Seaxplore offers wildlife Rib treks from Ballachulish Near Glencoe. Trips run from LOch Leven and down to the Sound of Mull, exploring wildlife and local history. We also offer Sea Kayaking, courses, coaching, hire and expeditions. We own 2 charter yachts and manage 10 others from Ballachulish, Craobh Marina.

RYA Courses are available.

Paul Mills, Pete McCourt, Kieth McKerral

Telephone: 01855 413203

Mobile: 07876 418536

Outward Bound Scotland

Outward Bound Scotland offer a range of Personal Development Courses for Young People based from the Centre on the shores of Loch Eil, close to Fort William.

The key themes to courses are learning through frontier adventure including a greater awareness of the environment. Courses can also include the John Muir Award and Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Activities on the water (sea or fresh water lochs and rivers) are open canoeing, sea kayaks, slalom kayaks and sailing in drascombe gigs.

Most courses include an expedition in a remote setting.Emma Pearce

Telephone: 01397 772866

Mull Charters

Mull Charters operate from Ulva Ferry on the West Coast of Mull amongst some of the most stunning scenery in Europe. Our White Tailed Sea Eagle adventure trips offer photographers and nature lovers an unrivalled opportunity to see and photograph these majestic birds in their natural surroundings doing what comes naturally to them – catching fish! We also run Basking Shark trips in the summer and visit the Treshnish Isles, home to thousands of seabirds including Puffin Razorbill Guillemot and Shag. Our vessel Lady Jayne is also available for private charter so you can put together your own ‘’trip of a lifetime’’ call with your requirements.

Tel: 01680 300444

Mob:07788 677131

Central Scotland Sea School

CSSS provide voyages of up to 7 days to visit the wild & beautiful places in the Clyde & West Coast of Scotland. An Accredited Safe Wildlife Operator and provider of the John Muir Trust Awards, the School has conducted educational voyages with an environmental emphasis for 17 years. Operating a Moody 36 yacht that is large enough to be comfortable, yet small enough to get into inaccessible bays & lochs. We provide adults only, youth groups and school groups with specific emphasis in experiencing & observing the diverse sea life around the Scottish Coastline.

James C Smith

Telephone 01436 811006 / 07720 720527

Adventure Guides Scotland

Mitchel LeonardTelephone 07789
Glasgow Sea Safari

At Glasgow Sea Safari we offer unique and unforgettable marine adventures and wildlife tours on the beautiful River Clyde. Join us for a fully interactive expedition on board our custom built, 9.0m 12-seat, Rigid Inflatable Boat. The speed and manoeuvrability of our boats allow us to take you to areas seldom visited, providing close encounters with wildlife safely and enjoyably. There are daily sightings of Seals, Oyster Catchers, Gannets, Cormorants and occasional sightings of Porpoise, Dolphins, Basking Sharks and Whales. Our trips are unique and vary according to the season.

Angus MacDonald

Sealife AdventuresExperience a whale watching boat trip in Scotland with Sealife Adventures, based on the mainland near Oban, Argyll, Scotland. Cruise through the infamous Corryvreckan Whirlpool. The stunning panorama of the Inner Hebrides includes Mull, Iona Jura and Islay. We work to British Marine Federation Terms of Business

David Ainsley

01852 300 203 eve/weekends 01631 57 10 10 office hoursinfo@sealife-adventures.comFor whalewatching / wildlife boat trips
For holiday cottage with rocky beach
For diving charters

Basking Shark Scotland

Basking Shark Scotland are the only dedicated basking shark tours based
from Oban, Scotland. Our mission is to provide great interactions with
basking sharks and the abundant wildlife in the inner Hebrides. Our main
focus is boat based and an in-water swimming experience with basking
sharks in addition to wildlife watching, scuba diving and island adventures.

Shane Wasik

Tel: 07975

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Sportscotland National Centre

Cumbrae Sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae is located on the Isle of Cumbrae, just one mile across the channel from Largs, the centre offers full residential accommodation for up to 50 people and the quiet location makes an ideal safe place to learn. We teach Dinghy Sailing, Powerboating, Windsurfing, Paddlesports as well as Yacht Cruising away from the centre.Peter Braidwood,

Daniel Smith

M/V MonadhliathThe M/V Monadhliath, a high quality multi functional charter vessel open for commercial and private charter. The M/V Monadhliath has
been newly converted from being a Scottish fishing vessel into a very comfortable fully coded charter vessel providing a stable platform from which to operate various charters. Our aim is to deliver the highest quality experience and service available, in a controlled safe and professional environment.Mr
Mobile: 07777668136Davidlambie@btinternet.comMobile: 07796505694
SMRU Marine
SMRU Marine is a global leader in marine mammal research and consultancy, delivering innovative, robust and environmentally sound solutions to clients active in the marine environment. We operate globally, with offices in the St Andrews, UK, Seattle, USA, Vancouver, Canada and Hong Kong.SMRU Marine staff has extensive experience in carrying out research into many facets of marine mammal biology. We work across all sectors from Wet Renewables, Civil Engineering/Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, Decommissioning, to Defence and Scientific Research.  We specialise in commercial delivery of best practise science, providing high quality services and advice to government and industry on marine environmental issues.  SMRU Marine has considerable experience with developing frameworks for the environmental assessment of the effects of anthropogenic activities on marine mammals and basking sharks. In particular we focus on the appropriate design, collection and analysis of marine mammal survey data, both for broad site characterisation surveys and specific impact assessments. This complements our work on comprehensive noise impact assessments for marine and offshore renewable developments, undertaken for both individual and cumulative impacts.Tel: 01334 479100
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Isle Adventures Ltd.,Experience some of South West Scotland’s best wildlife & fishing, offshore or on-landWe offer:•       Boat trips for wildlife watching & fishing.•       Wildlife watching tours on-land.Who for:•       Families, individuals and groups.•       New learners and the more experienced.April – September: Our Boat Trips:•       Wildlife watching.•       Fishing.•       Scenic voyages.•       Bespoke trips.All Year: Shore-based Accompanied Tours:•       Wildlife watching: birds, seals and deer.•       Fishing: have fun as I help you fish off our local harbours and beaches.

October – March: Winter Wildlife Excursions:

•       Loch Ryan: famous for divers and grebes

•       Wigtown Bay: important for wildfowl.

•       Luce Bay: for shore birds and waders.


Guide and Skipper:

Derek is RYA Qualified Skipper, an experienced Wildlife Guide and Angler.

Full tuition and help with wildlife identification always available.


Information and boat location:

•       Isle of Whithorn Newton Stewart DG8 8LL

•       Maximum of six people for all boat tours.

•       Trips scheduled according to tides.

•       Fishing and Conservation: We operate with a catch and release policy. With 2 – 4 -T


Dereck Farr


01988 500 344  Mob 07979 423 584

Moonshadow Yacht Charter LtdJoin us for a fully catered sailing holiday on board the Oyster 68, Moonshadow of Lorne.We offer 4-12 day cruises to the Hebrides and St Kilda from our base at Dunstaffnage Marina, by Oban.Explore remote island anchorages, enjoy regular sightings of our spectacular marine and birdlife and learn more about Scotland’s remarkable history and culture.Moonshadow is fully equipped to the highest standards, with a spacious saloon and 4 twin en-suite guest cabins with hot showers. Meals onboard are freshly prepared in the galley from quality Scottish produce.You are welcome to participate in the running of the yacht, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the ever changing landscape.

Colin Taylor, Pauline Taylor

Telephone Numbers: 01631 710444 (Office); 07766742254 (Pauline mobile); 07796130180 (Colin mobile)

Venture West
From Tayvallich & Crinan, 12m Cabined RIB, Wildlife and Sightseeing. Corryureckan Island Tours & Transport from Northern Ireland to Tiree and everywhere in between.Sandy CampbellTelephone: 07789
Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre
Arisaig Sea Kayak Centre runs guided sea kayak trips, hire and expeditions from our base in Arisaig village on the West Coast of Scotland. The Arisaig area is home to lots of marine life and SEA KAYAKING is a great way to experience unique encounters with Seals, Otters and larger marine life.MikeMartinTelephone Numbers: 07858 214985 or 07450
Summer Queen
Nature and Wildlife Tours to the Summer Islands and Loch Broom. Operating from Ullapool Harbour. Encounter Seals, Dolphin, Whales & Porpoise as well as Sea Eagles and other Sea BirdsNoel HawkinsTelephone Number: 07734
Western Isles CruisesWild life Cruises and Knoydart Ferry service:

Western Isles Cruises operate out of Mallaig harbour.

The MV Western Isles is a 64 feet, 81 passenger capacity traditional wooden vessel.

Fully refurbished she includes a fully licensed bar, Lads and Lassies toilets and fully leather seated top cabin.

We operate 1 hour wild life cruises twice daily 12:45 and 17:15 and Mon to Friday we are the Knoydart Ferry leaving Mallaig at 10:15 and 14:15.

All sailings are timed around local train time tables.

If the weather is good we also do very popular evening cruises.


Tony Macrae


Telephone: 01687 462233

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Evening Cruses 4

Richard CharlesworthFreelance Tourism Skipper

Telephone 07973 499275

Integrity VoyagesWildlife watching and cruises to St Kilda

Dave Horrocks

Telephone: 01479 811411 or 07768 432249

Selkie-ExplorersSelkie Explorers offer creative and adventurous sailing trips from The Isle of Eigg on the west coast of Scotland. Aboard the yacht Selkie explore the Small Isles and beyond. Trips and charters include wildlife watching, yoga, walking, creative adventures and foraging.

Celia Bull

Telephone: 01687 462692 or 07827 888321 or

Wild Skye Boat Trips

We Provide Wildlife Watching and Sea Fishing Boat Trips from Carbost on the Isle of Skye (next to Talisker Distillery). Our two hour trip visits a pair of White Tailed Eagles that take fish we throw for them. The Three and four hour trips explore Eagles, seals, whales, dolphins and beautiful coastal scenery. We operate throughout the year weather permitting and all our trips are £10 per person per hour. We can carry 10 passengers plus 2 crew. Our fishing trips focus on Mackerel and Pollock. We also offer full boat charter.

Stephen Hopper

01470 592293 and 07769258118



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