Sea of the Hebrides - 3 Night Wildlife Cruise

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Our home port of Stornoway provides a fantastic base from which to start our guided cruise exploring the rich wildlife of the Minch and beyond!

 

This three night trip gives us two full and 2 half days at sea, so upon stepping aboard we will venture out of Stornoway into the sheltered waters of the Minch. 

Sailing south, we will take in the Shiant Islands. Weather depending we might head towards to the north of Skye and the Sea of the Hebrides, or stay on the west of the Minch, exploring the seas along Lewis, Harris and the numerous islands through the Sound of Harris.

 

We will slowly sail through some of the best feeding grounds for marine mammals such as common dolphin, harbour porpoise and minke whales with potential for some rarer surprises and seabirds such as razorbills, guillemots, puffins, skuas, gannets, petrels and shearwaters.

After a day packed with exploring the Minch and enjoying watching the abundance of wildlife these waters hold, we will anchor for the night. A sheltered spot will be our home as we enjoy a tasty dinner and each other’s company, whilst discussing the day’s observations.

With two full days ahead of us we will rise early to make the most of the days, setting off in search of whales, dolphins, porpoise and seabirds before anchoring and settling down for the evening once again. Our final evening will be spent enjoying a further meal together, celebrating the amazing sights we have experienced over the past few days and discussing what the next morning will have in store for us. Come morning we will make the most of the last few hours on board before making our way back to Stornoway.
 

As always, we will be collecting invaluable data of our sightings as we go, which we send to our partners at the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) for their ongoing research.

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Sailing south from Stornoway, we will head towards the Shiant islands. Weather depending we might head towards to the north of Skye and the Sea of the Hebrides, or stay on the west of the Minch, exploring the seas along Lewis, Harris and the numerous islands through the Sound of Harris.

 

Highlights

Fully guided tour with our resident guide pointing out the wildlife highlights along the way.
Visit the Shiant Islands in the middle of the Minch.
Hopefully watch and photograph dolphins, whales, seals, seabirds and maybe even white-tailed sea eagles too.
Enjoy dinner on board in the evening while watching the sunset, and maybe even catch your own dish with a creel or rod and line.
Contribute to science though your observations and sightings.