Isle of Skye and Western Highlands Wildlife Explorer Cruise

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From GBP 675

We will be departing from the small port of Mallaig, located at the end of the incredibly scenic 'Road to the Isles' (the A830 from Fort William), and also the West Highland Railway line (made famous by the Harry Potter films featuring the 'Hogwarts Express' steam train going over the Glenfinnan viaduct - you can do the same taking The Jacobite from Fort William!) Two wonderful ways to arrive whichever you choose.

Our itinerary centres around enjoying the wealth of beautiful and dramatic highland and island scenery in the area, visiting the famous Isle of Skye and searching for some of their wild inhabitants such as otters and eagles.

You will have your own cabin and enjoy freshly cooked meals served in our comfortable saloon on board.

Our experienced wildlife guides will be keeping their eyes peeled for all the different species the area can offer.

 

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Day 1.
A welcome aboard MV Monadhliath at Mallaig harbour and settle in before departing for our first night in the scenic area of Loch Hourn and our first chance to look for otters and white-tailed eagles in particular.

Day 2.
A chance to experience Camusfearna, the location of Gavin Maxwell’s famous Ring of Bright Water book. We will be met by our Hebridean Adventures minibus which will drop us off for an easy walk down to the shore. Board MV Monadhliath and move on to Loch Duich and the enigmatic and romantic Eilean Donan castle. Overnight in the Kyle of Lochalsh area.

Day 3.
Once again, we will be picked up by our minibus and taken to an otter hide on Skye. It's an easy walk to the hide. While we can never guarantee otters or any of the other wildlife of course, there will be plenty of other flora and fauna to view such as seals, deer, herons and wading birds. We will meet the boat at Isleornsay on the south coast of Skye and either anchor here or sail across the Sound of Sleat to Loch Nevis.

Day 4.  
After breakfast we will soak in a last look at Skye as we take in the mountain and seascapes of the Western Highlands on our way back to Mallaig, arriving about 12:00.

 

Highlights

  • Watching for otters from a hide in the area of Gavin Maxwell’s Ring of Bright Water.
  • High chance of seeing both golden and white-tailed eagles.
  • Easy walks in remote locations.
  • Anchor amidst dramatic Scottish highland & island scenery.

 

Route

  1. Mallaig
  2. Loch Hourn - overnight
  3. Eilean Donan/Loch Duich
  4. Kyle of Lochalsh - overnight
  5. Isleornsay
  6. Loch Nevis - overnight
  7. Mallaig