There are many different ways of experiencing the waters around Skye and Loch Alsh. Although the list below is not exhaustive, we hope you find it useful when planning your visit. You will also be rewarded with some excellent photo opportunities - shots that other tourists simply don’t get the chance to take!
Enjoy all the scenery and wildlife above and below the waves as you cruise in complete safety with the best wildlife guides in Lochalsh. Our huge underwater viewing gallery is easily accessed, with good, strong handrails, staggered landings, and non-slip steps. Once underwater, full head-height, bench seating, and large windows allow you to explore the underwater world in comfort. Drift through kelp forests equal in beauty and sheer diversity to any coral reef, and marvel at the rich variety of marine life in this Special Area of Conservation.
Join us as we search for Sea Eagles, Puffins, Dolphins, Whales, and discover scenic gems you will treasure forever. Fast, fun, friendly and informative. We head out under the Skye bridge as we make our way up the coast towards the Crowlin Islands, home to grey seals and a great area for dolphin spotting, the views along the way are outstanding. With our local knowledge, we will take you to all the best places and show you as much wildlife and scenery as we possibly can, making the cruise one of the highlights of your holiday. Sea angling is also on offer.
Calum Mackenzie and the crew of the 'Sula Mhor' welcome you to Plockton, 'jewel of the Highlands', and home of Scotland's finest seal trips. Join us on the waters of Loch Carron and experience a wildlife cruise with a difference, with a unique guarantee-free if no seals. The 'Sula Mhor' sails every day from April to October, with up to four cruises a day from a choice of departure points in the village, depending on the tides and the weather! Calum has been sailing these waters for over 30 years, nobody knows the seals and dolphins better than him.
With our 1-2 hour trips down the Sound of Raasay you will see Skye from the sea, fabulous views and unbelievable wild-life. See seals, porpoises, white tailed sea eagles, dolphins and whales as well as numerous other sea-birds and creatures. We'll even lift a lobster/crab creel for you to see what we catch. Let us take you to the land of the White Tailed Sea Eagle. This eagle is Britain's largest bird of prey and the fourth largest raptor in the world. We regularly feed these great birds on our trips and between June and September you may be able to observe their young.
Setting off from Skye's capital Portree, the "Brigadoon", with Peter Elford at the helm (a commercial skipper and life long naturalist who has lived on Skye for over 20 years), heads into the Strait of Raasay for a 2 hour wildlife watching tour. We slowly make our way around bays and under cliffs showing spectacular Jurassic land forms, sea caves and islets, stopping to view and identify whatever wildlife we encounter; birds, seals, porpoise, otters, whales, basking shark and including of course the famous sea eagle.
With fully trained and experienced local skippers, equipped with the knowledge of previous seasons – you are in extremely safe and capable hands. They offer two separate day trips on their 36 passenger catamaran : a whale spotting day or a lochs tour. Alternatively they offer 1, 2 & 3 hour trips on their RIBs providing wildlife watching trips which are easier for those with a busy touring schedule for their holiday! We run Sealife and Wildlife Boat Trips from our base in Mallaig at the end of the West Highland Line.
Taking you to the World famous Loch Coruisk and the Seal Colony at the heart of the Cuillin on the Isle of Skye. No visit to the Isle of Skye is complete without a trip on the award winning Bella Jane. Running 7 days a week 7 months of the year for the past 20 years. Tourist Board quality approved and offering a unique choice of trips to suit your requirements, we guarantee an unforgettable experience!
From Elgol on Skye experience exhilarating wildlife and whale watching tours, on our two RIBS (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats). Enjoy the remote and beautiful isles of Canna, Rum, Soay, Eigg and the Cuillin and Loch Coruisk. Breathtaking scenery, unique history and abundant wildlife - join us for regular sightings of Minke whales, Basking Sharks, Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Otters, Sea-Eagles, Puffins and majestic seabirds in this rich marine environment.
Experience the breathtaking beauty and spectacular wildlife of Loch Torridon and the remote Hebridean Isles of Rona and the Shiants aboard the newly built Safflower. Several lengths of tour are offered, along with homemade food & drink, while a bathroom onboard the Seaflower, keeps comfort to a maximum! Gemma and her father Kenny, offer a friendly, yet professional service - providing a memorable experience that will be forever treasured.
Skyak Adventures, offers courses, training and expeditions for all, from complete beginners to experienced paddlers, on the beautiful Island of Skye and the surrounding area. When established in 2000, Skyak Adventures was one of the very few companies in the UK specialising only in sea kayaking. Our team of trained experts are at least BCU Level 4 sea kayak specialist coaches who live for their time on the water with you. We know the waters round the Isle of Skye intimately and can guide you to places inaccessible by any other means.
There is no better way to appreciate the beauty of Plockton than to view it from its tranquil waters.Whether you are a lover of sailing and crave a few hours on the water or simply want to enjoy a view of the unrivalled beauty of our coastline, what better way to experience the best of what Plockton has to offer, than to get out onto the water with a canoe or rowing boat from Plockton Boat Hire? Plockton Boat Hire is run by Malcolm, a keen sailor, who after 8 years away, could no longer resist the lure of the beautiful village where he spent his childhood.
What could be more perfect? - a day out on the water with the whole family and everyone enjoying their exciting sea kayaking experience. Sea kayaking is a great activity that the whole family can participate in. Teenagers especially enjoy the challenge and love messing around in boats. A day out with Sea Kayak Plockton will be an unforgettable part of your holiday. All age groups will be amazed at the breathtaking panoramic views of the Isle of Skye, Applecross and Torridon mountains and the adventure of reaching coral beaches only accessible by boat.
Sail with us to visit Loch Coruisk where you will enjoy what has been described as the best viewpoint in Scotland. On your outward journey to Loch Coruisk from Elgol you will visit the large colony of seals and see the famous 'Bad Step'. You will see a rich variety of sea birds and possibly golden eagles or sea eagles. Sightings of dolphins, porpoises, whales and basking sharks are also possible. After your arrival at Loch Coruisk you will have plenty of time ashore for the short walk to the loch or just to enjoy the beauty and tranquility that surrounds you.
While visiting the castle, why not venture onto the water to visit the local seals? Departing from the pier below Dunvegan Castle, one of our traditionally built clinker boats will take you on an exhilarating 25 minute boat trip on Loch Dunvegan to see the seal colony and observe these playful sea mammals at close quarters. You may see Herons nesting as well as many other species of birds including the Artic Tern and the Sea Eagle. Voted '1 of the Best UK Days Out' by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.