West Coast Wildlife Odyssey
Join us on a 4-night cruise from Ullapool to Mallaig, taking in some of the most dramatic and wild coastal scenery the Western Highlands of Scotland has to offer, not to mention the wealth of wildlife it offers from sea to shore, such as dolphins, porpoise, eagles, otters and basking sharks.
Hebridean Adventure's 4-night West Coast Wildlife Odyssey cruise follows the beautiful Scottish Western Highlands coastline and enjoys a feast of wildlife encounters from sea to shore.
Our fully guided wildlife cruise will start in Ullapool and end in Mallaig, but we will also offer pickup and drop off to Inverness via our own Hebridean Adventures 4x4 vehicle, giving you a central location to get to if you prefer. If you'd like to meet us in Ullapool, or leave us at Mallaig to fit in with other travel plans just let us know.
On this cruise we will search for whales and dolphins from our dedicated viewing decks, travel with migrating seabirds, watch patiently for otters and pine martens and scan for golden and white-tailed eagles whilst learning about the ecology of the Scottish Highlands. This very special trip will be a catalogue of iconic Scottish wildlife species. We will also be utilising our own 4x4 to maximise our experience with shore excursions, and will visit locations on the west coast mainland as well as the famous Isle of Skye.
With a chance of seeing minke whales, basking sharks, up to 4 dolphin species and maybe even orca if we are very lucky during the week, we will be kept busy wildlife spotting and every day will take us somewhere very different, from the marine environment to the ancient Caledonian forest as well as the stunning mountains of the west coast of the Highlands.
During this week, as with all our cruises, we will be collecting cetacean data for the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) via their Whale Track app. We will take the opportunity to teach everyone aboard how to use the app and take part in this very important citizen science data collection effort.
The guides aboard MV Monadhliath are highly experienced ecologists and both crew and guides are very familiar with the area we cruise, known as the Minch, and our land-based knowledge of the West Highlands is based upon decades of experience. This thrilling adventure will give us a chance to go ashore and explore islands and beaches and give you opportunities to get close up to some iconic wildlife and locations to be found in the Highlands, making for a truly memorable holiday.
**Please note that whilst we try to make these trips accessible to everyone, the boat is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues due to the compact spaces and steep stairs descending to the cabins.
**Under 14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult on our overnight expeditions.