United Kingdom·July 4 - 7 2022

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Cruise

A 3-night adventure at sea around the Hebrides looking for whales, dolphins, porpoise and lots more!



A shorter 3-night version of our Scottish whale and dolphin watching cruise if you have less time to spare but still want a proper adventure. You will get plenty of chances to spot a range of cetaceans as we take you to some local hotspots in the Minch and local area. Minke whales, common and Risso's dolphins and porpoise should be on the agenda for starters, but surprises can always happen with humpbacks, fin whales and orca all passing though occasionally, plus white-beaked and other dolphin species too. Enjoy quiet evenings anchored in beautiful and remote locations at the back of sea lochs or in the lee of some of the Hebridean islands. The perfect place to unwind as the sun goes down listening for the cries of the eagles , a splash from a seal, or the roar of a red deer on the hills.


Quick getaway idea

Quick getaway idea

Our 3-night itinerary is perfect for getting away for a truly memorable short break.

A European cetacean hotspot

A European cetacean hotspot

The North Minch area where we cruise is recognised as a top spot in Europe to see whales and dolphins.

Not just whales and dolphins though

Not just whales and dolphins though

There is plenty of other wildlife to be seen here in the Minch, including basking sharks, seals, white-tailed eagles, and seabirds like gannets and skuas.






Broad Bay and Tiumpan Head

Depart Stornoway approximately 2.30pm and head north towards the cetacean shore-watching hotspot of Tiumpan Head at the tip of the Point Peninsula. From here we enter the area known as Broad Bay, a real magnet for whales and dolphins, including a number of rarer sightings each year. Apart from the resident minke whales, common and Risso's dolphins, and harbour porpoise, the bay  plays host every year to humpback whales, fin whales and even orca sometimes too - will we be lucky? 

We will anchor in Broad Bay overnight, enjoying our first meal on board and then watching the sun go down whilst watching for any last fins or listening for whale blows.




Leaving Broad Bay in the morning after breakfast, we will have one last look around before heading south. These waters have recently been ratified as the North East Lewis Marine Protected Area, and play host to a well-studied Risso's dolphin population in particular. These lovely animals are often seen by our guests and if we do observe them we will take lots of photographs to help researchers identify individual animals and behaviours.

Our destination is the coastal village of Marvig for our second night. Located on the east coast of the Isle of Lewis, it is a lovely quiet area with chances to spot other coastal species perhaps like seals and otters along the shorelines perhaps. White tailed eagles are also always worth looking out for as there are several territories all along this eastern coastline, with the occasional golden eagle making an appearance also.



Shiant Isles

Our third day sees us head further out into the Minch on a course for some higher areas of the seabed known as banks, where the currents become more confused and small fish tend to get concentrated making for good hunting grounds for the whales, dolphins, porpoises and the thousands of seabirds that will be breeding at the nearby Shiant Isles. We will spend time carefully searching these areas and may also spot pelagic seabirds such as shearwaters and petrels, before heading for the Shiant Isles themselves and the magnificent sights of the seabirds colonies of puffins, guillemots, razorbills, shags and several others. We will be able to take a walk ashore and enjoy having a look around at these ancient islands before relaxing back on board and taking in the sights and sounds of the seabird activity all around for our third night spent at anchor here.



Isle of Lewis coastline

Our last morning on-board and after another hearty breakfast we will circumnavigate the islands to show you the other seacliffs with their breeding colonies of guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes, a superb spectacle. You will also be able to spot the tell-tale signs of the former occupants of the islands with ruined bothies and field systems visible in certain places.

From here we will head across the stretch of water known as the 'Stream of the Blue Men' - worth Googling for some local history and background before you come. This can be a good feeding area once again for cetaceans and seabirds, with the turbulent currents concentrating and confusing fish like sandeels and herring and making them easy prey.

We will then start our journey back northwards along the Lewis coastline towards Stornoway. This is still a great area for minke whales, common and Risso's dolphins and harbour porpoise so we will be keeping our eyes open all the way.

We will arrive back around midday, passing Lews Castle as we reach the harbour and leaving plenty of time for those catching the afternoon ferry back to Ullapool. The terminal is only a short 5-10 minute through town.


Single Ticket

Single Ticket


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Itinerary Notes

Itinerary Notes

Please note that we may change the itinerary to account for weather or sea conditions to make your cruise more comfortable. Be assured that you will always be travelling in great waters for cetaceans and other marine and coastal wildlife no matter where we are in the area.

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Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Cruise

United Kingdom· July 4 - 7 2022· 3 nights