A wonderful & unique guided wildlife cruise that mixes birdwatching with whale & dolphin watching opportunities while supporting the RSPB.VIEW DATES
If you have always wanted to visit the Hebrides and get the chance to spot some of Scotland and the UK’s most amazing and iconic wildlife, then this is the cruise for you. Join us aboard MV Monadhliath with the crew from Hebridean Adventures as we take you on a fantastic journey around the RSPB’s local reserves and other bird and wildlife hotspots led by our experienced guides. As this is a special RSPB supporters’ trip, we have some unique access to the local RSPB experts of the area such as conservation officers and wardens who will share their knowledge of the local species and conservation efforts with us. This will include special talks, an eagle walk, and a private tour of the famous RSPB Balranald reserve on North Uist with the warden amongst others. Please see the itinerary for full details.
An experienced guide will help you to spot whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, eagles, otters, puffins and lots more brilliant birds on land and sea.
Meet up with local expert RSPB conservation officers and wardens at different locations for private talks and tours including RSPB Balranald.
See the Hebrides from the sea whilst cruising from Skye to North Uist, Harris and Lewis.
Walk ashore on the beautiful Shiant Isles whilst marvelling at the huge seabird colonies of puffins, guillemots and razorbills.
This small group trip will ensure that you are involved in every step of the journey and don't miss out on any wildlife spotting opportunities.
A relaxing and responsible slow travel option aboard our converted fishing boat.
Hebridean Adventures is donating 15% of the proceeds to the RSPB for local projects so by joining us, you ill be helping support them too.
Minibus transfer from Inverness to Ullapool, and then take the afternoon CalMac ferry to Stornoway. Check in to hotel for first night in Stornoway (to be arranged).
Once we arrive around 8pm, check-in and then take a late evening drive in the extended mid-summer daylight hours up to the RSPB managed Loch Stiapabhat Local Nature Reserve hoping for a calling corncrake.
In the morning after checkout from the hotel, we will leave the luggage at our boat, the Monadhliath, and head by minibus to the RSPB’s Loch na Muilne reserve, famous for its breeding red-necked phalaropes usually from the end of May, but home to many other gorgeous species like other wading birds and red-throated divers too. Here we will catch up with the local warden who will explain about work for corncrakes and other species on Lewis.
In the afternoon we will stop at Loch Seaforth for a private RSPB guided eagle walk, then return to Stornoway for around 4pm to board the Monadhliath and head for the Shiant Isles, watching out for cetaceans on the way. We will anchor at the Shiants for the night with the sights and sounds of thousands of puffins, razorbills, and guillemots all around you – a truly amazing spectacle. We have an alternative sheltered anchorage in Loch Shell (Sealg) on the neighbouring Isle of Lewis if the weather necessitates it.
We will have the morning at the Shiants for a shore excursion and taking our tender for a close look around the seabird colonies and maybe through the natural sea arch if the tide is right. We will anchor overnight at Rodel or Tarbert on the Isle of Harris for the night. In the evening a member of RSPB staff will join us for a talk about conservation, island biosecurity and the Shiant Isles project.
In the morning we will cruise around the picturesque Sound of Harris islands spotting cetaceans, seabirds, and other wildlife before heading over to Lochmaddy on North Uist. A RSPB site manager will meet us on the boat and take us to RSPB Balranald for a private tour of this special reserve and a talk about Balranald and conservation work on the Uists.
The evening might give us the chance to watch for otters locally around the harbour.
Cruise to Rum, searching for more cetaceans and anchor for the night hoping for the sights and sounds of the Manx shearwaters in the evening coming back to their nest sites. Alternative anchorage at Canna.
Head for Canna (or Rum depending on where we anchored the previous night) and on to Loch Scavaig on Skye and head ashore for a short walk to the stunning Loch Coruisk before heading round to the Sound of Sleat and anchor overnight off Isleornsay.
Meet up with our minibus again in the morning, moving on to the Kylerhea hide to meet a RSPB Senior Conservation Officer for Skye on-site for an introduction to white-tailed eagles and conservation efforts on the Isle of Skye.
Afterwards we will take a memorable trip across the Sound of Sleat to Glenelg on the last operating turntable ferry before heading back to Inverness via Loch Ness to arrive in the afternoon and say our goodbyes.