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The Big Hebridean Wildlife Cruise

A unique and very special birds, whales and dolphin-watching 6-night cruise from Mallaig

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Overview

A unique and very special birds, whales and dolphin-watching 6-night cruise from Mallaig to Stornoway (starting and ending in Inverness), that will visit the wonderful RSPB nature reserves located amongst the wild and remote Outer Hebrides including Balranald on North Uist. We are donating 15% of the proceeds to the RSPB.

Highlights

Small Isles

Small Isles

Visit the Isles of Skye, the Small Isles, North Uist, the Shiants, Harris and Lewis.

local RSPB wardens

local RSPB wardens

Meet local RSPB wardens and experts for exclusive insights into the conservation work underway in these wild places.

RSPB reserves

RSPB reserves

Visit remote RSPB reserves and other areas that are home to wonderful species like corncrake, phalaropes, divers and both golden and white-tailed eagles.

Common Dolphins

Common Dolphins

Watch with your guide for the many species of cetaceans that live in this area, such as minke whales, common dolphins and harbour porpoise, whilst cruising between locations.

Puffins

Puffins

Other wildlife you may see could include otters, seals, puffins, gannets and so much more...

Peak Seabird Breeding Season

Peak Seabird Breeding Season

It will be the middle of peak seabird breeding season at the Shiant Isles when we visit - a true wildlife spectacle with thousands of puffins, razorbills and guillemots.

Shore excursions

Shore excursions

Shore excursions by minibus to see more of the islands.

Scottish Cruise Adventure

Scottish Cruise Adventure

This is a once-a-year only chance for a maximum of 8 people to enjoy this unique Scottish cruise adventure.

Hebridean Adventure

Hebridean Adventure

Hebridean Adventures will be making a 15% donation of the total ticket price to the RSPB to further the important local conservation work in the Outer Hebrides.

Schedule

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DAY 1

Itinerary

Minibus from Inverness via Loch Ness to Glenelg - trip on the last turntable ferry in Britain to Skye and on to the Kylerhea Hide - meeting Dr Alison MacLennan on site who will discuss conservation efforts on Skye.


Move on afterwards to Ardvasar (Armadale) by minibus to meet our boat, the Monadhliath. Cruise to the Isle of Rum for the first night for the sights and sounds of the Manx shearwaters in the evening. Alternative anchorage at Isle of Canna if necessary.

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DAY 2

Itinerary

Cruise up the west coast of the Isle of Skye heading to Stein in Loch Bay. Good for eagles with many local territories - depending on time available there is also the possibility of an excursion down to Carbost for a 4x4 forest visit with eagles and also otters nearby.

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DAY 3

Itinerary

Cruise across the Little Minch to Lochmaddy on North Uist. Afternoon or evening - RSPB Site Manager will provide a talk on-board the boat about RSPB Balranald and work on the Uists.


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DAY 4

Itinerary

RSPB Site manager to meet at the boat in the morning. Travel to Griminish for the Uist’s best opportunities to see otters. Follow on to RPSB Balranald for a reserve tour.

In the afternoon we will depart Lochmaddy and cruise around the picturesque Sound of Harris islands spotting seabirds and other wildlife before heading to Rodel on the Isle of Harris for the night. In the evening welcome RSPB staff on-board for a talk on conversation, island biosecurity and the Shiants project.

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DAY 5

Itinerary

Cruise to the Shiant Isles, watching out for cetaceans on the way and passing the photogenic Scalpay lighthouse at Eilean Glas. We will have the afternoon and evening at the Shiants for a shore excursion and taking our tender for a close look around the seabird colonies and maybe through the sea arch, both depending on tide and weather but should be fine in May. We will anchor at the Shiants for the night to the sights and sounds of thousands of puffins, razorbills and guillemots. We have an alternative sheltered anchorage in Loch Shell (Sealg) on the Isle of Lewis if the weather necessitates it. 

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DAY 6

Itinerary

Cruise the short distance across the mythical 'Stream of the Blue Men’ to Tarbert and meet the minibus there for the drive over the mountains to Stornoway, looking for raptors along the way. We will stop near Loch Seaforth at midday for a private RSPB guided walk searching the skies for eagles.


In the afternoon/evening continue the drive up to Ness for an informal catch up with an RSPB warden at Loch Stiapabhat discussing what the RSPB do for Corncrake, and maybe on to Loch na Muilne for a chance of seeing any early phalarope arrivals.


Evening hotel stay in Stornoway.

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DAY 7

Itinerary

Either have the morning free in town to explore and enjoy Stornoway or jump in the minibus for a quick drive up to Tiumpan Head to go shore-watching for cetaceans in one of Europe’s hotspots! Chances of Risso’s, common and white-beaked dolphins, minke and fin whales or even humpbacks and orca if really lucky.


2pm ferry back to Ullapool and then back to Inverness by minibus.

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DAY 8

End Date:

Thursday 9th June - back in Inverness by the early evening. 

Accommodation

6 Nights

Fri 3rd Jun - Thurs 9th Jun

FROM$2,513.37/night

The Big Hebridean Wildlife Cruise

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