This fabulous expedition wildlife cruise aboard both our vessels is new for 2021. The focus is to find as many cetacean species as we can in the best area of the west coast of Scotland and at the best time of year for spotting these rare animals. From Oban, we will cruise the Sound of Mull, the Small Isles and Isle of Skye before reaching the Northern Minch, between the Outer Hebrides and the far north west of mainland Scotland. Off the coast of Lewis and around the Shiant Islands we will be on the lookout for large baleen whales, namely humpback whales, fin whales and sei whales. In the far reaches of the Northern Minch, nearer the Scottish mainland we will be looking for orca and pilot whales. The deeper waters of the Northern Minch is where we hope to see Risso’s dolphins and white beaked dolphins. Minke whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and porpoises can show up at any point throughout the cruise as well as spotting the iconic rare sea bird species: Manx, sooty and great shearwaters; storm and Leaches petrel and great, arctic, pomarine and long tailed skuas. On top of all of that there are amazing remote stopovers with options for exploring onshore, such as  the Summer Isles, Handa Island & Sea Stack, Loch Laxford, Loch Nedd, Kylesku, Badcall Islands and Stornoway.

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Cruise Dates 2022

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
20 August 2022100---Emma JaneFully Booked
29 August 2022100---Elizabeth-GFully Booked

Master cabin available (Emma Jane Only).

Cruise Dates 2023

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
15 August 2023100---Emma JaneFully Booked
28 August 2023100---Elizabeth-GFully Booked

Master cabin available (Emma Jane Only).

Cruise Dates 2024

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
15 August 2024108£3,340.00Elizabeth-GBook Now
24 August 20241010 £3,800.00Emma JaneBook Now

Master cabin available (Emma Jane Only).


30 August 2021

Dear Emma - We just want to say a heart-felt ‘Thank You’ for such a wonderful experience!
From the friendliness and confidence of the crew (a special thanks to Craig for putting me straight on the number of nights!!!) to the stunning spectacle of dozens of leaping dolphins and the knowledge of the ‘frequent flyers’ who obviously love travelling with you - truly unforgettable!  
Chris’s experience inspires confidence and his easy (to our eyes!) practicality and knowledge of the area are awesome. Alexa is a font of knowledge and we wouldn’t have seen half the things we did without her pointing them out to us. Especially the difference between the different cetaceans! Tracking two male Orca added a thrill too! Sian’s cooking should also get a mention - it’s amazing how she served up so many great dishes in such a small space. All we have to worry about now is how to shrink waistlines…I’m running out of superlatives so again many thanks for the experience - I think it’s fair to say that Whale Watching in the Northern Minch is a roaring success!  Hope to see you again in the future!

Euan & Mo Peters

30 August 2021

We had a fantastic trip, with great sightings of various wildlife. Minke whales, common and Risso’s dolphin and porpoise were seen throughout the trip. Eagles, skuas, divers and shearwaters were also seen. The enthusiasm and knowledge of Lynsey regarding all wildlife, was admirable and extremely helpful to us as wildlife lovers.The food throughout the trip was consistently good and very plentiful. The service provided by Cat was brilliant, she was so attentive from morning till night, a true credit to the company. Our accommodation in the master suite was clean and comfortable. Overall, a special trip with every possibility of a further booking.

Mark Jacques

30 August 2021

Excellent holiday with plenty of wildlife opportunities. Incredible numbers of dolphins and harbour porpoises seen throughout the cruise. Numbers of Minke whales good plus a juvenile basking shark. Well organised, good fun and we learnt a lot. Thanks to Alexa for her superb wildlife knowledge, Sian for the wonderful food, Craig for his attentiveness and help, and Chris the skipper who picked all the right places for sightings and overnight moorings.

Colin & Carol Wilkie

30 August 2021

What a great trip! Visited so many islands, with walks ashore on many. Plenty of wildlife seen - whales, dolphins, porpoise, basking sharks, seals, many birds including some rare ones. Crew well organised and hospitality excellent. We were very well looked after by Skipper James, Bosun Cat, wonderful meals from Sarah and well guided and informed by Lynsey! The ship was very comfortable. This is a great way to see parts of Scotland that you would otherwise never visit.

David Seaton

30 August 2021

This was my second cruise with Hebrides Cruises, and it won't be my last! We saw Common and Risso's dolphins as well as Minke whales, and were able to observe some fantastic behaviour while watching them. We also saw White Tailed and Golden eagles, as well as many different sea birds. Added to this was spectacular scenery as well as interesting trips ashore, where we could go for guided walks or head off alone if that was preferred. The knowledge and enthusiasm of our guide Linsey, and skipper James was also much appreciated. Finally, we were very well taken care of by our bosun Cat, and Sarah provided us with plenty of excellent food. All in all it was a fantastic trip, thank you.

Kathy Balmanno

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