One of the best times to see wildlife on the west coast of Scotland is in the autumn. Our October short-break cruise visits some of Scotland’s most beautiful and inaccessible areas, perfect for spotting wildlife.

With our specialist Wildlife Guide on board and our expert crew with indepth knowledge of local wildlife habitats, our mission is to provide our guests with a front row seat for the “Big Five” Wildlife of the Inner HebridesThe list is red deer (stags); common seals (misnamed as they are quite rare); otters; eagles (both golden and white-tailed) and harbour porpoise. But this is just the beginning!  We would also be fairly certain of seeing common dolphins and perhaps even bottlenose dolphins while at sea, and rare birdlife such as northern divers, white billed diver, and storm petrels.  During walks ashore there is a good chance of short eared owls, barn owls, osprey and peregrine falcons to name but a few.  

This is not only a superb wildlife cruise, there is stunning scenery, fabulous food and great camaraderie.

Cruise Itinerary

Departing Oban, after steaming under Connel Bridge we reach Loch Etive, a stunningly beautiful, remote sea loch best accessed from the sea. It is surrounded by wild countryside and a spectacular mountain landscape towering over the loch. The loch and its surrounding natural environment is an excellent habitat for wildlife; the colony of common seals are easily visible, hauled up onto the rocks. Deer on the hillside are plentiful with the sounds of the Stags rutting clearly heard.  Golden eagles swoop over Beinn Trilleachan and white tailed eagles fly over the loch in search of fish.

Departing Loch Etive, we cross Loch Linnhe and head for Loch a Choire a very pretty small sea loch on the Morven coast.  This is a great spot for otters with red deer often on the beach, and osprey nesting nearby.  The local pier makes for an easy landing giving access to some of the best walks in the Lochaber area.  

Passing the quintessential Castle Stalker on its tidal island in Loch Laich we have the option to go ashore at Appin where there are some interesting walks amongst native woodland and salt Marsh.  A range of woodland birds and coastal ducks are seen here.

For our final overnight anchorage we set sail across the Firth of Lorn for Loch Spelve on the south coast of Mull, a peaceful and tranquil anchorage where we have regular encounters with bottlenose dolphins.  Otters are frequently seen here, as are white-tailed eagles and porpoise at the mouth of the loch.  Ancient oak forest fringes the loch which makes a pleasant walk identifying the wealth of fungi.  An added bonus is to purchase the freshest of mussels from the mussel farm located on the loch, to be served up at dinner.

For our last morning we head across to the south side of Kerrera, where there will be a good chance of wildlife encounters as we steam up the sound of Kerrera for our farewell in Oban Bay.  

 

 

Cruise Dates 2018

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
6 October 201844 £995.00Proud SeahorseBook Now
13 October 201848£695.00Elizabeth GBook Now

Indicates single cabins available (Elizabeth G Only).
Master cabins available (Proud Seahorse Only).

Cruise Dates 2019

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
5 October 2019410 £995.00Proud SeahorseBook Now
12 October 2019410 £695.00Elizabeth GBook Now
12 October 2019410 £995.00Proud SeahorseBook Now

Indicates single cabins available (Elizabeth G Only).
Master cabins available (Proud Seahorse Only).

Cruise Map

Reviews

14 October 2017

A lovely autumnal cruise in comfort.  We seen all the 'Big 5' as promised we would from your website.  Would love to come back again soon!

Mr & Mrs Anderson

7 October 2017

We had a great time on Proud Seahorse.  All the crew worked their socks off.  Thank you very much.

Philip & Ann Fowler

15 October 2016

I really enjoyed the trip. So well organised & the food was fantastic.

Jacky Bird

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