Whale watching holidays in Scotland - what you need to know

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Considering taking whale watching holidays in Scotland. Read on for all you need to know.

Whale watching in Scotland

Scotland is one of the only places in the UK where you can enjoy a whale watching cruise. Substantial numbers of whales live off the west coast of Scotland. The main species that is seen in this area is the Minke Whale. Orca (killer) whales are also occasionally seen throughout the season. There have also been spottings of migrating Humpback whales. The best time to go is during the summer months before the whales migrate to warmer waters. Most companies provide tours up until the end of August.


There are a number of companies offering excellent whale watching holidays in Scotland. Sea Life Surveys was the first whale watching company in the UK and has almost 30 years experience in the business. They provide six hour guided tours around the Isle of Mull. The cruise costs £200 per person with 10% of each ticket price going to a local whale conservation charity. Hebridean Whale Cruises operate excellent marine wildlife and whale watching cruises from Gairloch on Scotland's north west coast. They are renowned for their local knowledge, expertise, and awareness of marine ecology. They operate daily offshore cruises to whale and dolphin feeding grounds in the North Minch waters. Prices range from £17.50 for a one hour cruise to £65 for four hours. Sealife Adventures provide whale watching boat trips from the mainland near Oban in Argyll. Prices for a five hour off shore whale watching trip are £59 for adults and £49 for children.

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