Wildlife Cruises on Lochaline and the Sound of Mull

We’re very fortunate to have access to many miles of coastline and to the waters of Scotland’s west coast from right here on Ardtornish Estate.  The opportunity to explore the wide expanse of sea and to view the shore and landscape of Morvern, Ardnamurchan and Scotland’s Inner Hebrides from the deck of a boat truly is an unmissable experience.

There are a number of wildlife cruise options available for visitors to Ardtornish including Basking Shark and Wildlife Cruises which operate from Lochaline Dive Centre, just a 10 minute drive from the estate.  Other trips include more open water for whale watching and at the other end of the scale, coastal trips where you can moor up and explore secluded bays.

Lochaline Dive Centre
A truly unique wildlife experience in the Scottish Highlands, our Basking Shark trips will give you the chance to witness amazing basking sharks along with a whole host of other wildlife in their natural habitat, framed by the stunning and breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Western Isles. The full day trips leave from our great location in Lochaline right on the Sound of Mull, and will be spent on one of our two vessels Sound Diver I (12.m offshore 125) and Sound Diver II (10m Blyth Cataraman).

For more information, visit www.lochalinedivecentre.co.uk.  Remember to mention Ardtornish Estate when booking.

Turus Mara, Ulva Ferry, Mull
Turus Mara, Gaelic for journey on the sea, has been operating wildlife cruises for over 40 years.  Landing at Ulva Ferry on the Isle of Mull, the family-owned business offers an excellent chance to visit Lunga and its sea bird colony, set foot on Staffa and view the famous Fingal’s Cave, and roam the Abbey on Iona – all the while, watching out for sea and bird life pointed out by your friendly captain.  There are shuttle buses that run from Craignure and Tobermory to Ulva Ferry if you decide not to take the car.

For more information, visit www.turusmara.com.

Ardnamurchan Charters, Acharacle
Ardnamurchan Charters has many years’ experience of Whale and Wildlife Trips around The Sound of Mull, the Islands of Rum, Eigg and Muck, the Treshnish Isles & Iona, Coll & Tiree.  Loch Sunart itself has many interesting sights & wildlife for you to enjoy and they offer a pickup option where you can join certain boat trips at Loch Teacuis not far from the estate.  Nip in to the Information Centre for the latest info. and we can even drop you off and pick you up at the meeting point!  Ardnamurchan Charters also offer a self-drive boat charter option for those who have experienced sea legs!

For more information, visit www.west-scotland-marine.com.

Janette Mowat, Assistant Tourism Manager

Janette Mowat, Assistant Tourism Manager

Janette is our resident water babe and loves everything about the sea.  As a local lass, she’s been on every boat trip available on the local waters and will happily recount her experiences and recommendations.  Why not pop in to the Information Centre while you are here for details.


Exploring the wide expanse of sea and to view Scotland’s rugged shore from the deck of a boat is an unmissable experience.

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