In Scotland, if you want to see porpoises, basking sharks and minke whales the best time to go on a cruising holiday is the summer months. For whales, April to September are best.
The Dartmouth Royal Regatta, which you can immerse yourself in on board a tall ship, takes place at the end of August every year.
Birdlife is at its most buoyant in Scotland around June.
Scotland is also known for its midges, June to October. The great news is that on boat trips, you will rarely encounter them, as they donít like the sea breezes.
Going on a small ship cruise out of season is just bliss. April and September are great months for empty waters, beaches and welcoming pubs.
Remember that in Scotland, the summer school holidays are different to rest of British Isles if you want to book a cruising holiday. They tend to start third week of June with schools back mid-August, so popular islands such as Skye and Mull are quieter before and after those dates.