Wildlife cruise in Isle of Skye and Small Isles

“Wildlife cruise on board an 11 passenger small ship. Join wildlife expert Dr Julie Ackroyd for a unique glimpse at life in Scotland's Inner Hebrides. Scenic anchorages and all meals included.”


Loch Aline | Isle of Oronsay | Sguirr of Eigg | Rum Island National Nature Reserve | Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye | Compass Hill, Canna | Tobermory anchorage | Loch Spelve, Mull | Taliskar malt whisky distillery | Potential animal sightings include: sea eagles, minke, orca, humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and sea otters |

Description of Wildlife cruise in Isle of Skye and Small Isles

Climb aboard the spacious Seahorse II (an 82ft Norwegian fjord strength small ship) for a unique look at the wildlife inhabiting the Isle of Skye and the Small Isles in the company of bird ranger and animal expert Dr Julie Ackroyd.

Dr Ackroyd will be your host for this eight day wildlife cruise and comes with a raft of knowledge and experience including research and identification of migratory wildfowl and coastal birds on the North Kent Marshes, the Thames, Swale and the Medway.

Not only will this wildlife cruise require binoculars for spotting and identifying birds, but you’ll also be encouraged to keep an eye out for whales, dolphins, basking sharks and sea otters which are all known to inhabit the wild and windswept shores around the Inner Hebrides.

The remote nature of the Isle of Skye, alongside the islands of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna, contributes greatly to the overall experience with nights in sheltered anchorages causing imaginations to soar as high as sea eagles and tales to be told as tall as the cliffs and mountains.

This is an ideal trip for families (minimum age 5), solo travellers and small groups of friends. All meals are included on board the Seahorse II and cabins are spacious and recently refurbished to comfortably accommodate a maximum capacity of 11 passengers.

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Holiday type

This holiday is designed for families, small group and solo travellers

Our small ship cruises in Scotland take place on a choice of three converted small ships: St Hilda (a traditional wooden ex-tall ship with maximum capacity for 6 guests), Seahorse II (a former ferry cruiser from Norway with maximum capacity for 12 guests) or Gemini Explorer (a converted lifeboat cruiser with maximum capacity for 7 guests). All three ships have been converted to cruise the western islands of Scotland in comfort and style and are especially suited to families, solos or groups of friends. Children from 5 years old to the most demanding teenager love the experience. Included in the price are all meals and your onboard skipper and chef who will provide an unforgettable holiday for everyone on board. This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. If possible they will tailor-make your holiday to suit your requirements including length and start date of trip.


Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We do all that we can to "leave only a wake" as we travel through the islands of the west coast of Scotland. Our stated aim is to protect the wonderful marine environment and the wildlife it supports.

We are proud to say we have recently been awarded The Green Tourism's Silver Award.

We are also a gold member of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) so we will only be serving fish, from local fish-mongers, which are sustainable and approved by the MCS.

We are a corporate member of the Shark Trust, and have adopted the magnificent basking shark. Our adoption is helping fund vital basking shark research in our cruising area.

We are also a corporate partner of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust which means we foster environmental awareness and we work to safeguard the future of Scottish seas and cetaceans.

Our crew are officially WiSe Scheme Trained which means they are taught about watching marine wildlife the wildlife-safe way in our cruising area.

We are committed to excellence in offering holidays to people who have a feel for the sea and its wildlife, both below and above the waves, as well as ashore. Our aim is to respect the sea and the local marine and shore-based environment. To leave everything as we find it is our motto, respecting the delicate eco-system balance of sky, sea and shore. To achieve our “Leave Only a Wake” policy we have a series of aims:

Our aim is to create sustainable tourism by respecting the local sea and shore-based environment. We adhere to high standards of economic, environmental and social policy and practice in our interactions with clients, staff, core suppliers and partners as well as the wider social and ecological environment. We buy free range eggs, free range chicken and organic meat.

We look after our clients to the best of our ability and supporting them on the vessel in personnel safety and creating a respect for the marine environment. Our on board skills training aims to develop confidence and competence and we have extensive briefing of our safety and environmental procedures to our crew.

We have responsible standards of crew recruitment and development. At all times there are always two team members available. Our fully qualified skippers have sailed many thousands of sea miles. All activities in the water are monitored to protect both humans and the marine life.

Our onboard policy is that all rubbish is brought ashore and we have a strict recycling policy of all non-organic waste.

Our skippers and onboard wildlife guides discuss the local shore and marine environment, wildlife and ecosystems. We explain how to behave in a responsible manner to the animals (for example puffin and seal colonies) and birds (especially breeding colonies) that we encounter. We also help clients gain an awareness of local marine environment by encouraging them to study the nautical charts of the region as well making them aware of the ever changing Scottish weather patterns. The skipper keeps the clients regularly informed of local meteorological reports.

The Impacts of this Trip

We employ the services of the local marina, shops, services, restaurants and guides. These suppliers all employ local staff.

We encourage our guests to visit locally important heritage sites, visit local gardens, craft shops and participate in cultural events. We also work with local wildlife rangers and tour guides. Tourism is increasingly a vital part of the income for the local residents of this somewhat remote, isolated but beautiful region of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Thus we use all local products and local services with the intention of helping to support local businesses, create employment and contribute to the overall sustainable development of not only our starting point of our voyage but also in the islands and communities of the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

We aim to create a good relationship with tourism and the local communities and at all times are aware and try to bring awareness to the fragile marine ecosystems through which we sail.


1 Reviews of Wildlife cruise in Isle of Skye and Small Isles

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Impossible to say. I loved it from the moment I got on-board to the day I had to leave.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take warm clothes as being on the water is much colder than being on land. Binoculars are a must too.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes I think it probably did all of the above

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Oh at least 6 stars. Christophe was all one could want in a skipper esp. as I
was rather nervous doing the big boat to little boat transfer.....calm as could
be and so professional. Kerry produced amazing meals in her wee galley and was very good company.The holiday was right out of my comfort zone and I LOVED it.

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