The Shiant Islands Tour, from Gairloch

This is a 3hr cruise that goes directly to the Islands and then cruises around them looking at the estimated 250,000 Atlantic Puffins, other Auks, 500 Common/Grey seals, Golden/White-tailed Eagles. This tour doesn't search for the Whales etc, but we will watch them if encountered en route.

NB if we have some good calm weather then this cruise can be extended to reach areas where we are likely to encounter Whales and Dolphins, but obviously we can't predict that until a few days before a cruise is due to go out.

If people would still just want to go to the Shiants then we will arrange a separate 4hr extended cruise to go and see the Whales and Dolphins if we have sufficent interest to do so, again we will have to decide on that closer the time that's why we have only arranged one cruise per day at the moment for April.

This a an approximately 3 hour cruise that departs from Gairloch Pier and is available in April


View the highest concentration of Atlantic Puffins in the world.

Other sea birds include Razorbill, Guillimot, Fulmar Petrel, Great Skua, Arctic Skua, European Shag and Kittiwake.

Birds of Prey include White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Common Buzzard, Eurasion Sparrowhawk, Merlin and Kestrel.

Other birds sighted include Raven, Hooded Crow, Hebridean Wren, Barnacle Goose, Greylag Goose, Eider Duck and Grey Heron.

Marine Mammals include Atlantic Grey Seal, Common Seal and European Otter.

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises en route

Basking Shark.


  1. Gairloch
  2. The Shiant Isles