To have the best chance of seeing Whales and Dolphins, Hebridean Whale Cruises takes on an offshore voyage into the open waters of the North Minch, the sea between the mainland and the Western Islands, where we’ll bring you close to their feeding grounds.
The North Minch is one of Scotland’s recognized hotspots for whale and dolphin sightings. Undersea mountains beneath the Minch deflect powerful currents up to the surface. The waters above these mountains are rich in nutrients and are frequently visited by whales, dolphins and many other marine species, together with an abundance of exceptional seabirds.
We constantly monitor three key feeding grounds in the North Minch :
– Rona Bank (north of the island of Rona),
– Staffin Peaks (off the northern tip of Skye) and
– Burma Bank (east of the Shiant Islands).
We also watch the waters beyond the Rubha Rèidh lighthouse.
And we take you to where whales and dolphins are currently most likely to be found.
At the start of our season we run cruises towards the Shiant Islands where hundred thousands nesting birds reside from mid-April till mid-August.
* bookings and weather permitting