Join Ian, our expert marine biologist, on one of our marine wildlife survey cruises. Our trips are suitable for all interests and we record sightings of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, their location, behaviour and numbers on every trip. We also have frequent sightings of Otters, Grey and Common Seals various species of seabird and also Raptors including White-tailed Eagles and Golden Eagles. Forgotten your Binoculars? No problem! We have several pairs available to borrow on the boat! Ian is also able to give commentary in Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch and German.
4 HOUR WILDLIFE SURVEY CRUISE INTO THE MINCH/SHIANT ISLANDS
The destination of our four hour cruise is dependant on the time of year and also weather, wind and sea conditions. Early in the season we will be aiming to visit the Shiant Islands. Located 23.5 miles from Gairloch, five miles to the East of Lewis and Harris and 12 miles North of Skye,The Shiants are a small group of islands and rocky outcrops with tall dolerite and basalt columns and provide a sanctuary for colonies of approximately 250,000 nesting Seabirds including Common and Black Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittywakes, Skuas, Puffins and since the successful eradication of the invasive Black Rats, Storm Petrels and Manx Shearwaters have returned! Also found on the Islands are Common and Grey Seals, White-tailed Eagles nest on the cliffs and as we are out for longer and cover such a wide stretch of water to get there, chances of sighting Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises are increased compared to our shorter cruises.
ADULTS £60 CHILDREN £50
2 HOUR WILDLIFE SURVEY CRUISE
On our two hour survey cruise, we explore the inner waters of Loch Gairloch, stopping at Glas Eilean and Longa to see the nesting birds including Black Guillemots, Gulls, Cormorants, Shags and the wild origin of the city pigeon, the Pure Rock Dove. Ian will then head into the Little Minch on the look out for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises as well as other interesting marine animals such as Basking Sharks, Ocean Sunfish and Rhizostoma Jellyfish.
ADULTS £30 CHILDREN £25
Private Cruises with Ian on Seaquest MRV are also available. If you wish to to book a private charter we need to have plenty of notice to ensure we do not take booking for your chosen date/time.
2 Hour charters are available at 10:00 or 12:30 at a cost of £360
4 Hour charters are available at 10:00 or 15:00 at a cost of £720
Join Drew our very experienced second skipper on board Starquest for a 1 hour wildlife trip around the lower end of Loch Gairloch. You will be looking for Common and Grey seals in Shieldaig and Badachro along with the nesting Seabirds on Glas Eilean and Froach. You also have the chance of spotting Porpoise and maybe even Dolphins. White-tailed Eagles and Golden Eagles are also sometimes spotted flying above. These shorter trips are particularly suitable for families with younger children who would not manage the longer trips.
Adults - £15
Children - £10
Private charter 1 hour trips can also be booked for £180
During peak times we may also run 2 hour cruises with Drew on MV Starquest if demand requires it, prices for these will be Adults £30 Children £25