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This tour, whilst focusing on looking for whales, also combines looking for major wildlife species in the wider Oban area. The boat will head south to an island chain known as The Garvellachs, home of the early monastic settlement of St Brendan (542 AD). Whales congregate to feed just to the south of The Garvellachs where deep, food rich, Atlantic waters rise to the surface. Plenty of food means plenty of whales!
The boat then sweeps east towards the north end of Jura, another of the recognised whale feeding hot-spots. The boat will be stationed in the more exposed sea areas west of the Corryvreckan whirlpool area known as The Great Race. We spend time whale watching, recording our sightings as requested by research organisations. Our fleet of boats are out on the water daily, so our skippers are aware of what wildlife is currently in our area.
This trip is timed to offer the best chance of success to view whales but whales are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed. We will make every effort to find these magnificent creatures but your skipper may alter the content of this tour as considered appropriate. The whole area offers magnificent nature and wildlife. Porpoise, dolphins, basking sharks, the magnificent white tailed sea eagle and golden eagle. Rest assured our guides are there to offer full information throughout these specialist wildlife tours.
Minke whales migrate through the area where we operate our boat trips - predominately from late June, through to the end of August. Predicting this migration is not an exact science, as the whales arrival is linked in with the water temperature, which spikes a plankton bloom, which in turn brings in the krill which the whales feed on. What we tend to find is that July and August are the best months.
As a company we will give you an honest answer as to whether we have been seeing them regularly. Even when we know they are in the area we can draw a blank on the whale watching trips, but we don't labour the point and head off to find other more predictable wildlife which we have in abundance in the Firth of Lorn. We have three boats out on the water doing our Corryvreckan wildlife trip so we have plenty of 'eyes' out and about so to speak. You can depend on an honest answer from the ticket office staff. We won’t confirm trips specifically for whale watching until we have started to see them regularly.