All boat trips visit the Corryvreckan whirlpool on the West coast of Scotland near Oban, where turbulent tides race between Jura and Scarba. This creates one of the world's largest whirlpools and an exceptionally rich area for wildlife. Every two weeks, when the tides are at their most active, we run "Whirlpool Specials
Choosing a Trip
3 & 4 Hour Corryvreckan Wildlife Cruise
Our most popular trips are perfect for all ages and take in spectacular scenery as well as a stunning variety of wildlife. The longer the trip, the further we can go, increasing likelihood of encounters.
Sea eagles, golden eagles and hen harriers all nest on the route, while along the shoreline seals, goats and deer are regularly seen, as well as the elusive otter. This is one of the two best areas in Scotland for porpoise, we see them regularly in the winter and on almost every trip in the summer. Sometimes we see whales on the three hour trips, but the longer trips give a better chance of sightings.
3 & 4 Hour Whirlpool Special
We run these trips on big spring tides when the whirlpool is at its most active. We have an exceptionally seaworthy boat, this can be an exciting trip. As with all our trips it includes two sea eagle territories, golden eagle territories and seal haul-out sites, but the main focus is on the whirlpool.
4 & 5 Hour Whale Watching Cruise
Our powerful and stable boat is ideal for longer offshore trips. As the longest established owner/skipper in the area (25 years), and as a marine biologist, David knows the best places to look for whales.
We find that the same individuals have been returning to feed in this area for many years and we keep records for scientific purposes. The rich feeding grounds also attract exceptional numbers of seabirds, as well as dolphins and porpoise.
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We can go anywhere. Please phone for more information.
We can also run 4 or 5 hour trips to land on the Holy Isle in the Garvellachs where St. Brendan established a monastery 1500 years ago.
3 hour trips:
Adult £45.00 , Child £33.00
2 adults & 1 child £119
2 adults & 2 children £143.00
2 adults & 3 children £169.00
each additional child £27.00 each additional adult £43.00
1 adult & 1 child £78.00
1 adult & 2 children £105.00
1 adult & 3 children £132.00
4 hour trips:
Adult £53.00 , Child £42.00
2 adults & 1 child £141.00
2 adults & 2 children £182.00
2 adults & 3 children £223.00
each additional child £41.00 each additional adult £51.00
1 adult & 1 child £92.00
1 adult & 2 children £132.00
1 adult & 3 children £172.00
5 hour trips:
Adult : £59.00, Child £49.00
GROUP BOOKING:- for 2 hours £300.00 & £150.00 for each additional hour
Porpoise II is a big fast seaworthy boat
licensed for 60 miles from a safe haven with no weather
restrictions. We can go anywhere! For example the grey seal
colony at Oronsay, Colonsay, Jura, Iona etc. Call us and
How to Book
Phone us on 01631 571010 during office hours (if you are outside the UK phone 0044 1631 571010).
01852 300203 evenings and weekends (0044 1852 300203 if outside the UK).
We take the full amount on a debit or credit card to reserve places.
All trips are weather and numbers dependant. If the weather looks poor phone us the day before your trip to ensure it is running.
If we have to cancel your trip, or if you cancel more than four days before the trip, you will be fully refunded.
We can only take 12 guests, pre-booking is normally essential.
Please arrive 15 minutes early.
For your own safety please keep everyone and especially children away from the bridges and pontoon. Also please be aware that the rocks on the beach are slippy.
For your convenience our private pontoon and car park are designed for ease of access. The boat is wheelchair accessible, please discuss your requirements when booking.
One of the great advantages of working from Seil , on the sheltered side of the island is that we have the choice of reaching the Corryvreckan via the shelter of Shuna Sound, and we are not forced to cross Easdale bay should the sea be a bit rough.
Hot drinks and biscuits are served throughout the journey by our charming wildlife guide who will also give talks about the wildlife and history of the area, as well as making sure that everybody has the best possible trip. There is a toilet onboard.
Out at sea it may be chilly, even if it is warm ashore, so please bring warm clothes, suncream, sunglasses and perhaps a hat. Wear lightweight non-slip shoes, trainers are ideal. We provide hot drinks and biscuits, please feel free to bring extra food if you wish.
We cannot guarantee sightings of any particular species, however we operate in a Special Area of Conservation and National Scenic Area, which is host to one of the greatest diversity of marine life in Britain. It is particularly rich in whales, dolphins and porpoises, with the recordings reported to Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust annually.
How to find us...
Please be 15 minutes early for your cruise.
Our private car park and pontoon is a 30 minute scenic drive southwest of Oban.
From the A816, turn onto the B844 (brown signs for Sealife Adventures). Follow this road onto Seil Island over the steep, humpbacked Atlantic Bridge. After the bridge, continue exactly 0.8 miles & turn left into our site, look out for yellow signs.
If you are using SatNav, enter PA34 4TR.
By bus, take the 418 from Oban to Clachan Seil. (www.westcoastmotors.co.uk)
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Please follow these instructions carefully as mobile phones do not work on Seil and you cannot contact us to say you are lost.
Sealife Adventures Pontoon
Clachan Seil, By Oban, Argyll PA34 4TR
Scotland. United Kingdom
Tel: 01631 571010 (Daytime), 01852 300203 (Evenings and Weekends)