Sealife Adventures

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Place Category: Guided Tours, Nature, Wildlife Experiences, Water, Boat Trips & Tours, What to Do, and Water Activities

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  • Experience a whale search and wildlife watching boat trip around the Firth of Lorne Special Area of Conservation, including the famous Corryvreckan whirlpool.

    Cruises depart from the mainland near Oban – All ages welcome! The local Special Area of Conservation is one of the best protected areas in Scotland and a hotspot for sightings of porpoise, minke whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters and seals. The uninhabited islands and dramatic sea cliffs are also home to sea eagles, golden eagles, puffins and a great variety of seabirds.

    With almost 900 horsepower, our large, seaworthy boat offers a unique combination of exceptional speed, range, uncrowded comfort and stability. We hold the highest certificate of seaworthiness in the area. Its the biggest wildlife boat in the area, and we carry just 12 so that there is plenty of room to move around. David built this boat (his third vessel over the years) to be the ultimate for whale and wildlife trips. Its twin engines are silenced to minimise disturbance to wildlife and with its size and stability, heated wheelhouse, and toilet facilities, we aim to take you on a comfortable and memorable trip!

    We provide complimentary hot drinks and biscuits, binoculars and water-proof trousers on the boat. Marine biologist David Ainsley set up Sealife Adventures around 30 years ago, and is the most experienced skipper in the Firth of Lorne Special Area of Conservation. David is an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, and an underwater TV cameraman. Your knowledgeable, capable and enthusiastic wildlife guide will ensure that you have a trip to remember, with plenty of stories about the wildlife, local history and whirlpool. They’ll also provide an endless supply of hot drinks and biscuits! Our aim is to make sure that the trip is the highlight of your holiday.

    We provide a spacious private car park right next to the pontoon. We have a specially designed pontoon with ramps enabling easy access to the boat for wheelchair users. If you are a wheelchair user please phone David to have a chat about your requirements. Our private car park and pontoon is a scenic 30 minute drive south of Oban. Take the A816 south from Oban for about 8 miles and turn right onto the B844. Follow the signs posted for the Atlantic Bridge and continue on this road onto Seil Island over the steep humpback Atlantic Bridge. After the bridge continue exactly 0.8 miles and turn left into our site, look out for white “Sealife Adventures” signs.

    If you are using a SatNav enter PA34 4TR but be aware that this will not take you exactly to our site.

    Public Transportation: take the 418 Westcoast Motors bus from Oban. Ask the driver to stop at Clachan Seil. Check timetables on the Westcoast Motors website.

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