Boat Trips In Oban
Boat Trips In Oban
With its worthy status as the most popular destination for holidaymakers on Scotland’s west coast, Oban is a gem of a port town. A day spent out on the water is a must for visitors and each boat company offers something different. Marine highlights and attractions include sighting whales, dolphins, porpoises, otters, puffins, bird watching and even sub-aqua photographing of basking sharks. Here is a selection of some of the best boat tour companies operating in and around Oban.
Whether it’s wildlife watching or sightseeing, Coastal Connection provides all types of boat outings to an impressively comprehensive 15 locations, all over the west coast. They also offer bespoke trips for private charter.
Specialising in marine wildlife and whale watching, Seafari Adventures is a fun and knowledgeable company with excellent reviews. Choose from all kinds of experiences including visiting puffin colonies and whale spotting at close range. See Scotland’s marine wildlife close up with the company’s expert guides on their organised tours, or opt for private charter.
Staffa Tours is an excellent company for breathtaking coastal views of the area to a multitude of islands, all boasting excellent wildlife. Boats depart daily and tours range from 3 to 12 hours, plus varying durations in between. A popular itinerary is their ‘Three Isles’ tour across the Firth of Lorn, which takes in the islands of Mull, Staffa and Iona. Time is given to all day-trippers to explore the islands on foot.
Turus Mara Tours
A family-run business, Turus Mara has been running boat trips to the Treshnish Isles and Staffa since 1973. Choose from an array of wildlife watching including porpoises, basking sharks and seals, or visit the spectacular Fingal’s Cave on Staffa, with its famous acoustics. A particularly peaceful and secluded destination on their itinerary is the island of Ulva, a haven for bird watchers. You can also spot red deer, otters, seals and other wildlife on the island.
A highly specialised and knowledgeable company, Sealife Surveys provides tours by prior booking only. They take their marine life seriously, having set up an internationally recognised sea life survey and education programme to enhance the visitor’s experience while helping to protect the local environment as part of their work. Trips are arranged for up to 7 days, allowing ample time for keen wildlife conservationists and enthusiasts to take their fill of this fascinating coastal region.
The beauty of taking a boat trip in the waters around Oban is that every outing is unique, so even if you were to embark on a different boat tour for every day you are in the region, you will never witness the same sights twice. Scotland’s west coast and the area around Oban particularly offer some of the richest and most diverse marine life experiences a visitor could hope for, which is why so many visitors choose it year upon year. All the tour companies highlighted here have experienced, friendly guides and will be sure to make any boat trip experience unforgettable.