Spotted on our Wildlife Cruises?
You don’t have to be on one of our dedicated Wildlife Cruises to spot Scotland’s famous five.
Our cruising area of Argyll is home to a number of iconic wildlife species and rarities. Catching a glimpse can often be one of many highlights of any cruise aboard ‘Splendour’. With our varied geography and terrain, different areas of Argyll are better suited to spotting different species. Luckily with years of experience, both on and off the water, skipper Iain knows the local hotspots and tell tale signs of approaching wildlife.
Onboard you will find many additions to increase your chances of seeing these wonderful creatures. Sport and field binoculars, with 8x magnification and 50mm lens diameter – for true enthusiasts we do recommend bringing your own. Wildlife books dedicated to our environment and our own, ‘Get Wild about Argyll’ area bible. We are also delighted to announce that we are accredited Wildlife Safe Operators, by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. We have joined forces with them and report sightings to their website. Cataloging vital data about the cetaceans that both crew and guests see.
We have started our wildlife series with the iconic Five and will be adding more, as we spot the species on our travels. Many of our photographs are our own, or have been kindly shared by guests onboard. Capturing some amazing shots from the decks of ‘Splendour’, or exploring the coastal inlets and islands on shore.
Each species that we are highlighting also displays the cruise of choice, for the best chances of your close encounter! We can’t always guarantee sightings of specific species, another reason why some of these iconic and rarities can be such a special occasion for both crew and our guests. We endeavour to do our upmost.
Can’t find the species you are looking for? Speak to Jamie, he is more than happy to offer realistic advice on your chances and what wildlife cruises itineraries would be suited best… Don’t Forget Your Camera!
The Otter | Dòbhran (Gaelic)
The Whiskered Diver Wild spirit of the waters. There’s a black shape in the water, there in the shallows out from the rocky shore. Stop, stay very still. Even at this distance, many tens of metres away, you can’t risk raising binoculars to your eyes – …
The Golden Eagle | Iolair Bhuiidhe (Gaelic)
The High Flyer Has one massive impact on many who hear them. Once voted the nation’s favourite, for many this is the bird that symbolises wild Scotland. It’s top of the wish-list for guests with an eye for feathered wildlife, and the bird we always cou …
The Common Seal | Ron (Gaelic)
The Curious Seadog Looking back at you from rocks and sandbanks just offshore along many Scottish firths and sea lochs and you could have a great chance of seeing harbour seals striking their signature pose. Skipper Iain knows the best secluded bays of …
The Red Deer | Fiadh Ruadh (Gaelic)
The Roaring Monarch The largest of Scotland’s Big Five and interestingly those living in woodlands are larger than the deer living on the open hill. Trees, grasses and fungi give the strongest seasonal colours, together with the shifting tones of cloud …
The Red Squirrel | Feòrag Ruadh (Gaelic)
The Tufted Acrobat The smallest of Scotland’s Big Five. You’d need at least 400 to match the weight of one red deer stag in his prime. But in the case of the red squirrel, small is most definitely beautiful. A red squirrel, any red squirrel, is enchant …