Wildlife Cruises

Scottish Wildlife Cruises | Scottish Cruises

Humpback Whale off the Starboard Bow

Getting you Close to nature on our Scottish Wildlife Cruises!

You don’t have to be on one of our dedicated Scottish 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!