Craignish Cruises
Ardfern, By Lochgilphead
Argyll, Scotland,
PA31 8QN
07747 023038

Craignish Cruises - Guided wildlife boat trips and private charters from Ardfern to Corryvreckan Whirlpool, Jura, Scarba and the Garvellach Islands and beyond on purpose built catamaran Sea Leopard II. Established 2001.

Corryvreckan Whirlpool
Enjoying the Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Corryvreckan Whirlpool
Corryvreckan Whirlpool

Sea Eagle Landing Sequence
Craignish Sea Eagle Family

Lindsay explaining how the whirlpool works
Lindsay explaining how the whirlpool works


Fingal's Cave
Fingal's Cave

Girl and puffins

Corryvreckan Standing Wave
Corryvreckan Standing Wave

Bottlenose Dolphins
Bottlenose Dolphins

Hind and Calf
Hind and Calf

Common Seal
Common Seal

38 years experienced skipper/wildlife guide Lindsay Johnston invites you aboard to view the abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery of the Sound of Jura and the Firth of Lorn or for a Whirlpool Experience to see the maelstrom in action.

See our Trip Calendar for latest trip departure times and any special offers.


We operate 7 days 1st April to 31st October subject to weather and demand. November to March by arrangement.

For the best dates to see Corryvreckan in action see www.whirlpool-scotland.co.uk

Our Cruises

2¼ hour Corryvreckan and Wildlife Boat Trip

Depart usually 11am Monday to Friday. This trip is especially suitable for young children.

Sail down Loch Craignish and on to the North end of Jura, passing a seal colony and a sea eagle's nest. Continue up the East side of Jura looking for deer, otter, eagles, then return past the entrance to pop in to Corryvreckan while searching for porpoise, a multitude of sea birds and if really lucky dolphin and minke whale.

2½ hour Whirlpool and Wildlife Experience

Departure times will vary to catch the strongest hour of the tide. This trip will only run on days when there is sufficient tidal movement. See www.whirlpool-scotland.co.uk for when to see the whirlpool and for dates the trip will run. This trip may not be suitable for young children.

See the maelstrom in action, learn how the whirlpool works, and hear tales of Prince Breckan and the Calliach. Return passing a sea eagle's nest and a seal colony while looking for porpoise and a multitude of sea birds. Please note that strength of tide, wind strength and direction, and atmospheric pressure will affect what you see in the Gulf.

3 hour Corryvreckan and Wildlife Boat Trip

Depart usually 2pm but may vary, see Trip Calendar for up to date departure times. The exact route of this trip may vary depending on sea conditions and wildlife sightings.

Sail through the Dorus Mor and on to the North end of Scarba. If conditions permit go through the Grey Dogs, round the West side of Scarba and in to Corryvreckan. Look out for deer, otter, eagles and other raptors, porpoise, and if lucky dolphin, basking shark and minke whale. Check out the maelstrom area then in to Pig Bay to put the kettle on. Continue round the North end of Jura past a sea eagle's nest and a seal colony then return to Ardfern passing a multitude of sea birds while taking in the historic islands in Loch Craignish.

4 hour Corryvreckan and Garvellach Isles Tour

Depart 1.30pm Thursdays subject to weather and demand. This trip is not suitable for young children.

Sail through Corryvreckan and on the spectacular Garvellach Isles, the site of a monastery founded by St Brendan in 592. Tour the island chain looking for eagles soaring above the cliffs and seaward for porpoise, sea birds, seals and if lucky dolphin, basking shark and minke whale. Return past Belnahua slate island and Fladda lighthouse and on down the East side of Scarba passing a variety of sea birds while looking for otter, deer and various raptors.

4 hour Whale and Wildlife Watching Boat Trip

We constantly monitor cetacean and basking shark movements and only run these trips when whales are known to be in the area usually May/June to September - see Trip Calendar for proposed trips.

Even so sightings cannot be guaranteed. All sightings are reported to the relevant organisations, mainly the Sea Watch Foundation and Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. We also take in a seal colony and a sea eagle's nest while searching for eagles, porpoise, basking sharks, dolphin and minke whale. These trips are not suitable for young children.

Whale and Puffin Day Trip via Fingal’s Cave

PuffinDepart 9.30am subject to weather and demand. Return approximately 7.30pm to include around 2 hours ashore with the puffins.

Sail out through Corryvreckan then pass by the Torran Rocks and in to the Sound of Iona. Continue to Staffa, see Fingal’s Cave from the sea, and on to Lunga in the Treshnish Isles to mingle with the puffins.

Landing is by rubber dinghy and requires good agility to walk over boulders to get ashore. Good walking boots, warm and waterproof clothing essential. Anyone not wishing to land will be taken for a tour round the Island. Landing cannot be guaranteed as weather conditions can change without warning which can make landing difficult.

Bring a packed lunch with extra as if we see whales, dolphins or basking shark we will stay out a bit longer.

This trip only runs when the puffins are ashore May to mid August. This trip is not suitable for young children.

All trips are subject to weather and demand.

Sit back, put your feet up, and enjoy a virtual day trip on Sea Leopard 11...


  • Bring sunscreen and sunglasses, even on cool days the reflected rays of the sun can cause sunburn.
  • Bring warm and waterproof clothing; it is colder at sea than on land and our weather can be changeable.
  • Bring your camera; there will be ample photo opportunities.
  • Bring your binoculars. We have some on board but best to use your own.
Sea Eagles
Sea Eagles

Private Charter

Sea Leopard 11 is available for private charter by the hour, half day, or day for anniversaries, corporate days out, weddings, scattering of ashes etc. Evening charters by arrangement.

Please call to discuss your requirements.

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