Getting ready for this season, we have put together a new timetable
for the new catamaran, which is available on request, we will be
running out of Mallaig on a daily basis, and can offer you the chance
to spend the day in Knoydart/Inverie on a Tuesday and Thursday,
with a new ferry run on those days.
Our Open boat Linti Too, will continue to run full time from Armadale
with a 3 hour whalespotting trip every day in the season.......
Another all day trip went out today -- We tried a new route - Elgol,
Soay and stopping off in Canna, lots of birdlife but no whales today,
it was rather 'choppy' so that did not help us. Next All day trip
We were out on out maiden passenger voyage today - 8th August,
with a really good group -- was windy and wet, but all were fine
aboard the new boat, we knew there was a group of Bottlenose Dolphins
about, and we eventually found them, a big group of around 25 +
with 2 really young with them... out tommorrow on an all day whalespotting
trip round Eigg and Muck.. we will wait and see........... the open
RIB was out today as well, a good time was had by all..
2011 We have had
trouble getting in to update the site for sometime now, which we
The hottest news is the new boat we have on order, and is due for
completion in 2011, not sure if it will be in time for Easter this
year, we will have to wait and see. Otherwise as the site is updated
over the next few weeks, to give you an idea of what the boat looks
like, and how it is coming along, you could join us on the Seafari
Adventures - Skye facebook page
New trip for 2008 - A full day Whalespotting or our 'Lochs'
tour is planned for the season, running on a Monday, Wednesday &
Friday from 10 - 4.30 ish. Mail me for full details, otherwise have
a look on our trips page for further info. This is a one off trip
for the area, and has never been available before.
End August/End of Season 2007 - All carried on well, we
continued to have whales around, then with a number of very cold
days and a few gales, they started to migrate off, and the numbers
went down - our last sighting was at the end of September, but a
few other operators in the area saw a number of quick whales in
the distance. An unusual amount of Risso's Dolphin were around,
and stayed in the Sound for nearly 7 weeks.... numbers were from
10 - 20 odd, and we first thought it was one group, till we went
out and came across another group about 8 miles away. Birdlife stayed
strong, and the Shearwaters stayed late this year, simply due to
the amount of late feeding that took place.
I tailed off our trips early this year due to a very sad family
loss. My mother Coralie, who was a major part of the running of
the business sadly passed away in Sept
First Part Of August - We got off to an unrepeatable
start, with a fantastic sighting of 2 Killer Whales (Orca) - Thanks
to a call from Ronnie on the Sheerwater - A large male and a female
heading south off Eigg. Minke Whales still about, in greater numbers
now, and lots of birdlife in deeper water. From the second week
on it got better when a group of approx 6/8 Risso's dolphin were
found and they stayed in the area for over a week, one 2 hour trip
we even saw a Whale, a Dolphin. and a basking shark... all were
delighted. beginning to have a bit of a fight with the weather now,
and the odd gale keeps scattering everything about the challenge
is to keep finding good sightings. On Sun 19th - A school of bottlenose
dolphin went past the pier at Armadale, just in time for the 1.30
trip to get some great photo's when they came and played with the
June/July - A really good selection of cetaceans around,
the minke whales are putting in good, and regular appearances, and
although they do not seem to be 'lunging' to feed the are foraging
deeper, which simply means the whales are allot more interested
in feeding than stopping to have a look at us, but with regular
sightings, and as long as the weather stays half decent we have
seen whales on all our 3 hour whalespotting trips, except 3 to date.
We have also seen a number of Basking Sharks, along with the odd
group of passing Bottlenose Dolphin, allot of groups of porpoise
- Again this year all our wildlife has been in the Northerly part
of the Sound, so we have not been landing anywhere. Other sightings
are Sunfish, Many big rafts of Manx Shearwaters,Gannets,Great Skuas,
2007 Season - Got off to a good start with allot of wildlife/birds
etc arriving for the season, our Minke whales strted to arrive in
small numbers, and early on we saw a good number of adults and calfs.
NEW BOAT NEARLY READY - Our new boat is nearly done - and i intend
to have her up and running from the beginning of October 2006 -
not a RIB, but still fast and fun, she is a custom made Pro charter
35ft - with seating for 12 in a fully heated wheelhouse, but still
giving you the chance to get outside on the deck, with seating there
as well, she will be equipt with the latest electronics, able to
cruise at 25 knots, and more to the point let us out during the
winter months and have a good look around - group trips will be
available, and if all goes to plan a schedule for trips.Copy and
paste link below for how it is coming along.
July/Mid - August - , Carried on being good - with regular sightings
and lots of activity on the water - whales were feeding and with
the good weather we were out every day - difference was all widlife
was much further north this year so far, and we did not do our usual
stop off on Eigg - there was simply to much to see - We even managed
to spot whales on out 1 hr trips at the end of the day.
June 10th - On our 3 hour trip- and still with brilliant weather
- On the way back from Eigg 2 Minke Whales spotted, on adult and
one calf - yesterday we saw a group of Common Dolphin again, no
whales actually feeding yet, but hopefully this warm spell will
keep everything happening and the sightings will improve as they
are at the moment.
June - Off to a great start - good weather, all birds have appeared
in numbers, and our 1st good/clear Minke Whale sighting, the next
day a young calf travelling down the sound made good spotting material
- 2 days later we were among a group of 30 odd Common Dolphin's
which played with the boat for about half an hour, then we left
them to carry on - only to be followed an hour later by the same
group - On the 1st sunday this month, a small Basking Shark was
seen, and again later the same day. - Weather has improved and we
have even had to get the Sun Block out .........
April/May - Hounded by bad weather still we have struggled to get
out as much as we would have liked - coupled with a 'constant' cold
spell, and snow on the mountains, all have been wrapped up warm
- good birdlife about - Puffins/gannets/Squa's -- and only a few
very distant whale spottings ....
2006 - We aim to start 2 hour trips, initially, Easter week.
2005 - Got off to a fantastic start, with our ealiest seen Minke
whale yet, and then we saw whales regularly till July, then, when
the whales are usually feeding in the Sound, it went very quite,
and we noticed the distinct lack of seabirds on the water and breeding
in general, this has been put down to a shift in the feeding grounds
for the year, and simply a 'bad' year for seabirds.
What we did see was a huge increase in Basking sharks, and saw
some very regularly in all sizes - we saw more this year, than all
previous years added together. A group of 20 + bottlenose Dolphin
were around more, mainly during the very high tides, and always
played for the boats - and camera's - they were seen with us as
late as October.
Our new boat - " Linti Too" went in the water in June,
and was a big success with all passengers, due to be licenced for
20 persons, we only managed to get her licenced for 12, due to wonderful
EU regulations and uncuttable red tape. it is more room for everyone
else though !! Hopefully 2006 will see better for her, and we can
take you out in greater comfort, and do more trips.
24th April 2005 : Our 1st Minke whale was spotted today, nearly
3 weeks earlier than any other year, cruising down the Sound. Feeding
Birdlife has also began in low numbers, again, earlier than previous
years. The season has got off to a good start.
2005 Sailings - will start again on the 19th
of March. (2 hour trips) and will continue through to Mid October,
but if you are in Skye earlier than this, please call, we have a
boat in the water and weather dependant we will go out.
The general view of 2004 was very good, wildlife
wise we could not have asked for better. This was not to be said
about the weather though, our waterproofs were well used...... We
had some different sightings this year, most notable was a Humpback
Whale stayed with us for most of August (1st on record for these
waters.....) Have a look at the picture Gallery.
More Basking sharks were seen, a few Sunfish,
and at the end of the season a Young LoggerHead turtle... BUT our
local Minke Whales were great, allot more feeding was seen, and
there was a good amount of young as well, who are always very nosey...
we even had a regular 'Jumper' that seemed to perform for us when
A group of Bottle nose Dolphins were seen
quite allot, and almost seem to appear every couple of weeks around
We also came across a group of Risso's Dolphins
- that would not let the boat get away from them -