Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats

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Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats information and booking

from
$21
Duration
90 minutes
Departs from
John O'Groats Harbor
Returns to
Returns to original departure point at approximately 4:00pm
Time of departure
2:30pm
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Tour description provided by Viator

Enjoy a spectacular afternoon Wildlife cruise from John O'Groats this summer. Pass rugged cliff scenery and see arctic skuas, storm petrels, colonies of guillemots, puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes, Atlantic grey seals and much more!

This Wildlife Cruise departs every summer afternoon from John O'Groats. Cruise past rugged cliff scenery looking out for arctic skuas, storm petrels, colonies of guillemots, puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes, Atlantic grey seals, porpoise and even the occasional whale.

The decks provide a superb platform from which to view the diverse wildlife of the Pentland Firth. If you prefer you can sit in the comfortable saloon and view through the many windows along the length of the vessel. It's a great way to enjoy the thrill of viewing Scottish Marine Wildlife in its natural environment. A great afternoon out for all the family.

The particular route for the cruise will depend on the prevailing tide and weather conditions, however the two main routes are:

  • Cruise through the Pentland Firth past Duncansby Head lighthouse passing close to sheer 200-feet high cliffs teeming with sea-birds followed by a close-up view of the famous Stacks of Duncansby
  • Cross the inner sound of the Pentland Firth for a close-up view of the uninhabited island of Stroma and colonies of Atlantic Grey Seals.

Birdlife will be seen on all cruises however some have distinct breeding cycles and after their particular nesting season will travel far out to sea. For example Puffins will be seen in large numbers in June and July but in much smaller numbers in August.

What's included

  • Ferry crossing
  • English speaking guide

What isn't included

  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified