Formerly 'Summer Queen Cruises'. Operating from Ullapool Harbour in the north west Highlands of Scotland, Shearwater cruises offer nature & wildlife trips to Loch Broom and the Summer Isles. We offer a 3 hour tour landing on Tanera Mor and a 1.5 hour cruise taking in wildlife and scenery.
Famed for their outstanding beauty, the Summer Isles are a collection of wonderful islands ranging in size from little more than rocks to the last inhabited island Tanera Mor. The isles and sea are home to numerous sea birds, seals, dolphin, porpoise, whales and eagles.
A beautiful highland fishing village, Ullapool is a great base for a highland holiday or day trip from the towns and villages of Scotland. A trip to the Summer Isles is a must for all lovers of Highland scenery, wildlife, nature and history. Many of our passengers return again and again.
We record and submit sightings to a number of wildlife and conservation groups including:
The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust based on Mull carry out research on the west coast. We submit regular sightings to them.
UK wide recordings and research of cetacean, the Shearwater used to monitor for them in Wales and we share sightings still.
We have consulted with RSPB Sea Eagle project over a number of years and held identification training courses on our cruises.
We are accredited with and follow WiSe (Wildlife Safe) responsible wildlife-watching practices at all time and put animal welfare above all else.
Powerglide 50 Catamaran, built 2010, 15.1 mtr GRP hull. Twin 400hp engines, radar, plotter, 2 VHF radio, twin deck, passenger lounge, toilet.
Shearwater cruises sail from Ullapool Harbour on the north west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Ullapool is set on the shores of Loch Broom and has a long history of association with the sea. Ruins on the shores of the loch date back to Neolithic times along with Pictish Forts, Celtic Christian religions sites of worship and Viking settlements. Ullapool itself was established as a fishing port in 1788 and has been a hub of fishing, sailing, ferry operations and boating activity since. Our locality offers us access to some great features along the coast and the Summer Isles with the opportunity to land on the last inhabited island Tanera Mor,
The Summer Isles are a beautiful collection of islands between the Minch and Loch Broom. Surrounded by the Coigach coastline and south to Little Loch Broom and looking to the Torridon range, with view to the Outer Hebrides when clear - Lewis, Harris, The Shiants and Skye.
A huge variety of birds nest, breed, feed and migrate through the area and we get to see the birds up close as they fly about us, from gannet and gulls, to members of the auk family such as guillemot and even puffin. As the seasons change so do the species of birds we encounter in the loch and isles.
We are fortunate to have cetacean including porpoise, dolphin, minke whale and even orca visit our waters, along with both grey and harbour seals living on the isles in large colonies. In recent years a pair of magnificent white tailed sea eagles have nested on the coast.
On our morning cruise we land on the last inhabited island in the group. Tanera Mor is a wonderful location with a cafe and facilities for visitors along with the last independent Post Office in the UK. Walks to the top of the island offer breathtaking views to the Hebrides, Coigach and Assynt.
Weather conditions can affect if we can sail and our route and what we see/encounter. We are in constant contact with local fishermen and wildlife groups notifying us of sightings in the area and have over 20 years experience of the loch and islands so will do our best to view what is out there.
We offer two different cruises to the Summer Islands one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Booking is essential, please contact us or visit our booking office to buy tickets.
We are also available for private charter if you would like to arrange a special treat for yourself, family, friends or a group/organisation. Charters can be made for our set cruises or for special tours and requests by the day or half day.
Charters must be arranged with us in advance, please contact us with details of what you would like to arrange and we will see if we will do our best to meet you requirements.
Food and drink may be brought on board or purchased at the cafe on Tanera Mor.
Dogs are welcome but must be kept under full control on the island as livestock may be present.
Our morning cruise heads out to the Summer Isles and stops to look at the seal colony at The Skerries on route. We work our way through the islands, visiting the wondrous Cathedral Cave. We land on Tanera Mor where passenger have 40 to 50 minutes to explore the island, visit the cafe and buy the unique Summer Isles stamps before working our way along the coast and bay back to Ullapool Harbour.
Food and drink may be brought on board.
* At busy times, there will be two afternoon at:
Our afternoon heads out of Loch Broom and visits the Skerries, home to the largest seal colony on the Summer Isles. We then follow the Scoraig peninsula coastline back to Ullapool passing the crofting community and ruined Annat Monastery on Achmore where we frequently encounter the Loch Broom White Tailed Sea Eagles.
Our booking booking office is located at the entrance to Ullapool Harbour. The booking office is open for an hour prior to sailings and we leave contact details for those wishing to call or enquire about sailings if unattended. Please allow time to collect your tickets and be at the boarding pontoon - if you are late it means we lose time at sea. Please note: booking in advance is essential.
***SAILING IS WEATHER DEPENDENT***