This is a 4 hour cruise of approximately 35 miles. Heading out from Ullapool
we sail down the centre of Loch Broom to Camus passong Mhaoraich (Mussel Bay),
where the Atlantic Grey Seals are often seen basking on the rocks.
We then sail across Annat Bay towards Carn-nan-Sgeir, known locally as 'The
Skerries', and in recent years a favourite location for a large collony common seals, before heading into the Summer Isles themselves.
Passing through the
various Summer Isles, a wide variety of seabirds, seal, porpoises,
dolphins and Minke whales are often seen.
We visit Cathedral Cave on the west side of Tanera Beag a wonderful example of
the effects of geology and erosion. If the weather is good we will try to
get a look in the cave...
On leaving the cave we travel through the narrow seaways between the
islands and arrive at the sheltered haven of Tanera Mhor, the principle and
only inhabited island in the group of Summer Isles. During the late 18th
century this island was an important herring fishing station and the ruins of
the old buildings can still be seen. We stay here for about 45 minutes and
passengers can go ashore and explore, or visit the cafe and post office. The
Summer Isles produce their own postage stamps which are well known for their
artistic merit. They are collected by philatelists throughout the world and
have been graciously accepted in the Royal Collection. For the more
adventurous a short walk to the top of the hill opens up a view of scenic
splendour. On a clear day you can see Skye and the Outer Hebrides quite
clearly as well as the major mountains in the area. One of the crew men often
lifts a lobster pot whilst at the island which can be of interest if it has
some crabs and other shellfish. If you are scared of crabs, be sure to let
the crew know so they can show you one up close!
After we visit Tanera Mhor we pass by Horse Island and Goat Island where we
often see common and grey seals, migrating porpoise and even the odd basking
shark. This stretch of sea also offers great views over Coigach as well as
to some of the well known peaks of Assynt.
We head back across Annat Bay and navigate the
coastline of Isle Martin and to Rhue Point where the lighthouse welcomes us
back to Loch Broom.
As well as the wildlife, we try to touch upon the history, culture, geology
and other elements that make this area so wonderful to visit and experience.
Our crew are all wildlife enthusiasts and take pleasure in trying to share
their knowledge and experience so feel free to ask any questions. Commentary
is given at sites of interest and to point out animals we pass. Please note,
the commentary is in English but we try to maintain a list of animal names
in various languages - although we make no promise that we pronounce them
Morning Cruise to Summer Islands and Tanera
Route may vary according to weather and conditions...
Clip from Morning Cruise: Dolphin and at Tanera Mor: