Shearwater Cruises sail from Ullapool Harbour on the northwest 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, as well as being situated in the Wester Ross Marine Protected Area.
Cruise details*: 2 hours 15 minutes (can vary +/-),
Mon to Sat 10am and 1pm,
Sundays 10.30am and 1.30pm.
(*Please note: times can change and sailings can cancel due to poor weather. Please always book in advance and call to check we are sailing if traveling from far away)
Powerglide 50 Catamaran, built 2010, 15.1 mtr GRP hull. Twin 400hp engines, radar, plotter, 2 VHF radio, twin deck, passenger lounge, toilet, life jackets and life rafts aboard, MCA licensed for up to 30 passengers - with seating available for all.
Please bring weather proof and warm clothing - and don't forget your binoculars and camera!
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
We work closely with Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) on Mull. All are sightings are reported to them via WhaleTrack, an app you can download for free online.
In 2021 we submitted over 500 sightings, 63 excursions and 5846 individual whale/dolphin/porpoise!
Both members of crew are certified members of the WiSe Scheme - this is a scheme that trains up participants to ensure they are compliant and aware of national and regional laws and regulations and commited to giving wildlife space and not harassing.
Whilst we try our best to find you wildlife on our trips, we will never chase, pursue or endanger any animal.
One of our crew is a member of British Divers Marine Life Rescue, a medic and a member of the whale disentanglement team. This experience allows us to help monitor for any animals in need of help. He is also happy to tell you how to join and other ways to help protect our marine environment and seas.
Sea Watch Foundation
The Shearwater is a Sea Watch Foundation Recommended Boat Operator 2022, showing that our sightings help national recording efforts and also that Operators are also required to respect their marine code of conduct in order to minimize disturbance to wildlife.