8 boat trips in Argyll & the Isles

Boat trips are an unbeatable way to explore Argyll & the Isles and discover the wonderful wildlife that inhabits our waters and coastline. Whether it’s a gentle sail down the Kyles of Bute or an adrenaline-fuelled RIB ride through the infamous Gulf of Correyvreckan or a week-long island hopping sail on a yacht, there’s a boat trip to suit everyone in Argyll and the Isles.

Discover 8 of the best boat trips in Argyll & the Isles in this blog.

1. Sealife Adventures

Head out to a whale, dolphin, eagle and seal hotspot with Sealife Adventures, which is based near Oban. All their trips visit the Gulf of Corryvreckan too. Enjoy a tour in a powerful, spacious and seaworthy boat.

2. Wreckspedition

If you fancy going underwater, head on a dicing adventure with Wreckspedition, based in Dunoon. Loch Fyne has stunning and unspoilt dive sites suitable for all interests and experience levels, including pinnacles, wrecks and reefs. There is abundant marine life, giving plenty of scope for keen underwater photographers. Wreckspedition also offer powerboat tours!

3. Puffer Steamboat Holidays

Jump aboard the traditional steam-powered Clyde Puffer for a unique Scottish cruise across the West Coast of Scotland. Enjoy the nostalgia of genuine steamboat cruising and relive the romance of a generation gone by. Whether you fancy a week of ports and piers up the Clyde, an adventure along the coast to a Scottish Island or cruising through the Great Glen on the Caledonian Canal...a fay out on the Puffer got something for everyone to enjoy!

4. Boat Trips Helensburgh

Heading to Helensburgh for the weekend? A trip to the Victorian coastal town wouldn't be complete without a boat trip! Helensburgh Boat Trips runs regular boat trips out into the Clyde Estuary and the Clyde sea lochs. They can also organise private boat tours for larger groups to a variety of destinations. 

6. Islay Sealife Adventures

A little further afield, on the beautiful Inner Hebridean island of Islay, Islay Sea Adventures offers a unique way to explore Islay through their wide variety of boat trips. From whisky tasting on deck over wildlife tours or a leisurely day of fishing – Islay Sea Adventures can help you make your dream boat trip become a reality.

7. Basking Shark Scotland

Want to spot some sharks? Basking Shark Scotland offers basking shark boat trips with the chance to get in the water and swim and snorkel alongside these gentle giants. Tours run from May to September, with June, July and August being the peak season for shark spotting. 

8. Seafari Adventures Oban

Based in Oban, Seafari Adventures offers exceptional wildlife and nature boat trips to see whales, porpoises and sea birds. Specialising in offering a unique combination of high adventure and pure exhilaration, a day out with Seafari Adventures promises a combination of excitement and sheer pleasure of close encounters with Scotland’s magnificent sealife and scenery.

Ready to explore our waters? Discover more boat trips here. Also, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for our wildlife when travelling on one of the many Calmac ferries when heading to your holiday destination!