Inner Hebrides | Corryvrechan Wildlife Tour

A Sea Safari

 

Usually, I dread group touring. My experience is that organised day trips especially tend to bring out the worst in people. Be first, be loud, crush your fellow travellers for that ultimate picture.
Then there are the tedious, or downright lazy, guides who recite their tons of mere facts quite unpassionately. Not so with Seafari Adventures.

Hop on in and take a ride in an open RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) trip to the narrrow Strait of Corryvrechan between the islands of Jura and Scarba. The Corryvrechan is the third largest whirlpool in the world.

Ready for take-off?

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Fladda Lighthouse on the Isle of Lunga (Slate Islands)

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Seal, not walking, but sunbathing on water.

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Seals having a great time by the looks of it.

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A cute seal pup.

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The Corryvrechan Whirlpool on a ‘calm’ day.

‘Strong Atlantic currents and unusual underwater topography conspire to produce a particularly intense tidal race in the Corryvreckan channel. As the flood tide enters the narrow area between the two islands it speeds up to 8.5 knots (≈16 km/h,≈10 mph), and also meets a variety of seabed features including a deep hole and a rising pinnacle. These features combine to create whirlpools, standing waves and a variety of other surface effects.

The Corryvreckan is the third largest whirlpool in the world, and is on the northern side of the gulf, surrounding a pyramid-shaped basalt pinnacle that rises from depths of 70 m to 29 m at its rounded top. Flood tides and inflow from the Firth of Lorne to the west can drive the waters of Corryvreckan to waves of over 30 feet (9 m), and the roar of the resulting maelstrom can be heard ten miles (16 km) away.’ (Wikipedia)

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A female sea eagle guarding her nest.

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Shags drying their wings.

After fishing, cormorants go ashore, and are frequently seen holding their wings out in the sun.

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Bothy on the Isle of Lunga (Slate Islands).

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Abandoned house on the Isle of Scarba.

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The majestic Isle of Scarba.

Scarba is a small uninhabited island, just north of the much larger island of Jura. The island is owned by Richard Hill, 7th Baron Sandys and has not been permanently inhabited since the 1960s. It is now covered in heather and used for grazing animals. (Wikipedia)

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Kilmory Lodge on the Isle of Scarba.

Kilmory Lodge is used seasonally as a shooting lodge, the island having a flourishing herd of red deer.

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Cliffs of Scarba.

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Waterfall on the cliffs of Scarba.

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Lonely grazing red deer.

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Wild goat feeding her kid.

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