Water activity

Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats

4.4 / 5

85 reviews

Activity provider: John O’Groats Ferries

Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats

Activity provider: John O’Groats Ferries

From US$ 27.30 per person

Enjoy a 90-minute afternoon cruise past rugged cliff scenery and see arctic skuas, storm petrels, colonies of guillemots, puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes, Atlantic grey seals, and much more.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Enjoy a wildlife cruise off the coast of northern Scotland
  • Look out for puffins, seals, the occasional whale, and many more types of wildlife
  • Cruise through Pentland Firth and take in the rugged cliff scenery
Full description
Experience the wild and windy Scottish coastline. Listen to informative commentary from your guide throughout the cruise and enrich your knowledge of Scotland’s natural history. Cruise through the Pentland Firth past Duncansby Head lighthouse passing close to the sheer 200-feet high cliffs teeming with sea birds followed by a close-up view of the famous Stacks of Duncansby. Cross the inner sound of the Pentland Firth for a view of the uninhabited island of Stroma and the colonies of Atlantic Grey Seals. See the various cliffs and birds of Stroma. The types of birdlife seen will depend on the nesting season. For example Puffins will be seen in large numbers in June and July but in much smaller numbers in August. If you are lucky, catch a view of some whales.
  • 90-minute sightseeing cruise
  • Live commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

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Meeting point

Meet at John O'Groats Harbour at MV Pentland Venture.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The route for the cruise will depend on the prevailing tide and weather conditions
  • Free parking is available at John O'Groats
  • You will hear live commentary on this tour
  • This is a 90-minute sightseeing cruise
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 85 reviews

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It was a really nice and cheap option to see the islands off of the mainland of Scotland. The speed of the boat was really nice so you could see a lot and had a lot of time to see it. You have a great chance of seeing seals, sheep on the islands, and puffins. I think it was definitely worth it!

August 2, 2022

Great boat trip. We went out to the Duncansby Stacks and the skipper brought us right in to see the nesting birds., even in to the mouth of a cave to see Kittiwakes. Saw puffins nesting and flying along with thousands of guillemots. The Skipoer explained about the geology of the stacks and pointed out where a new stack was forming. Very interesting trip and I would thoroughly recommend

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June 9, 2022

Had the most amazing time we got to see a Minkey Whale. Staff are all very friendly and made us feel welcome. We also made friends with a few people from Orca Watch everyone was fantastic . We loved it that much we are going back next year roll on 2023

June 6, 2022

Product ID: 308658