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Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats

4.6 / 5

25 reviews

Wildlife Cruise from John O'Groats

From US$ 27.01 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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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

4.6 /5

based on 25 reviews

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September 11, 2021

September 5, 2021

The weather was not brllliant but it was dry and clear with a calm sea. Plenty to see from the boat. Unfortunately the boat doesn’t have any refreshment facilities on board which is a missed opportunity as a hot cup of coffee and a bit of cake would have been nice. The boat is also showing signs of its age, it is primarily a passenger boat for the islands and not a tourist attraction.

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September 4, 2021

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