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The Basking Shark Experience

From $674.50 Per Person

WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?

Swimming with giant Basking Sharks, learning about the legends of Lock Ness and of course sampling some of Scotland's finest whisky!

Scotland
July 24 - 26 2020
2 nights

From $674.50 Per Person

BOOK TODAY $236.08 DEPOSIT

Based on two people sharing, not including flights learn more

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Basking Sharks

Basking Sharks

Growing up to 12m long and weighing several tonnes, basking sharks are the second largest fish in the world. Slow moving and archaic, it's impossible not to be in awe of these truly impressive creatures.

Marine Wildlife

Marine Wildlife

Another popular part of the Scottish island wildlife is the wonderful sealife. Look out for White-tailed Eagles, spectacular diving gannets, puffins, numerous species of dolphins and of course, the playful seals.

Loch Ness

Loch Ness

One of Scotland's biggest attractions mainly because of Nessie, the infamous monster that is supposed to live in lake. We certainly can't promise you'll see her but you'll certainly learn about her legend.

The Whiskey

The Whiskey

No visit to one of Scotland is complete without a visit to one of its famous distilleries. You'll learn about the process of making and ageing the whiskey and of course you'll have the opportunity to sample the whiskey.

"Amazing family holiday. Well organised, lovely staff very helpful and very professional. I would recommend this to anyone."

Gary - Guest

TRIP OVERVIEW

YOUR EXPERIENCE

Growing up to 12m long and weighing several tonnes, basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) are the second largest fish in the world. Even though their mouths can gape up to 1 meter wide, these gentle giants get their protein by feeding on minuscule plankton that they filter through their specially-made gills. They can filter up to 500 tons of water per hour, which is just as well given that plankton are smaller than grains of rice! A relation to the infamous Great White Shark, these creatures, previously hunted in Scotland for the rich oils present in their livers, are now a protected species. Swimming with these sharks is one of the best wildlife experiences around and we think it’s even more special than cage diving with great white sharks!

YOUR EXPERTS

Marius G

Marius G

The Jack of all Trades - Meet Marius G

James

James

The Brains Behind the Operation - Meet James

NEED TO KNOW

DESTINATIONScotland
SEASONAugust 2 - 4 2019
DURATION2 nights
GROUP SIZE8 people
ASSISTANCEHands on
AIRPORT(S)Inverness
FLIGHTSFor more information on flights from the UK please refer to how it works section.
VISAUK, EU & US not required
VACCINATIONSNo

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 Travel to Oban via Cairngorms National Park

Arrive in Inverness and transfer to the Hebrides through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park. Stop for a quick lunch at The Druie Cafe on the shore of Loch an Eilein. Afterwards, it's onwards to Oban where you'll check-in to your cosy B&B before enjoying a stroll down the pier or a swanky seafood dinner in one of the town's handful of restaurants.


INCLUDED

  • Airport pick-up
Day 2 Search for the Basking Sharks in the Sea of the Hebrides

Early morning ferry transfer to the island of Coll to meet with the basking sharks team and after a short introduction and a brief of the day you’ll swim with seals followed by a picnic lunch. After lunch, you’ll go out searching for basking sharks. In the afternoon you’ll be transferred back to the island of Coll where you’ll change back into your dry clothes and have a wander before travelling back to Oban in the early evening.


INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Ferry return tickets
  • Basking sharks day trip
  • Service of a professional wildlife guide
  • Wet-suit
Day 3 Visit Loch Ness and Tomatin Distilery

Travel back to Inverness airport but not before stoping to the most famous place in Scotland - Loch Ness. Grab some lunch at Dores Inn and Visit the Tomatin  Distillery for a taste of Scotland's finest wiskey. After that you'll be to Inverness in time for your flight home.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Entry to the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition
  • Tour of Tomatin Distillery
  • Airport drop off

TRIP ACCOMMODATION

A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.

TRIP LOCATION

WHERE YOU'RE GOING

Located in the north-west of Scotland, the Hebrides archipelago boasts an impressive range of wildlife and culture in its isles, fjords, beaches and sounds. With some of the richest waters in the world, the Hebrides attracts a host of marine life, particularly during the spring when the warmer waters provide the perfect conditions for plankton blooms. It is here that basking sharks, among others, migrate to gorge on the plankton and mate in the waters, making the Hebrides a worldwide hotspot for shark spotting. Add coastal towns filled with buzzing seafood restaurants, fish and chip shops to make Rick Stein proud, the famous deep-fried Mars bar, looming Scottish castles, cosy local pubs, and more whisky that you can shake a stick at and you’ve got yourself the ideal weekend getaway.

FAST FACTS

CAPITAL Edinburgh
POPULATION 5.44 million
CURRENCY British Pound
TIME DIFFERENCE UTC

"It may seem expensive but when you consider all the equipment, the zodiac boat, expertise of the captain, the knowledge of marine biologist, small group and of course the possibility of viewing these magnificent creatures up close then it definitely adds up"

James - Untravelled Paths

Host Tips

TRIP TIPS

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Warm clothing

Expect all the seasons in Scotland, especially with the wind chill when racing around in a zodiac. A waterproof jacket will also be very useful for keeping you dry and warm.

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Pack a towel

Don't forget to pack a towel as you'll want to dry off as much as possible and it will also come in handy for those wishing to change back into their regular clothes.

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Binoculars

Not essential but is likely to enhance your experience so do bring binoculars if you or any of your friends have them! Alternatively, if you have one your camera zoom may help.

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Pre-book restaurants

There are some lovely restaurants in Oban but they do get booked up so we would suggest booking them in advance. Eeusk, one of our favourites, definitely needs to be booked.

TRIP DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • ALL TRANSFERS
  • All in-country transfers, airport pick-up and drop-off
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • 2 nights B&B accommodation in Oban
  • MEALS
  • Breakfast
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Day trip looking for Basking Sharks and other wildlife
  • Tour of Tomatin Distilery
  • Visit Loch Ness Centre and Exibition
GETTING THERE

As a tour operator, we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Inverness with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

Please note: Departure from the airport on the arrival day is before 12:00 and you will return to the airport on the final day at 16:00. You will need flights that fit with these times.

  • Easyjet (Gatwick)
  • British Airways (Heathrow)
  • Air Tarom (Heathrow)
  • Wizz Air (Luton)
  • Blue Air (Luton)
  • Ryan Air (Stanstead)
LIVERPOOL TO GLASGOW
  • Blue Air
DATES & PRICES

SOLO TRAVELLERS

Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.

EXTRA NIGHTS

If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.

HOW IT WORKS

Book your trip in five easy steps.

1

ENQUIRE ONLINE

Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.

2

BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS

We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.

3

BOOKING FORM

Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.

4

PAY FOR YOUR TRIP

As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.

5

FINAL CONFIRMATION

Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!

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NOTES

Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions

FAQ

What time of the year can I do this trip?

While the basking sharks migrate to the Scottish waters anytime from the spring when warmer waters cause the blooms of plankton, the most common time for sightings span from June through the end of August. This is why we only run the experience during the peak summer months to give you the best chance of spotting these incredible creatures.

Where do I need to fly to?

Inverness.

How long is this trip?

This trip is two nights and three days.