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The Basking Shark Experience

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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!

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

The Sharks

The Sharks

Growing up to 12m long and weighing several tonnes, basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) are the second largest fish in the world.

Loch Ness

Loch Ness

Probably one of Scotland's biggest attractions mainly because of Nessie, the legendary monster that lives in lake.

The Distillery

The Distillery

A visit to one of Glasgow's famous distilleries is a must and here they produce an unique single malt whiskey.

The Marine Wildlife

The 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.

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

Gary

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 SIZE16 people
ASSISTANCEHands on
AIRPORT(S)Glasgow
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.

The Scot Hotel

The Scot Hotel
Oban United Kingdom

With a traditional bar and restaurant, The Scot offers continental breakfasts and free Wi-Fi. Situated in Oban centre, the hotel is a 2-minute walk from the seafront and Oban Ferry Terminal.

Stylishly decorated with modern furniture and wooden flooring, the rooms at The Scot have private bathrooms with free toiletries. Rooms also feature a flat-screen TV/DVD player.

Corriermar House

Corriermar House
Oban United Kingdom

This Victorian building has a great location on Oban’s seafront, where you can enjoy views to the islands of Kerrera and Lismore from the lounge or outdoor terrace. There is free Wi-Fi and free parking on site.

Rooms at Corriemar House are traditionally furnished, and each benefits from a TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Each also comes with an en suite bathroom. Many rooms have panoramic sea views.

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.

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TRIP TIPS

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Make sure you pack a big towel that will keep you dry after your diving experience.

A small rucksack and binoculars will be very handy too.

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Please pre-book your restaurants in Oban.

There are not a lot of options and it can get pretty busy.

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It's the middle of summer but warm clothes and a raincoat might be a good idea just in case.

The Average temperature in Scotland in Summer is around 15 Celsius.

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Make sure you set up your alarm as the Ferry to Coll island departs very early in the morning.

Ferry will start at 6 am and the journey to Coll island takes approx 3 hours.

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 Glasgow with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

  • 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. For the extra nights organised through us, the airport transfer will still be included.

AVAILABILITY

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?

Glasgow. 

How long is this trip?

This trip is two nights and three days.