Welcome to Whirlpool Scotland
One of the main departure points for boat trips to the whirlpool and its waters, known as the Gulf of Corryvreckan, is the small port of Ardfern on the banks of Loch Craignish. A purpose built catamaran called 'Sea Leopard II' took over from its predecessor as the main vessel in operation for Craignish Cruises, in late 2010.
The Sea Leopard's skipper has over three decades of experience and takes visitors on a choice of - unforgettable boat trips - that combine viewing the Gulf of Corryvreckan or the waters around the Garvellach Islands with whale watching, dolphin spotting, bird watching and discovering the wildlife of this beautiful stretch of coastline.
A two hour cruise can take you across the Sound of Jura to the whirlpool (whilst hearing both factual commentary and legendary tales), past a seal colony and a sea eagle nesting site. Longer trips can venture south to a property once owned by George Orwell, around the isle of Scarba or to the Garvellach Islands.
Water taxi services or private charters are also available, and sightings from the boat can include a wide variety of sea birds, otters, porpoise, sharks or whales, whilst on dry land wild coastal deer are often seen.
A regular crew member on cruises in this area is local photographer David Philip, you can see his website at: Hebridean-wild.co.uk