Please note that the information listed below is a general overview and subject to change – the area surveyed will be at the discretion of the crew who will join you aboard and the weather conditions.
Allows for the monitoring of the Southern Hebrides (Islay, Jura, Colonsay, Gigha and the slate isles) alongside the Argyll Isles (Mull, Iona, Staff, Treshnish, Tiree and Coll) and the Small Isles (Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck).
These surveys will monitor for the resident populations of porpoise and bottlenose dolphin, alongside noting the arrival of our seasonal visitors. Spring is a fantastic time to visit the Hebrides with the arrival of thousands of nesting seabirds and generally more settled weather. Shorter daylight hours also mean shorter survey days so a perfect choice for those who want a more relaxed experience.
- 10th – 16th April: £845
- 2nd – 8th May: £895
- 11th – 17th May: £895
These surveys will monitor the Hebrides during the height of the summer season so you can hope to expect sightings of seasonal visitors (minke whale, common dolphin) as well as basking shark. The hours of daylight are at their maximum so expect long days on survey effort if joining one of our mid-season expeditions.
- 28th June – 9th July: £1,395
- 12th – 20th July: £1,195
- 14th – 25th August: £1,395
Kyle of Lochalsh Expeditions
Departure from Kyle (where the bridge to Skye meets the mainland) allows for the monitoring of the Small Isles, Skye (and its surrounding islands, including the Sound of Raasay – the deepest inshore waters in the UK), Barra, South Uist and the Inner Minch.
- 5th – 13th June: £1,175
- 15th – 23rd June: £1,185
Ullapool is on the Scottish mainland, far in the north west (where the ferry to Stornoway departs). The area surveyed can include the Outer Hebrides, Skye and the north west coast up to Cape Wrath – the most remote parts of our study area.
- 31st – 8th September: £1,185
- 18th – 29th September: £1,295
Joint Warrior Surveys
In 2017, the team will run two monitoring surveys coinciding with NATO Joint Warrior military exercises off Scotland’s west coast. Dates for the Joint Warrior surveys in 2017:
- 30th – 7th April; £950
- 5th – 13th October; £950
Teen Team Surveys
In 2017, the team will also run two dedicated Teen Team Surveys – for those aged 16 and 17 and wish to gain fundamental experience in marine mammal field biology and data collection. These expeditions will run to the same protocol as the standard teams, however, there will be an additional member of the crew aboard to help facilitate evening activities and presentations. Teen Team dates for 2017 are as follows:
- 25th – 31st July; £950
- 5th – 11th August; £950