Basking Shark Scotland

Home of the only dedicated basking shark tours based from Oban, Scotland.

Basking Shark Sightings

For members of the public that have spotted a shark and wish to add this to the shark database of our science programme. Please click here for submitting Scottish Basking Shark Sightings.

How to Book a Tour

  • You need to book shark tours eearly to avoid disappointment so add yourself to our email list for the latest announcements  (sidebar to the right hand side of this page).
  • Seal & Lagoon tours run from March/April onwards
  • See our tour calendar from April -Oct – please click through here (then choose the month).
  • Submit a booking form here.

The video below will give you a taster of some of the amazing shark and aerial footage from summer 2015 – what a summer we had in the Hebrides!

1524813 330767843766702 6737205984079364174 n 300x199 Basking Shark ScotlandWe offer single, two and three day, four day and week long basking shark swimming and wildlife excursions to the Inner Hebrides. Our mission is to provide great interactions with basking sharks and the abundant wildlife of the area. Our main focus is boat based and an in-water  swimming experience with basking sharks, combined with wildlife and adventure excursions.

Our basking shark Scotland tours are organised from April to October to coincide with the shark’s migration to the area where they feed on the abundant plankton. We also combine our tours with snorkelling with seals and amazing wild swimming spots.We also organise the Coll of the Sharks festival (postponed for 2015, back again 2016).

This is a completely natural experience and as such there are no guarantees of seeing basking sharks, however since our trips cover more ground than any other operator on a speedy highly seaworthy vessel – our trips one of the better chances of seeing the sharks, our normal trips cover over 80- nautical miles /dayso it’s a whistle stop tour of the hebrides.  Our area of operation is a known basking shark ‘hotspot’ and is also widely known as one the best areas in the whole world for basking sharks. In addition to the regular shark sightings, our trips include whales, dolphins, seals, golden eagles, puffins and many other seabirds. Combine this with the stunning scenery of Argyll, volcanic wonders of Fingal’s Cave, historical landscape of castles, abbeys and ruins- there is a huge amount to take in!

In our 2013 Season we had a trip success rate of shark sightings of 75% and we have recorded 172 official sightings for the database. In 2014 250 sharks were recorded between our own sightings and those submitted by the public. 2015 has been an incredible year with over 700 shark sightings. These are used in our science programme which you can see more information on here.

We are able to cater for a variety of people on our shark swims that can range from complete snorkelling beginners to underwater photographers and videographers who wish to obtain amazing footage of these gentle giant, to recreational divers and snorkelers, along with non-divers who wish to achieve unforgettable experiences. For those not so keen on being just so close and getting wet, you are made very welcome as one of our shark watchers on board the boat. We want to make the experience the best it can possibly be so please do not hesitate to ask us any questions you might have. You can contact us here.

We also have an active science programme, where we are actively studying various areas of the sharks. More information on our programme can be found here.

Please see a range of what else we do apart from shark specific tours.

Seal & Lagoon Tour

Clear Water1 150x150 Basking Shark ScotlandIn addition to the many shark trips we organise, we have a regular day service out to the Hebridean islands. On the trip we visit a very special lagoon, well protected from the weather and within the area which has more sun hours than anywhere else in the UK! The water here is crystal clear unpolluted Atlantic with a white shell sand base, surrounded by fringing reefs. This marine paradise holds a large Harbour and Grey seal colony which we snorkel with. This tour can be for both passengers wanting to swim or those wanting to land to explore uninhabitated islands. Not too bad a wee lunch spot either! See here for more details for our seals and lagoon tour.

Scuba Diving

Nudibranch 150x150 Basking Shark ScotlandDuring our longer tours (three,four and week long) we are able to scuba dive in the evenings. Our location is based at the heart of the Hebrides and offers on the best dives around. Otherwise we offer specific  scuba diving trips though our sister company – Dive Oban & Argyll.  See here for more diving specific information or information on our highland dive tour.


 Swimming & Diving in Iceland

1460113 10153404503980321 1975018077 n 150x150 Basking Shark ScotlandDuring October we organise an annual swim,dive and photography tour to Iceland. The water here has amazing water clarity (e.g 100m) , making it some of the clearest water in the world. In addition we dive/swim around in a volcanically active lake, explore some of the magnificent waterfalls, geysers and scenery. At this time we do hunt for Northern Lights/Aurora and our trips have 100% success over the last 3 years there.

Killer Whale (Orca) & Humpacks in Norway

Norway Aurora 2 150x150 Basking Shark ScotlandIn January we organise tours to Norway to view the spectacular herring migration which attracts large pods of whales. Specifically these trips are arranged around watching the beautiful Orca or Killer Whale. These trips are to the Arctic Circle and is one of the best of most consistent areas for Orca. The trips are arranged to allow both boat based viewing and an strictly supervised swimming encounter. The area has also give us our best Aurora to date, along with spectacular scenery and other wildlife such as the White-Tailed Sea Eagle.

You will have seen some amazing drone footage from 2014 above but here’s a taster on what we got up to in 2013 – what an awesome season in Scotland!




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