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Puffin & Seabird Tour

Puffin from a tour to the treshnish isles with basking shark scotland from Oban & Isle of Mull
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Visit the spectacular cliffs of the Treshnish Isles, a Special Area of Conservation. Lunga becomes the summer home to thousands of seabirds. With the charismatic puffin taking up residence across the length of the island, you will undoubtedly enjoy seeing these birds go about their daily lives just metres away from you! Along with the puffins, there are also nesting guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes and shags. This island is a dream for any wildlife photographer, naturalist, or those who want to spend their afternoon being charmed by the island residents.

  • 1 day boat tour travelling through the stunning scenery of the Sound of Mull.
  • Visit the Isle of Lunga, the largest seabird colony in the Treshnish Isles.
  • Meet the charismatic puffins and their relatives.
  • Ample time to photograph and explore the island.
  • Opportunity to see whales, dolphins, and seals along the way.
  • Visit responsibly guided by a marine biologist.



This 5 day itinerary is based from the beautiful coastal town of Oban. The boat departs from Oban town centre boat pontoons within easy reach of all Oban based accommodationThose staying on the Isle of Mull have the option to join the trip in Tobermory.

For more information on travel and staying in Oban please see our FAQs.


On the Tour

Once you arrive at the marina a member of our friendly crew will meet you, and show you to the facilities and boat. We will then start our journey by passing many iconic landmarks such as Lismore Lighthouse and Duart Castle as we make our way into the Sound of Mull.

You will be surrounded by the stunning scenery of Mull on one side and the Morvern and Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the other. Our local guides will tell you more about this special area and which wildlife to look out for.

The search for wildlife begins as soon as we leave the marina, the rich waters in the spring and summer bring plentiful wildlife to the Inner Hebrides and West Coast of Scotland. During the trip, we will keep an eye out for porpoises, eagles, seals, minke whales, dolphins and basking sharks in addition to the abundant bird life.

To learn more about which species can be seen in the area visit our Hebrides Wildlife Guide.

White tailed eagles on Isle of Mull, Hebrides, Scotland

On the Island

At the Treshnish Isles, you can watch the puffins flying to and from the cliffs as we prepare the dinghy to take you to shore. Lunga is an uninhabited island with no pier or landing facilities, a short walk up a rocky shore is required to reach the bird colony.

Once you have reached the cliff top, prepare to be amazed by the amount of wildlife and diverse flora around you – either join our guide on a guided walk to the incredible guillemot colony or relax and picnic with the puffins. Your guide will brief you on all aspects of safety, wildlife and code of conduct around nesting seabirds.

You will have approximately 2.5 hours to enjoy the island.

puffins on the cliff of Lunga, Treshnish Isles, Isle of Mull

Who is the tour for?

This tour is perfect for anybody who wants to escape into nature for the day. Visiting the uninhabited islands of the Treshnish is a special experience to be enjoyed by wildlife photographers, families and those looking for an immersive experience.

8 is the minimum age for this trip.

With the remote location we operate in there are some physical challenges such as boarding the dinghy and landing on islands without facilities, please see here for more information.

Tour expectations

The natural world is very unpredictable, not a zoo or an aquarium, therefore sightings are never guaranteed. We can however promise that you are visiting a wildlife hotspot with a highly experienced and passionate team. Our boats are comfortable cabin RIBs built for the wild Atlantic conditions which are closely monitored by our experienced skippers. We will do our very best to give you a great experience!

Ready to join us on an adventure?


Tour Prices

Adult Per person




Family - 4 adults + 2 kids/students


Private Charter rates

from £1250 (Up to 12 guests)

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Full payment is required at the time of booking.

Group tours have specific payment terms & conditions. Please email for more information.

What’s Included?

  • 1 day boat tour
  • Land at the Treshnish Isles
  • Responsibly guided by a marine biologist
  • Hot drink
  • Use of binoculars, books and information guides.

Additional Considerations

  • Accommodation
  • Travel to the meeting point
  • Food and Drink


Please see our cancellation policy and terms and conditions here.

Please note this tour needs a minimum of 8 passengers to run.


Our 1 day puffin tour runs from April to July, the only time puffins are on land. We have 12 spaces on board, providing a personal low-impact way to enjoy the wildlife of the Treshnish Isles.

If you would like to combine your visit to the puffins with our other activities check out our multi-day trips

Ready to Book?

After booking your preferred date you will receive a confirmation email with a linked information document.

Please note this tour needs a minimum of 8 passengers to run, we will be in touch during your tour lead-up regarding capacity and sea conditions. We will do our best to get you offshore, allowing some flexibility in your schedule gives you extra opportunity to visit us.