Your 1 day boat tour starts from Dunstaffnage Marina, based just outside of Oban town centre. Dunstaffnage is a short 10-minute drive, and taxis can be easily arranged by your accommodation provider. Those 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 bring plentiful wildlife to the Inner Hebrides and the West Coast of Scotland. During the trip, we will keep an eye out for dolphins, eagles, seals, minke whales, porpoises and in addition to abundant bird life.
To learn more about which species can be seen in the area visit our Hebrides Wildlife Guide.
Arriving at Fingal’s Cave
At the cave, your guide will brief you on all aspects of safety for undertaking this challenging snorkel. Then it’s time to get into your pre-booked activity equipment with some help from our guides, whilst marvelling at this natural phenomenon.
Those who would prefer to stay on board can enjoy the incredible scenery and keep an eye out for curious seals and puffins flying overhead.
Enjoy hearing the legend of the giants rumoured to inhabit the cave whilst you enjoy a hot chocolate after your swim.
Who is the tour for?
The cave requires very specific conditions to safely swim, you are required to be an experienced swimmer to take part in this activity.
8 is the minimum age for this trip – swimming on the day will be dependent on conditions.
To join our in-water activities you must be comfortably able to swim a minimum of 100m unaided in open water.
With the remote location we operate in there are some physical challenges such as boarding the boat by ladder please see here for more information.
Fingal’s Cave is a challenging swim to schedule, as we need very calm weather and swell to take you inside the cave. This is one of the most exciting locations we visit, but the most difficult to plan for. We will try our best to offer you an alternative date, to increase your chances of reaching the cave – consider our multi-day tours where you have more flexibility in the schedule.
Will we see wildlife?
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!
Please note puffins are only spotted on the island from April – July.
Ready to join us on an adventure?