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Discover the Spectacular Summer Wildlife in the Oban Area

If you own a boat and often explore the Firth of Lorne with its myriad sea lochs, islands and bays you will no doubt be aware of how abundant wildlife is in this part of Scotland.

Now that May is here the warmer weather brings with it summer visitors such as minke whales, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and a bewildering array of sea birds including magnificent white tailed sea eagles. Although on a good day all of these can be seen from the shore at some vantage points the best way is to take one of the many organised boat trips that operate from Oban and other locations up and down the coast.

Whales are seen most frequently in deeper waters around Mull and especially in the Gulf of Corryvreckan. Minke whales have already been spotted and, as the days and weeks pass, more regular sightings are guaranteed. Orcas (Killer Whales) and even humpback whales are also seen up and down Scotland’s west coast during the summer months.

Gannets diving into the water on Scotland's west coast.

Gannets diving into the water on Scotland’s west coast.

To get a true idea of what a sea bird’s life is like some boats venture out into the Great Race which is the stretch of water flowing from the Gulf of Corryvreckan between Jura and Scarba and the Garvellachs. Whilst on this expanse of water you can see thousands of birds such as black guillemots, shearwaters, fulmars in the air and on the water as they hunt, rest and feed whilst looking after their young. By far the most spectacular sea birds are the gannets which fly up from the huge colony on Ailsa Craig in search of food. It’s an unforgettable sight to see them circling higher and higher then dive at tremendous speed into the water to catch fish, especially when lots of them do it at once!

So if you are visiting the Oban area for a few days or even on a day trip be sure to spend some time to discovering the Nature on our doorstep. You won’t regret it.

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