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.
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.
Christmas Dinner Menu
Served from December 1st until Decemebr 23rd inclusive.
Foie Gras with Caramelised Mixed Nut,
Apple, Orange Gel and Frisée
Oban Bay Scallop Ceviche with
Creme Fraiche & Mango
Heritage Beetroot Risotto with
Herb-crusted Goat’s Cheese Bon Bon
Honey & Parsnip Velouté
Duo of Salmon with Herb Crust, Courgette,
Spinach, Crispy Parmentier Potato & Lemon Dill Sauce
Traditional Roast Turkey with Seasonal Trimmings
& Pork & Cranberry Stuffing
Gressingham Duck Breast with Truffle Pommes Purée,
Heritage Beetroot, Bramble & Spinach
Roast Ham with Potato Terrine, Honey
Glazed Celeriac, Red Chard & Apple
Gnocchi with Sundried Tomato, Basil & Parmesan
Traditional Christmas Pudding with
Red Wine Poached Pear with Mascarpone
Mousse & Dark Chocolate
Frangipane with White Chocolate,
Candied Fennel & Root Apple
Selection of Scottish Cheese & Biscuits
Coffee & Mints
Complimentary 50ml glass of Churchill Vintage Port
£49 per person including VAT
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