All trips visit the Corryvreckan Whirlpool where turbulent tides create one of the world’s largest whirlpools and an exceptionally rich area for wildlife.
The Corryvreckan is bounded on the north side by Scarba and on the south side by Jura. As the tide flows through the channel it gets squeezed between the two islands and picks up lots of speed. Your trip will take you into the eye of the whirlpool where a pinnacle comes up from the depths. The tide runs round one side of the pinnacle faster than the other, this then catches the upwelling waters from the deep and creates a spinning whirlpool. Sometimes, depending on wind and tide there are standing waves around the pinnacle, these can be very dramatic and impressive. If you would like to come on a trip when the tides are at their strongest book one of our Whirlpool Specials.
On all our trips you will discover that the area around the Corryvreckan is rich in wildlife, why is this? Well, it is all to do with the currents which bring very rich feeding in to the area which attracts lots of large mammals such as porpoises, dolphins and whales. We also see many seabirds around the Corryvreckan with gannets diving from great heights to catch fish.
Your wildlife guide will tell you the tragic but romantic story of a Viking prince whom the Corryveckan may have been named after.
Have a look at the video below. It was filmed by our owner skipper David who has also filmed the Corryvreckan Whirlpool for Coast and for the documentary Maelstrom shown on Discovery Channel.