Getting out on the water has always been a popular pastime in Oban and Lorn (see our page on the Call of the Sea). Today, there are many eco tourism offering that focuses not just on the beauty of the scenery and the simple pleasure of being at sea, but on the amazing wildlife that can be seen. And what a wealth of wild life and outstanding natural history this area has to offer. There are deserted islands, ancient castles and monasteries on the land and an amazing diversity of wildlife on land and above and below the seas. How better to spend a day of your holiday than at sea with a licensed operator who will take you to the best spots to view wildlife while all around you is the magnificent scenery of the west coast of Scotland? For many visitors such a tour is the highlight of their stay around Oban.
The Firth of Lorn Special Area of Conservation just South of Oban is an area of outstanding natural beauty, of uninhabited islands with dramatic sea-cliffs. Only St Kilda hosts a greater variety of marine species.
Rich feeding grounds make this area a hot spot for sightings of whales, dolphins, porpoise, basking sharks and an amazing number and variety of seabirds. Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles, Peregrine falcons and Buzzards are resident and are frequently seen.Along the rugged coast line are seals, otters, deer and wild goats.
Many tour operators have a wild life guide who will give in depth talks about all these species.
Photos provided courtesy of David Ainsley, Sealife Adventures
South of Oban is one of the largest whirlpools in the world, the Gulf of Corryvreckan and the whole of Argyll was central to the Kingdom of the Scots and the early Celtic Saints. One of these was Brendan the Navigator who founded a monastery on the Garvellach Islands, 21 years before St Columba landed on Iona