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Shearwater Cruises

New cruise times: Mon to Sat 10am and 1pm, Sundays 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Shearwater Cruises

Formerly 'Summer Queen Cruises'. Operating from Ullapool Harbour in the north west Highlands of Scotland, Shearwater cruises offer trips to Loch Broom and the Summer Isles. Our cruises are approximately 2 hours 15 minutes taking in the region's wildlife and scenery.

Summer Isles

Famed for their outstanding beauty, the Summer Isles are a collection of wonderful islands ranging in size from little more than rocks to the last inhabited island Tanera Mor. The isles and sea are home to numerous sea birds, seals, dolphin, porpoise, whales and eagles.


A beautiful highland fishing village, Ullapool is a great base for a highland holiday or day trip from the towns and villages of Scotland. A trip to the Summer Isles is a must for all lovers of Highland scenery, wildlife, nature and history. Many of our passengers return again and again.

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Working With:

We record and submit sightings to a number of wildlife and conservation groups including:


The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust based on Mull carry out research on the west coast. We submit regular sightings to them.

Sea Watch

UK wide recordings and research of cetacean, the Shearwater used to monitor for them in Wales and we share sightings still.


We have consulted with RSPB Sea Eagle project over a number of years and held identification training courses on our cruises.


We are accredited with and follow WiSe (Wildlife Safe) responsible wildlife-watching practices at all time and put animal welfare above all else.

Shearwater Details:

Powerglide 50 Catamaran, built 2010, 15.1 mtr GRP hull. Twin 400hp engines, radar, plotter, 2 VHF radio, twin deck, passenger lounge, toilet.


About Us

Shearwater Cruises

Shearwater cruises sail from Ullapool Harbour on the north west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Ullapool is set on the shores of Loch Broom and has a long history of association with the sea. Ruins on the shores of the loch date back to Neolithic times along with Pictish Forts, Celtic Christian religions sites of worship and Viking settlements. Ullapool itself was established as a fishing port in 1788 and has been a hub of fishing, sailing, ferry operations and boating activity since. Our locality offers us access to some great features along the coast and the Summer Isles,

Summer Isles

The Summer Isles are a beautiful collection of islands between the Minch and Loch Broom. Surrounded by the Coigach coastline and south to Little Loch Broom and looking to the Torridon range, with view to the Outer Hebrides when clear - Lewis, Harris, The Shiants and even the north point of Skye.

Sea Birds

A huge variety of birds nest, breed, feed and migrate through the area and we get to see the birds up close as they fly about us, from gannet and gulls, to members of the auk family such as guillemot and even puffin. As the seasons change so do the species of birds we encounter in the loch and isles.


We are fortunate to have cetacean including porpoise, dolphin, minke whale and even orca visit our waters, along with both grey and harbour seals living on the isles in large colonies. In recent years a pair of magnificent white tailed sea eagles have nested on the coast and may be seen around the loch.


The coastline and loch is famous for outstanding scenery. To the north we look over breathtaking views of Coigach and Assynt, taking some of the famous mountains and looking over the North West GeoPark, and south to the Scoraig peninsula and when clear even out to the Torridon ranges.

Please Note

Weather conditions can affect if we can sail and our route and what we see/encounter. We are in constant contact with local fishermen and wildlife groups notifying us of sightings in the area and have over 20 years experience of the loch and islands so will do our best to view what is out there.


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We cruises to the Summer Islands generally in the morning and afternoon. Booking is essential, please contact us or visit our booking office to buy tickets.

We are also available for private charter if you would like to arrange a special treat for yourself, family, friends or a group/organisation. Charters can be made for our set cruises or for special tours and requests by the day or half day.

Charters must be arranged with us in advance, please contact us with details of what you would like to arrange and we will see if we will do our best to meet you requirements.

Summer Islands Cruise:- approx 2 hours 15 minutes

Monday - Saturday
Departure 10am and 1pm

Departure 10.30am and 1.30pm


  • Adults £35
  • Children £30


Shearwater is also available for private charter.


Food and drink may be brought on board.


Summer Islands Cruise

2 hours 15 minutes approx.

The Summer Islands are an archipelago lying in the mouth of Lochbroom, Wester Ross.

Out cruise takes you in and around the Summer Islands where seals, porpoise, dolphins, whales, white tailed eagles and a variety of seabirds may be seen.

Weather and tide permitting, we visit Cathedral Cave on the south west side of Tanera Beag. From there we navigate through some of the narrower channels before visiting the anchorage of Tanera Mhor, which is the largest and only inhabited island.

We then make our way along the coastline of the Coigach peninsula heading back to Ullapool.

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Tips and Advice

  • Allow time for parking, we cannot wait for late arrivals. Parking here.
  • Booking essential - contact us or at booking office at entrance to Ullapool Harbour.
  • Bring warm clothing - even on good days, weather can turn.
  • Binoculars and camera advisable. Sun block can be useful at sea.
  • Please, children must be well behaved...
  • Food and drink can be taken aboard.
  • Please note we do not have any credit / debit card facilities.



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