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Wildlife holidays on the Ardnamurchan peninsula

Wildlife trips can be booked individually. Our normal summer weekly schedule is;

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See Ardnamurchan Charters for more information about what is available.

All boat trips are subject to change due to weather and sea conditions, passenger numbers or private charters.
Every year we take guests from Naturetrek and seeing eagles, otters, Basking sharks, whales and dolphins with Andy has become the highlight of their wilderness Ardnamurchan holidays. Click here to see some fantastic underwater footage of basking sharks taken from Laurenca whilst out for the day wildlife watching.
Ardnamurchan is one of the last wilderness areas in the UK. We are proud to be part of the Carna Conservation Initiative and look forward to welcoming everyone with an interest in wildlife to this beautiful wild area of the Scottish Highlands on the West Coast of Scotland.

From the accommodation in Laga Lodge it is possible to see otters and porpoises and if you are very lucky dolphins when they pay us an occasional visit, Golden and White tailed eagles, Red deer, Pine Martin and much, much more.
Even better is hiring a self-drive boat during your holiday which enables you to quietly watch and photograph many species of wildlife in it's natural environment without disturbance in remote and otherwise inaccessible places around the shores of Loch Sunart, Loch Teacuis and Loch Drumbuie. There are many resident and migratory birds around coastline making this an ideal location for bird watching.
Stay in our loch side accommodation, step out onto the balcony and enjoy the wildlife right on your doorstep.

"Starting at Laga Bay we went out to Cairns of Coll to see harbour porpoises, many seals,followed by 8 basking sharks, 2 Minke Whales and various birds, on the way to Muck." Tony

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Even better wildlife watching without the midges! If you chose to include a boat in your package then you are one immediately one of the lucky people as once out on the loch your wildlife holiday becomes midge free, a wonderful way to appreciate fully all this beautiful area has to offer. For more information about our comfortable, fully equipped accommodation just click onto the Laga Lodge page with secure online booking.
Explore in a totally stress free, quiet and peaceful environment, there is no need to drive again once you are here.
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Equipment available

  • GoPro camera
  • Stealth or Trail camera
  • Moth Trap
  • Photographic Stalking
  • Personal, guided Otter and Wildlife watching
  • Abundant wildlife on the doorstep
  • Marine wildlife & expertise
  • Birdwatching
  • Self drive boat, seals, porpoises, otters, eagles, divers and falcons.
  • Boat trips in our own Charter Boat, with either Andy or Tom as your Skipper, to see cetaceans including Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Common and Grey Seals, Basking Sharks

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Bespoke Wildlife Holidays, Laga Lodge, Loch Sunart

Suitable for 2 to 7 people.

An example of a bespoke holiday during the summer months would be something like the following, the holiday would be built by you to suit your individual needs subject to availability of the Charter Boat.
  • Arrive Friday 4pm, settle in and relax for the evening.
  • Saturday 09.30 -15.30, set off for the Island of Carna and see the Conservation Initiative and habitat enhancement programme in action. Explore the island and climb Cruachan Charna with magnificent views to Mull and Coll to the west and Resipole and Morven to the east.
  • Sunday 09.30 - 18.30 Full day out on Charter Boat Laurenca visiting the remote and beautiful Inner Isles of Coll and Muck with the possibility of sightings of Minke Whales, Common or Bottle nose Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Grey and Common Seals, a multitude of Sea Birds and stunning scenery to enjoy.
  • Monday has the opportunity for another full day out on Charter Boat Laurenca possibly heading south round the island of Mull to visit the Sea Bird nesting colonies on the Treshnish Island of Lunga. See the cute Puffins close up as you explore this beautiful island set in turquoise seas.
  • Tuesday, join our wildlife trip exploring Loch Teacuis, crossing the Sound of Mull and visiting the quaint town of Tobermory on Mull with time for lunch and a look around the harbour and shops.
  • Wednesday provides the perfect chance to set out early in the morning on a 2 -3 hour guided Otter and Wildlife watching trip. Again visiting the island of Carna, this time visiting secluded coves to watch these elusive animals in their natural habitat. A perfect opportunity to get some wonderful photographs.
  • Thursday, already the last day of your holiday and still lots of choices. Perhaps you would like to take this day to go out on Loch Sunart in one of our self drive Pioneer Multi boats or again taking a guided trip, with photographic stalking Red Deer in the Ardnamurchan Hills.
  • Friday depart 10.00, having enjoyed a wonderful, informative and relaxing week in one of the most beautiful settings and ready to book your next holiday (most of our visitors come again and again, there is so much to see and do)

"Fabulous again. Not at all looking forward to the return to the world of iphones and emails. Will be sure to visit again"
Martin, Jo Ollie and Betty


Independent Wildlife Holidays

Book your purpose built accommodation and boat and have the freedom to come and go exploring the whole area on land and sea for exceptional wildlife sightings and photographic opportunities.

Join our island hopping trips

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Wonderful day with self drive boat
We set off into Loch Sunart after very clear and helpful intructions on how to drive the boat and safety intructions to look at the wild life and fish. The 3 of us had an amazing day, saw lots of birds and caught a mackeral. The most amazing thing, which is often the case in Scotland was the light. We had 4 seasons weather, rainbows, mist and sun all giving extraordinary light and views. The trip was advertised as disabled access but so many aren't even if advertised as such, getting on with the tide in was fine then getting off at low tide day could have been tricky but the day was truely complete when they pulled the boat in by tractor and i walked off on dry land! Most wonderful people and most wonderful trip. Chris F. June 2014

A truly magical and fantastic holiday location
We have to give a very special thank you to Andy, Allison, Tom, Graeme et al and to Tag, Spider and Hendrix (the dogs) for making our stay so pleasurable. Lucy our Labrador is missing all the attention from her doggy friends. The fishing on Loch Sunnart was absolutely superb. The pioneer boats are superb to fish from even in a choppy sea, exceptionally well equipped with everything you might need when out on the water, from safety equipment to deep water anchor. We also had 2 truly fantastic days fishing from Laurenca II with Graeme and Tom (Graeme next year we will get that Skate). The soup that Andy makes for the boat trips on Laurenca is truly delightful. If only I could get the recipe! The wildlife is also amazing from seeing the herons, eagles, Porpoises swimming right beside the pioneer boat and the otters running along the shore beside the pontoon - a truly spectacular sight. We cannot wait to return to Laga lodge next year. We loved the holiday so much that I booked it before we left. Robert has never stopped talking about his week’s holiday. It was definitely a very memorable week. Best wishes and we look forward to seeing you next October and if we can before then - Alasdair, Liz, Robert , Mary (Granny) and Lucy the dog woof woof regular annual visitors to Laga Lodge

Wonderful stay
We sincerely thank Andy and Alliosn for a wonderful stay and genuinely nice host. We also enjoyed their lovely boat tour of the Loch, amazing, no other words. Must see Ardnamurchan point, furthest most land to the westof Scotland. Magnificent views, crashing waves and very peaceful mountains. We plan to come again. The Laga Lodge was beautiful, warm and inviting. Everything we needed. Love S. & S. 09/20/2017 Stephen and Shanley, Melrose MA, USA

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