Eigg is one of the most beautiful Hebridean Islands. Eigg is a five-mile-long, three-mile-wide island located ten miles off the west coast of Scotland, south of the Isle of Skye. The island has a fascinating history, fantastic wildlife, and a thriving community. Exploring Eigg is a journey through time when the West Coast of Scotland was situated at the edge of an ancient ocean 1000 million years ago and was then overlaid with lava flows when volcanic complexes erupted as continental drifts split Scotland from North America with the opening of the North Atlantic. Ancient forts, burial mounds, early Christian crosses, Viking occupation, shielings, and clearance ruins have all left their mark on the islands after 8,000 years of human occupation.
There will be opportunities to spot the diverse wildlife on the cruise that will depart from Mallaig, and as we approach the isle of Eigg, Minke whales can be found feeding in the sapphire blue water near the island, thought to be drawn there by a confluence of the tides around Ardnamurchan Point and the abundance of food in the area, close up encounters are not uncommon. This area is frequently visited by harbour porpoises and dolphins. The volcanically formed Maxwell Banks that surround the islands form excellent structures for deep sea fishing for large pollock!
We will have the option of stepping ashore and visiting either the Isle of Muck or Eigg for lunch at a café, before returning on our wildlife cruise. There will be opportunities to haul lobster and crab pots and handfeed grey seal back in Mallaig harbour.
Private charter Price £975.00