Sea life makes sailing in Scotland particularly special. Seabirds and marine mammals are abundant and often add a special dimension to your experience.


The waters around West Scotland and Ireland are rich in biological diversity, making the area fantastic for sea life enthusiasts.

Common and grey seals, porpoises and bottlenose dolphins are among the sea life frequently seen in the Firth of Clyde, while crews on longer East End Endeavour voyages have been lucky enough to spot larger cetaceans, including pilot whales, minke whales and basking sharks. The west coast of Scotland is also one of the best places in the UK to see otters in the wild. Recently, there have been humpback whale, basking shark and even orca sightings in the Upper Clyde!

The Firth of Clyde is host to seabirds like gannets, herring gulls, cormorants and terns, while most marinas boast a resident heron! Sailing further north and west increases the chances of seeing kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, shearwaters, fulmars, skuas and puffins, while in some of the more remote areas of Scotland East End Endeavour crews have spotted white tailed and golden eagles. 

Cruises for sea life enthusiasts could include trips to spectacular seabird colonies in destinations such as Rum, Canna and Rathlin Island, subject to sea and weather conditions.

Find out more about sea life and report sightings in the Firth of Clyde by visiting the Clyde Marine Mammal Project.