Wildlife Cruise From John O'Groats

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Hr 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    2:30 PM
  • Departure Details :
    John O’Groats Harbour, Unnamed Road, John o' Groats, Wick KW1 4YR, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy a spectacular Wildlife cruise from John O'Groats this summer. Pass rugged cliff scenery & see puffins, arctic skuas, storm petrels, colonies of guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, Atlantic grey seals & much more! If you are very lucky keep a look out for orcas, dophins & porpoises!!

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This Wildlife Cruise departs every summer afternoon from John O'Groats. Cruise past rugged cliff scenery looking out for arctic skuas, storm petrels, colonies of guillemots, puffins, razorbills, kittiwakes, Atlantic grey seals, porpoise and even the occasional whale.

The decks provide a superb platform from which to view the diverse wildlife of the Pentland Firth. If you prefer you can sit in the comfortable saloon and view through the many windows along the length of the vessel. It's a great way to enjoy the thrill of viewing Scottish Marine Wildlife in its natural environment. A great afternoon out for all the family.

The particular route for the cruise will depend on the prevailing tide and weather conditions, however the two main routes are:

  • Cruise through the Pentland Firth past Duncansby Head lighthouse passing close to sheer 200-feet high cliffs teeming with sea-birds followed by a close-up view of the famous Stacks of Duncansby
  • Cross the inner sound of the Pentland Firth for a close-up view of the uninhabited island of Stroma and colonies of Atlantic Grey Seals.

Birdlife will be seen on all cruises however some have distinct breeding cycles and after their particular nesting season will travel far out to sea. For example Puffins will be seen in large numbers in June and July but in much smaller numbers in August.


Cruise on MV Pentland Venture - 90 mins

English speaking guide


Optional gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop off

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking

Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated

Child prices apply to children aged 5 - 15 years of age

Infants aged 4 years and under are free of charge, providing they do not occupy a seat

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

Dogs are okay on Wildlife Cruise

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travelers

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

  • 12-Aug-2023

    Beautiful views and tour we just went a little late to see the puffins but still saw seals and other sea birds The only thing was at points could not really hear what was being said due to the location of the speakers but what we did catch was interesting

  • 12-Aug-2023

    Great scenery, professional and knowledgeable guides. The boat was comfortable. We spotted a variety of birds and seals enjoying the sunshine! Relaxing and enjoyable trip.

  • 05-Aug-2023

    Peu d'oiseaux, beaucoup de phoques. La croisière permet de voir une petite île des Orkney. Ce serait cool d'avoir une documentation en français.

  • 27-Jul-2023

    This was a fantastic experience. The Captain gave a good review on the island we visited. He was very courteous and friendly.

  • 24-Jul-2023

    Der Trip hat einen guten Einblick in die Umgebung und die Tierwelt gegeben. Die Bootstour führte Rund um die Insel Stroma. Dabei lassen sich nebst der Tiewelt die Strömungen des Meeres beobachten.

  • 24-Jul-2023

    Wonder boat Lovely staff And of course the wonderful wildlife ❤️ A very good chance to see the birds, seals

  • 18-Jul-2023

    We Loved It ..Could definitely say it’s a must visit .Even though we couldn’t see any dolphins and seals, the view near the huge rocks are simply amazing.The crew were really professional.

  • 18-Jul-2023

    A fantastic boat trip where we got to see lots of birds including puffins and many seals. Great informative commentary given all the way through. We were very lucky with the weather. Would recommend this trip when visiting John o Groats!

  • 14-Jul-2023

    Excellent trip, well organised and interesting, we got really close to some of the lovely wildlife, would definitely recommend

  • 12-Jul-2023

    Excellent trip! Saw lots of puffins, really interesting, boat was able to go in quite close to the wildlife. Would definitely recommend this to anyone, well worth the ticket price. Staff were great, knowledgeable and helpful.