Corryvreckan

This popular 3 hour tour allows passengers the opportunity to get up close to the world’s 3rd largest whirlpool from the safety of an open RIB. We try to ensure that departure timings are relevant to witnessing the best effect linked to the current tide table. However, there may be times when you will not see the whirlpool at its best as it only happens about 50 times per season. (Photo: The Corryvreckan Whirlpool © Copyright Walter Baxter and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.)

The whirlpool is caused by a large volume of water travelling northward along the narrowing channel called the Sound of Jura and as it gets squeezed it takes the easiest escape route which is the mile wide gap between Jura and Scarba called the Gulf of Corryvreckan. As the water flows west it encounters various obstructions and there are 2 that cause the most dramatic change in water state and that is a 219m hole (or two St Pauls Cathedrals) and a large pinnacle of basalt rock standing some 130m on the northwest side of the Gulf. When the water passes over these impressive areas of topography it gathers speed and on contacting the pinnacle you witness the whirlpool effect.

On this tour you will also see an active nesting site for White Tailed Sea Eagles and the legendary Barnhill where George Orwell wrote his best seller 1984.

Prices

Adult: £50 | Child (under 16): £30

Times

Sunday 1300 - 1600 | Tuesday 0900 - 1200 | Thursday 0900 - 1200
Please allow 15 minutes prior to departure time for the fitment of a lifejacket, waterproofs and the mandatory safety brief. Meet at the pontoon opposite the shop.
Please note: In order to improve the chances of seeing the whirlpool at its best, some of our tours take place at times differing from the ones stated. Please see the table at the bottom of this page.

Availability 2022

Date
Number of free places
Places still availableCancelledFully booked
Sunday
1300 - 1600*
27 Mar
12
3 Apr
12
10 Apr
12
17 Apr
12
24 Apr
12
1 May
12
8 May
12
15 May
12
22 May
12
29 May
12
5 Jun
12
12 Jun
12
19 Jun
12
26 Jun
12
3 Jul
12
10 Jul
12
17 Jul
12
24 Jul
12
31 Jul
12
7 Aug
12
14 Aug
12
21 Aug
12
28 Aug
12
4 Sep
12
11 Sep
12
18 Sep
12
25 Sep
12
Tuesday
0900 - 1200*
22 Mar
12
29 Mar
12
5 Apr
12
12 Apr
12
19 Apr
12
26 Apr
12
3 May
12
10 May
12
17 May
12
24 May
12
31 May
12
7 Jun
12
14 Jun
12
21 Jun
12
28 Jun
12
5 Jul
12
12 Jul
12
19 Jul
12
26 Jul
12
2 Aug
12
9 Aug
12
16 Aug
12
23 Aug
12
30 Aug
12
6 Sep
12
13 Sep
8
20 Sep
12
27 Sep
12
Thursday
0900 - 1200*
24 Mar
12
31 Mar
12
7 Apr
12
14 Apr
12
21 Apr
12
28 Apr
12
5 May
12
12 May
12
19 May
12
26 May
12
2 Jun
12
9 Jun
12
16 Jun
12
23 Jun
12
30 Jun
12
7 Jul
12
14 Jul
12
21 Jul
12
28 Jul
12
4 Aug
12
11 Aug
12
18 Aug
12
25 Aug
12
1 Sep
12
8 Sep
12
15 Sep
12
22 Sep
12
29 Sep
12

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