Our live-aboard Research Expeditions are not just about fantastic wildlife encounters, join our conservation efforts and help protect Hebridean whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks.

Join the adventure and sail with us on board our research yacht, Silurian. Between April and October each year we run a number of Research Expeditions, ranging in duration, cost and rendezvous location. Once we embark from Tobermory, each evening is spent in a different location: in a sheltered bay, up a sea loch or anchored next to an idyllic beach – with the opportunity to venture ashore to explore in the evening. A truly magical way to explore the beautiful Hebrides.

During each expedition, our friendly crew – led by one of our scientists – welcome aboard six enthusiastic members of the public, who effectively become marine mammal field biologists; trained in identifying the different species we see in the Hebrides and how to record them scientifically. Through the data collected over the years, together we have built a fantastic database – the largest of its kind in the UK! This wealth of information has improved our understanding of the different species found off the west coast of Scotland and is used by other researchers, universities and the Scottish Government to better inform and protect these amazing creatures. Your participation in our Research Expeditions really does make a difference; sail with us, have an unforgettable experience and contribute to the protection of our wonderful marine wildlife.

2020 Research Expeditions:

  • 4th -10th April | Tobermory rendezvous | £995 per person (full board)
  • 11th – 17th April | Tobermory rendezvous | £995 per person (full board)
  • 3rd – 9th May | Ullapool rendezvous | £995 per person (full board)
  • 20th – 28th June | Kyle of Lochalsh rendezvous | £1,325 per person (full board)
  • 4th – 10th July | Tobermory rendezvous | £995 per person (full board)
  • 11th – 22nd August | Tobermory rendezvous | £1,525 per person (full board)
  • 25th Aug – 5th Sept | Tobermory rendezvous | £1,525 per person (full board)
  • 13th – 19th Sept | Tobermory rendezvous | £995 per person (full board)
  • 21st – 27th Sept | Tobermory rendezvous | £995 per person (full board)
  • 3rd – 9th Oct | Tobermory rendezvous | £995 per person (full board)
  • 10th – 16th Oct | Tobermory rendezvous | £1,050 per person (full board) – for aged 16 and 17 years olds only

Participants must be 18 or older to participate in the Research Exeditions, although we have a dedicated survey for 16 and 17 year olds running in October.

Check out our website for more information and to book your berth on board.

Late Availability

Late availability for the April and May Research Expeditions - see the website for details.