Whirlpool Special Tour

Aboard our Open RIB

The Tour

See the mighty Corryvreckan whirlpool at its best. These popular tours are designed to show the mighty "Corry" on big spring tides and occur approximately 30 times during our operating season.

Our boat will depart Easdale and head directly to the narrow channel of water known as The Grey Dogs. Here it is easy to witness the difference in water levels between the sea on the inside of the island chain and the sea which is the Atlantic Ocean.

From here we head directly to The Gulf of Corryvreckan to witness the flow of water as it reaches peak velocity. The affect at the whirlpool area is something to be witnessed. The whirlpools are greatly affected by recent winds and sea swell. The result is always dramatic.

PRICES - ADULTS £42 and CHILDREN £32 - Family discount prices are available, please contact us for more information. Please note, we require minimum passenger numbers to confirm our trips - we will inform you when your trip has reached the required passenger numbers.

The Corryvreckan Whirlpool (World's Third Largest).

The tides flow because of the gravitational affect of the sun and the moon on the waters of the earth. The current flows swiftly and strongly in our area due to the geography of the islands. The whirlpools form due to the underwater topography of the area. There is a massive underwater obstruction to the flow of water which causes the whirlpools.

Corryvreckan Whirlpool.
Our passengers get a close up view of a Corryvreckan Whirlpool.

The Gulf of Corryvreckan where this happens is just one mile wide.

The Scottish Association for Marine Science have worked with Seafari Adventures to monitor and research the tidal flow in the Gulf of Corryvreckan. Their conclusion, on a Spring tide when we run our whirlpool specials, is that a greater volume of water flows in the Gulf of Corryvreckan during a 24 hour period than passes out of the mouth of the Amazon River.

Our Boats

We use our 10m Open RIBs for this tour. Our RIBs are designed and built at our own dedicated workshops and are the ultimate in RIB passenger transport. Every customer has an individual seat with dedicated foot rests and hand holds. The decks are above the waterline. Should we take any water aboard it will pass to the rear of the boat and back out into the sea. Our boats are powered by twin Yamaha 300HP engines which offers us comfortable cruise speeds of 25 knots. Our boats are able to go considerably faster - Hold on tight ! Our boats also offer excellent acceleration which aids their safe operation within the whirlpool area. Our Skippers are the company's best asset. They are highly experienced with many years service exclusively with Seafari.

Corryvreckan Whirlpools.
Our experienced skippers get you close to the Corryvreckan action.

These tours only operate during Spring Tides when the tidal range is greatest. These trips are for the more adventurous.

Although it is not our intention for you to get wet on these tours there is always a possibility, due to the nature of the activity in the Corryvreckan. As these tours tend to be early morning or early evening it is likely to be quite chilly so you should dress appropriately - we provide full waterproofs. Please see here for more details on what to expect.

We consider Whirlpool Specials unsuitable for children under the age of 8.

As the tour requires us to be at The Corryvreckan Whirlpool at a specific time we emphasise the fact we are unable to wait for any customer who is late for departure.

Whirlpool Special departure times - 2017

These tours are date and time specific to coincide with large spring tides.

DATE HW TIME HEIGHT (m) RANGE (m) DEPARTURE TIME
1st March 07:25 4.08 3.61 07:40
2nd March 08:01 3.95 3.44 08:15
14th March 06:38 4.07 3.54 07:00
15th March 07:09 4.00 3.39 07:25
28th March 06:55 4.12 3.61 07:10
29th March 07:30 4.18 3.85 07:45
30th March 08:05 4.13 3.86 08:20
31st March 08:42 3.97 3.52 09:00
11th April 06:40 3.91 3.25 07:00
12th April 07:12 3.95 3.29 07:30
13th April 07:43 3.91 2.99 08:00
26th April 06:29 4.12 3.63 06:45
26th April 18:37 3.96 3.57 18:50
27th April 07:07 4.18 3.87 07:25
28th April 07:46 4.12 3.88 08:00
29th April 08:28 3.95 3.64 08:45
25th May 06:06 4.06 3.46 06:20
25th May 18:16 3.95 3.48 18:30
26th May 06:49 4.11 3.68 07:05
26th May 18:58 4.04 3.70 19:15
27th May 07:33 4.06 3.70 07:50
27th May 19:42 4.03 3.72 20:00
28th May 08:17 3.91 3.50 08:30
23rd June 18:03 3.90 3.28 18:20
24th June 06:38 3.99 3.39 07:00
24th June 18:48 4.03 3.57 19:05
25th June 07:24 3.98 3.47 07:40
25th June 19:34 4.07 3.68 19:50
26th June 08:09 3.89 3.37 08:25
22nd July 17:57 3.86 3.12 18:15
23rd July 06:34 3.88 3.13 06:50
23rd July 18:42 4.03 3.48 19:00
24th July 07:17 3.94 3.32 07:35
24th July 19:25 4.12 3.69 19:40
25th July 07:58 3.91 3.32 08:15
20th August 17:54 3.87 3.06 18:10
21st August 06:29 3.82 3.00 06:45
21st August 18:33 4.07 3.48 18:50
22nd August 07:06 3.93 3.25 07:20
23rd August 07:41 3.96 3.33 07:55
24th August 08:15 3.92 3.24 08:30
7th September 07:17 3.87 3.09 07:30
8th September 07:43 3.89 3.21 08:00
9th September 08:12 3.86 3.20 08:30
20th September 06:44 3.93 3.17 07:00
21st September 07:16 4.01 3.29 07:30
22nd September 07:47 4.02 3.26 08:00
23rd September 08:17 3.96 3.09 08:30
7th October 07:16 4.03 3.49 07:30
8th October 07:49 4.01 3.50 08:05
9th October 08:26 3.92 3.33 08:40
22nd October 07:48 4.06 3.08 08:05

Please email or phone 01852 300003 for the latest information.