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 £48 and CHILDREN £38 - 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 bathymetry 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 (nothing to do with seasons, spring tides happen when we have a new moon and a full moon) 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 - 2019

Day Date Tidal Range Departure Time
Friday 8th March 3.05m 07:10
Saturday 9th March 2.94m 07:40
Friday 22nd March 3.96m 06:45
Saturday 23rd March 3.76m 07:20
Sunday 24th March 3.36m 08:00
Friday 5th April 3.09m 07:15
Saturday 6th April 3.17m 07:45
Sunday 7th April 3.13m 08:10
Thursday  18th April 3.47m 06:05
Thursday 18th April 3.56m 18:35
Friday 19th April 3.71m 06:45
Saturday 20th April 3.72m 07:20
Sunday 21st April 3.53m 07:55
Saturday 4th May 3.02m 06:45
Sunday 5th May 3.17m 07:15
Monday 6th May 3.19m 07:45
Saturday 18th May 3.25m 06:20
Saturday 18th May 3.36m 18:45
Sunday  19th May 3.26m 07:00
Monday 20th May 3.12m 07:35
Monday 20th May 3.21m 19:55
Monday 3rd June 3.07m 06:50
Tuesday  4th June 3.18m 07:25
Tuesday 4th June 3.06m 19:30
Wednesday 5th June 3.03m 20:10
Wednesday 3rd July 3.17m 19:20
Thursday 4th July 3.26m 20:05
Thursday 1st August 3.33m 07:05
Thursday 1st August 3.43m 19:15
Friday 2nd August 3.58m 07:45
Friday 2nd August 3.61m 20:00
Saturday  3rd August 3.64m 08:30
Thursday 29th August 3.29m 18:20
Friday 30th August 3.51m 06:55
Saturday 31st August 3.83m 07:30
Sunday 1st September 3.91m 08:10
Monday 2nd September 3.77m 08:45
Monday 16th September 2.93m 08:05
Sunday 29th September 3.90m 07:10
Tuesday 1st October 3.81m 08:20
Wednesday 2nd October 3.42m 09:00

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

Please email or phone 01852 300003 for the latest information.