Whale watching, bird watching and Scottish island cruises from Northern Light Charters

Welcome to the award-winning Northern Light Charters

Quality wildlife cruises on the Scottish West Coast since 1995

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< The Monach Isles >

The Monach Islands - or Heisker - are five tiny islands (and some rocks) five miles west of North Uist

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< North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Barra & nearby small islands >

Littered with fresh water lochs these islands support a suprising range of plants and trees, from water lilies to native willow.

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< Harris, Lewis, Taransay & Scarp >

The island of Harris, with its villages of Tarbert and Leverburgh, is connected to Lewis by road.

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< St Kilda >

Approximately 45 miles west of the Outer Hebrides, St Kilda was once home to Britain's most isloated community

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< The Shiants >

Huge numbers of puffins nest here and 1000s of kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills & fulmars nest among the basalt columns

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< Skye >

Skye has many inviting lochs, some of which we may visit on your cruise.

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< Rum, Canna, Eigg & Muck >

Lying between Mull and Skye "The Small Isles" are a virtually guaranteed stopover point.

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< Mull and Iona >

Mull is the third largest of all the Scottish islands and also the highest with Ben More reaching 966m.

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< Coll, Tiree & the Treshnish Isles including Staffa >

The islands of Coll and Tiree lie north west of Mull with the tiny island of Gunna between the two.

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< Garvellachs, Corryvreckan, Islay, Jura & Colonsay >

The Garvellachs are known as “The Isles of The Sea” although the literal translation from Gaelic is “rough islands”.

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< North Rona, Sula Sgeir, Handa Island & the Summer Isles >

Lying 44 miles from the Butt of Lewis North Rona is incredibly isolated and landing is only possible in excellent conditions.

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St Kilda Cruises

St Kilda Cruises

Our most popular cruises takes you to the site of what was once home to Britain's most isolated community.

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Working from Oban, on the beautiful West coast of Scotland, we offer wildlife cruises that combine bird-watching, whale-watching, island hopping and walking. For a really memorable holiday you can even book a whole boat for friends and family. Whether your interest is in whales, walking, birds, natural history or photography we have a holiday you’ll love: Debbie from Norfolk declared her cruise “the best holiday of my life.”

Our Cruises

A wide variety of cruises are available on motor vessel Hjalmar Bjørge (View cruise itineraries and availability) giving individuals and groups a rare opportunity to travel the unpolluted waters of North West Scotland, throughout the Inner and Outer Hebridean islands including visits to the remote archipelago of St Kilda, undoubtedly one of our most exciting destinations…

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What our customers say

The total dedication and enthusiasm of the crew made it a totally memorable experience.

MS, Cheshire
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Cruise News & Latest Sightings

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First cruise of 2015

Well that’s the first cruise of the season completed! Guests saw several sea eagles, puffins, guillemots, razorbills and Spring flowers.

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Getting ready for the season!

We’ve been busy over the last few weeks getting Hjalmar Bjorge ready for the 2015 cruising season.

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Your crew for 2015

Your crew for 2015 will also be a mix of familiar faces, and a some new ones.

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