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Scotland’s West Coast Wildlife


Scotland’s West Coast wildlife is truly amazing! The wildlife in our waters make sailing here a nature lover’s paradise. Here are five types of wildlife to look out for when sailing on the West Coast:

Bottlenose Dolphin

The Bottlenose Dolphins are larger than the dolphins you can find elsewhere in the world. They are around 3 to 4 metres long and they will live in pods of around 10. They will swim up to 20 mph and you can usually spot them breaching – jumping up out of the water. They are frequently sighted on the Moray Firth in the north of Scotland, and on the west coast around Mull, the Firth of Lorne, Skye and Canna. They are resident throughout the year, but you are certainly more likely to see them in summer, as the sea conditions will be calmer.

Bottlenose dolphin breaching water - West Coast Wildlife, Scotland

Summer is a perfect time to spot Bottlenose Dolphins on the West Coast of Scotland. Keep that in mind when planning your sailing trip in 2018.

Minke Whale

This Baleen whale can be found in Scottish waters – off the west coast. It measures around 9 metres long, and can usually be seen on its own, or if female, it may have a young calf with it. It rarely breeches, but since it needs to breathe air you can see it near the surface of the water. They can regularly be seen in summer around the Small Isles – Rum, Eigg and Muck, as well as in the waters around Skye and Mull.

They can be quite nosey – so look out, as they may approach your boat.

Minke Whale - Wildlife on Scotland's West Coast

The Mike Whale is a regular in the waters of Scotland’s West Coast

Killer Whale (Orca)

According to recent research by Aberdeen University – the pods of Orcas that can be seen around the northern and eastern coasts of Scotland are visiting pods. However, there is a small pod on the west coast of around nine or ten, which seem to be resident. Orcas are instantly recognisable from their black and white markings and vast size. The pod on the west coast can be spotted around Skye and the Small Isles – Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna. On the north coast – you can spot the migratory pods in summer around Orkney and Shetland.

Orca breaching from the water - West Coast Wildlife, Scotland.

Orca – there is a small pod of Orcas that frequent the western coastal waters of Scotland.


Otters are one of the most elusive mammals in Scotland. However, if you are on the West Coast of Scotland you have a good chance of seeing them in the wild. You can find them in freshwater locations, close to the shore, during the day. You’ll find them in and around the Isle of Skye and Mull.

Portrait shot of an Otter - West Coast Wildlife, Scotland

Otters, our elusive but beautiful west coast neighbours all the year round.

Sea Eagle (White Tailed Eagle)

Sea Eagles are absolutely stunning creatures. Majestic and massive – in fact it’s the largest bird of prey in the UK, with a wingspan of 2.5 metres in length, and one metre tall.  Amazingly, the sea eagle was reintroduced to the area in the 1980s after being previously hunted to extinction. You can see Sea Eagles in and around Skye, Mull and Rum, as well as along the West Coast of the mainland.

White Tailed Sea Eagle soaring in the sky - West Coast Wildlife, Scotland

The sea eagle is the UK’s largest bird of prey – and it’s home is the West Coast of Scotland.

See the wonderful West Coast wildlife for yourself:

Seeing Scotland’s West Coast Wildlife from the water gives one a different perspective. Add in the chance to see all this wonderful wildlife and you’ve got a really memorable experience. Flamingo Yacht Charters can help you make this happen – we are based in Largs on the west coast of Scotland. We offer a substantial range of yachts for hire  – one of the best ranges in Scotland. If you are planning a sailing trip on the west coast of Scotland, then please do get in touch to discuss your needs.  You can find out more about us at flamingoyachts.com or on our Flamingo Yacht Charters Facebook page.

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Christmas Gift Vouchers – Give the gift of sailing!


Give the gift of sailing. Gift vouchers.

Christmas gift vouchers are here. Looking for ideas for Christmas? Why not surprise that special someone with a gift voucher from us? Give the gift of sailing this Christmas! Call us today on 01475 686088 and let us help you to organise the perfect surprise.

Take a look at some of the gorgeous boats on our fleet

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Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Round Britain 2017


Whether you have already booked or are planning to come sailing with us around the 20th of May, we would love you to join us in celebrating the start of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust Round Britain 2017. Cheer on the crew as they leave Largs Yacht Haven on their awesome adventure and perhaps even get the chance to meet Dame Ellen herself.  A great event, organised by a fantastic charity.

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New Addition to the Fleet – “Alcuin” – Westerly Oceanranger 38


New to the Flamingo fleet, we would like to introduce Alcuin, a Westerly Oceanranger 38. She is a great sturdy traditional style yacht, designed to handle coastal cruising and long passages in safety and comfort. Safe and simple to sail, she can be easily managed by a crew of two and can comfortably sleep 6 people.

She is available to book from 1st May. Contact us today for more information.

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Winter maintenance is well underway


We’ve been busy here at Flamingo over the past few weeks, making full use of the glorious crisp weather and blue skies to get our boats looking spick and span for the 2017 season.  We’ve got some exciting things happening over the winter months and are looking forward to unveiling these changes in the spring.   Stay tuned……

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