whale watching holidays

When summer arrives, it means that it’s time to get out there and explore all that the world has to offer. If you usually head off to the seaside for a week or two in a holiday cottage, it may be time to switch things up a little. This year, why not try something completely different? Right here in the UK and Southern Ireland, there are a whole load of exciting tours and trips you may well want to take, but there’s one that you may not have thought of just yet.
If you’re looking for a truly thrilling getaway, you can’t go wrong with a whale watching expedition. Believe it or not, there are many tours around the UK and Southern Ireland, which will allow you to see some of these beautiful creatures up close. If that sounds like a dream come true, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about whale watching and where you should stay.
Whale watching tours
Of course, you can’t just head out on a boat and hope to spot a whale in their natural habitat. You need an expert by your side. Around the UK and Southern Ireland, there are many whale watching companies who offer tours and expeditions. Be sure to sign up for one of them ahead of time. Decide on your destination in the UK or Ireland and book a place to stay for your trip.  So, where should you head to catch sight of these majestic animals?

Holiday homes in County CorkBest places to spot whales

Hoping to spot a whale in the UK? Well, you have a couple of options that may well work for you. Whitby has a dedicated watching point, which you may well want to check out for yourself. It’s also a beautiful tourism spot, where you can rent a cottage for a few days. If you’re hoping to head a little further south, Padstow in Cornwall might be the answer for you. Down there, you will find the Sealife Safari, which is ideal for novices to this hobby.
In Ireland, the further south you go, the better. If you travel to West Cork, you will find that there are a whole load of places that you can head to spot some whales and other sea creatures. You’re most likely to see Fin Whales and Minke Whales in this area, and so you should certainly make sure that you take your camera. Other hotspots in the area include Waterford; while not quite as popular, you are likely to see some whales here.

The waters off the coast of Scotland are also very good for whalewatching. Marine wildlife spotting trips run out of Buckie in Grampian, northeast Scotland. Anywhere are the Moray Firth or the Shetlands is also recommended. Book a holiday home north of Aberdeen or on the Buchan coast to visit local beaches at Newburgh and Balmedie which are home to hundreds of seals.

Where to stay

If you’re hoping to get as much time as possible to get out there and spot some of these glorious creatures, you’re going to need a solid base. One of the best things that you and your family can do is book an entire cottage for your stay. Doing so will mean that you have all the home comforts you could possibly need while you’re out on your expeditions.
Of course, you may already know that there are loads of cottages you can book in the UK and Southern Ireland. It’s well worth checking out all of your options before you decide where to stay. Often enough, you will find that these cottages for rent are also pet friendly. So, if you’re hoping to take your trusty pet along with you, you should have no problem whatsoever.
Make sure that you book accommodation near the whale watching points of interest. That way, you won’t have a long way to go each day. Ideally, you want to get a full day’s worth of spotting in each time you head out on a trip. Remember, the more time you have out there, the more likely you are to catch a glimpse of these noble animals.

Start your adventure now!

So, why on earth are you waiting? It’s time to get out there and start your whale watching adventure sooner rather than later. Experiences like whale watching tours tend to book up super-fast during the summer and the very last thing you want to do is miss out. These unique trips make excellent family vacations, and so there’s no reason not to plan your own exciting adventure and book your holiday cottage now!

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