Call us on 0843 886 0233
Book Online

Boat Trips

Boat trips in the Firth of Lorne and Sound of Jura are famous for being among the most exciting in Britain. The centrepiece is the Corryvreckan Whirpool – the third largest in the world. Charter boats as operated by Sealife AdventuresCraignish Cruises,Seafari Adventures and Coastal Connections are powerful enough to navigate the strong tidal races between the islands then enter the whirlpool for an exhilarating experience. Wildlife sightings along the way often include (in season) whales, porpoises, dolphins, golden and sea eagles, and seals.



Sealife Adventures

coastal connections

Coastal Connections

Craignish Cruises


Caledonian MacBrayne operate numerous ferries across to many islands departing from Oban and further south around Tarbert.


whaleWhalewatching in the Oban area is becoming increasingly popular as there are regular sightings during the warmer months. Minke whales are often seen in the Gulf of Corryvreckan and the waters around Mull, and charter boats run special whalewatching trips to view these magnificent creatures of the deep. Visit our whalewatching page for more details.


Experienced yachtsmen will find all their berthing and chandlery needs as well as yacht chartering at Craobh Marina and Ardfern Yacht Centre. The Admiralty Chart 2326 “Loch Crinan to the Firth of Lorne” maps the area, but please ask marina staff about the more treacherous tidal areas.

The waters around the Firth of Lorne provide some of the best sea kayaking in the UK. There are gentle routes around some of the islands or, for the expert, strong tidal races and whirlpools. Tuition, guided tours and kayak hire are available from Sea Freedom Kayak or Rowland WoollvenSeafari Adventures offer a kayak taxi service with an adapted boat able to carry 9 kayaks for those wishing to take an ‘easy ride’ to more interesting places.

Tarbert is now the proud owner of a new fleet Paddle Boardof Stand Up-Paddle Boards and can offer tuition in this very popular new watersport for individuals or groups of up to 8.

Why not get started with a 2hr ‘taster’? You could even book a 2 day course which culminates in a loch or river, wildlife seeking journey

Argyll Sea Kayak Trail is a newly devised 150km long trail from Helensburgh to Ganavan, offering some of the best sea kayaking in Europe. Rich in wildlife, naturally diverse coastline, sheltered waters, islands, sandy beaches, caves and much more, it is everything you want from a paddling destination. Our nearest access point is Arduaine Pier.
Arduaine – Ganavan and Arduaine – Crinan Route Maps


Fly fishing in Glen Etive.

Fly fishing in Glen Etive.

Both sea and freshwater fishing is in abundance, and all within easy reach of Loch Melfort Hotel. Nearby lochs and rivers stock large trout and wild salmon, whilst the Firth of Lorne provides good, light shore and boat fishing as well as deep sea fishing for skate!

Fly fishing permits are available from reception, as is information on where to fish. World class trout fishing can be had at Loch Awe, where the UK record wild brown trout was caught weighing in at 31lb. Fly fishing tuition and rod hire is available at Inverawe Fisheries; a major centre for fly fishing in the area with four lochs and two river beats. Closer to the hotel is Loch Scammadale, a picturesque loch set in the hills that is known for its large brown trout.

The excellent sea fishing in the waters around Oban and Mull attracts anglers from all over the UK. There are plenty of accessible shore marks in Oban itself such as Dunollie Point, a good spot for mackerel spinning, and the salt water reaches of Loch Etive provides excellent fishing for spurdog and thornback ray. Charter boats leave Oban regularly for the deep sea marks off Mull in pursuit of skate, tope and ling.

Read more about fishing in the Oban area.


The Firth of Lorne is a Special Area of Conservation and as such is a major UK centre for diving. As well as interesting and rare marine life, spectacular wall and reef dives, there are also many wrecks including World War 2 vessels. There are also plenty of tidal races such as the spectacularFalls of Lora and the mazelike Grey Dogs at Scarba which offer more challenging dives for experienced divers. Contact Porpoise Diving or Puffin Dive Centre for further information.


Loch Melfort Hotel has four free moorings for vessels up to 40ft. The moorings operate on a first come first served basis and landing is via a well-maintained slipway with ropes and after that it’s just a 5 minute walk to the hotel.

Tide Tables

For more information about water based activities near Loch Melfort Hotel, please call us on 0843 886 0233 or use our online enquiry form.