Silversea Expedition Cruises To Lock Scavaig, Island of Skye, Scotland

Lock Scavaig, Island of Skye, Scotland

Near the southern end of the Isle of Skye lies Loch Skarvaig. Open to the sea, the sheltered Loch penetrates the rounded granite hills of Skye. Heather moorlands grow on the hill slopes, with purple flowering heathers providing colour, starting in Spring and climaxing later in summer. Common Seals, otherwise known as Harbour Seals, are frequently seen swimming in the coastal water at high tides. Only their heads are visible as they take breaths between diving for a meal of fish, crustaceans or molluscs. View more

At low tides the seals are easier to see, resting on the foreshore rocks. When ashore, Common Seals often lie on one side with their hind flippers and heads raised in a shallow U shape like oversized spotted grey bananas. There are about 300 Common Seals living in and around Loch Coriusk. Skye also has a population of larger Grey Seals with long straight noses. Although all seals are protected now, they were once hunted for their skins, which were used to make clothes and for sporrans to accompany kilts. Considered the shortest river in Britain, Scavaig River or River Coruisk empties into Loch Scavaig. At only a few hundred metres long, it connects to the freshwater of Loch Coruisk. This freshwater loch collects run-off from the hills and overflows down the bends of the river to the sea of Loch Scavaig. Lying close together, the two lochs can look similar at high tide but they have totally different life. The saltwater kelps and shellfish of Loch Scavaig’s shores are revealed at low tide.

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cruises visiting Lock Scavaig, Island of Skye, Scotland

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Excursions in Lock Scavaig, Island of Skye, Scotland

Hike with Silversea Expedition team

Take a hike around Loch Coruisk, an inland fresh-water loch, lying at the foot of the Black Cuillin, in the Isle of Skye.

Loch Coruisk, at the very heart of the Cuillin, is one of the most magnificent of all Scottish freshwater lochs. The loch is 38m deep and surrounded by the jagged peaks of the Cuillin mountains. The inky blue water contrasting the shadowy black mountains make a majestic and eerie landscape and one can understand why the loch has long been the subject of legends and folklore: it is said to be home to a water horse, or kelpie, a shape-changing mythical creature.

This spectacular Scottish scenery has been the inspiration for many Scottish writers and painters. After he stayed at Dunvegan Castle, Sir Walter Scott visited the loch in 1814, and he noted its "dark ledge of barren stone".

Weather and terrain conditions allowing, follow the Expedition team through this stunning landscape.

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“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.