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Boat Trips Scotland

An in depth guide to boat trips throughout Scotland with links to websites and reviews.

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Waverley Paddle Steamer image

Paddle Steamer Waverley - Western Isles out of Glasgow, Ayr and Largs to the islands of Ailsa Craig, Cumbrae, Bute and Arran from May until August. This is the only sea going paddle steamer in the world. Tel: 0845 130 4647.
Web . AS Page . G51 1EA . Reviews

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Glasgow River Clyde from Glasgow Transport Museum with Seaforce, a fast powerboat ride through Glasgow City or on other longer tours up to 5 hours to the Clyde Estuary and its sea lochs. Tel: 0141 221 1070.
Website . G3 8RS . Reviews


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Glasgow River Clyde, from Glasgow Transport Museum with Clyde Cruises to visitor attractions along the Clyde. For the Clyde's shipbuilding past at the Titan Crane, its future at the Glasgow Science Centre, and the top shopping experiences of Buchanan Street and Braehead. Also Charters for Weddings and Corporate Events. Departure point Map. Tel: 01475 721 281.
Website . Reviews


Pacific Quay Powerboats

Glasgow River Clyde, from Glasgow Science Centre with Pacific Quay Powerboats for short fast trips up or down the Clyde to view attractions or a range of longer trips day and night. One trip includes a tour of the Titan Crane at Clydebank. Tel: 07585 552 766.
Website . G51 1EA . Reviews


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Edinburgh - Firth of Forth. Based in Granton Harbour, Edinburgh for leisurely cruises around the Islands of the Forth to see Wildlife in their natural element. You can view the Seals and their pups, or many species of seabirds. Telephone number 07774 103 405 .
Website . EH5 1HF .


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Forth Bridges & Inchcolm Island with Forth Tours from South Queensferry 9 miles west of Edinburgh. Forth Bridges Cruise with an optional 1½ hour landing on Inchcolm Island, allowing you time to explore the abbey. Telephone number 0131 331 3030.
Website . EH30 9TB . Reviews


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Forth Bridges & Inchcolm Island on Maid of the North from South Queensferry 9 miles west of Edinburgh. Offering 1½ hour sightseeing cruises for unrivalled views of the famous Forth Bridges from our open top deck, and trips to Inchcolm Island with its abbey. Telephone number 0131 331 5000.
Website . EH30 9TB . Reviews


Sea Fari Adventures

Forth Bridges & Inchcolm Island on a high speed 12 seat RIB from South Queensferry 9 miles west of Edinburgh. One hour sightseeing cruises to view the three bridges and islands. Also trips from North Berwick to Bass Rock. Telephone number 0131 331 5000.
Website . EH30 9TB


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Bass Rock, from North Berwick 25 miles east of Edinburgh. Sula II is a traditional launch that provides boat trips from North Berwick harbour to Bass Rock, Craigleith and Fidra. Bass Rock is home to one of Britain's largest colonies of the North Atlantic Gannet. Telephone number 0131 331 3030.
Website . EH39 4SS


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Eigg, Muck & Rum from Arisaig 35 miles west of Fort William. Cruise to the islands of Eigg, Muck or Rum on Scotland's west coast on the MV Sheerwater to view the wildlife and spectacular views. Telephone number 01687 450 224.
Website . PH39 4NH


Ailsa Craig from MV Glorious

Isle of Ailsa Craig, from Girvan Southwest Scotland. See bird and wildlife around Ailsa Craig, a top location for bird enthusiasts and hillwalkers. Daily Sailings from Girvan Harbour, all year round. Fully licenced vessel that can carry 12 passengers per trip with many years of experience. Telephone number 01465 713 219.
Website . AS Page . KA26 9AJ

Ailsa Craig

Isle of Ailsa Craig, from Girvan Southwest Scotland. Two hour trips around the island to view the wildlife, or four hour trips for parties of 8 if you want to arrange a trip for a hike to the top of the island. Telephone number 01465 713 174.
Website . AS Page . KA26 9AJ


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Isle of Arran - Holy Island. From the scenic coastal village of Lamlash on the Island of Arran, you can take the Holy Island Ferry daily May to September. Selfdrive motor boats, fishing trips are aslo available. There is a coastal walk on the island or a hike over two mountains. Telephone number 01770 600 349 or 01770 600 998.
Holy Isle Photo Tour . KA27 8JN


Ocean Breeze

Isle of Arran - around the Holy Island. With Ocean Breeze RiB Tours from Lamlash on the Island of Arran. Short trips around the Holy Isle or longer trips to Ailsa Craig. Telephone number 07771 463 567.
Website . KA27 8JN


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Isle of Mul - Isle of Staffa with Fingal's Cave from the Isle of Mull. Staffa Trips offer trips to Staffa and Fingal's Cave to view the basaltic columns formed 59 million years ago and wildlife. The trip lasts about 3 hours and you can disembark at the Isle of Iona or Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull. The trip can also be taken from Oban with a ferry and bus arranged to take you to the boat on Mull. Tel: 01681 700 358 or 0759 10 60 267.
Website . PA76 6SJ . Reviews


MV Ossian of Staffa image

Isle of Mul - Isle of Staffa with Fingal's Cave from Fionnport and Tobermory on Mull and from Oban. Various destinations such as Staffa with the world-famous Fingal's Cave, Iona - the sacred, Isle of Mull and Treshnish. Telephone number 07831 885 985.
Website . PA76 6SW . Reviews


Dawn Star Boat Trips

Isles of Orkney - Scapa Flow, German High Seas fleet from Kirkwall with Dawn Star Boat Trips to view the German High Seas fleet wrecks and sealife in the area. Telephone number 01856 876 743 or Mob: 07759 944 015.
Website . KW15 1SZ . Reviews


Sheila C

Isles of Orkney, from Burray on the Sheila C around the world's largest natural harbour Scapa Flow, the base for the British Grand Fleet during both World Wars and the last resting place of the German High Seas Fleet scuttled here on the 21st of June 1919. Telephone number 01856 731 355 or Mobile: 07879 296 218.
Website . KW17 2SS


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Isles of Skye, from Elgol on the Isle of Skye. AquaXplore offers exhilarating wildlife and whale watching tours on RIBS (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats). You can experience the remote isles of Canna, Rum, Soay, Eigg and the Cuillin and Loch Coruisk. Telephone number 0800 731 3089.
Website . IV49 9BJ . Reviews


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Isles of Skye, from Elgol on the Isle of Skye. The award winning Bella Jane transports you to one of Scotland's most isolated and breathtaking lochs, Loch Coruisk, in the heart of the stunning Cuillin mountains. Telephone number 0800 731 3089.
Website . IV49 9BJ . Reviews


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Isles of Skye, from Elgol. Misty Isle Boat Trips are a locally owned and run boat trip from Elgol on the Isle of Skye to the famous Loch Coruisk by the dramatic Cuillin Hills. Telephone number 01471 866 288.
Website . IV49 9BL . Reviews


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Isle of Skye waters, from Kyleakin on Skye. Seaprobe Atlantis is a 4 Star Semi-Submersible Glass Bottom Boat at Kyle of Lochalsh, on the North West Coast of Scotland . Telephone 01471 822 716.
Website . IV41 8PL . Reviews


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Largs - Isle of Cumbrae waters 33 miles west of Glasgow. Cumbrae Voyages offers marine adventures and wildlife tours around the islands of the lower Clyde. Depart from Largs marina onboard 12 seat, Rigid Inflatable Boats. Tel: 0845 257 0404.
Website . KA30 8EZ .


Sir Walter Scott steamship

Loch Katrine from Trossachs Pier 32 miles north of Glasgow. Sail on the historic steamship Sir Walter Scott, that has cruised these waters for over a century with cruises departing the Trossachs Pier or Stronachlachar. Tel: 01877 376 315.
Web . RS Page . FK17 8HZ . Reviews


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Loch Lomond, from Balloch, 25 miles northwest of Glasgow. Sweeney's Cruises is a family-run business operating boats on Loch Lomond for over 100 years. Now with five passenger boats: Astina, Silver Marlin, Lomond Duchess, Lomond Sunrise and Glen Falloch. Telephone number 01389 752 376.
Website . G83 8SS . Reviews


Loch Lomond boat tours image

Loch Lomond, from Luss, 32 miles northwest of Glasgow. One of the most exciting ways to experience Loch Lomond. Cruises a re slow throughout the many islands, and much faster in open waters. Telephone number 0333 577 0715.
Website . G83 8NZ . Reviews


Cruise Loch Lomond image

Loch Lomond, from Tarbet, 40 miles northwest of Glasgow. Cruise Loch Lomond gives cruises from the ‘bonnie banks’ in the comfort of one of five vessels. Ideal for family days out, entertaining clients or colleagues, getting married on board, or for special occasions. Telephone number 01301 702 356.
Website . G83 7DE . Reviews


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Loch Ness, from Drumnadrochit by Inverness. Loch Ness Cruises is an informative and entertaining cruise on Loch Ness. Nessie Hunter has modern surveillance and safety equipment such as VHF Radio, G.P.S., Colour Sonar, Radar. Telephone number 01456 450 395.
Website . IV63 6TU . Reviews


Jacobite Image

Loch Ness, from Inverness. Jacobite is experienced in creating memorable experiences with its range of Loch Ness based cruises. Knowledgeable guides maximise the entertainment. Telephone number 01463 233 999.
Website . IV3 5TD . Reviews


Royal Scot image

Loch Ness, from Fort Augustus. From our berth at Fort Augustus, cruises travel north into the loch passing landmarks such as the Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus Abbey, Cherry Island and Evening cruises to Urquhart Castle. Telephone number 01320 366 277.
Website . PH32 4BD . Reviews


Dolphin Spirit

Moray Firth. from Inverness. Trips on the 60 passenger Dolphin Spirit or the 12 passenger Dolphin Mischief RIB to watch the Bottlenose Dolphin population in the Inner Moray Firth. Tel: 07544 800 620.
Website . IV1 1SU . Reviews


Ness Ribs

Moray Firth. from Inverness. Ness Ribs fast trips to view bottlenose, common, white-beaked and Risso’s dolphins, harbour porpoise, minke, pilot and killer whales. Also Nessie tours down Loch Ness and can be hired for other highland locations as well. T: 01463 226 230 M: 0776 500 3424.
Website . IV3 8JG . Reviews


Phoenix Dolphin Trips

Moray Firth. from Nairn 16 miles east of Inverness. From Nairn harbour on a 10 metre diesel powered motor cruiser for magnificent views and the possibility of sighting seals, porpoises and dolphins. Tel: 07703 168 097.
Website . IV12 4PH . Reviews


St Kilda Island image

St Kilda, from a number of ports in northwest Scotland. St Kilda is one of the most remote Scottish Islands for boat trips, and one of the most impressive, situated about 40 miles off the west coast of the islands of Harris, Lewis and North Uist. You can find a number of boat trips from the link below, starting from the islands of Harris, Lewis, Skye and North Uist.
Website . Map . Reviews


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Ullapool - Summer Isles. Sailing from Ullapool, on the West Coast of The Highlands, Shearwater Cruises provide 2, 3 and 4 hour cruises that take in Loch Broom and the Summer Isles. Telephone 01854 612 472 or 07713 257 219.
Website . IV26 2XT . Reviews


Centaur image

Ullapool - Summer Isles. Exhilarating 2 hour powerboat trip from Ullapool to the Summer Isles on Centaur, our 12 seater RIB. This thrilling ride takes you around this lovely group of islands, where you can view seals and sea birds. Telephone number 07511 290 081.
Website . IV26 2UH .


Kintyre Express image

West coast Islands and Ireland with the Kintyre Express from a number of ports such as Campbeltown, Isle of Islay, and Ballycastle in Ireland. Golf and Whisky tours are popular. Telephone 01586 555 895.
Website . PA28 6DN .


See also Scotland Islands for ferry trips as many of the islands are popular for day trips as well.

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