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

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Waverley Paddle Steamer - Western Isles
The Waverley Paddle Steamer steams out of Glasgow, Ayr, Girvan 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
www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk . AS Page .

Waverley Paddle Steamer image

Bass Rock, from North Berwick 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 01620 880 770.
www.sulaboattrips.co.uk . Postcode: Map.

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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 as they in the rich feeding grounds of the Forth. Telephone number 07774 103 405.
www.seahunter-marine.co.uk . Map.

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Edinburgh - Forth Bridges & Inchcolm Island
Forth Bridges Cruise with an optional 1½ hour landing on Inchcolm Island, allowing you time to explore. This trip departs from South Queensferry harbour by Edinburgh. Telephone number 0870 118 1866.
www.forthtours.com/inchcolm . Map.

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Edinburgh - Forth Bridges & Inchcolm Island
These sightseeing boat trips depart from the Hawes Pier in South Queensferry, by Edinburgh, offering 1½ hour sightseeing cruises for unrivalled views of the famous Forth Bridges from our open top deck. The daily boat trips to Inchcolm Island are one of the best things to do in Edinburgh every summer. Telephone number 0131 331 5000.
www.maidoftheforth.co.uk . Map.

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Eigg, Muck & Rum from Arisaig
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.
www.arisaig.co.uk . Map/postcode: PH39 4NH.

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Girvan - Isle of Ailsa Craig, 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.
www.ailsacraig.org.uk . AS Page . Postcode: KA26 9AJ.

Ailsa Craig from MV Glorious

Isle of Arran - Holy Island
From the scenic coastal village of Lamlash on the Island of Arran, you can take the Holy Island Ferry at Lamlash, daily May to September. Selfdrive motor boats, fishing trips are aslo available. Telephone number 01770 600 349 or 01770 600 998.
Photo Tour Trip . Map.

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Isle of Mul - Isle of Staffa Fingal's Cave
Staffa Trips offer a 45 minute sea trip to Staffa and Fingal's Cave to view the basaltic columns formed 59 million years ago. A wide range of sea birds can be viewed in season and sometimes a passing whale, basking shark, porpoise, dolphin or otter. The trip lasts about 3 hours and you can disembark at the Isle of Iona or Fionnphort on the Isle of Mull. Telephone number 01681 700 358 or 0759 10 60 267.
www.staffatrips.co.uk . Map.

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Isle of Mul - Isle of Staffa Fingal's Cave
Gordon Grant Tours offers various destinations such as Staffa with the world-famous Fingal's Cave, Iona - the sacred, Isle of Mull and Treshnish. Telephone number 01681 700 338.
www.staffatours.com . Map.

MV Ossian of Staffa image

Isles of Orkney - Scapa Flow, German High Seas fleet
A comfortable and safe well equipped boat, the MV Guide, you can view images from an ROV or remote equipped vehicle. This gives vivid underwater images of the German High Seas fleet wrecks and sealife. Telephone number 01856 811 360.
www.orknet.co.uk/rov/rov . Postcode: KW17 2RD.

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Isles of Orkney, from Kirkwall
The skipper will discuss any special interests before the trip commences and, try to customise the trip to suit you. The usual tour takes about 3 hours, but this can be varied on request. Telephone number 01856 876 743.
www.orkneyboattrips.co.uk . Postcode: KW15 1SZ.

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Isles of Skye, from Elgol
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.
www.aquaxplore.co.uk . Postcode: IV49 9BJ.

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Isles of Skye, from Elgol
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.
www.bellajane.co.uk . Postcode: IV49 9BJ.

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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.
www.mistyisleboattrips.co.uk . Postcode: IV49 9BL.

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Isle of Skye waters, from Lochalsh
Seaprobe Atlantis is a 4 Star Semi-Submersible Glass Bottom Boat at Kyle of Lochalsh, on the North West Coast of Scotland . Telephone number 0800 980 4846.
www.seaprobeatlantis.com . Postcode: IV40 8AE.

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John O' Groats - North Coast
NorthCoast gives scenic and wildlife trips from John o' Groats in the Far North of Scotland. Also fast adventure trips through some of the coasts rocks and caves. The area is has thousands of grey and common seals all year round, and marine mammals like dolphins and pilot whales in the summer. Telephone number 01955 611 797.
www.northcoast.fsnet.co.uk . Postcode: KW14 8YD.

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Largs - Isle of Cumbrae waters
Cumbrae Voyages offers marine adventures and wildlife tours around the islands of the lower Clyde. Tours depart from Largs onboard our custom built, 12 seat, Rigid Inflatable Boats. Telephone number 0845 257 0404.
www.cumbraevoyages.co.uk . Postcode: KA30 8EZ.

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Largs or Troon - Western Isles
The 58 foot luxury yacht Lexus Lady can be hired for day trips from Troon & Largs for up to 12 guests. The trips normaly depart Troon or Largs 10.00 and return about 17.00. For more information on trips through Clyde waters with the many scenic islands, or, longer trips to Ireland, Isle of Man and west coast of Scotland. Telephone number 01292 319 531.
www.flemingyachtcharters.com . Map.

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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, an experience to treasure with cruises departing the Trossachs Pier or Stronachlachar.
www.lochkatrine.com . RSS Photo Tour . Map.

Sir Walter Scott steamship

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.
www.sweeneyscruises.com . Postcode: G83 8SS.

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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.
www.lochlomond-scotland.com . Map.

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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.
www.cruiselochlomond.co.uk . Postcode: G83 7DG.

Cruise Loch Lomond image

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.
www.lochness-cruises.com . Postcode: IV63 6TU.

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Loch Ness, from Inverness
Jacobite is experienced in creating memorable experiences with its range of Loch Ness based cruises. Knowledgeable guides maximise the entertainment potential of Loch Ness. Telephone number 01463 233 999.
www.jacobite.co.uk . Postcode: IV3 5TD.

Jacobite 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.
www.cruiselochness.com . Postcode: PH32 4BN.

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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.
www.relevantsearch.co.uk/rs-st-kilda . Postcode: Map.

St Kilda Island image

Troon - West coast Islands and Ireland
Ideal for your family, friends, customers or loyal staff for a day trip abroad The Kintyre Express. You can sail to Rothesay and the Kyles of Bute, Tarbert, Arran, Ailsa Craig and much more. Golf and Whiskey tours available. Telephone number 01294 270 160.
www.kintyreexpress.com . Map.

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Ullapool - Summer Isles
Sailing from Ullapool, on the West Coast of The Highlands, The Summer Queen visits the famous Summer Isles. 2, 3 and 4 hour cruises take in Loch Broom and the Summer Isles. Telephone number 01854 612 472.
www.summerqueen.co.uk . Map.

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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, sea birds and the beauty of secluded islands. Telephone number 01854 633 708.
www.sea-scape.co.uk . Map.

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

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