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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

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Bass Rock, from North Berwick
Welcome to Sula II, the traditional launch that provides boat trips from North Berwick harbour to the world famous Bass Rock, Craigleith ("The Craig") and to Fidra. Bass Rock is home to one of Britain's largest colonies of the North Atlantic Gannet. Telephone number 01620 880 770. Postcode: Map.

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Edinburgh - Firth of Forth
Based in Granton Harbour, Edinburgh. Enjoy a leisurely cruise around the Islands of the Forth to observe the Wildlife in their natural element. See the Seals and their pups as the lie in the sun on the beaches basking in the heat of an evenings setting sun, or the many species of seabirds as they fly to the rich feeding grounds of the Forth. Telephone number 07774 103 405. Map.

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Edinburgh - Forth Bridges & Inchcolm Island
Combine your Forth Bridges Cruise with an optional 1½ hour landing on Inchcolm Island. The Forth Belle will drop you off on the island allowing you time to explore. This trip departs from South Queensferry harbour by Edinburgh. Telephone number 0870 118 1866. Map.

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Edinburgh - Forth Bridges & Inchcolm Island
Our spectacular sightseeing boat trips depart from the Hawes Pier in South Queensferry, Edinburgh and we offer 1½ hour sightseeing cruises where you can get unrivalled views of the magnificent Forth Bridges from our open top deck. Our daily boat trips to Inchcolm Island are consistently voted as of the best things to do in Edinburgh every summer. Telephone number 0131 331 5000. 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 board MV Sheerwater and enjoy the varied wildlife and spectacular views. Telephone number 01687 450 224. Map/postcode: PH39 4NH.

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Girvan - Isle of Ailsa Craig, Southwest Scotland
See spectacular bird and wildlife around Ailsa Craig. Prime location for bird enthusiasts and hillwalkers. Daily Sailings from Girvan Harbour, all year round. Fully licenced vessel that can carry 12 passengers per trip. Many years of experience. Telephone number 01465 713 219. 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, Old Pier Ferry: daily May to September. Selfdrive motor boats, fishing trips are aslo available. Telephone number 01770 600 349 or 01770 600 998. Map.
Photo Tour Trip

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Isle of Mul - Isle of Staffa
Fingal's Cave
Staffa Trips offer a 45 minute sea journey to Staffa and Fingal's Cave which is always splendid and atmospheric with basaltic columns formed 59 million years ago. A wide range of sea birds can be seen ashore in season and if you are lucky it is possible to see occasionally a passing whale, basking shark, porpoise, dolphin or otter. The trip lasts 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. Map.

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Isle of Mul - Isle of Staffa
Fingal's Cave
Gordon Grant Tours offer information about our various destinations: Staffa - with the world-famous Fingal's Cave, Iona - the sacred, Isle of Mull and the ornithological heaven of the Treshnish. Telephone number 01681 700 338. Map.

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Isles of Orkney - Scapa Flow, German High Seas fleet
From the comfort and safety of our well equipped boat the MV Guide, you'll be able to view images from a ROV or remote equipped vehicle. This marvel of technology provides vivid underwater images of the German High Seas fleet wrecks and sealife, relayed back to television monitors in the comfortable cabins. Telephone number 01856 811 360. Postcode: KW17 2RD.

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Isles of Orkney, from Kirkwall
On our boat trips, Laurence your skipper will discuss any special interests before the trip commences and, as far as possible, customise the trip to suit you. Our usual tour takes 2 1/2 - 3 hours, but again this can be varied on request. Telephone number 01856 876 743. Postcode: KW15 1SZ.

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Isles of Skye, from Elgol
AquaXplore - Exhilarating wildlife and whale watching tours on our offshore RIBS (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats). Experience the remote and beautiful isles of Canna, Rum, Soay, Eigg and the Cuillin and Loch Coruisk. Telephone number 0800 731 3089. Postcode: IV49 9BJ.

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Isles of Skye, from Elgol
No visit to the Isle of Skye is complete without a trip on the award winning Bella Jane. Let us transport you to one of Scotland's most isolated and breathtaking lochs, Loch Coruisk, set in the heart of the stunningly beautiful Cuillin mountains. Telephone number 0800 731 3089. Postcode: IV49 9BJ.

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Isles of Skye, from Elgol
Welcome to Misty Isle Boat Trips - The only locally owned and run boat trip from Elgol on the Isle of Skye to the famous Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin Hills. Telephone number 01471 866 288. Postcode: IV49 9BL.

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

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John O' Groats - North Coast
NorthCoast offers 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 home to 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. Postcode: KW14 8YD.

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Largs - Isle of Cumbrae waters
Cumbrae Voyages offers unforgettable marine adventures and wildlife tours amongst the beautiful islands of the lower Clyde. Join us for a fully interactive expedition from Largs onboard our custom built, 12 seat, Rigid Inflatable Boats. Telephone number 0845 257 0404. Postcode: KA30 8EZ.

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Largs or Troon - Western Isles
The 58 foot luxury yacht Lexus Lady can be chartered for day trips from Troon & Largs for up to 12 guests. The trips normaly depart Troon or Largs 10.00 and returnabout 17.00. For more information on Lexus Lady's day 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. Map.

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Loch Katrine from Trossachs Pier 32 miles north of Glasgow
The opportunity to sail on the historic steamship Sir Walter Scott, nobly cruising these waters for over a century, is an experience to treasure. Cruises depart from the Trossachs Pier or Stronachlachar. Map.

Sir Walter Scott steamship

Loch Lomond, from Luss, 32 miles northwest of Glasgow
A luxury speedboat tour is undoubtedly the most memorable and exciting way to experience Loch Lomond. Cruise slowly throughout the many islands or travel much faster in open waters. This is an experience not to be missed and everyone will enjoy the magnificent views and constantly changing scenery! Telephone number 0333 577 0715. Map.

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Loch Lomond, from Balloch, 32 miles northwest of Glasgow
Sweeney's Cruises is a family-run business that has been operating boats on Loch Lomond for over 100 years. We now operate five passenger boats: Astina, Silver Marlin, Lomond Duchess, Lomond Sunrise and Glen Falloch. Telephone number 01389 752 376. Postcode: G83 8SS.

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Loch Lomond, from Tarbet, 34 miles northwest of Glasgow
Cruise Loch Lomond. offers you the opportunity to experience the serenity of the ‘bonnie banks’ from the comfort of one of five vessels. Whether entertaining clients or colleagues, considering getting married on board, or celebrating that special occasion this is a unique venue. Telephone number 01301 702 356. Postcode: G83 7DG.

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Loch Ness, from Drumnadrochit by Inverness
Here at Loch Ness Cruises we are proud to be described by visitors and travel writers alike as "the most informative and entertaining cruise on Loch Ness". Nessie Hunter is fitted with modern surveillance and safety equipment such as VHF Radio, G.P.S., Colour Sonar, Radar. Telephone number 01456 450 395. Postcode: IV63 6TU.

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Loch Ness, from Inverness
Jacobite has extensive experience in creating memorable tourism experiences, particularly through its range of Loch Ness based cruises. Our knowledgeable guides and organisational flair enable us to maximise the entertainment potential of Loch Ness and give visitors a real feel for the area. Telephone number 01463 233 999. Postcode: IV3 5TD.

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Loch Ness, from Fort Augustus
From our berth at Fort Augustus we travel north into the loch passing notable landmarks Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus Abbey, Cherry Island and Evening cruises to Urquhart Castle. Telephone number 01320 366 277. 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. Postcode: Map.

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Troon - West coast Islands and Ireland
Treat your family, friends, customers or loyal staff to a day trip abroad The Kintyre Express. Whether it’s a sail to Rothesay and the Kyles of Bute, Tarbert, Arran, Ailsa Craig or any of the Numerous venues on the Firth of Clyde or beyond. Golf and Whiskey tours available. Telephone number 01294 270 160. Map.

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Ullapool - Summer Isles
Sailing from Ullapool, on the West Coast of The Highlands, The Summer Queen offers visitors the opportunity to visit the famous Summer Isles. 2, 3 and 4 hour cruises take in the beauty of Loch Broom and the Summer Isles. Telephone number 01854 612 472. Map.

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Ullapool - Summer Isles
Join us on an exhilarating 2 hour powerboat trip from Ullapool to the remote Summer Isles aboard " Centaur " our 12 seater RIB. We will take you on a thrilling ride around this lovely group of islands, where you will enjoy watching at close range colonies of seals and sea birds and marvel at the beauty of secluded islands. Telephone number 01854 633 708. 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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