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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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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: 0141 243 2224.
Website . AS Page . G51 1EA


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

Clyde Cruises

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. Tel: 01475 721 281.
Website . G3 8RS

Glasgow City Boats

Glasgow City Boats
W can cater for birthday parties, hen and stag do's, family days out, photography, sightseeing, water taxis, or any other service or place you may want to visit. Tel: 0141 266 0087.
Website . G3 8AZ

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Edinburgh - Firth of Forth
Seahunter Marine is 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, aslo fishing and diving. Telephone number 07774 103 405 .
Website . EH5 1HF

Forth Tours

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

Maid of the Forth

Forth Bridges & Inchcolm Island
On Maid of the Forth 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

Sea Fari Adventures

Forth Bridges & Inchcolm Island
On a high speed 12 seat RIB from South Queensferry 9 miles west of Edinburgh with Seafari. 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. Seabird Cruise for Catamaran and fast RIBs to Bass Rock, Isle of May and Anstruther. Telephone number 01620 890 202.
Website . EH39 4SS

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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. Now also with Sula III a modern cruiser. Telephone number 01620 849 289.
Website . EH39 4JW

Aquamarine Charters

At Eyemouth southeast Scotland, Aquamarine Charters for Sightseeing, Diving, Fishing and Commercial work. Tel: 07860 804 316
. TD14 5SD

Arisaig Ferry

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 to view the wildlife and spectacular views. Telephone number 01687 450 224.
Website . PH39 4NH

Ailsa Craig from MV Glorious

Isle of Ailsa Craig
rom 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 . KA26 9AJ

Staffa Trips

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 700 755 or 07809 136 694.
Website . PA76 6SP

Staffa Tours

Isle of Mul - Isle of Staffa with Fingal's Cave
Staffa Tours 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

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


Isle of Skye
From Elgol on the Isle of Skye. AquaXplore offers exhilarating wildlife and whale watching tours on RIBS (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) or a Cruiser. You can experience the remote isles of Canna, Rum, Soay, Eigg and the Cuillin and Loch Coruisk. Telephone number 0800 731 3089 or 01471 866 244.
Website . IV49 9BJ

Bella Jane

Isle 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 or 01471 866 244.
Website . IV49 9BJ

Misty Isle

Isle 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

Seaprobe Atlantis

Isle of Skye
From Kyleakin on Skye or Kyle of Lochalsh. Seaprobe Atlantis is a 4 Star Semi-Submersible Glass Bottom Boat at Kyle of Lochalsh, on the North West Coast of Scotland, also have a smaller Cruiser and fast RIB. Telephone 01471 822 716 or 07814 784 402.
Website . IV40 8AE

Seaflower Skye

Isle of Skye
From Portree on Skye. Seaflower Skye offer luxury boat trips around the coast of Skye to view wildlife, cliffs and mountains from the sea. Telephone 07342 622 727.
Website . IV55 9DE

Stardust Boat Trips

Isle of Skye
From Portree on Skye. Stardust Boat Trips for the ultimate wildlife watching adventure around the spectacular scenery of Portree Bay and the Raasay sound, also with a fast RIB. Tel: 07798 743 858.
Website . IV51 9DD

Wild Skye

Isle of Skye
From Talisker. Wild Skye Boat Trips for wildlife watching and rod fishing boat trips from Carbost / Talisker on the Isle of Skye. Telephone 01478 640 813 Mobile 07769 258 118.
Website . IV47 8SR

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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 Yacht Haven onboard 12 seat, Rigid Inflatable Boats. Tel: 0845 257 0404.
Website . KA30 8EZ

Sir Walter Scott

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. There is also a smaller cruiser. Tel: 01877 376 315.
Website . FK17 8HZ

Loch Linnhe

Loch Linnhe
From Fort William. Cruise Loch Linnhe provide two hour trips from the Town centre Pier to view wildlife and for great views of some of the highest mountains in Scotland, also can be chartered for special events. Tel: 07367 436 088.
Website . PH33 6DZ

Sweeney's Cruises

Loch Lomond
rom 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

Luss Boat

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

Cruise Loch Lomond

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

Loch Ness Cruises

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 or 07415 338 098.
Website . IV63 6TU


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

Beastie Boats

Loch Ness
From Inverness. Beastie Boats has a 12 seat RIB for fast tours around Loch Ness or a Cruiser for a more leisurely trip. Telephone number 01463 233 999.
Website . IV3 8JG

Cruise Loch Ness

Loch Ness
From Fort Augustus. Cruise Loch Ness travel north into the loch passing landmarks such as the Caledonian Canal, Fort Augustus Abbey, Cherry Island and Evening cruises to Urquhart Castle, also Fast RIBs to hunt for Nessie. Telephone number 01320 366 277.
Website . PH32 4BD

Loch Shiel Highland Cruises

Loch Shiel Highland Cruises
From Glenfinnan 17 miles west of Fort William. A cruise where at times there are Golden Eagles, White Tailed Eagles, Red Throated Divers, Hen Harriers, Red Deer plus other wildlife. Telephone number 07498 501 566.
Website . PH37 4LT

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 1FF

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: 01667 457 175.
Website . IV12 4PH

North 58

Moray Firth
From Findhorn 31 miles east of Inverness. North 58° Sea Adventures offer fast RIB tours from Findhorn Marina exploring the beautiful Moray coastline with its abundant wildlife. Tel: 01309 690 099.
Website . IV36 3YE

Moray Firth Fishing Charters

Moray Firth
Fom Burghead 36 miles east of Inverness. Moray Firth Fishing Charters offer 2 hour sightseeing trips for fishing villages, lighthouses, basking sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds. Tel: 07808 514 443.
Website . IV30 5UA

Seacat Macduff

Moray Firth
From Macduff 74 miles east of Inverness. Guide Charters offer 2 & 3 hour boat trips out of Macduff Harbour on their Seacat to view a wide range of wildlife. Tel: 07910 132 686.
Website . AB44 1TX

Guide Charters

Moray Firth
Fom Fraserburgh 98 miles east of Inverness. Guide Charters offer 2 & 3 hour boat trips out of Fraserburgh Harbour on their 55ft boat to view a wide range of wildlife. Tel: 07910 132 686.
Website . AB43 9BR

St Kilda

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.
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Shearwater Cruises

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 2UJ


Ullapool - Summer Isles
Seascape Expeditions provide exhilarating 2 hour powerboat trips 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 . IV23 2QN

Kintyre Express

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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