Sealife - Glass Bottom Boat

Boat Tour

Pier Road, Gairloch, Ross-shire, IV21 2BQ

    Unique to Gairloch 'Sealife' Glass Bottom Boat, the only cruise to combine looking below the waves while enjoying the magnificent wildlife and birdlife of Gairloch Bay.

    Watch scallops fly across the seabed, crabs scuttling across the sand, sea urchins perched on rocks, look up from the marine world to see seals, porpoises, deer grazing on the shore, puffins terns and "..."..."..."..."..."... 'Sealife Glass Bottom Boat - Marine and Wildlife Cruises

    'Sealife' glass bottom boat operates from Gairloch Harbour on the North West coast of Scotland. Surrounded by a majestic mountain landscape, 'Sealife' cruises through crystal waters to the hidden gem of Shieldaig Bay. Passengers can look at the wonderful undersea world through their own personal viewing stations while sea anemones, scallops, sea urchins, and a wide variety of crabs and starfish roam the seabed. Its amazing to think 80% of animal life lives below the water! Our passengers are always surprised by the elegant beauty of kelp forests flowing gracefully in gentle sea currents and home to many juvenile fish including pipe fish, similar to seahorses. On the water, black and red throated divers, megansers and razorbills glide gracefully by. We are privileged to see seals, porpoises and occasionally dolphins. The skies of Gairloch are home to sea eagles, golden eagles, skuas, gannets, with the occasional visit from our comical little puffins.
    'Sealife' is the only wildlife boat cruise to combine looking beneath the waves while enjoying the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of Gairloch Bay.
    We have the knowledge and experience to provide you with information on all the species of wildlife, marine life, birds, local and natural history that you may see and would like to learn more about. Richard, your guide and skippers extensive knowledge of marine biology and wildlife just adds to a memorable experience.
    For our overseas passengers we provide information in several languages to help with your enjoyment of the cruise.
    Our younger passengers are issued with buoyancy aids and the fun Creepy Crawly check list sheet!
    'Sealife' is unique to Gairloch, an ex P&O lifeboat specially redesigned as a glass bottom boat, the only one in Great Britain. She is a safe and stable boat fitted with all the essential safety equipment as required by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Richard Holmes her Skipper is a fully qualified Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster and Advanced Powerboat Driver with all the necessary commercial endorsements.
    For a cruise which is completely unique to Gairloch, come and join us on 'Sealife' and 'share the experience'!

    Open Easter - October
    Cruises Daily
    Contact Richard and Jill Holmes.

    Booking Office : 01445 712540
    Home : 01445 781729
    Mobile 0773 3240 621
    Seawildlife Booking Office
    Gairloch Harbour
    Pier Road
    Ross Shire
    IV21 2BQ
    4 Wildlife Experience
    Green Tourism Gold
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016


    • Children Welcome

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement


    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Free Parking On-Site
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Public Parking Nearby

    Road Directions

    If travelling from the North (Ullapool area) travel through Gairloch and after about 1 mile you will see the Harbour signposted on your right turn down towards the Harbour and you will find us next to the Harbour masters office. If travelling from South ( Torridon/Kyle/ Inverness) , just as you come into Gairloch you will see the turn for the Harbour on your left - we are down there

    GPS location
    Post code IV21 2BQ
    Latitude 57 degrees 42.72' N
    Longitude 5 degrees 40.9' W

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- A short walk or drive from the TIC (approximately 1 mile) heading out of Gairloch southwards is the harbour. We are down towards the harbour next to the harbourmasters office

    Find us at Ordinance Survey grid reference NG 80603 75022

    Getting there by railway:- The nearest rail station is Achnasheen, which is about 50 miles from Gairloch. Unfortunately there is no connecting bus service! So you will have to try and make alternative arrangements to get to Gairloch

    Getting there by aeroplane:- Nearest Airport is Inverness - realistically car hire is the best option from here and follow the signs for Ullapool and turn off for Gairloch as signposted.

    Getting there by ferry:- Nearest Ferry terminal is Ullapool. This offers a service from Stornoway (on the Outer Hebrides) to Ullapool. There is a limited bus service to Gairloch but a car is by far the most practical. Head south from Ullapool and follow the Gairloch signs

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