DAY CRUISES TO SEAL ISLAND
Our day cruise on Loch Linnhe is a ‘must do’ in Fort William. ELSIE has both indoor & outdoor seating with an elevated 360-degree viewing deck and onboard toilet. Our friendly crew are on hand to provide hot drinks, juice, alcohol and snacks to stop you getting scurvy on your trip. Additionally our experienced skipper will provide a full commentary along the route. Our two-hour cruises depart Fort William's town pier at 10.30, 13.00 and 15.30 daily (N.B. WINTER SAILINGS 10.30am DAILY).
We begin by sailing towards Corpach, with spectacular views of Ben Nevis along the way. Here we will visit the entrance to the famous Caledonian canal, Scotland's most instagrammed shipwreck and islands teeming with birdlife such as cormorants, ospreys and white-tailed eagles. If you are booked on the 1530 trip you may even see the Jacobite steam train as it arrives back into Corpach from Mallaig.
We then head down Loch Linnhe to 'Seal Island' which is home to both Common and Atlantic Grey seals, our vessel is designed to get closer than any other operator to the seals whilst being careful not to disturb them. En route we will visit salmon and mussel farms, ancient Caledonian forests, traditional black houses and we may even come across some of Loch Linnhe's other resident wildlife from otters and popoises on the Loch to red deer and eagles on the shores and skies.
In the summer we offer sunset cruises to the top of Loch Linnhe and into the tranquil Loch Eil where we can catch unbeatable views of Ben Nevis as the pink granite glows bright at sunset. Along the way we will pass a heron sanctury and often catch sightings of popoises, seals, otters, as well as golden and white-tailed eagles. So why not hop onboard for a hot chocolate or a glass of wine and join us as we watch a stunning sunset over the Loch from ELSIE!
M/V ELSIE is available for birthday parties, stag/hen do's, school trips, seabead surveys and fishing trips. Please feel free to send us a wee email to find out how we can plan the perfect boat trip for you!