We are very sorry, but due to current Covid-19 restrictions that are still in place, we had to make the difficult decision not to start our cruises for 2020.
As most of you know tourism in Scotland is open to bloom again as of 15th July.
This came with quite a few government restrictions that were eased to aid leisure and hospitality businesses in this difficult time …
Unfortunately many of those restrictions were not eased for boat operators.
We waited until the most recent update, but unfortunately again no further restrictions were eased for our type of business.
The choice not to run this season is not a choice we took lightly and that we were happy to take. But due to remaining restrictions (a.o. the 2 metre social distancing) it is not possible to run our cruises economically viable.
We aim to offer cruises with a highly likelihood of finding whales and dolphins.
To find these amazing animals, our boat, Orca 1, with her 600HP petrol engines, allows us to travel all through Loch Gairloch deep into the North Minch to get all the way to the local feeding ground.
Orca 1 is very capable of handling the speed, distance and challenges of the North Minch, but unfortunately she doesn’t run free.
We have been looking into options for private charter cruises.
But if we want to offer you a cruise with the same success in finding whales and dolphins, we still need to cover the same areas. Due to the cost, requests are limited and solely running private charters will unfortunately not stand ground either.
We do hope you can all understand why we had to make this decision.
At the moment bookings are no longer possible.
Customers who have already booked will be informed personally.
It is also always advised to have alternative plans when visiting us in Gairloch.
Whether these restrictions are present or not, we do remain weather dependent, and need favourable weather conditions to head out.
We hope all of you are stay safe and well.
If you’re travelling from outside Scotland, please note that Scotland follows different restrictions than England, Wales, ….
Above all else, look after each other and support the vulnerable people in your community and respect the communities you are visiting.