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The boat Iain Og and Dunyvaig Castle


Are dogs allowed on board?

We do allow well behaved dogs on board for our wildlife and fishing Trips. However, this is always at the skipper’s discretion as passenger safety is of the upmost importance. If any dogs behave in an unsafe manner they will not be allowed on the boats, again this is at the skipper’s discretion to do so. If you have any questions feel free to contact us on 01496 300 129.

Unfortunately, we do not allow dogs onboard the boats for the Islay Seafood Special trips as food and drinks are served (unless booked as a private charter). We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We also do not allow dogs on our Corryveckan trips. These trips are often on the open RIB over a long period of time. This can be noisy, windy and stressful for dogs with limited space to move around. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We cannot allow dogs on our Fishing Trips due to the danger of fishing hooks etc.

Guide dogs and Assistance dogs are an exception and will always be welcomed aboard our boats.

Read our Dog Policy.

Can I hire the boats for a private charter?

We offer a range of private charters. From hosting international corporate events to bespoke island – hopping experiences. We can tailor a charter to your needs, whatever the occasion.

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What will happen if my booked trip is cancelled?

If you cancel your booking

You will receive a full refund or future credit if a cancellation request has been received at least 48 hours before the activity.

If the cancellation is after this 48 hour cut off, no refund will be given, however you may be able to rearrange your booking to an alternative date. Re-bookings are subject to availability and at our discretion.

If we cancel your booking

We will always try our best to re-arrange guests onto other trips where possible. Sometime, this cannot be done for various reasons. In this instance you will be given a full refund or if you’d prefer, a gift card for the same value to use at a later date.

Read our Cancellation Policy

How accessible are the boats for people in wheelchairs?

Trips aboard our hard boats, Wavedancer and Iain Og, are accessible for wheel-chair users and persons of limited mobility.

The gangway ramp down to our boats has no steps. Please be wary that this can be steep and slippery so always use caution. Our staff are more than happy to provide assistance if required.

The entrance to the boats can be made level with the pontoons making it easy to get on and off if stepping on or using a small wheelchair. In the case of wider wheelchairs, the dive platform at the back of Wavedancer can be used. This would be made level with the pontoon and then the height adjusted so the wheelchair user can then access the boat.

Our RIBs however, are not wheelchair accessible and may be difficult for those with limited mobility. Our staff are on hand for help and advice where needed. If you are worried about your access, please contact us directly prior to your trip and we can request a hard boat rather than a RIB.

Read our Accessibility Policy

Why is the price for children the same as adults on the Seafood and Corryveckan Trips?

All of our boats can take a maximum of 12 passengers each, so spaces are limited on these popular trips.

For Corryveckan, our boats travel a large distance meaning more fuel. This means that in order to cover fuel costs and other running costs, our Corryveckan Trip tickets are a set price for all passengers.

For our Seafood Tours, a lot of time and effort goes into sourcing and preparing local Islay seafood. This means again, in order to cover our running costs, all tickets are a set price for all passengers. We understand that some younger children would not each much/any food during the trip, but as they still class as one of the 12 passengers, the full ticket price is payable.

What sort of wildlife do we see on the Wildlife Trips?

With wildlife you never know what you will see, but our most regular wildlife is:

  • Harbour Seals
  • Red Deer and sometimes Fallow Deer
  • White-Tailed Eagles
  • Seabirds such as Shags, Guillemot, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannets etc.
  • Bottlenose Dolphins
  • Otters (but very rarely)

For whales, basking sharks and other marine animals, deeper water is typically better. These species are more often seen on our Corryveckan trips or on private charters, such as those over to Gigha, Jura or Northern Ireland.

Do you run a ferry between Islay and Northern Ireland?

We don’t run a ‘ferry service’ but we do offer private charters between Islay and Ballycastle. It is something that happens fairly regularly during the summer. Our prices are based on the boat hire rather than on a per person basis.

Each of our boats can take up to 12 passengers each, and we have up to four boats available at a time.

Which trips are suitable for children and how young?

All of our trips are child friendly however, some are better suited that others.

Our Wildlife tour is by far our most popular trips and very child friendly. We accept children of any age on this tour. If you have a child which uses a pram, we recommend letting us know so we can ensure to use a hard boat. These boats are spacious, with lots of deck space to manoeuvre prams.

Our fishing tours are also child friendly but we do recommend no children under the age of 8 join the trip unless you speak to a member of our team first. Passenger safety is our upmost priority and that is our reasoning behind this decision.

For our Corryvreckan trip, as it is on a RIB, we recommend children we comfortable with RIB’s and have experience being on one before. The are fasted than our hard boats and can seems nosier and windier too. In the summer months, our open RIB may be used for this trip and it has no canopy/roof. This is something to be aware of. All our RIB’s do have comfortable seating with a back rest and non have the ‘jockey seats’ that go between your legs. If you have questions on bringing your children on a Corryvreckan trip, please get in contact with us.

Our Seafood tours are increasingly popular and children are welcome to come along. As children are priced the same as adults, it is something to consider. We do not have ‘children’s meals’, rather food is served buffet style and you help yourself.

For any other tours or private charters that you may have questions about, feel free to contact us directly.

Do you have options for those with dietary requirements/intolerances/allergies on your seafood trip?

During the booking process for one of our Seafood trips, you will be asked if any guests have an allergy. Please tick yes and then let us know of any allergy / intolerance that you have.

We can provide diary free options for our butter and gluten free options for the bread. If you have any other allergy/intolerance, please let our staff know prior to the trip so that we can provide you with alternatives / any food during the trip to avoid.

Currently, we do not provide any vegetarian / vegan options for this trip. However, if you book a seafood trip as a private charter, we can provide vegetarian or vegan alternatives along with Kocher or Halal options.

If you have any questions regarding our seafood trip, please get in contact with us directly.

Do you do gift vouchers?

Yes, we do provide gift vouchers.

To purchase one, you click the ‘Book Now’ button on our website. The gift voucher option is at the bottom. Follow the instructions on screen. The online voucher can be printed for gifting purposes.

Alternatively, we do have some physical voucher at our office. Please contact us directly to hear more about these.

Do you still go out in 'bad weather'?

It depends on the ‘bad weather’.

If there is light rain then our trips will still go ahead with boats have have ample indoor/covered space. When there is heavy rain, our trips will be cancelled.

The main weather which prevents our trips going ahead is the wind. Strong winds, particular from a southerly direction are what often cancel our trips. Our crew are always watching the forecasts to judge whether it is safe or not for trips to go ahead.

Our passengers and crew safety is always our main priority. Plus we want our passengers to actually enjoy the trip.