Unforgettable boat trips
The coastline of North West Scotland is simply stunning. Breath-taking sea cliffs, small islands and skerries, and stacks plus a dramatic mountains cape are arguably best viewed from the sea. It’s one of the reasons we recommend our guests book more than one night at Eddrachilles, it would be a shame to miss out on this.
There are three boat tour operators near to the hotel and more in Lochinver and Ullapool as well as the ferry near Durness to Cape Wrath. Boat trips last from an hour and half on Glendhhu to 8 hours or more visiting Cape Wrath or remote North Rona.
Of course, some planning will be required. Boat trips are particularly weather dependent so you should have alternate plans in mind. Some require to be booked in advance, others are “tickets at departure” only and the tours do vary in price. Dogs are not permitted on most boat trips, some of the North Coast Sea Tours are not suitable for children under 12, and a few with remote landings require good levels of mobility and even agility. We are happy to advise our guests on their plans but we recommend that you contact the operators direct.
North Coast SEA Tours
A few miles south of Eddrachilles Hotel off the A894 is the hamlet of Kylesku. From the slipway, North Coast Sea Tours offer boat tours along the wild and wonderful NW Coast of Scotland. In there second year of operations, these tours provide an unforgettable opportunity to see the region's sea cliffs, mountainscapes and stacks from the sea as well as birdlife and wildlife. Some tours require higher levels of mobility for landings, full guidance and prices are given on the website. Operates 3 May until mid August.
Tours currently include:
Handa Island Stacks and Seabirds - half day tour of Old Man of Stoer Sea Stack and Sea Birds on Spectacular Handa Island Great Stack Sea cliffs (note: does not land on the island but great photography opportunities)
Cape Wrath, including landing at Scotland's most North Westerly point,
Sula Sgeir and North Rona
KYLESKU BOat Tours
Also departing from Kylesku slipway are 2 daily boat trips on Glendhu with a commentary on local history, geology and wildlife. Grey seals, eagles and otters are just some of the local inhabitants that can be spotted during the 1 hour and 45 minute tour.
There's also an opportunity to learn about the sealife of the loch including the shellfish and fish and local responsible fishing practices. We’ve had great feedback from our guests about this tour: lots to see, the right length and a wonderful informative commentary.
Boat tours begin in May and end around the end of September. Please note that these tours are tide and weather dependent and you may wish to confirm your tour on the day.
For more information, or to book, call the Kylesku Hotel on 01971 502231
HanDA ISLAND - our Personal favourite
From early April until early September a small passenger ferry sails from Tarbet (about 8 miles north of Eddrachilles Hotel) to Handa island, Monday to Saturday, 9.00 am until 2.00 pm (last outward ferry, return ferries from Handa run until c4.30 pm). Please note, no dogs are allowed on the ferry or island.
Handa rises over 400ft above sea level and measures about a mile by a mile and a half. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is run as a nature reserve by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. There are walking routes around the island and we recommend allowing a whole day for your trip to make the most of the opportunity.
Bird life: Over 150 species including puffins, guillemots, razorbills and great skuas
Otters, dolphins, minke whales, pilot whales, porpoises, basking sharks and the amazing orca (killer whales) also occasionally go by.
Plants: In excess of 216 species.
Mosses: In excess 100 types of moss