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Gigha Sea Tours

There can be no better way to view and enjoy the coastline of Gigha and its neighbouring islands than by boat, and our new boat the Thalassa is one of the best: an 8.4m Redbay Boats 'Expedition' RIB. We offer circumnavigational tours of Gigha, Craro, Gigalum and Cara, as well as trips to Islay and Jura, and an after-hours pick-up service from Tayinloan. Trips to Ballycastle in Northern Ireland departing from both Tayinloan on the Kintyre peninsula and also Gigha are available subject to booking.

On our tours you will also learn some of the lore of sea and of our beautiful islands.

If the breathtaking scenery of Gigha and the Inner Hebrides has drawn you near, Gigha Sea Tours provides you with the opportunity to gain a fresh and exhilarating perspective on our stunning landscape & wildlife, while at the same time having a lot of fun!


To book a ride call us on tel: 01583 505 404

or email: info@gighaseatours.co.uk

or visit our website now at www.gighaseatours.co.uk

About us:

Gigha Sea Tours is based at Achamore House on the Isle of Gigha. Don Dennis is the Managing Director, while his father Reid Dennis is also a Director and Chairman of the Board. Don is the skipper of our wonderful new 8.4m Redbay RIB, and he is a fully MCA-qualified (Maritime & Coastguard Agency) Coastal Skipper.

Our boat, the 8.4m Thalassa was built to Don's specification in the autumn of 2008 by Redbay Boats of Cushendal, Northern Ireland (http://www.redbayboats.com). She has a GRP hull, and is fitted with a 315 hp Yamaha diesel engine. She is fully MCA coded Category 3 for taking 10 passengers up to 25 miles from the nearest "safe haven", and has of course met and surpassed all the safety requirements of the MCA.

Tours around the Isle of Gigha:

This tour takes about one hour and 15 minutes, as we take you around the coastline of Gigha and its near neighbours: Craro, Gigalum and Cara. Tours depart from the catwalk in Ardminish Bay (by the Boathouse Café) or when the tide is low, from the South Pier on Gigha. The Thalassa has seating for 7 passengers inside the cabin, and seating for 6 outside, so if the weather is fine, the tour can be experienced outside of the boat's cabin if you wish.

Around the coastline of Gigha we will visit the site of one shipwreck where part of the wreckage is still visible. We will also see the Pigeon's Cave (an old smuggling spot), the site of the Spouting Cave, and the Queens' Beach amongst other points of interest.

Craro is home to the famous 'Bull of Craro', a rock that rests on the south shoulder of the island, looking north-east. Legend has it that a few hundred years ago a boy's life was spared by a pirate captain due to the boy being able to say which direction the Bull of Craro faced, thus identifying himself to the captain as a native of Gigha.

Cara is well-known locally for several reasons, not least because of its dramatic southern cliff (see photo below). Wild goats and countless seabirds are not the only inhabitants of Cara: a 'brownie' also lives there. Known to cause mischief to those who treat him with disrespect, his grand Brownie's Chair can be seen on the east side of the tall southern hill of the island. We certainly advise that you approach the brownie's domain with deference and respect. There are many stories locally relating to those who did not!

Gigalum is a small island with no water, but (looked after by its 3 private owners) an unusual 8-sided house. Ask the pilot to point out the curious rock formation known to its owners as 'Hadrian's Wall'.

The geology of these islands is wonderful and dramatic, and the views afforded by touring the island by catamaran are tremendous! Colonies of seagulls and shags abound, along with swans and arctic terns and guillemots. Sightings of dolphins are not uncommon, while seals can be seen normally at a few different spots around Gigha. Be sure to bring your camera!

Special Excursions

Please visit our website now at www.gighaseatours.co.uk

Bookings & Costs

Please visit our website now at www.gighaseatours.co.uk

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