If I have to name one activity on Islay that you must do when you're on Islay it's a Boat Trip. And who can better provide that for you than Gus Newman and his crew from Islay Sea Adventures. They started off a few years ago, in 2014 to be precise, offering wildlife trips from Port Ellen and Lagavulin on a relatively small scale and with only one boat, the Wavedancer. From the start the boat trips were a hit and many folk, locals and visitors alike, enjoyed many fascinating hours on Islay's surrounding seas taking in the breathtaking views and the huge variety in wildlife, from swimming red deer to otters and nearby sightings of white tailed sea eagles and sometimes hundreds of seals.
Since 2014 much has changed. As more and more folk found their way to Port Ellen Gus expanded the business and added new boats to his fleet. Starting this year Gus has four boats, two RIB's and two hard boats which are captained by experienced skippers with a wealth of knowledge of the seas round Islay. All vessels have lifejackets, life vests, lifebuoys and fire extinguishers and comply with all the safety regulations. Continue reading....
The Fleet of Islay Sea Adventures
Daily Boat Trips at 10am and 2pm
With four boats Gus will now be able to offer a large variety of different boat trips. New is that from Easter onwards they will offer daily boat trips, 7 days a week, at fixed times. There will be a wildlife boat trip leaving Port Ellen at 10am and one at 2pm. Every day, weather permitting of course, and as they sail the sheltered south east coast of Islay there are hardly any cancellations.
Besides the wildlife trips there are now more boat trips going a bit further afield, and sometimes a wee bit faster too, especially those on the Sea Explorer. Last year they started offering boat trips to Corryvreckan from Port Askaig, sailing with two boats from Port Askaig. That was a once in a lifetime trip which I can highly recommend to everyone. And starting this year there are also trips around the Mull of Oa, fishing trips and a wide range of private trips, from foraging to visiting neighbouring islands and trips to Northern Ireland.
Many folk are extremely happy with the service Gus and his crew provides as you can read from quite a few happy customers who have left comments on Trip Advisor such as the folk below:
Went on amazing trip up the east coast of Islay. You could see Northern Ireland to the South and the Mull of Kintyre across the sea. Gus was incredibly knowledgeable and made everyone feel welcome. He has invested in the boats and the rib was tremendous and able to get into even the smallest nooks and crannies. Saw a whole host of wildlife whilst having some fun on the water. Great morning out. Thoroughly recommended, our Six year old loved it. Thanks Gus.
Book the Boat Trips Online
Recently Gus has added a new section to his website with an online facility to buy tickets. And with his boat trips being so popular it's a good idea to book your trips online. In fact, if you have a holiday booked for this year why not book the tickets now just to make sure you don't miss out. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here and if you want to surprise someone else why not buy a Boat Trip Voucher online. That's a great gift for a friend or family member. And make sure to book one for yourself too, you don't want to miss such an opportunity.