Boat trips galore!

Boat trips from Elgol

Elgol is virtually surrounded by sea so it’s no surprise that it is one of Skye’s premier embarkation points for boat trips to a number of destinations.  These include the truly stunning Loch Coruisk, set in the heart of the Cuillin Hills, and some of the nearby Small Isles.

Basking shark

Basking shark off the coast of Canna

A trip across Loch Scavaig to the Cuillins is a memorable one.  You’ll see seals at any time of the year and all sorts of other wildlife can be seen.

The freshwater Loch Coruisk is a short walk from the sea and is virtually surrounded by the high  Cuillins with only  a natural rock barrier betwen the river and sea.

The island of Rum is notable for Kinloch Castle and its Rum Cuillins.  It is a National Nature Reserve with some incredible wildlife including red deer and an internationally significant population of Manx Shearwaters.

The nearby island of Canna has some good seabird populations and is a hot spot for basking sharks.  Puffins nest on adjoining Sanday.

The small island of Soay has an interesting history associated with Gavin Maxwell and shark fishing.

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Elgol Pier – Gateway to the Cuillins

The boat trip operators sell their services far better than we can so visit their sites and see what is on offer.

Misty Isle Boat Trips – Elgol Pier

Bella Jane Boat Trips – Elgol Pier

Further afield

Armadale Small Isle Cruise – you can take a day cruise round all the Small Isles with CalMac but you need to study the timetable very carefully if you want to start and finish in Armadale on Skye!

Portree – several operators run trips focused on watching Sea Eagles. Try either Skye Boat Trips or Portree Boat Trips


White-tailed sea eagle – Portree Bay – Skye