No visit to Elgol would be complete without a trip on one of the boats that leave from the harbour jetty from Spring to Autumn.

The boats can take you on an unforgettable trip across Loch Scavaig to the mouth of the Scavaig River where you can alight at the small landing stage. From there you may choose to stretch your legs and then return, or arrange to return on a later boat so as to spend a few hours at Loch Coruisk enjoying the beautiful loch set in the truly awesome mountains. The more intrepid may elect to stay and take one of the mountain climbs out of the corrie or cross the famous ‘Bad Step’ and walk back to Elgol.

For those in search of wildlife, take a trip to the islands of Rum and Canna where you can step off to explore, or stay on board one of the wildlife cruises for the best chance of seeing the dolphins, basking sharks and other sea-life and to cruise close up to the teeming seabird colonies to watch for puffins and guillemots. At their best in May and June when the seabirds are nesting, there is always the chance of seeing something interesting.

Seamus MacKinnon and his lovely wife, Anne, operate Misty Isle Boat Trips, running trips out to Loch Coruisk and the islands of Rum and Canna to see the puffins and other wildlife (the 2014 season included sightings of Orcas – an amazing experience for their guests!). You will receive a warm welcome from Seamus and Anne and their crew and there is always a hot drink with biscuits served during your trip (- and there are other ‘facilities’ on board if you need them!). Please have a look at their website or telephone Anne on telephone number +44 (0)1471 866 288 to book your trip. Seamus is directly descended from John MacKinnon who famously ferried Bonnie Prince Charlie to safety after hiding him in a cave in Elgol in July 1746.

For those looking for the exhilaration of speed and a faster trip to the islands, the Aquaexplore runs fast RIBS out to Rum and Canna. Contact details can be found on their website.

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