Isle of Skye Boat Trips

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What wildlife can you guarantee us on the trips?

Q: Can you offer me any special discounts for my trip?

Q: Your claim that you are the “Longest running Locally Owned and Run Boat Trip in Elgol”… Could you explain?

Q: Why do you not have online booking payments available?

Q: Another boat trip company is claiming that you are not the longest running boat operators in Elgol – can you explain?

Q: Your prices are so much cheaper than your competitors? How is this possible?

Q: Do you offer any refunds if I am unhappy with my boat trip?

Q: Why is it that you have no Sunday sailings?

Q: What wildlife can you guarantee us on the trips?

A: The only wildlife we guarantee on the boat trip are the many seals near Loch Coruisk, and a variety of birds. We are primarily a boat trip to Loch Coruisk and our main focus is on the loch and the incredible scenery nearby. However, though we are not strictly speaking a ‘wildlife tour’ we do have a huge amount of wildlife sightings every season. We have very frequent sightings of basking sharks and porpoises, and a fair amount of sightings of other wildlife such as dolphins, minke whales, golden eagles, puffins, sea eagles and more.

What we do guarantee is a highly enjoyable trip, a friendly Highland welcome and a pretty decent cup of coffee! Anything beyond that is a bonus!!
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Q: Can you offer me any special discounts for my trip?

A: We are happy to offer discounts. We offer a standard 10% discount to students, the elderly, disabled, and certainly to anyone from Skye or nearby (be sure and tell us!} Other than that we are happy to give discounts for any groups with 5 or more people. And we guarantee that our prices are consistently much lower than similar length trips to Loch Coruisk offered elsewhere.
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Q: Your claim that you are the “Longest running Locally Owned and Run Boat Trip in Elgol”… Could you explain?

A: This claim is based on the following: We are owned and run by Seumas Mackinnon, who has lived all of his life in Elgol itself (his family having lived there for generations before him). All out staff and crew are from Elgol.┬áIf you do have any doubts or questions regarding our claims… and those made by another boat trip company which operates in Elgol, our advice is that you simply ask anyone from Elgol!
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Q: Why do you not have online booking payments available?

A: We do not take any money in advance as we want to leave you free to come on the day of your choosing. In other words, we do not want to run a system where you pay us money, then it pours on the day you have booked and although you decide not to go to Loch Coruisk on that day we sail and keep your money any way! To us that seems like an unfair system. We would rather that you felt entirely free to change your mind about your trip for any reason. And we would certainly want you to experience Loch Coruisk on the best day possible during your stay in the area.
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Q: Have you really been running boat trips from Elgol to Loch Coruisk for over 40 years?

A: Our skipper, Seumas Mackinnon, has been running boat trips from Elgol to Loch Coruisk since 1967. For years he used the little 12 seater boat Apollo and other small boats for the boat trips. For some of those years Seumas was fishing around Elgol and during these times his fishing boat would double up as a tourist boat through the summer months. There was also a gap of around 4 or 5 years prior to buying the Misty Isle during which time the only boat trips Seumas ran were occasional charity trips and one-off bookings.

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Q: Your prices are so much cheaper than your competitors? How is this possible?

A: Although we do this as a living and obviously want to make a living out of it, we enjoy the satisfaction of offering a great trip at a low price. We do not see any reason to charge well above the odds for your trip when we are able to offer it for our current prices. Our boat uses very little fuel which has the benefit of not only being much friendlier to the environment but also cheaper running costs.
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Q: Do you offer any refunds if I am unhappy with my boat trip?

A: Of course! Our refunds policy is simple: If you are not entirely satisfied with every aspect of your trip with us (other than the weather!!) then we will happily give you your money back in full! This means that if any part of your trip – wildlife sightings, scenery, hospitality, value, etc – in any way fall short of what we have promised you to expect… we will give you a full refund straight away!
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Q: Why is it that you have no Sunday sailings?

A: Because we are only a small family run business, the same people are always on duty… and we need a day off!! We love to work but it can get tiring and it is great to have a day a week to rest – I’m sure you understand. Also, we like to keep Sundays free to give those who work for us the opportunity to get to church services and enjoy worship.
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Misty Isle Boat Trips, Sealladh na Mara, Elgol, Isle of Skye, IV49 9BL Tel: 01471866288 Email: contact@mistyisleboattrips.co.uk