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Gairloch Marine Life Centre & Cruises

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Address: The Pier Pier Road, Gairloch IV21 2BQ, Scotland
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+44 1445 712636
00:00 - 15:00
22:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 00:00 - 15:00
22:00 - 00:00

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Good trip despite wild life being awol.

The boat trip was very enjoyable, despite a shortage of wildlife. Dolphins were distant and the seal was asleep in the water. But it was a lovely afternoon and I got to see, from... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 September 2016
Peter M
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

The boat trip was very enjoyable, despite a shortage of wildlife. Dolphins were distant and the seal was asleep in the water. But it was a lovely afternoon and I got to see, from the boat, the mountain I climbed the day before. The skipper really knows hi stuff and, whilst mammals were scarce, I did see a couple of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We were very happy with the clean, well-equipped boat and the very experienced skipper on this cruise. There was seating for everyone. The history and geology of the area was as much. A topic for discussion as the local marine life, which was great for putting things in context. We learned of the changes happening in the area --certain sea-birds... More 

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Lancing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Went out with my family and a full boat load on a glorious afternoon. As with the majority of people who sign up for the trip you are expectig to see some wildlife - notably Dolphins! But the trip itself is a pleasure in its self. Such incredible scenery and a wealth of information at hand. As it was we... More 

Thank simon c
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

The tour guide and sailor is amazing. So knowledgeable and he has a real passion for all the animals!!!! We saw mine whale,seals and loads of dolphin who swum behind the boat it was great!!!! I would without a doubt recommend and should I return to Gairloch which I would like to I would definitely go again.

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Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdomii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

A good trip out in a boat. Ian, our skipper, is very knowledgable about the area and the marine wild life. We saw porpoises from a distance, common seals and sea birds. No dolphins or whales seen today but still enjoyable trip. Sailings are weather dependant.

Thank Myra W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We spent a wonderful two hours on Starquest in rain and mist out on Gairloch today. We had booked as two couples and felt as though we had booked a private charter as there was no one else with us and therefore we had the full run of the boat (all sides) to ourselves! Skipper Ian kept us fully informed... More 

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Feering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

We looked at various sea trips and this looked like the best value. It was originally meant to be 2 hours, but he asked us to get there early, so we could go out for longer, and were out almost 3 hours. The chap was really informative and interesting. Great trip

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

We had a lovely 2 and a half hour trip out on the boat. We saw lots of sea birds, seals and porpoises. Unfortunately we didn't see any whales or dolphins on this trip but would definitely go again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

No, we didn't manage to see eagles, divers, dolphins, or even the longed-for otter; but we saw some wonderful porpoises, seals, and seabirds; and everyone in our party agreed that this was one of the absolute highlights of our Gairloch stay this week. We basked in beautiful sunshine out in the bay, and all the while were enthralled by Ian's... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

Best decision of my holiday was going out with this tour. Firstly the funds go to the research done by the centre. secondly the boat is run on vegetable oil as it's better for the environment. Finally the route varies based on if something is spotted in the distance or has been showing in an area regularly, I went out... More 

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LindaandT0ny, Front Office Manager at Gairloch Marine Life Centre & Cruises, responded to this review

Many Thanks for taking the time to write us a glowing review we really appreciate it.The weather this season has been so unpredictable that it has made sightings etc a real challenge but the skipper is always determined to show you whatever is about in the best circumstances. I hope you will return again and let us show you more... More 

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