Wildlife Walker

Stein – Waternish Point (drop off & walk back)

A wild and wonderful day out, and a chance to thoroughly stretch your legs on the way back. Lochbay is the perfect location for viewing common seals and in the summer months their suckling pups. The area is designated a Special Area of Conservation for common seals. Hauled out and on the rocks they are easy to spot. Also breeding grounds for gulls, eider duck, geese and cormorant there is endless nesting, feeding and rearing activity to watch. As we sail toward Ardmore Arches we'll encounter colonies of fulmar, common & black guillemot, and cormorant while watching the skies you may see a sea eagle fishing for its young. Further out to sea we may encounter porpoise, dolphin and whale and closer to Waternish Point may encounter basking shark. It was here Bonnie Prince Charlie hid on Sunday 29th June 1746 after being rowed across the Minch by Flora MacDonald while fleeing capture after Culloden.

Go ashore at the Fairy Steps and watch the horizons again for fantastic sealife spotting opportunities while you really stretch your legs and walk out on the xkm walk that discovers the heritage of Waternish, abandoned villages, brochs and duns, Trumpan Church and battlefields as you walk back to Stein for a well deserved long cold drink and dinner, as the renowned Waternish sunset goes down!

Days: Daily, although subject to tide and weather.
Departing At:vary weekly to optimise wildlife opportunities, updated weekly here
Duration: 1¾ hrs
Time Ashore: walk back
Cost: £28.00
Drop off position: Dependant on tide, main boat may go alongside or by inflatable boat from main boat - 3ft ladder from main boat
NG 239 668 , Lat 57.605281, Long -6.630649
Concession: Senior Citizen/Student 10% discount
More information: Group charter/discount may be possible
Complimentary information brochures at ticket office
Map links: Google

Stein - Coral beach (drop off and walk back)

Take the 30 min boat trip across Lochbay to Coral Beach. Designated a Special Area of Conservation for common seals, it is the perfect location for viewing them and in the summer months their suckling pups. Hauled out and on the rocks they are easy to spot. As the islands are breeding grounds for gulls, eider duck, cormorant, and greylag & barnacle geese there is endless nesting, feeding and rearing activity to watch. Numerous other seabirds can be seen including kittiwake, common and black gulliemot, gannets and sometimes puffin. Looking skyward the sea eagle may be spotted as it hunts to feed its young. From Coral Beach walk back around the coast past Lovaig bay, under 'Sgurr a bhagh' to Bay, across the burn and back up the path to the B886, for a leisurely walk back to Stein.

Days: By arrangement
Departing At:10.00am
Duration: 1¾ hrs
Time Ashore: walk back
Cost: £10.00
Drop off position: By inflatable boat from main boat - 3ft ladder from main boat
Concession: Senior Citizen/Student 10% discount

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