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Aquaxplore - our Exhilarating Wildlife and sightseeing trips


 

All trips are now available 7 days a week

...and run to the end of October!

Trip Times: 9.15am 10.45am 12.15pm 2.00pm 3.30pm 5.00pm

Earlier and later times by arrangement.

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A flexible service with a great choice of trips and times

Short 1½ hr trips, 3hr, 4½, 6hr, 8hr all day trips, one way trips.

Great value - concessions and group discounts available

To book please go to our Boat Trips page

or Telephone 0800 731 3089 or 01471 866244

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FLEXITICKETS - If you are not sure about the weather or your plans...then book a Flexiticket to guarantee your seat and confirm your trip day later.

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GIFT VOUCHERS NOW AVAILABLE

Vouchers are available for Bella Jane and AquaXplore trips.

For details and to order please click here.

WEATHER & TRIP ADVICE FOR THE WEEK AHEAD -

Click here for the week's weather forecast

Current Trip Advice - week from Saturday 27th July

A slightly mixed start to the week for weather with some rain forecast for Saturday although brighter on Sunday. Windier weather is forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday and if this proves correct sailings may be affected on those days. Please call us to check.

SOME RECENT COMMENTS FROM OUR GUESTBOOK:

"The highlight of our trip...a fabulous day we will remember forever"   "highly recommended..worth every penny"

"a fantastic day out...dolphins swimming with the boat"  

"the most magical experience I have ever had"

Our Quality Promise: As a Tourist Board assured 4 star attraction and a member of ASVA (the best visitor attractions in Scotland) we are committed to providing the highest quality service and standards.  In particular, we take great care to ensure that our website information and all promotional material gives a truthful and accurate representation of our services and of what visitors will see and experience on our tours, especially as regards wildlife sightings.

Wildlife on the trip to Loch Coruisk: Seeing the seals is virtually guaranteed but please remember that you are unlikely to see Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Whales or Puffins on this trip although we have occasional sightings each year. We do however have regular sightings on our AquaXplore trips which go further offshore. Please see our "Wildlife Update" opposite and the Questions page for more information. 

We offer a unique wildlife "No Hype" Money Back Guarantee -

this means if you do not see the wildlife we promised you will get your money back. So you can rely on us to tell you truthfully what wildlife will be seen.

About us : Bella Jane Boat Trips was established in 1992, is a locally owned and run family business and is the only boat trip service that has operated in Elgol throughout the last 20 years.  Another operator’s website which claims to be the “only locally owned and run boat trips in Elgol” and to have been operating for 40 years (having commenced in 2005) is not Bella Jane Boat Trips and is not in any way associated with Bella Jane Boat Trips.  Please remember - our boat the “Bella Jane” is the blue (and white) boat,  our booking office is blue and all our staff wear blue (and red) uniform.

Bella Jane Boat Trips (and AquaXplore) is a member of Wild Scotland the wildlife operators association and is a "WiSe" wildlife safe accredited operator

Contact us by email (see link above) or on:

0800 731 3089 or 01471 866244

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No visit to the Isle of Skye is complete without a trip on the award winning Bella Jane, the only regular fulltime service from Elgol to Loch Coruisk and the longest running boat trip in Elgol and the Isle of Skye - Running 7 days a week 7 months of the year for the past 23 years*. Tourist Board quality approved and offering a unique choice of trips to suit your requirements, we guarantee an unforgettable experience!

Let us transport you to one of Scotland's most isolated and breathtaking lochs, Loch Coruisk, set in the heart of the stunningly beautiful Cuillin mountains. Coruisk has fascinated visitors for generations and deservedly enjoys a magical and mysterious reputation, even in changeable weather. During the journey to the loch we'll visit the famous Seal colony as well as glimpsing a variety of other wild and sea life (see Wildlife note below).

Spend time ashore exploring Loch Coruisk or simply relax beside the Coruisk river, enjoying the magnificent scenery and overwhelming tranquillity of this truly unique and unforgettable location.

Our boat & Facilities: the "Bella Jane" is a safe modern and seaworthy vessel licenced for full offshore operation and with a comprehensive range of safety equipment. It is a Lochin 38, a classic design built to the highest possible standards and with all the facilities you should expect for your safety and comfort including on-board toilet, all-weather canopy, indoor wheelhouse seating and shower capes - for those occasional changeable weather days!

Unique service and flexibility - choose whatever type and length of trip suits you from 1½ hours to a full day (8hrs) and with our flexitrip if you change your mind you can return earlier or later if you wish. All our trips (return and one-way) include free a choice of freshly made hot and cold refreshments, and snacks are also available. We believe you will find this is a boat trip like no other!

To see our choice of trips click the BOAT TRIPS link at the top of the page.

AquaXplore boat trips from Elgol, Isle of Skye - Exhilarating Wildlife and Sightseeing tours

DOLPHINS!... SHARKS!

WHALES!... PUFFINS!

THE BEST FOR WILDLIFE...

For fantastic Wildlife and Sightseeing adventures on our AquaXplore boats around the remote Small Isles of Canna, Rum, Eigg and Soay, click on the logo or the link above!

 

CURRENT WILDLIFE.   The good sightings continue!!

Minke Whales.. Puffins.. Dolphins.. Sea Eagles...

It is peak wildlife period for our AquaXplore wildlife trips out to the Isles of Canna, Soay and Rum (Trip 4). Our regular (almost daily) sightings of dolphins and whales are continuing. The ever popular Puffins are at Canna still, although numbers of all the birds are now dropping as the nesting season comes towards its end. Sea Eagles and/or Golden Eagles are still very regular sightings on most trips to Canna/Rum.

As usual our trips to Loch Coruisk on the Bella Jane are seeing good numbers of common seals as well as the usual seabirds. The common seals at Coruisk have now had their pups too.

Date: 26th July 2014

 

WILDLIFE - WHAT WILL YOU SEE? We are pleased to be able to take our visitors to experience the great range of wildlife that we have in this area.

All trips on the Bella Jane to Loch Coruisk see the seals and usually in very good numbers - up to 150 or more on sunny days! Seabirds also of course and occasionally some cetaceans (dolphins/whales) and basking sharks. Our AquaXplore trips, especially to Canna, Rum, & Eigg normally see regular sightings (NB in the main wildlife months) of dolphins, whales, and basking sharks. Most AquaXplore trips throughout the season include Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles, and many types of seabirds together with Grey and Common seals. Occasionally we are fortunate to see more exotic creatures - such as Sunfish , Sperm Whales or even Orca/killer whales!

Dont forget, our half day AquaXplore trips cover a distance of 35 to 40 miles in total so you get the best chance to encounter a great range of wildlife!                                          

      

Climbers & Walkers:  Staying at the JMCS hut?....or want an earlier start time or just a convenient choice of times in or out?

Our "Early Bird" service now means you can go into or out from Coruisk at virtually any time of the day - Ideal for climbers, walkers or if you are staying at the JMCS hut. Perfect for a day on the Dubh Ridge or ridge traverses. Please see our boat trips pages or email us for details of these services. We can offer you a truly flexible service at a great price.

Have you seen the great new guidebook on the Cuillin by Mike Lates of "Skyeguides"? Go to his website here for information on this and the range of year-round services available for climbers and walkers.

* weather and conditions permitting

 

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