Brigadoon Sea Eagle and Wildlife Boat Trips

Brigadoon Sea Eagle and Wildlife Boat Trips

Brigadoon Sea Eagle and Wildlife Boat Trips
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The MV Brigadoon and her crew have been operation out of Portree since 1996 being the first to bring sea eagle feeding to the UK public. During your trip you will experience one of Scotland's premier wildlife attractions, the sea eagle along with other various sea birds, seals, porpoise, dolphins and whales. Photography trips and full and half day private hires are also available on request.
Portree, Scotland
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divefan
St. Helena, CA618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
The boat was nice because it was clean, and the seating on top (sorry, not a boat person), had a good elevation and a large, padded seating area, which made for great bird viewing. It seemed to be the best among the other boats we saw. Other people on other boats had to stand up, or there wasn’t even a top part.

My husband is a serious birder, and apparently this and Norway are the only locations to bag a white tailed eagle for a life bird. Hubby was ecstatic.

The skipper (Nigel)was pleasant, but it was really Dave with whom we interacted, and I sensed that he was passionate about the eagles, and went the extra mile to make sure we got a good look. Indeed, for me, even as a “bird widow”, seeing an eagle soaring down to the water, was a high point in my Scotland trip.

To see the eagles when they are perched on the cliff side, having access to binoculars really helps to get in more viewing time. Dave had some good binocs, but since we were alone, and of course hubby brought his own binoculars (don’t leave home without ‘em), I don’t know how many pairs they have on board.

Didn’t see sea mammals, although we went to where they might be and looked around. But the sea eagle will be forever embedded in my memory.
Written 1 July 2018
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BeeRee67
New York100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
We had perfect weather the day we went out on the boat; 70 and sunny and no wind. We saw two sets of eagles and several seals. We didn't get to see any porpoises though. The scenery from the boat was just incredible.
Written 12 October 2017
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Laura M
Colne, UK539 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Can't fault this trip! It was fabulous! The boat was beautiful and the crew members were top blokes! Came as a special outing with my boyfriend, our dog, and my mum & dad. We all thoroughly enjoyed it! We were lucky enough to see a sea eagle and seals! I just missed seeing the porpoises. Would've definitely loved to have gone out again on another day had we been staying nearer to Portree. Excellent value for money! Thank you so much!
Written 29 August 2017
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Skirge T
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
We spent a week on Skye and went out four times with Beigadoon Boat Trips. WE CAANOT RECOMEND THEM HIGHLY ENOUGH! They went above and beyond to make our trips out so special evedy timel very friendly and helpful. Even our dog felt so welcome lol For £20 per person it is a total bargain, just remember these are wild animals so they will bot always play ball, the weather is also a thing that cannot be controled. I say ring about 8pm the night before you are hoping to go out on a trip and you should be able to get on one.
Written 27 August 2017
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citybreaker32
Dorset, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Had a great 2 hour trip out of Portree harbour on the Brigadoon. Actually it wasn't the Brigadoon it was the Spindlethrift because Brigadoon was being repaired.. it was a nice boat comfortable with all the usual health and safety stuff.
Skipper Peter was very informative and managed the boat well. With his help we saw two sea eagles on the outbound trip although neither was in a mood to be tempted by the lure. We pressed on and saw a colony of seals basking on the sun. We turned around to go back and someone shouted "they're flying" and we spent the next half an hour tracking around the bay watching these magnificent creatures soaring high on the thermals.
As if that wasn't enough Peter found a pod of porpoises out on a fishing trip.
Peter was also very informative about Skye and the other islands .
Thoroughly recommend.
Written 23 August 2017
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Onceawaitress
Haywards Heath, UK525 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
We had been recommended to use this company, and the reviews were good here, so we tried to book by phone before we went. They said they were having trouble with their boat so not taking bookings - fair enough. When we got to Skye we called again and they said yes they could take us out at 4pm. When we arrived we were actually put on another boat firm, Spindrift, along with about 10 other people. It was the last trip of the day, and it was starting to rain so not best conditions, but the boat owner/guide didn't really seem interested in his paying guests, but more so in a couple of lady friends who had also come aboard. He took us to on point where the Sea Eagle obviously usually are and we could just make one out amongst the trees. Then we drove around a bit but saw nothing else. Now I know that's the nature of wildlife, you can't guarantee sightings, but we felt the Captain could have talked to us about what the do see sometimes, the local area, a bit of history or stories..anything really! At the end we handed over £50 and felt cheated.
Written 22 August 2017
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Dave B
London, UK213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We booked by email fairly late, having checked the weather forecast, and got a prompt reply saying we were on the 'Spindrift' rather than the 'Brigadoon', which was fine. It ended up as the skipper and the two of us plus 3 families from Shanghai (who all had excellent English). Soon after leaving Portree we saw a perched Golden Eagle which then flew and a second appeared overhead. Then after scanning the hillside, 2 Sea Eagles sitting in a tree. Sailing on we briefly watched a Porpoise, then 2 further Sea Eagles which soared right overhead before landing. There were also Puffins, Guillemots and a Black Guillemot. The skipper was friendly, knowledgeable, and even let the Chinese kids have a (brief) go on the tiller which made their day!
Written 11 August 2017
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Melvyn R
Norwich, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Wonderful boat tour. Skipper (Peter) was friendly, interesting and informative. Saw the Sea Eagles and then Peter spotted a porpoise and changed the 'routine' tour to follow a pod of Dolphins for over 1 hour. Fantastic!
Written 9 August 2017
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Flip
Vleuten, The Netherlands1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
We went on the boat tour on a beautiful day in July. Even if we hadn't seen all the wildlife we saw, it would still have been a great tour. The three people on the boat (incl. the captain and the wildlife guide) were very friendly and helpful in explaining things to us. We were really lucky to have seen all the animals you could have imagined on this tour: two white-tailed eagles, a large school of porpoises (type of dolphin) swimming alongside the boat, seals, gannets diving for mackerel and a minke whale! We would really recommend this boat out of the ones available in Portree as it allows you to be either on the top part or on the front deck for great views. The deck provided us with an awesome view of the porpoises swimming alongside the boat. It felt like you could almost touch them. Really nice experience! We would definitely choose this boat again if we come back to Skye.
Written 17 July 2017
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miles28270
Florida61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
I signed up for the photography tour, which took place first thing in the morning. We found parking just up the hill from the dock. Our guide was Peter and he was great. He was really good with my 1.5 year old daughter. So much so that she still remembers him a year later. Peter was an avid photographer as well, so he did his best to position us in a manner to get great photographs. When we arrived upon the first sea eagle it was high up on the cliff. Then Peter pulled out some fish from his cooler. I didn't realize that they had a license to feed the eagles. He presented the fish high and threw it in the water. Soon after the Sea Eagle came swooping down from the mountain top to get the fish. It was a really cool to watch and photograph. We saw four eagles during our trip and were able to get two to come down to the water to grab fish. We saw a few other birds on the trip including a Skua and a seal on the ride in. It is definitely a trip worth taking and if you have a group of 4 or more it is well worth renting out the entire boat for the photo tour in the morning.
Written 18 June 2017
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