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“What an afternoon”

Misty Isle Boat Trips
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Elgol
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“What an afternoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

We took a trip to Canna on the Eilean a Cheo. First we dropped some people off on the Isle of Rum and then proceeded to Canna. Thomas, the skipper, got the kettle on straight away for hot drinks and made them for anyone that wanted them. The weather towards Rum changed and most people stood in the sheltered bit by the wheelhouse - those of us that chose to stay outside were given waterproof capes.
We went around by some cliffs (possibly on the end of Rum) where we saw a golden eagle, kittiwakes and puffins. Then we were dropped off on Canna. There is a little café there where everybody chose to go and have something to eat.
We then went back to Rum to pick up the people that spent the afternoon there. As we were approaching Elgol someone thought they saw the fin of a minkie whale. Thomas turned the engines off and after studying it through binoculars we were told it was an Orca. We followed it at a distance always staying well away from it - but imagine our joy when it changed course and it came over to us to have a look!
After watching this gorgeous animal for ages we decided it was time to go back. The trip should have been for four hours but Thomas let us stay out longer to watch something we may never see again and it lasted over six. I would like to thank Misty Isle Boat Trips for this as some companies may have stuck to the timetable and we would not have so long to watch.

Visited July 2014
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“Another world”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

Great guide, gorgeous scenery, so many seals, and then we landed near loch curuisk. A short hike put us in the land that time forgot; I half expected dinosaurs to appear.

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Fraserburgh, United Kingdom
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“SImply the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

This trip was the highlight of our time in Skye, and that says something as Skye has so much wonderful things to see and do, which we managed to do some over our week in Skye. We took the trip from Elgol harbour on the Misty Isle boat called Eilean a Cheo which means Island of Mist or Misty Isle.
We wanted to go to Rum and choose this trip as it just felt right, there are so many ways we could of gone to Rum, so glad I stuck with my gut instinct.
The trip out to Rum was brilliant, steady and fast, I had no concerns for my two children and felt we were in safe hands. We had a great time ashore on Rum, we had four hours before the boat came back with the other passengers who choose to visit Canna and see the Puffins and other wildlife.
We were picked up and had a hot drink and biscuit which was very nice and then what did we see, a ORCA.!!! The excitement was incredible for all on board, and Thomas the skipper steered us towards this incredible sight, we tracked it and were side by side so close that we heard it as it surfaced many times. Even though it was the homeward journey as we had all had our trips the boat keep going and we had so much fun and we in awe of this magnificent site and felt so privileged to have witnessed this animal before it made its way out to sea.
We were really impressed by this family lead company, they make you feel so welcome from the time we arrived until we left and we just wished we could of stayed longer on Skye so we could experience some of their other boat trips.
We will definitely be back and will choose the Misty Isle Boat Trips every time, they are worth every penny. Thank you Thomas and Seamus for being just great hosts, you made all your visitors very happy indeed.

Visited August 2014
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Stoke Gabriel, United Kingdom
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“Such lovely people, and a wonderful trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

Took the Canna trip with Thomas as skipper. The business is run by a local family with history in this business, and it shows with the warmth shown and knowledge of the scenery and waters.
We had an alternative choice of a fast rib for this same trip, but felt that a more leisurely and comfortable boat would allow us to see more, and also enjoy the hot drinks and biscuits offered during the crossing to Canna!
A small but important point to note is that with freedom to move around the boat we could take in every view, including the stunning view back to the Cuillins on Skye on the outward crossing. We could also move around the boat to observe and photograph the Minke Whale, Sea Eagle, Dolphins and Puffins spotted during the full afternoon trip.
The 1 hour stop over on Canna was delightful, and the bacon roll from the Canna cafe hit the spot nicely!
Thomas was a great skipper, full of local info and very knowledgeable. His coffee wasn't too bad either!
A highly recommended excursion to see the amazing wildlife around Skye and the nearby small isles.

Visited July 2014
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Bellshill, United Kingdom
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“Misty Isle Boat Trips - the best in Elgol - highly recommended!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

The Misty Isle boat trips are run by Seamus Mackinnon, his wife and son and are easily the best boat trips in Elgol. Seamus is local and he and his staff give all the visitors a great welcome. They know all the facts about Elgol, the small isles and Loch Coruisk and give a very informative commentary while the boat is sailing. The boat itself is a lovely traditional wooden boat unlike the fibreglass boats and RIBS of the competition. Loch Coruisk can be wet and muddy so it is advisable to take good footwear, ideally wellingtons.
After the visit all tourists get a cup of tea or juice and some shortbread on the boat before heading back to Elgol. A lovely finishing touch to the day. Highly recommended.

Visited July 2014
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