SEALS in the water and on the rocks mostly common harbour seals but some grey seals can be seen
Otters may be sighted on any part of the trip along with many species of sea birds. Dolphins and porpoise are becoming more regular visitors. Visit our Wildlife page for an overview of some of the species we might see on the trip.
No two trips are exactly the same, but you will always get unrivalled opportunities to photograph Duncraig Castle from the sea. This is the castle built in 1863 by Sir Alexander Matheson and later owned by the Dobson family from Nottingham who were filmed by the BBC in 2004 (‘The Dobsons of Duncraig’). You will also hear a brief part of its history in our commentary. The castle was sold to new owners in 2009 and starts a new life as a B&B and conference centre.
When the tide is high enough, we sail round Heron Island (Eilean na Creag Duibhe), which is covered in Scots Pine and is a heronry. Heron Island is said to have inspired J M Barrie as the setting for the ‘Island of the Lost Boys’ in Peter Pan. Barrie passed by many times when he travelled on the train to Kyle en-route to the Outer Hebrides for his holidays.
The railway line from Inverness to Kyle runs along the shore line — think about the effort that went into building this line with all the huge rock cuttings. The trains run daily and you might be lucky enough to see the ‘Royal Scotsman’ train that comes regularly during the summer.
With the weather, the views and trip will change. On a good day, everywhere you look you will have stunning views. On a bad day the scenery can be more atmospheric, from the magnificent Applecross Mountains and Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle, the highest road in the shortest distance in Britain), to the awe-inspiring Cuillin Range on the Isle of Skye and north to the Torridon Mountains.
The trip always finishes with a tour of the harbour, giving you the chance to get some fantastic photographs of Plockton from the sea. If you want to know anything about Hamish Macbeth or ‘The Wicker Man’, please ask. Maybe you saw Calum in Hamish Macbeth . . . if you didn’t blink!