Can you remember the first time you crossed a gangway onto a ship, and peered over the sides to see the white horses of the waves chasing the boat as you cruised deep blue waters? Crannog Cruises offers a wonderful family outing to capture children’s imagination and give them a chance to see some of Scotland’s wildlife in its natural environment.
Family Cruise: Wildlife Spotting
Our eagle-eyed skipper will help you keep a look-out for porpoise and otters during the cruise to Black Rock, where you can regularly see a colony of seals. From the comfort of Souters Lass you can often catch a glimpse of red deer on the surrounding hills; herons, oyster catchers, cormorants, black guillemots, and eider ducks can also be spotted in their home environment – and sometimes even a golden or sea eagle.
“The captain was friendly and gave us loads of info without droning on.”
Cruising past the local salmon farm is a source of delight for children too, as they get to see the salmon jumping out of the water.
Also a rainy day activity
A cruise on Loch Linnhe is still a great family activity even on the ‘occasional’ rainy day we get here in Fort William: Souters Lass has an enclosed seating area at the stern, as well as a cosy bar area with windows close to the waterline – all the better for possibly spotting those porpoise fins!
In the bar area you’ll also find colouring sheets that will help kids identify our local wildlife, as well as coloured pens and pencils.
For mum and dad, the bar serves hot drinks, or something a little stronger if required!
Popular boat trip with Fort William schools
“We had a good time on the cruise and for some of the pupils it was the first time they had ever been on a boat. Now they all want to do it again!”
Class Teacher, Banavie Primary School
“Thank you for taking us to Seal Island. I liked colouring the wildlife picture. I liked looking at the seals. I liked looking at the fish farm.”
Erin, Primary 3, Banavie Primary School