Calum's Seal Trips Plockton Reviews
Calum's Seal Trips Jul 27, 2010
Calum is a man with a seal tour boat who is based in Plockton, a very pretty town not far from Skye in the Highlands. He has been running the tours for quite a long time, and also goes further out into the loch to take people to see the two dolphins who have moved into the area. He won’t take any money from you until you have seen a seal.
The boat is a nice boat with a viewing platform deck and a sheltered indoor deck, in case the weather turns nasty. The indoor deck has a little bar and a kettle, but on a short trip you probably shouldn’t need either. There are all the safety things you’d expect. Calum does an interesting tour whilst you are out, telling you the history of some of the buildings you can see on the shore, anecdotes about the place where they built the oil rigs in the 1970s, and other interesting stories. Of course, the real attractions are the seals. They are obviously used to the boat, pretty much ignoring it, and you can get close enough to see the seals very clearly without upsetting them in any way. When we went, there were two young pups as well as four adults on one rock, and maybe half a dozen seals on another rock. They are absolutely gorgeous. The area is also a heronry, so there are plenty of grey herons about, and you can see jellyfish in the water and various seabirds. If you are really lucky you might see an otter, but I wasn’t.
We didn’t take the longer cruise out to see dolphins, but apparently they have been spotted most times he’s gone looking for them. They just live a bit further away from the town so it’s a two hour cruise rather than a one hour one. One hour seal cruises are £8 (July 2010) and £5 for children. You get close enough to take pictures with a normal camera, but I did wish I’d brought a pair of binoculars. The tour runs in the summer, and although I don’t think it is cancelled often, it wouldn’t go if the weather was dangerously windy or something like that.
There are also evening cruises, if you are staying in the area, and the Sula Mhor (the boat) is a licensed wedding venue.
If you have a small child with you, they might be allowed to steer the boat. It is at times like this I wish I was slightly younger!
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