Back for a third year, the fantastic boat trips on the Tay will open on 16 May, taking in Willowgate, Elcho Castle, Kinnoull Hill and Broughty Ferry.
From May 16th to September local people and visitors can indulge in a little time on the water, discovering the wildlife and glorious sights of the River Tay as they go. Check out last year's gallery of happy boat trippers!
Trips include a return sailing from Broughty Ferry Harbour to the pontoon near the Fergusson Gallery in Perth. This really nice day trip allows folks to spend a couple of hours in Perth city centre, enjoying something to eat, doing alittle shopping at all the fabulous Perth Indies or sightseeing their way around Perth Museum and Art Gallery or the nearby Fergusson Gallery.
In addition to the fantastic views and sounds from the river, travelers may also be lucky enough to see some of the river’s wildlife like ospreys, seals and otters.The others are more of a steady sail down the river, with a trip departing from Willowgate Activity Centre offering views of Elcho Castle and Kinnoull Hill, from the river. Our top tip is to plan a few hours and make time to have one of their amazing home made cakes at the Willowgate café - or if you're feeling sporty, book an activity.
Simon Clarke, Chairman of the Tay & Earn Trust is looking forward to another busy season: “The Trust is proud to work together with Perth and Kinross Council to bring our two types of river trips to the public once again this year.
“It is our hope that the river journeys allow locals and visitors alike to gain unique experiences by discovering the nature and wildlife in and around the River Tay through our fun and educational trips.
“We encourage travelers to bring a picnic on the journey and sit back and enjoy the commentary of the knowledgeable crew about the river and surroundings. In addition to the fantastic views and sounds from the river, travelers may also be lucky enough to see some of the river’s wildlife like ospreys, seals and otters.”
Now in its third year, the boat trips are the result of collaboration between Perth & Kinross Council and the Tay & Earn Trust, designed to promote the regeneration and use of the city's key waterway from two seasonal pontoons, one located near the Fergusson Gallery in Perth city centre and the other at Willowgate Activity Centre, 15 minutes down river.
Due to the tidal nature of the river, the trips will run at different times, which means you can get out and experience the beauty of the Silvery Tay at various hours of the day; from first thing in the morning to early evening, the skies, views and wildlife can change dramatically. This may be a tourist attraction, but it is a real boon for us locals too!
Booking is now open for trips from 16 May to 15 September. It is also possible to book in person at Willowgate Activity Centre.
Depending on the choice of trip, prices start at £15 for a 50 minute return trip. Under 3s go free and concessions are available.
Set sail from the Willowgate Activity Centre along the River Tay to catch a glimpse of Elcho Castle. Pack a picnic, bring a bottle and sit back and enjoy the comfort of the Badger. This trip lasts approximately 50 minutes and will return to the Willowgate Activity Centre where you will disembark.
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