Exciting news from Wednesday 15th July we will be operating one or two trips per day, the diary is open for bookings 🙂 There are some temporary changes at the moment in line with current Scottish Government guidance, but this is changing regularly and we will update our working practices accordingly.

At the moment our trips will be private charters with a maximum of 8 people per trip, from a maximum of 2 households; appropriate 2m distancing between groups must be maintained at all times, this is possible on the outside deck space. Distancing is YOUR responsibility.  Extended family groups where one other person has joined a family are also permitted. If anything is not clear please ring us for a chat.

You can choose from trips of 2 hours @ £200, 3-4 hours @ £300 or up to 6 hours @ £500. Destination can also be determined by you, depending on the length of trip, tides and weather.  We will only operate 1 long or 2 shorter trips per day to ensure the boat is thoroughly cleaned between family groups. The list of additional information/requirements is below, please make sure you are happy to comply before booking.

We look forward to welcome you aboard soon…….

Etive Explorer Additional Information during Covid19 Restrictions

Groups will be escorted by the Skipper from the designated meeting area to the boat and back to the meeting area after the trip.

Hand sanitising gel will be provided and it is compulsory to use it before going onboard.

Full safety briefing & further Covid19 related procedures will be given by the Skipper before setting off.

No refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks.

No binoculars will be available for sharing, so don’t forget to bring some.

Passengers will not be allowed past the dividing tape in the wheelhouse and a maximum of 2 passengers in the cabin at any time. It is essential that your own face covering is worn when inside the cabin or wheelhouse.

The WC will be available to use when we are at sea; hand sanitiser and paper towels will be provided. The toilet will be deep cleaned between trips.

Trips must be prepaid by card before the trip by calling the office 01631 565633. This is fully refundable if we have to cancel your trip.

We are required to keep your contact number for Scottish Government/NHS contact tracing purposes.

We are unable to use the landing craft at the moment due to social distancing.

We have tried to ensure that your trip is as safe as possible, we are following all the relevant advice provided by the Scottish Government. However it is also your responsibility to keep you and your family safe by following our procedures and accepting any potential coronavirus risks involved in taking a trip on the Etive Explorer.

May 2020: Update

Still out of the water and waiting patiently to get back to work and resuming trips as soon as we can.
Have been sorting through photographs of our last season and here are a few of the highlights for you.


Private Trip to Staffa July 2019
Dolphins off Coll July 2019
Puffin at sea!

2020 Season Update

Our season will be delayed this year due the current Government restrictions as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.  We had been working on the boat during March, in preparation for launching our 2020 season in time for Easter. So apart from a quick coat of paint we are ready to go as soon as possible after the restrictions are over. We will post updates here and on our facebook page as soon as the situation changes.

Here is a picture of the boat taken on a private trip to the Garvellachs last season.

Stay safe everyone.

Etive Explorer from Garvellachs

End of Season 2019

The Etive Explorer was lifted out the water yesterday on to dry land at the marina for the winter.  We will be back and ready for trips late March/early April 2020.

Once again thanks to our regular customers for your continued support and to our new customers for choosing to take a trip with us this year. Hope to see you all again soon.

Best wishes from all at Etive Boat Trips 🙂

Trip Information: Monday 25th November – Sunday 1st December

We are still in the water and available for trips next week. Weather looking not too bad considering its the end of November, you just need to wrap up warm.

Monday 25th: 2 hour trip possible: call Chris to discuss.
Tuesday 26th: All trips available
Wednesday 27th: All trips available
Thursday 28th: Private Charter
Friday 29th: Private Charter
Saturday 30th: All trips available
Sunday 1st: All trips available….maybe the last trip of the season!

Trip Information: Monday 11th – Sunday 17th November

We have plenty availability this week, weather forecast not to bad for most of the week. We are looking for 2 more people for a Loch Etive trip on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Monday 11th: All trips available trips
Tuesday 12th: Provisional Loch Etive Trip
Wednesday 13th: Provisional Loch Etive Trip
Thursday 14th: Provisional Loch Etive Trip
Friday 15th: All trips available
Saturday 16th: Private Charter
Sunday 17th: Private Charter

Etive Explorer at Connel Bridge
Etive Explorer at Connel Bridge