UPDATE: Scottish Government Guidance Reduction in Passenger Numbers

In line with revised Scottish Government guidance, from Monday 14th September we are reducing the maximum number of passengers to 6 adults from one family group per trip. Children under 12 are not included in the numbers so we can have larger family groups but ONLY from ONE household.

We are still sailing with reduced capacity, the trips remain the same and the prices per trip are below. Any question feel free to ring and discuss your options. Look forward to welcoming you on board soon.

Prices from 14th September 2020

2 hour trip to the Creag Islands for  1-4 Adults ~ £110: 5-6 Adults ~ £180

3 hour trip around Kerrera Island for 1-4 Adults ~ £180: 5-6 Adults ~  £240

4 hour trip around Lismore or up Loch Etive for 1-4 Adults ~ £240: 5-6 Adults ~ £300

5/6 hour trip up Loch Etive for 1-4 Adults ~ £360: 5-6 Adults~ £480

Bespoke Trips also Available Half Day (4/5 hours) ~ £300    Full day (up to 8 hours) ~ £500

Please see the previous post for our full Covid operating procedures, these remain the same.


UPDATE: Price Changes for 2020

We have made some changes to our pricing structure for this season, full details of the trips mentioned below are on the TRIPS section of the website. Trips will be private just for your family or family group, up to 8 people in total, you will have the boat to yourselves and your dog is welcome!

Prices from 15th July 2020

2 hour trip to the Creag Islands for  1-4 people ~ £110: 5–8 people ~ £180

3 hour trip around Kerrera Island for 1-4 people ~ £180: 5–8 people ~  £240

4 hour trip around Lismore or up Loch Etive for 1- 4 people ~ £240: 5–8 people ~ £300

5/6 hour trip up Loch Etive for 1 -4 people ~ £360: 5–8 people ~ £480

Bespoke Trips also Available Half Day (4/5 hours) ~ £300    Full day (up to 8 hours) ~ £500

There are some temporary changes to our operation in line with current Scottish Government guidelines, full details are in the previous post, the main changes are:- hand sanitiser before boarding; 2m distance between family groups; masks must be worn in the wheelhouse (you must provide your own); you must leave a contact number; trips are to be paid by card the day before and finally sorry we are unable to offer drinks and biscuits …..so please bring your own!

We have been awarded the Visit Scotland ‘Good to Go’ mark to assure you we are following government and industry COVID-19 guidelines for cleanliness and social/distancing.

Looking forward to seeing you soon….. 🙂



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 guidelines, but this is changing regularly and we will update our working practices accordingly.

At the moment our trips will be private charters for groups of up to 8. This can be just your family or two family groups of your choice or your extended family group. Appropriate 2m distancing between groups must be maintained at all times, this is possible on the outside deck space. Distancing is YOUR responsibility.  If anything is not clear please ring us for a chat.

You can choose trips of 2 hours from £110, 3 hours from £180, 4 hours from £240 or up to 6 hours from £300 depending on your group numbers. 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 the lead persons contact number for 21 days 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