Frequently Asked Questions

Where do the trips leave from?

Most of our trips leave from the East Loch Tarbert Marina and from West Loch Tarbert from time to time. Both locations are convenient for shops, bank, cafes and hotels and the Isle of Harris Distillery. Car parking and bus stops are close by.

For a more detailed map of Tarbert see Google maps.

What time of year do the trips run?

Commencing in April, our full trips schedule will run until late September. As our boat is custom designed with a heated cabin, we plan to run an amended schedule all year round. Autumn and winter can be a superb time to see the island from the sea and we invite you to contact us if you are visiting the island to see what we can offer.

Private charters and bespoke trips are available throughout the year on request.

How long are the trips?

We have a variety of short three or four hour trips and full day trips. Please see our sailing schedule for full details.

I have an issue with my mobility – are your trips for me?

With twin hulls our vessel is designed to be a stable and comfortable craft. We also have an access door on the starboard side to allow for wheelchair access from the pontoons in East Loch Tarbert.  For trips from West Loch Tarbert we use a dinghy to access the boat from the shore, therefore a degree of mobility is required. There is seating indoors and outdoors and our crew are happy to assist you to have the most enjoyable trip.

What do I need to bring on the day of my trip?

Dress warmly for the day, take a waterproof and ensure that you have suitable footwear, particularly if there is time ashore during your trip. We serve fresh tea, coffee and home baking, but you may wish to take a picnic with you. We provide fruit juice or water for children. A camera is a must and – for the optimist – sunscreen!

Is there a WC on board?

There are toilet facilities on the vessel.

If my trip has been cancelled – do I get a refund?

Yes. If we have to cancel due to weather or technical reasons you will be refunded in full.

What wildlife will I see?

Depending on the route of your trip and the time of year, you may see birds such as puffins, gannets, kittiwakes, golden eagles and white tailed sea eagles. Dolphins can be seen as well as seals and, occasionally, otters. On rare occasions orca and minke whales have been spotted west of the island. When we lift our creels you are likely to see brown crab, lobster, velvet crab, prawns, sea urchins or octopus.

Do you have any age restrictions on trips?

Absolutely none from the East Loch Tarbert marina as the boat can be accessed from pontoons.  For trips from West Loch Tarbert we use a dinghy to access the boat from the shore, therefore a degree of mobility is required. You may contact us to discuss your requirements.

Can I take my dog?

Unfortunately, we can not accept pets on our trips.

My question isn’t covered here; how can I contact you?

Get in touch by phone on 01859 502060 or email info@kildacruises.co.uk or call into our information centre in Tarbert and we will be happy to answer your queries.