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“Boat trip good, wildlife.....missing!!!”
Review of Crannog Cruises

Crannog Cruises
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Owner description: Enjoy this fantastic cruise under the slopes of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, onboard the historic vessel Souters Lass. The Skipper gives an entertaining and informative commentary as the boat cruises past a salmon farm, mussel farm and on to view Black Rock where seals can be seen most of the year. Look out from our deck or from our cosy viewing lounge for porpoise, otters and all kinds of sea birds and red deer.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 24, 2013

A very nice trip up and down Loch Linnhe, but I think we could have had a better day weather wise. We left the quayside in sunny conditions albeit a bit windy, but the clouds and mist came in and Ben Nevis disappeared.
The boat ride was fun. We sat on deck and got blown around, and even came close to a soaking when the boat must have hit a small wave. The trip took us to a salmon farm ( salmon leaping) and a mussel farm and we then headed across the Loch to find seals, but unfortunately it wasn't the right day and there were none. This of course was not the fault of the crew, it's just your luck and I notice that another reviewer saw quite a bit of wildlife, so you take your chance.
The crew brought out blankets to keep us warm ( it was only July of course!!!!) and we had a good commentary for what we did see. The boat's skipper had good local knowledge even to the extent that when we docked he said "It will be raining in Fort William in about a quarter of an hour"....and it was!
I think that a good day would be better to take this cruise if you want to see more wildlife, but for an ordinary cruise on the Loch I would recommend that you tried Crannog.

Thank Joe W
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Unfortunately the weather was not great so we didn't really see much! But I still really enjoyed it. The commentary was good and clear, they serve a good cup of tea and were very helpful and friendly. They even had spare fleeces in case you got too cold! If you're visitinf Fort William then I'd say this is worth doing.

1  Thank terark99
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CrannogRest, Marketing Coordinator at Crannog Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your trip aboard our cruise boat, Souters Lass. We’re delighted that you enjoyed so much about our trip. It’s lovely to see that the staff were so helpful. Your kind comments will be passed on to our cruise team.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We mainly went on this boat trip on our 3 y.o. son's request. He loved every minute of it! It was a sunny day, but bare in mind it gets really windy!!! It takes 1:30 min and you can have beautiful views of the hills and Ben Nevis (you can spot the Grey Elephant), you pass the salmon & mussels farm and if you're lucky you'll see a couple of seals and maybe some small dolphins! Would definitely make that trip again! Oh, and the staff are really wonderfull

1  Thank kikimatza
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We stayed in Fort William for a week and decided to go on this boat trip. As the weather was inclement it was extremely breezy but i was happily surprised to see the crew bringing Scottish tartan blankets around for all passengers! A very nice touch. The crew were extremely friendly, and they were happy to allow my dog on board. There was a good commentary (when we could hear it over the wind!) and lovely views. Sadly we didn't see much wildlife - only deer on a far away hill - but its always hit and miss with such trips. If i'm back in the area when its sunny i would do it again. £12.50 for 1.5hr trip was a fair price.

1  Thank Fionaandcez
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

went on a fab sunny day and had a lovely hour and a half . Just perfect amount of commentary and chat. Weather so beautiful we stayed on deck but there was a covered area down below. Saw deer , seals lots of birds. Great value

5  Thank Ilkleyrachel
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CrannogRest, Marketing at Crannog Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded April 12, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review your trip aboard Souter’s Lass.

We are thrilled that you had such a lovely time and that the weather was so sunny, and it’s great that you saw such a variety of wildlife.

We do hope to welcome you back again and maybe next time you can enjoy one of our evening cruises, to see the sunset over Loch Eil with Ben Nevis as a backdrop.

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