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MV Stardust Boat Trips
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Owner description: Boat trips out into the bay of Portree to see seals, sea eagles etc.
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Absolutely brilliant - from start to finish can't recommend this enough from the girl who we spoke when we popped down to the harbour to enquire about booking the trip to the captain of the boat. Booth an absolute mine of local information. Saw seals but the absolute stars of the show were the sea eagles.

Thank Gem235
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We quite enjoyed our 90mins at sea but I'm really not sure I could ever recommend it.

The skipper started well for two minutes with safety and general info but then took an odd interest in our group (ignoring the other punters) and telling us how he'd once bought drugs in a town near where we live!

The commentary dried up very quickly replaced by a infrequenct repetition of excuses - we didn't expect wildlife to just turn up but this was dull commentary.

When we (one of my firends not the skipper) did spot the pair of Sea Eagles he then proceeded to inject a fish with air using a needle - I'm not ashamed to admit I was somewhat alarmed when I turned around to find him behind me with a needle and syringe in hand - the fish was then waved in the general direction of the Sea Eagle to try and coax it closer (it didn't). We were concerned about this practice - anyone know if it should be reported!?!

3  Thank mrtotes
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

We wanted to book with The Brigadoon wildlife boat trip but they wouldn't go out but the morning was carm and the weather ok so we traveled to Portree anyway, we saw MV stardust trip board and inquired, and booked up and an hour later we were on a boat, we saw two young Seaeagles far out, but the skipper kept circling and one came in, the skipper threw a fish out and the youngster flew in and grabbed it. Wow The skipper then sailled on further to where the adults nest and waved a fish around again and threw it out, one came down again, I got a great photo of him,. The skipper was very informative and we did get a glimst of a seal but other than the gulls there wasn't much else about. The trip was well worth the money but I suppose its luck on what ou get to see.

Thank Shevix
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

We have made an advanced booking for the Stardust Fishing Trip for our trip in Aug 12. Everything was confirmed, and we went to the port 10 min before 7pm on that day. We waited til 15min past 7pm, but no one showed up. Then, we saw someone wearing the Stardust blue uniform inside the bar of the Pier Hotel just across the road, so we went into the bar to find out. The person in uniform told us that the trip is not on, and failed to offer a good reason (the weather was good on that day). And, someone beside him just said ' Well, the fishing trip is cancelled because the skipper has started drinking!'. We were truly disappointed and upset by the way Stardust organized their trip. No email notification, no phone calls whatsoever to inform us about the change!! After that, I sent an email requesting an explanation but I did't get any reply. This is how unprofessional Stardust is. I'd advice you to stay away from Stardust. Go for other companies. I really regretted not choosing the other company which also provide fishing trip.

Thank Merlion42
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

We wanted to go on a few boat trips during our six night stay in Portree, so decided (despite trip advisor reviews) to try them our first day after lunch. We visited the harbour most days at some point during the rest of our holidays, and came to the conclusion that, to a certain extent, it was the luck of the draw ie luck of boat - see later) as to how good your experience was - and not just luck of the draw at to whether the wildlife was easy to find.

There are several skippers and two boats; MV Stardust and Skyelark. If you were on the latter, you got a good skipper who knows his stuff and interested in wildlife, on the former (we didn't experience but still came to the conclusion from watching and listening over our six days) you got someone (we saw at least three different skippers at different times!) that wanted to take you to see the sea eagle (if they were where they expected) and everything else was filling in.

Unfortunately you can't choose which boat you're on; the Stardust is first choice and only if there were enough people for both boats would they use the Skyelark too - and even then it was pot luck as to which they allocated you to. we were just lucky.

In 2012, the Sea Eagles failed at breeding due to bad weather and therefore weren't behaving in quite the usual way - which meant that they weren't always at the nest or nearby as they would normally be. This meant that the run to the nest site and back wasn't as successful as usual. The skipper of the Skyelark was interested generally in not just the sea eagles but also other wildlife and geology on Skye, and pointed out other interesting spots and wildlife. Although we saw the skipper of the Stardust showing a cave entrance with gannets nesting once or twice, we didn't see this every time - and on our last day watched him (from our viewpoint on the clifftop) literally motor straight to where they expected the eagles to be and back again. No detours, no slowing to try to see anything else; nothing.

Due to the above, we would therefore NOT recommend a boat trip with Stardust. Unfortunately you can't book specifically with the Skyelark (or we'd recommend this) as his boat (previously known as Lady B - now also part of the Stardust 'family empire' which includes the Harbour chip shop) only sails when there are enough people for two boats.

Startdust seemed to be almost aggressive in their desire to fill their boats over all others. They had signs all over the place, they parked their vans with logos down the harbour front, they took bookings at the chip shop but on days when they didn't expect to have enough bookings for their taste had someone standing closer to town also selling. We even saw that one company van was parked in front of a competitor's sign, effectively hiding it. That felt like they didn't want to 'play fair' and we weren't impressed with that.

We felt it was a shame that the skipper of the Skyelark was affiliated to Stardust, but as there were still noticeboards up at the harbour for his boat in its previous name of Lady B, this might have been the only way for him to survive. We felt he deserved a better reputation than the other boat, and yet he seemed to come 'second best' to their boat and skippers. We suspect that those better reviews for this company that are those that went on the Skyelark; it would be interesting to hear!

3  Thank IL0veSc0tland
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