Wildlife Boat Trips

We offer a fantastic range of boat trips around the islands in the Firth of Forth from Easter to Autumn (April to early October). Look out for different seabirds and marine wildlife throughout the seasons. Boat trips for 2022 can be booked online through the links below or call us on 01620 890 202. Sadly, avian flu has been confirmed in gannets from the Bass Rock colony and you may notice more dead seabirds along the coastline than usual at this time of year. Although the risk to humans is very low please do not touch ill or dead seabirds. Ill birds should be reported to the SSPCA by calling 03000 999 999 and dead bird should be reported to DEFRA 03459 335577.

Isle of May boat trips

Experience the wonders of national nature reserve, the Isle of May, with our landing trips. A guide will be on hand to answer questions and tours are available on request. In spring and early summer the island becomes a teeming seabird city with thousands of seabirds returning to breed, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes and shags. Weather permitting your return trip will also include travelling around the incredible Bass Rock, the world's largest Northern gannet colony. Our RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) are unsuitable for anyone with back and or neck problems or who is pregnant.

Adult: £50 Child (7+ only): £42 Duration: 4 hours, with at least 2.5 hours on the island

Gannet Diving Photography Trips

These boat trips are designed for those who want the chance to capture the classic diving gannet shot as they enter the water just off the Bass Rock.

Adult (+16 only): £95 Duration: 2 hours

Three Islands Seabird Seafari

These exhilarating wildlife boat trips leave North Berwick Harbour and head out around the islands of the Lamb, Craigleith and of course the famous Bass Rock. Enjoy seeing a range of amazing wildlife in its natural habitat. Seasonal highlights include puffins, guillemots, gannets and if you’re really lucky you might even spot dolphins. Please note our RIBs (rigid inflatable boats) are unsuitable for anyone with back and or neck problems or who is pregnant. Please bring your own waterproofs.

Adults: £32 Children (+7): £22 Duration: 1:15

Visit our Discovery Experience and explore the diverse marine life Scotland's seas support, from our incredible deep sea corals and kelp forests to playful marine mammals and giant seabird cities.

Avian Flu
East Lothian Council is working with partner agencies following reports of dead gannets in coastal areas of the county and elsewhere. This website has a Q and A for any questions you may have related to this issue.

Boat Trip Terms and Conditions

The terms and conditions for all our boat trips are available to view HERE.

If you have any queries about any of the trips please don't hesitate to get in touch with us on boats@seabird.org

Gannets diving off the Bass Rock
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