Gemini Explorer Marine Charters

Discover the natural beauty of the North East Coast of Scotland along the Moray Firth Coast. The boat trips take two and a half hours, cruising along the Moray Firth an area of outstanding natural beauty, incredible rock formations and charming villages dotted along the way. The wildlife here is of international importance for the population of Bottlenose Dolphins resident in the Firth.

As well as Dolphins, we regularly encounter Harbour Porpoise, and both Grey & Common Seals basking on rocks or bathing in the sea nearby. Occasional sightings of Minke Whales and more rarely, Basking Sharks can also be seen. Most of all just enjoy the charming scenery, the refreshing sea air and the breathtaking views whilst on your Scottish Wildlife Cruise. Gemini Explorer is berthed in Buckie Harbour, on the North East Coast of Scotland approximately one hours drive from Aberdeen and Inverness on the A96.

Peter Hizzett

07785 331806

07747 626280

send an email

image 2image 1

Dolphin Trips Avoch Ltd

Wildlife watching within Inverness/Moray Firth. Sailing daily from Avoch Harbour (as tide allows).

24′ dory, 12 passengers, powered by diesel/waterjet.

Dolphins, porpoise, minke, ospreys, red kites, guillemots, shags, cormorants, seals (both grey & common), occasionally otters.

Gwyn Tanner – WiSe Master Accredited

01381 622383

Send an email

Eco Ventures

Join EcoVentures for an exhilarating trip aboard our 9.5m RIB to explore the waters of the Inner Moray Firth. The 2 hour Wildlife Watch trip gives you the best chance to view the resident colony of bottlenose dolphins with frequent sightings of harbour porpoise and common & grey seals. Also enjoy the spectacular cliff coastline with its bird colonies and war fortifications from a unique viewpoint. An informative commentary is provided throughout with complimentary refreshments served aboard.

EcoVentures is a Dolphin Space Programme accredited operator and sails daily (April-Oct) from the historic village of Cromarty, approx 1/2hr from Inverness. Booking highly recommended. All waterproofs provided.

Sarah Pern

01381 600323

Send an email

Friends of the Moray Firth Dolphins

Local group, involved in land and sea based wildlife watching.

Newsletter, booklet and DVD available on bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises and whales in Moray Firth.

Peter MacDonald

01542 833867

Send an email

Moray Diving Ltd

Home port Lossiemouth, Moray, usually covering an 8 mile radius. The boat is a large, very stable Blyth 33 and family friendly.

Wildlife you can see in the Moray Firth includes bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, grey & common seals, minke, orca, humpback whales and a large variety of seabirds.

Bill Ruck

01309 690421

07775 802963

Send an email

wise logo

Moray Firth Wildlife Cruises Inverness

Wildlife cruises leaving from Inverness City, out onto Moray Firth.

Tina Simpson

Jack Wingate

Scott Gair

01463 717900

Send an email

Phoenix Boat Trips

Phoenix Boat Trips operates in the Moray Firth, departing out of Nairn harbour on board an ex-Navy 34′ twin diesel cutter.

The trip entails a view of a seal colony near Ardesier, cruising past Fort George and the possibility of a visit from the bottlenose dolphins near Rosemarkie in the Inner Moray Firth. Last year, minke whales and basking sharks were also spotted.

Eric Wardlaw

Link to website 1

Link to website 2

01667 456078

07050 214127


Puffin Cruises

Wildlife tours from Macduff. West to Findlater Castle. East to Pennan/Troup Head.

John Smith

01542 832560

Send an email

Sailing Wild

Sailingwild operates a 36ft sailing boat “Dolphinicity” which is also powered by a bio-diesel fueled engine.

Sailing from Lossiemouth with local wildlife including grey seals, dolphins, porpoise, minke whales and occasional basking sharks.

Tony Archer

01343 829244

07706 108613

Send an email

Anstruther Pleasure Trips

Visit the Isle of May on Anstruther Pleasure Trips. MV “May Princess” which is licensed by Scottish Natural Heritage to take visitors to the Isle of May. Spend 2 to 3 hrs wandering around this beautiful National Nature Reserve, home to incredible wildlife including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, shag (April to Aug best time for seabirds), seals all year round, dolphins, whales sometimes seen.

See the remains of a 6th & 12th Century monastery and the oldest lighthouse in Scotland. Superb views everywhwere.

Boat sails daily on the tide (Apr – 30th Sept), ticket kiosk opens 1 hr before sailing for ticket sales. See website or phone helpline for further info.

John Murray and Cathie Murray

01333 310103  (sailing info)

01333 310054  (bookings)

send an email

wise logo

White Horse Charters

We offer charters in the Moray Firth of any kind, from one day to several days in duration.

Our home port is Buckie, central for any operation in the Moray Firth. We aim to be different by adapting our trips to your individual needs, from diving to survey work.

Chris Temple

see their website

01542 833434

send an email

wise logo

Brian Bartlett

Sea angling, pleasure/sightseeing trips.

8 metre, C.O.P. boat. Maximum 8 passengers

Brian Bartlett

01569 766040

send an email

wise logo


Powerboat, cruiser and inland waterways coaching specialists and provider of shorebased training.

Ian Wilson

01620 895135

send an email

Moray Firth Boat Charters

Do you want to look for dolphins, see the gannets at Troup Head, do a little fishing or just enjoy a cruise along the scenic coast of north-east Scotland?

Operating out of Banff Marina, we offer skippered “whole boat” charters for between 1-5 guests. You decide what you want to do and how long you want to be out for. Equipped with heated cabin, toilet and comfortable seating, Sue J offers a different way of enjoying this most scenic part of the Moray Firth.

Sue J is licensed, insured and carries all necessary safety equipment.

Robert McHugh

0776 6006 547

send an email

CSM Scotland (Marine Consultants)

Marine Consultancy specialising in the boating industry and the environment.

Based in North Ayrshire.

Martin Latimer

CSM Consultants

01505 500064

wise logo

MVS Tay – Marine Volunteer Service Dundee

MVS Tay is the Dundee branch of the Maritime Volunteer Service. The MVS promotes the education and the training of members of the public in all aspects of maritime skills, including training in boathandling and seamanship, navigation, communications, onshore support and marine engineering. The Dundee branch of the MVS is one of the largest in Britain with a fleet of 5 vessels. Every aspect of running this seagoing unit is carried out by our own membership.

Taymara (registered charity) offers free sea training and qualifications to recovering drug and alcohol users and people with learning disabilities. We are looking for people to train as crew, skippers, engineers, communications personnel, shore support, as well as people interested in restoring a historic vessel – please contact us.

MVS Tay arrange wildlife watching in the Tay estuary (dolphins a speciality) as well as river trips of the estuary and to Perth.

Ken Bushe, Pat Lawrence, Ian G.McIntosh, Bob Richmond and Ray Clark

01382 542516

email MVS Tay

Forth Charter Services & Dive Safari Scotland

An established diver operation, based in North Berwick, with a 40ft Corvette Bullet.

We are close to the gannet colony on the Bass Rock and the seal and puffin colonies of the Isle of May. In addition to dives and trips to the islands, we also run photo trips for people to capture the wonderful scenery and wildlife of the area. Previous experience of wildlife tours with the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick.

Brian Anderson and Maggie Sheddan (guide)

Forth Charters website

Dive Safari Scotland website

01620 890022

email Brian

Ronnie Mackie

Telephone Numbers: 01592 890224 or 07749809451

Scotish Seabird Centre

Lying just south of Scotland’s attractive capital city Edinburgh, the coast and countryside of East Lothian boasts a stunning natural environment of outstanding beauty and great diversity of wildlife. People don’t just come to North Berwick for the famous gannets of Bass Rock (although who could blame them for that!). Puffins, guillemots, shags and kittiwakes return to nest here year after year.

In addition, the Centre arranges guided boat trips to photograph the variety of grey seals, bottlenose and Risso’s dolphins, porpoises and whales (including minke, pilot, fin, humpback and killer) sometimes seen in the area.

Maggie Sheddan (guide)

01620 890202

send an email

Inverness Marina Ltd

Inverness Marina is one of Scotland’s most sheltered natural deep water harbours with 147 pontoon berths, each serviced with electricity and water.

IML lies south-west of Chanonry Point in the Inverness Firth and one mile from Inverness city centre.

Located at the top of the Great Glen it offers a great variety of landscape and sea from Loch Ness to the Moray Firth with all the varied wildlife that can be found in this part of Scotland.

Ann M. Ashton

01463 220501


Mob: 07526 446348


Caithness Seacoast Ltd

Enjoy breathtaking sea tours around the fascinating East Caithness coastline. Operating from Wick Harbour using our exciting boat the GEO EXPLORER. Purpose built with twin engines, passenger comfort & safety in mind, we can quickly whisk you away to an unseen world of nature and wonder.

Explore caves and geos. See bird and marine life up close. View magnificent cliff top castle ruins. Visit the amazing Whaligoe steps and other deserted harbours. Operating all year round. Timetable & tours variable on season and demand.

Adelaine Munro

01955 609200

Findhorn Marina

Findhorn Marina is a family run business established in 1969, situated on Findhorn Bay in the local Nature Reserve, opposite Culbin Sands, and is the last outpost of the beautiful Findhorn peninsula.

The Marina offers a wide range of services; pontoon berthing (summer season), boatyard services, RYA training centre, Water Taxi Boat Trips and the Captains Table Cafe and gift shop.

Simon Paterson, Pippa Low

01309 690099


North 58 Sea Adventures

Explore the wonders of the Moray Firth with North 58° Sea Adventures. We run trips to suit everybody; trips out on our custom built 8.5m RIB ‘Buchaneer’ offer a unique combination of adventure, exhilaration and the joy of close encounters with the marine life and incredible scenery. Departing daily from Findhorn Marina (weather dependent).

Simon Paterson

Pippa Low

01309 690099

Big Pond Scotland

Mike Dales

01738 500 809


Mob. 07798 823476

wise logo

Boots ‘n Paddles

Guided open canoe and sea kayak day trips and holidays in the Moray Firth and West highlands. Bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, grey seals, sea eagles and ospreys.

Mike Dunthorne

0845 612 5567

wise logo

Sea Freedom Kayaks

Seafreedom is a mobile sea kayaking resource based at Connel, near Oban, Argyll, on the West Coast of Scotland

We run trips and sessions for individuals and small groups, with or without B&B Accommodation

Our coaching is personalized. The pace and the level of challenge are determined by the client.

We deliver excellent value because of our “lean” business model

We want you to experience that special kind of freedom that is sea kayaking.

Carol Lang

07799 875 662

wise logo

John Baxter

Local freelance wildlife and history trips.

07762 969 204

wise logo

Sea Fari Adventures (Forth)

Neil Walker

01620 890225


wise logo

Neil Sturrock

07883 476 446

East Coast of Scotland


James Stuart

07535 302 504

wise logo

Wildgull Charters Ltd

Small friendly local 8m boat that specialises in small private boat parties up to 11 passengers, charter by the hour for wild life watching, fishing, charter diving, sight seeing..

Based in North Berwick we operate trips around the islands of Fidra, Lamb, Craigleith & Bass Rock and the beautiful East Lothian coast including fishing beneath Tantallon Castle. All sorts of bird life especially gannets, puffins, peregrine falcons can often be seen along with seals and the occasional sightings of dolphins and porpoises.

Jane McMinn & D Ferouson

01620 894349 07967 877 383

wise logo

Ocean Science Consulting Ltd.

OSC is a technology-focused marine science company involved principally in providing environmental services worldwide.

Our clients have included the media, academia, government, consultancies, aquaculture, marine renewable energy device or MRED (hydropower and windfarms), geophysical (seismic and drilling exploration), oil and gas production (rigs, platforms, FPSOs, offshore support, guard and chase vessels), hydrographical survey, pipeline (trenching, laying and rock-dumping vessels), dredging (TSHDs, split-hopper barges and backhoe jack-ups) and construction industries.

Services include literature reviews, advice documents, environmental risk assessments, marine mammal observation (MMO), protected species observation (PSO), passive acoustic monitoring (PAM), bioacoustics, underwater sound measurement and noise-field propagation modelling, oceanographical sampling, biological population estimates, scientific and commercial diving, for scientific research and/or for compliance environmental monitoring in accordance with industry permit requirements.

For further information, contact Ian Todd:

P: (01368) 865 722


Wild at Heart

Fantastic range of excursions, short breaks and longer holidays. Activities include dolphin, seal and bird watching with expert marine biologist; or go a little Ray Mears with some campfire building, shelter making and wildlife tracking; release your inner child with tide-pooling & beach art or games; or enjoy reflective or creative time with nature writing and journaling, felting and willow weaving. There are also wonderful opportunities for walking, visiting our famous single malt whisky distilleries and learning about sustainable living at the Findhorn Foundation, a world famous eco-village and community.

Telephone: 01309 674768
Mobile: 07590 832919

Highland Ribs

Based in the Inverness the Highland capital, Highland Ribs specialise in providing a Skippered RIB charter and Marine support service to all those wishing to safely access Scottish waters.
Skippered Charters “Explore Loch Ness for the allusive monster, see Urquhart Castle through a Jacobite’s eyes, or just sit back, relax and take in the magnificent scenery… One things for sure, theres something for everyone on a “Skippered RIB charter” Seating for 8 including the Skipper this is a fantastic treat to enjoy with your loved ones, friends or family…” Prices start from £195 per boat

Colin Barber

Telephone: 07765 003424

Forth Sea Safaris

We specialise in wildlife and scenic trips on board our two 9 metre safari ribs. We are based at North Queensferry and operate all over the Forth. Trips can be tailored to specific needs and trip lengths vary.

Telephone: 07752 156773


Forth Sea Safaris

We specialise in wildlife and scenic trips on board our two 9 metre safari ribs. We are based at North Queensferry and operate all over the Forth. Trips can be tailored to specific needs and trip lengths vary.

Telephone: 07752 156773


Lagganlia Centre for Education

Lagganlia Centre provides high quality Outdoor Education courses and more advanced Adventures and Expeditions, within the astounding natural environment of the Cairngorms National Park.  We specialise in residential courses for all types of organised groups,  including: schools and colleges, business team building/away days, groups of families and friends and those wanting to undertake John Muir/Duke of Edinburgh award, or similar awards.  Lagganlia is set in peaceful Glen Feshie, in the Scottish Highlands between Aviemore and Kingussie and is easily accessible by air, rail and road (A9).

Rafael Salazar

Telephone: 01540 651265


Elie & Earlsferry Sailing Club

Elie & Earlsferry Sailing Club – Sailing and Powerboating – RYA Teaching Centre for RYA Shorebased and RYA Powerboat courses –  Seals , Dolphins and plenty of Sea Birds –  Award winning beaches and part of the Fife Coastal Path – Slipway and Harbour.

Mike Burgress

Telephone: 01236 764911


New Era Cruises

Trips from North Kessock by unique solar-powered boat. Dolphins and/or seals may be encountered. Duration 30-40 minutes or by arrangement.

Rolf Schmidl

01463 731849

07732 837216

Guide Charters and Cruises

Area covered from Cullen to Troup Head, leaving from Macduff. Wooden hulled ex-pilot boat, 54ft long. Local coastline history and sea wildlife.

Harold A Napier

07910 132686

Moray First Marine Ltd

1-2 hour boat trips from Lossiemouth, Moray Firth. Stable catamaran or large rib to see a fantastic coastline, great wildlife and resident bottlenose dolphins

Bill Ruck

07775 802963

Aquaplay Scotland


Aquaplay Scotland is one the top outdoor activity providers based in Moray in the Scottish Highlands. All of our instructors and leaders are highly experienced and qualified in the activities we provide, have a passion for the outdoors and the exciting and emotional experiences this environment offers.

Aiden Wilkes

Telephone: 01542 840562

H2O Training

Professional marine training for water safety (surf, lifesaving, coasteering, kyaking etc) and technical advice for outdoor eductaion centres.

Stephen Bowens

Telephone: 07500 816665

Ancrum Outdoor Centre

Ancrum Outdoor Centre operate as an RYA recognised centre and offer Powerboat Level 1, 2 and Safety Boat courses. We also offer Powerboat activity sessions for the public and offer work in partnership with the Ranger Service to provide dolphin watch sessions.

Derek Napier
Andy Finlay
Jamie Leith
Lewis Jones
Fraser O Gilvie
Darren Hepburn
Ross Henderson
Dave Slade

Telephone: 01382435911

Dundee City Council Countryside Ranger Service

Laura Jane Lucas

Telephone: 01382431848

NOTE: Although we try to ensure this information is as accurate as possible, WiSe cannot be held responsible for its accuracy or maintaining people’s details if we’re not advised of their changed information. The comments provided for each operator do not necessarily reflect the opinions of WiSe.

©2010 WiseScheme