Tours around the Isle of Gigha
This tour takes about one hour and 15 minutes, as we take you around the coastline of Gigha and its near neighbours: Craro, Gigalum and Cara. Tours depart from the catwalk in Ardminish Bay (by the Boathouse Café) or when the tide is low, from the South Pier on Gigha. The Thalassa has seating for 7 passengers inside the cabin, and seating for 6 outside, so if the weather is fine, the tour can be experienced outside of the boat's cabin if you wish.
Around the coastline of Gigha we will visit the site of one shipwreck where part of the wreckage is still visible. We will also see the Pigeon's Cave (an old smuggling spot), the site of the Spouting Cave, and the Queens' Beach amongst other points of interest.
Craro is home to the famous 'Bull of Craro', a rock that rests on the south shoulder of the island, looking north-east. Legend has it that a few hundred years ago a boy's life was spared by a pirate captain due to the boy being able to say which direction the Bull of Craro faced, thus identifying himself to the captain as a native of Gigha.
Cara is well-known locally for several reasons, not least because of its dramatic southern cliff (see photo below). Wild goats and countless seabirds are not the only inhabitants of Cara: a 'brownie' also lives there. Known to cause mischief to those who treat him with disrespect, his grand Brownie's Chair can be seen on the east side of the tall southern hill of the island. We certainly advise that you approach the brownie's domain with deference and respect. There are many stories locally relating to those who did not!
Gigalum is a small island with no water, but (looked after by its 3 private owners) an unusual 8-sided house. Ask the pilot to point out the curious rock formation known to its owners as 'Hadrian's Wall'.
The geology of these islands is wonderful and dramatic, and the views afforded by touring the island by catamaran are tremendous! Colonies of seagulls and shags abound, along with swans and arctic terns and guillemots. Sightings of dolphins are not uncommon, while seals can be seen normally at a few different spots around Gigha. Be sure to bring your camera!
To book a ride call us on tel: 01 583 505 404 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org