Loch Tay Safaris
A Unique Cruise on Loch Tay
Explore the Water – Discover the Story
The Must-do activity in Highland Perthshire
Live commentary in our 5 star cabin

Welcome to Loch Tay Safaris

Cruises Return to Loch Tay.

Be the first to experience this unique boat trip, bringing the heritage and history of Loch Tay to life!

Our modern custom-built boat is comfortable, fast, dry & gets in close to the inaccessible parts of the loch to explore the wildlife & nature. Live commentary from our passionate and knowledgeable crew will take you on a journey through the local history, heritage and folklore.

An Inspirational journey suitable for all ages.

Our Cruises

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A unique cruise on Loch Tay exploring the history, heritage and folklore of Perthshire’s largest loch.

Experience the breath taking scenery and learn about this mysterious and dramatic landscape from our local and knowledgeable skipper, you will be enchanted by the Loch’s mystical charm!

Our Boat – Iolaire

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Our modern, custom built cabin RIB is safe, comfortable, fast, dry and guaranteed to raise a smile!

Her versatility makes it perfect for getting in close to the inaccessible banks of the loch and exploring the unique landscape from the water.

Iolaire can seat up to 12 people and is suitable for all ages!

Private Charters

Our boat is ideal for small private groups or family gatherings and can take up to 12 people comfortably, enquire now for more information on how to book Iolaire exclusively.

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Cruise Highlights

Team

About Us

Highland Safaris have been operating for 25 years, providing clients a five star experience in the heart of Scotland. Directors Donald and Julie Riddell started Highland Safaris by taking people on a Safari experience into their local mountains, exploring the wildlife, landscape and history. Fuelled by their passion for nature and wilderness, Highland Safaris proved to be an Award winning concept and has been expanding ever since. Highland Safaris is now based next to the village of Dull in Highland Perthshire, an area that Donald and Julie’s families have long connections with. There is an excellent shop, an award winning café and the newly developed Red Deer Centre where visitors get the opportunity to feed our majestic herd of Red Deer and to see Ossian the Barn Owl fly.

Donald and Julie have been dreaming of Loch Tay Safaris for a long time. Taking the concept of a Safari onto the water is an excellent idea, following in the wake of the Loch Tay Steamboat Company. Donald’s Great Grandfather was the owner of the steam yacht Iolaire, which served as an anti-submarine vessel in the First World War and latterly as a crew training vessel. It was an obvious choice of name for our new boat, Iolaire is not only a family legacy but it also means Eagle in Gaelic.

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History of Loch Tay

The home of Loch Tay Safaris is Perthshire’s largest loch. The history of this dramatic loch has long been entwined with the people who have used it through the ages. Human inhabitation stretches back 9000 years to a Stone Age encampment on the hillside of Ben Lawers and the Loch itself was home to 18 Iron Age settlements called Crannogs.

The Loch Tay Steamboat company operated in the Loch’s waters up until 1949 and the photos of this era can’t help but capture the imagination of this bygone age! Loch Tay is framed wonderfully by Ben Lawers, Scotland’s 10th largest peak and the hills of Glen Lyon, Scotland’s longest Glen. Majestic Red Deer roam the hillsides and Golden Eagles soar above the peaks.

Kenmore village sits at the head of Loch Tay and is at the mouth of the magnificent River Tay, Scotland’s longest river. Taymouth Castle dominates the banks of the river where it used to house the Earls of Breadalbane.

History of Loch Tay

Meet Our Team

The Team at Loch Tay Safaris are rich in both experience and local knowledge. On every cruise you will be on board with a fully qualified skipper and crew member. They are there for your safety and comfort but also to share the passion and knowledge that they have for their local area.

Our crew will provide a live commentary for your information and enjoyment, they are more than happy to answer your questions and to give you a truly unforgettable experience.

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