Journey the world between ocean and coast! Half day and Day trips aboard a traditional working boat under sail operating from Iona and Fionnphort.

Alternative Boat Hire run boat trips aboard a traditional wooden ex-working sailing fishing boat.

‘Birthe Marie’ is an unashamedly old fashioned boat with a gaff ketch rig and a solidity that is reassuring. The whole concept of our trips is of unhurried drinking in of the landscape.

We take old and young, experienced or complete ‘non sailors’. We run a mix of scheduled trips to cater for individuals and families and also operate ‘whole boat hire’ where the skippered vessel is chartered for exclusive use for just a few folk or to cater for groups up to 12 passengers


We cater for young and old, nimble and less nimble, experienced or novice. When embarking or disembarking passengers may have to negotiate 2-3 steps from pier to the vessel. On day trips shore landings are generally by inflatable dinghy in sheltered locations, a degree of mobility is required for this. There is a toilet on board (below deck).

Late Availability

Season generally mid april to October.