West Coast Explorer Tour
THE FLIGHT PATH
THE WEST COAST EXPLORER TOUR
The actual Flight Path and coverage will depend on the weather conditions on the day. Don't forget strong winds may preclude safe and comfortable flight over the higher mountains.
Whilst we cannot guarantee the flight route or what you will see on a particular day due to local variations in visibility and cloud height our scenic tour will take in the best the magnificent Scottish West Coast landscape has to offer.
Flying at heights between 500 and 5,000 feet our "preferred route" will take you down the Clyde Estuary past Greenock and Dunoon then you turn South towards the town of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, the ancient stronghold of Scottish kings.
Look out for Toward Castle with its fascinating second world war history and the 12th century Rothesay Castle with its moat and drawbridge.
Views of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre should be available as you make your way past Loch Striven towards the Kyles of Bute and the village of Tighnabruaich – with great visibility you can even see Northern Ireland !
Your flight will then turn north up the eastern coast of Loch Fyne towards Otter Ferry on the Cowal peninsula and at this point the islands of Jura and Mull can usually be seen to the West. Look out for Minard Castle on the west coast of Loch Fyne.
Depending on the in-flight wind conditions the flight will turn north east towards the “Rest and Be Thankful” and the “The Cobbler” mountain located in the Arrocher Alps. Scores of stunning mountains and glens will unfold below and Loch Goil, Loch Eck and Loch Long will be seen gliding below. On a good day Ben Nevis can be seen to the North.
Approaching Tarbet on Loch Lomond the flight swings southward to give you a magnificent view of Ben Lomond and a low level cruise down the world’s most famous loch towards the islands to the south.
Just a reminder that your Captain may have to vary the route on the day depending on the weather conditions – however, you can cover a great deal of ground in 45 minutes of flying in our seaplane – approximately 110 miles in fact ! No matter what the cloud base or visibility prepare yourself for a fantastic experience.
LOOK OUT FOR ....
- Loch Lomond's Iconic Islands
- The Highland Boundary Fault
- The nuclear submarine base of Faslane
- The Holy Loch - previously a large US Navy base
- Dunoon and the Clyde coast
- The Cumbrae Islands
- Toward Castle
- Loch Striven - Dambusters bomb testing location
- The Kyles of Bute
- The beautiful Isle of Bute
- Rothesay Castle
- Isle of Arran - "Scotland in Miniature"
- Mull of Kintyre
- Tarbert, stunning fishing village and stronghold of "Robert the Bruce"
- The Crinan Canal
- Isle of Jura
- Isle of Mull
- Minard Castle
- The Arrochar Alps
- Ben Lomond - the most southerly munro