Explorer Tour

View the tour maps for the Loch Lomond Seaplanes West Coast Explorer tour over the incredible Scottish landscape.

THE FLIGHT PATH

THE 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 the towns of Greenock and Dunoon 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 Kintyre peninsula should be available as you make your way past Loch Striven towards the Kyles of Bute and the village of Tighnabruaich.

From the Kyles of Bute the route crosses Loch Fyne, the longest sea loch in Scotland, passing the town of Tarbert and then over the Kintyre peninsula towards the wild west coast of Kintyre.

Once over the Sound of Jura views of the Mull of Kintyre, the coast of Northern Ireland and of islands such as Gigha, Islay, Jura, Colonsay, Scarba and Mull are possible.

If the route is to the North of the Sound of Jura expect to pass the stunning landscape of the Tayvallich area as well as the Crinan Canal and the town of Lochgilphead.

Close to Crinan Bay where the canal, locks and hotel come together on the Sound of Jura is the ancient hill fort of Dunadd - Dunadd was the Capital of the Kingdom of Dalriada which ran down the west coast of Scotland and into Northern Ireland - this is where the Kings of Scotland were crowned between AD500 and AD900.

West of Crinan Bay on the Northern tip of Jura the cottage of Barnhill can be found - this is where George Orwell wrote the book 1984 during the winter of 1946/47 - a serious piece of history. Just a few hundred metres north of the cottage is where the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest in the world, can be found if the tides, currents and wind are just right.

Looking to the north west towards Loch Linnhe and the Morvern peninsula it is usually possible to see the Island of Mull as well as many of the smaller islands such as Shuna, Seil and Lismore.

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 50 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

  • Tighnabruaich

  • The beautiful Isle of Bute

  • Rothesay Castle

  • Isle of Arran - "Scotland in Miniature"

  • Mull of Kintyre

  • Tarbert - stronghold of "Robert the Bruce"

  • The Crinan Canal

  • The ancient hill fort of Dunadd

  • Barnhill Cottage where George Orwell wrote 1984

  • The Corryvreckan Whirlpool

  • Isle of Jura

  • Isle of Mull