Due to a family health issue we regret we are not able to take advance bookings this year.
We are hoping to start operation sometime in summer.
If you are in the area in June or later, and are hoping to do a trip aboard the Birthe Marie please check for updates:
or try phoning on 01681 700537.
We look forward to sailing with you as soon this is feasible.
Journey the world between ocean and coast
Let the wind decide where we go
An unhurried drinking in of the landscape
A different sort of trip
Birthe Marie is an unashamedly old fashioned boat
Quietly finding her way into places hidden from life ashore.
| Welcome to Alternative Boat Hire, operating boat trips from the Isle of Iona, a beautiful small island
off the west coast of Scotland.|
| One of the Inner Hebrides, Iona is situated off the southwest tip of its larger neighbour, the Isle of Mull and is famous particularly for its significant
role in the history of Scotland as a centre of early Christianity and learning. Iona also happens to be blessed with white sandy beaches, and superb views
to the many other islands nearby. Small though it is, the island offers surprisingly varied opportunities and is an easy place to get around.
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 an unhurried drinking in of the landscape.
The boat fits into the coastal scene, disturbing little, quietly finding her way into places hidden from life ashore.
Ardionra Croft in the North of Iona
| The wind is what often decides where we will go;
trips can be different each day of the week.
We take old and young, experienced or complete `non sailors`, and can run exclusive small number trips or
cater for groups
up to 12 passengers. 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 of the party however big or small.
|,br>In Tinkers Hole
Where boats can take you is not restricted to a destination.|