A former Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness cruiser, acquired with the aid of a £4,000 grant from Highland Regional Council, and was converted to provide suitable boarding facilities and accommodation for people with additional needs. The conversion involved the fitting of a hydraulic wheelchair lift, moving the wheelhouse from midships to the stern, fitting a new engine and generator and completely refurbishing the accommodation area. The wheelchair lift allows passengers access from the main deck into the passenger cabin and up from the cabin into the wheelhouse, where they can experience steering the boat if they so desire. The boat is 48’ 3” (14.7m) long, 9’ 8” (2.95m) wide, and in common with all the other Seagull Trust Canal Boats can carry a maximum of 12 passengers of whom up to 4 may be wheelchair users.
Cruising takes place from April to September each year with the “Highland Seagull” being manned from a pool of unpaid volunteers, many of whom are competent skippers. Two trips per day are available, at 10.30 and 14.00 hours Monday to Friday, with each trip lasting about two hours and tea, coffee, juice and biscuits are provided free. Passengers embark and disembark at the Trust’s Twin Jetties on the seaward side of Tomnahurich Bridge.
The “Highland Seagull” is equipped with life-saving appliances and fire fighting equipment to Department of Transport standards and is at all times in radio contact with International and British Waterways frequencies. They are in contact by V.H.F. radio for help, if required. Most helpers and crew carry a mobile phone.
Bookings can be made by contacting:
Telephone: 01349 886 862 (please ask for the Seagull Trust Cruises booking office)
20 The Glebe
East off Tomnahurich Bridge