Friday last we went on a little trip down the Tay hoping to see some dolphins.
We didn’t, although we did manage to see a seal and loads of birds… and of course, we saw Dundee and Broughty Ferry from angles we’d never see them before. The guys who were in charge of the ship were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about what we were seeing and it was a really interesting hour (more or less).
We learned that the organisation that runs these trips is a charity and the commercial trips (it was a snip at £10 for an hour) help to pay for free trips for sick kids and their friends. They also work with ex-offenders, teaching nautical skills, and with people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Pretty worthwhile, we thought.
It was a grey day, and so the photographs are even less stunning than my normal poor camera work, but, although I rarely advertise anything here, it was such a fun experience that I thought I’d let you know about it. (For those of you who aren’t from Scotland, we do sometimes have bright sunny, warm days! It’s not always like this.)
I know that there are quite a few readers in the Angus/Dundee/North Fife area, and if any of you fancy an hour’s excursion and the possibility of some wildlife close up whilst knowing that your fare will be helping folks, it’s well worth getting in touch with these guys and booking a trip. (If you do, remember that once you get out of the harbour and into the river, you lose a few degrees in temperature, so take a coat, and be prepared to get a bit wet. It can be a little rough out there.)
You can contact the guys through this website, or by phoning 01382 542516. (And yes, you ever get to steer the boat, although Munguin was in the first class cabin and declined to do so!)
And especially for Danny, I’ve included a picture of Broughty Ferry Castle (coz he likes castles) which is situated right where you embark.
Apologies again for the quality of the pictures.