Tay River Trips are run by Taymara, a not for profit charity serving the local community. Boats leave from Broughty Ferry Harbour just across from the castle.

Days and times depend on the tides. Check the timetables below, then telephone 01382 542516 – try to have alternative days or times ready. You will need to give a contact number (preferably a mobile) in the event that a trip has to be cancelled due to adverse weather etc.

On the day of your trip, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time as the boats keep to a tight schedule. Check the weather and dress appropriately.

Trips last approximately 1 hr. Payment is taken at the start of the trip.



Children (under 6)




Children (6-12)



Perth Trips

We very much regret that, due to circumstances completely beyond our control, we are unable to provide trips to Perth this year.

Taymara’s 40 ton launch Missel Thrush provides the ultimate experience in cruising the Tay between Woodhaven and Perth. Sailing past Balmerino with its ruined monastery and picturesque waterfront cottages, you then proceed along the channel to Newburgh, taking in unparalleled views of Birkhill House, seat of the Earl of Dundee, Flisk Point with its salmon station, historic Ballinbreich Castle, and Newburgh itself with quaint quays and green open spaces. Looking back downstream, you may be able to see the outline of the bear and ragged staff, carved out of the hillside behind Lindores Abbey. The heavily wooded banks west of Newburgh, and the starkly contrasting reedbeds of Mugdrum Island opposite, give way to the open marsh lands where the River Earn joins the Tay. Nearby is the Roman military encampment of Carpow where, it is thought, Septimius Severus may have laid a pontoon bridge over the mighty river in an attempt to subdue the restless northern peoples. Here you may be lucky enough to see an osprey, or one of the other rare birds and animals which increasingly populate this section of the river. The next major landmark is Elcho Castle on the southern bank. Largely hidden behind an attractive screen of trees, the outline of the tower and its mediaeval harbour may nevertheless be clearly seen. Let your imagination conjure up a vision of William Wallace as he escaped across the river and concealed himself in the parks surrounding the castle. On the northern bank are the cliffs, woodlands and Rhenish towers of Kinnoul, with a fine view of Kinfauns Castle nestling in the valley. The excursion concludes as the Friarton Bridge looms into view, and Missel Thrush returns on the ebb tide to Woodhaven.

Perth Harbour