A private charter provides you with a boat and skipper for the exclusive use by your group for an agreed period of time. It allows you to tailor your time at sea in terms of wildlife, angling, photography and most importantly relaxation and enjoyment. It is a very different experience to booking a seat on a boat along with other passengers for a set itinerary scheduled boat trip.
Haste to Sea was custom built by Pirate boats. She is a 6.4mtr long coastal cruiser with comfortable seating for 5 passengers. She is powered by a 115hp Honda engine giving a cruising speed of 17 knots. She is licensed for carrying 5 passengers and 1 crew to 3 miles offshore from a safe haven.
Charters normally start and finish at Keose Harbour which is just off the A859 main road between Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. It is 12 miles south of Stornoway (20 mins drive) and 26 miles (40 mins drive) North of Tarbert.
There is parking on the pier beside the boat.
Charters generally run out of Loch Erisort and along the East coast of the Isle of Lewis, taking in Loch Leurbost, Loch Marvig and passing settlements of Garyvard, Crossbost, Cromore, Marvig. The scenery is rugged coastline and cliffs, with many islands and sheltered bays. There are no beaches so charters are non-landing unless by prior arrangement. A 3 hour charter covers around 20 miles and include inshore, coastal and offshore marine habitats.
Charters generally operate from mid March to the end of November. There are no set departure times, as each charter is customised around the requirements of the passengers. Passengers should arrive at Keose pier 15 minutes before the agreed charter departure time. Please note the skipper will likely be preparing the boat and undertaking safety checks for you prior to this time and may not be available until 15 minutes prior to departure.
April: White tailed sea eagles, herons, common seals, grey seals all species of resident seabirds and waders. Otters.
May – mid August: White Tailed Sea Eagles, herons, common seals, grey seals all species of resident seabirds and waders. Kittewakes, fulmars, gannets, great skuas, arctic skuas, puffins, razorbills. Risso’s dolphins, common dolphins, porpoises, minke whales, basking sharks. Otters.
Late August – September: White Tailed Sea Eagles, herons, common seals, grey seals all species of resident seabirds and waders. Kittewakes, fulmars, gannets, great skuas, arctic skuas, razorbills, petrels, shearwaters. Risso’s dolphins, common dolphins, porpoises, minke whales, basking sharks, sunfish. Otters.
April – June: Pollock, coalfish, flounders, gurnard, wrasse. Lobster and brown crab in the traps
July – September: Pollock, coalfish, flounders, gurnard, wrasse, mackerel, haddock, whiting cod, ling, conger, skate, squid. Lobster, octopus and brown crab in the traps.
A 2-3 hours charter suits most people, giving time for a mix of activities and sight seeing.
Warm clothes and flat soled shoes such as trainers is all that is required as waterproof outer layer will be provided. If fishing, there will be some fish scales etc, so don’t wear clothes that can’t be easily washed afterwards.
You are welcome to take your own packed lunch.
Binoculars, sunglasses, sun cream, hat, camera…
The boat is open and requires a step off the slipway onto the boat. There is an 8” step down to the deck which is level. You must have reasonable mobility.
Yes, dogs can be taken on the vessel at the owners risk. Dog lifejackets are not supplied.