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Based on the Isle of Iona, running short scheduled trips aboard a traditional 1930s gaff ketch, Birthe Marie is also available for whole boat hire.
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Lovedale Cottage, PA76 6SJ, Scotland
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+44 1681 700537
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

I have sailed with Mark for over 10 years, and never had a disappointing sail. He is a very skilled sailor with a vast knowledge of the sea and its wildlife. To sail silently past rocks tens of millions of years old and watch the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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mark j, Owner at Alternative Boat Hire Iona, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2018

Returning customers are a reassuring occurance which are always welcome, this year so far we have also had a return of better weather! this is welcomed by customers and operators alike!

Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

I was fortunate to have such cooperative weather to compliment Mark’s skill as sailor, tour guide and host. Engaging with some eager participants, Mark raised the sails and steered us south to an island just past Iona favoured by seals, teens and other sea birds....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

We booked a 3-hour private tour with Mark in late October. We left the destination up to Mark but my family planned the trip in order to scatter my Dad's ashes. My normally very shy three year-old nephew immediately warmed up to Mark and was...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

My partner and I together with three friends hired Birthe Marie for the day with another couple. Mark the skipper is such a charismatic and knowledgeable mariner and has such an acquired wealth of knowledge about marine life, culture and geology. He gently and ably...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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mark j, Owner at Alternative Boat Hire Iona, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2017

Thanks for the kind words folks. Mark.

Reviewed 19 August 2017

We have been taking family trips out with Mark for several years now. Hiring the boat for our sole use for sailing and fishing . No matter what the weather we always have a great time. This year's trip was no different, unpredictable Scottish weather,...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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mark j, Owner at Alternative Boat Hire Iona, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2017

Returning customers are a feature of our area, and we always enjoy seeing folk come back (as well as meeting new faces each year).

Reviewed 1 June 2017

Our trip was amazing - Mark is a knowledgeable and charming skipper and there is no other way to see the Treshnish islands than on his Danish ex-fishing boat with sails. Thank you for allowing our boxer Millie aboard - she is now a salty...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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mark j, Owner at Alternative Boat Hire Iona, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2017

We enjoy taking folk out to the lovely Teshnish Isles. From some time in early summer till the end of July is when to see Puffins in our area; after that the chicks fledge and take to the sea and then head away from the...More

Reviewed 22 April 2017

What a great family experience! We were lucky enough to enough a great sailing experience around Mull/Iona. Mark is a great skipper and very patient with a nine year old girl firing questions at him. Our daughter was delighted to be able to steer the...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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mark j, Owner at Alternative Boat Hire Iona, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2017

Thanks for your positive review; part of the satisfaction I get from running trips on Birthe Marie is meeting such a variety of interested and enthusiastic passengers, young and old, from complete novices to master mariners, and from all different backgrounds and countries. All the...More

Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Myself and a group of friends booked this trip for 3 hours earlier this month and had an absolutely fantastic time. The skipper, Mark, knows his boat incredibly well so gives you huge confidence you're in safe hands. Further he is very knowledgeable about the...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

Mark is one of the nicest people I have ever met - conversation flowed so easily it would have been time well spent even just having a 4 hour chat. When combined with his beautiful boat, the Birthe Marie, this is just an exceptional day...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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mark j, Owner at Alternative Boat Hire Iona, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Thank you for the very positive words, such reviews make the work we do, so worth the effort.

Reviewed 10 June 2016

Thank you Mark for a most marvellous trip to Lunga and a visit to Fingal’s Cave - Through the front door on Tuesday 7th June. Despite a lack of wind, our day aboard the Birtha Marie was filled with excitement and adventure with wildlife at...More

Date of experience: June 2016
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mark j, Owner at Alternative Boat Hire Iona, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2016

Thanks for the positive review, some lovely images there too!

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