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Lovedale Cottage, PA76 6SJ, Scotland
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Absolutely wonderful!! 5 stars!

We booked a 3-hour private tour with Mark in late October. We left the destination up to Mark but... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
Kerry M
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mcq73
Amazing Value, fantastic experience.

My partner and I together with three friends hired Birthe Marie for the day with another couple... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
John M
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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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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

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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

1  Thank John M
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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.

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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

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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).

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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

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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

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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

Thank Julie B
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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

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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

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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

Thank Edmund J
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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.

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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

Thank Michael D
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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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Reviewed 21 September 2015

Mark was a great sailor and also very good at chatting with customers. We had a wonderful trip with the highlight being watching a sea eagle flying from rock to rock while we had lunch. Highly recommended and great value for money

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mark j, Owner at Alternative Boat Hire Iona, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2015

Glad you enjoyed the trip, While we don't see eagles all the time, sightings like this are slowly increasing as the Mull eagle population expands. the exciting thing for me about wildlife is that you never know exactly what you will see...

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Reviewed 16 September 2015

We had a fantastic day out with the children. I still see the proud face of my 10 year old son when he was allowed to take the helm. We had the opportunity to land on Ulva island. Just before arriving at Ulva we sow...More

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mark j, Owner at Alternative Boat Hire Iona, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2015

Staffa gets a lot of attention but there are many brilliant places on our doorstep here, Ulva is one of them, our trips vary in destination to suit conditions, partly this is about what is feasible if we are trying to travel under sail and...More

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