“ Address: Harbour Workshop / Victoria Place / Cromarty / Highland / IV11 8YE / Scotland „
EcoVentures is a company located in the small Scottish town of Cromarty, Moray Firth. Ecoventures is run by Sarah and Robyn, Sarah is the skipper and Robyn deals with the Marketing. It is a lovely set up, and both the women are lovely and very passionate about what they do.
Ecoventures are a sightseeing company, they own a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) which is approx 10 metres long. The boat seats 12 people maximum, and has great views around from wherever you sit.
Ecoventures focus on showing you the wild life in and around the Cromarty area, and out in the Moray Firth. My sister and I actually went specifically on a dolphin tour and Ecoventures provided the tour via the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS).
Each tour runs for 2 hours, and although this sounds like ages, it goes so quickly. The price is £22 per adult, per tour. I think this is really good value for money, you get a chance to see a lot, and it's definitely the way to do it. The shop/base itself for Ecoventures is in Cromarty and a short walk away from the boat dock. When going on a tour Ecoventures provide you with a wet suit (not the type you swim in, more like an overcoat) and a sweat band thing for your hair and ears and most importantly a life jacket. On the tour you are also offered a drink and biscuit half way through.
We went out with Ecoventures twice over 2 days and saw the gorgeous undisturbed coastline, wildlife and with Sarah knowing the area we even got some local history and a tour near a shipwreck, (although it was under water so you couldn't actually see anything). We saw many birds and Sarah explained what they all were and showed us the colonies.
On our first trip we didn't see any of the elusive dolphins we'd gone to Scotland to see. Sarah tried her hardest going to all their favourite places and going quite far out. But we had no luck, and with any form of wildlife there is no guarantee's, we were just happy we had another tour booked in a few days time.
The shop also contains merchandise and Robyn and Sarah are very helpful and will answer any questions they can. Some of the photo's and postcards are taken by the WDCS photographer Charlie Phillips. They are great photo's.
On our second tour we see dolphins, they swim so fast and so quickly, one came right up to the boat had a look then swam off, the boat is set quit low as well so you feel a lot closer to the water.
It was amazing watching the dolphins swim past and watching them even in the distance.
Sarah and Robyn operate as part of the Dolphin space program which means they don't pressure or stress the dolphins for the benefit of getting closer to them for the tourists sake.
I really appreciate the space program as a keen wildlife enthusiast and think it's good of Ecoventures to comply with the rules and regulations set out in the program. They also campaign it, which I find most honourable.
The Scottish Tourist Board have also awarded Ecoventures 4 stars for a wildlife experience. My personal rating would be 5 out of 5.
If you're interested in looking up more details about Ecoventures look at their website: http://www.ecoventures.co.uk