No visit to St Abbs is complete without experiencing the coastline from the sea. Join Paul or Graeme on Riptide for one of our exciting trips. Spot dolphins and seals and cruise under cliffs covered with sea birds along one of East Scotland's most beautiful coastlines.
Good news! Riptide is back in the water on 9th April 2022 for the summer season.
Give us a call, keep track of us on facebook or twitter to check dates and times.
DAILY SAILING TIMES
As the harbour is tidal, our schedules vary from month to month, so check out our booking system to see when our trips are running. Usually we have hourly trips from lunchtime onwards. On gorgeous days we may run later trips so keep in touch with us on facebook or Instagram as well.
The timing of trips is of course dependent on weather and demand. Riptide reserves the right to cancel or alter the times of all rib trips without notice. This can be due to a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, changing weather and sea conditions, technical reasons, crew availability, or lack of minimum passenger numbers.
Boats will only run if there is a minimum of 4 spaces booked.
Sit back and relax as we cruise at a leisurely pace up the coastline exploring its nooks and crannies. We open her up a little bit if everyone is happy to experience the joy of speed on the water!
We can cater for all sorts of bespoke trips for bird watchers, geologists or those wanting to spoil their loved ones with a special gift. The boat can be chartered for £250 per hour. Just contact us to discuss.
HOW TO BOOK
Please make a booking here online using the Book Now button.
When booking, a contact tel number and email address must be provided as we will advise you of any trip cancellations. It is your responsibility to check for messages from us on the day of your trip.
If you have any problems, please ring 07823 449100 or 01890 771945.
All bookings are bound by our terms and conditions available here.
On the rare occasion Riptide has to cancel your booking, you will be offered an alternative trip/date, credit on your account to use against a future booking, or a full refund.
If a customer cancels a booking, relevant cancellation fees will be applied in accordance with our cancellation policy laid out in our terms and conditions.
No refunds are given for any late comers or no shows.
Children 14 and under £22
The trip is suitable for children at the parent's discretion.
Please note that all sailing are dependent upon the weather and the size of the waves!
The boat is a 10m Humber rib. Humbers provide the driest, safest and most stable ride of any comparable craft. Skippers Paul and Graeme were born and brought up in St Abbs and are both skippers of St Abbs lifeboat. They know the coast and its waters like the back of their hands. A safety briefing will be given as you step on board and the skipper will assist you with life jackets and boarding.
Formed by active volcanoes, St Abb's Head is the best known landmark along the magnificent Berwickshire coastline. The sheer cliffs, offshore stacks and narrow gullies provide outstanding scenic beauty and an incredible habitat for wildlife.
Here Guillemots crowd tightly together on the broad ledges and sides of offshore stacks, especially in the area north of the lighthouse. Razorbills cluster in single pairs or small groups. Puffins use crevices in the cliff face to lay a single egg out of sight. Kittiwakes build grass and mud nests on the cliff faces whilst Fulmars nest higher up on grassy ledges or in crevices.
In the water, dolphins and seals patrol the coast and divers take the leap of faith off the back of their dive boats
The cliffs themselves tell stories in stone. With some as old as 450 million years, they lie along the St Abb's Head fault and tell us tales of when a wide ocean separated Scotland and England.
Experience St Abbs as you have never seen it before. Feel the peace and serenity of the waters along the coastline. View the lighthouse as sailors have viewed it since 1862. Get up close and personal with the North Sea's abundant wildlife. Watch for divers bubbles as they descend beneath the waves. Your Riptide rib ride will be an experience never to forget.
Rock House, St Abbs Harbour
TD14 5PW. The rides leave from St Abbs Harbour
Tel: 07823 449100 or 01890 771945