Scotland from a Sea-plane

You will recollect from yesterday that I needed a new way of seeing the Kyles of Bute that didn’t involve getting Trench Foot.  Well, would you believe it, but the Missus came up with the perfect notion: sea-plane – she had bought us tickets for a discovery flight on the sea-plane operating out of Loch Lomond and today was the day (alas Jazz didn’t get a ticket – there’s a limit to the Missus’s largesse).  It’s very popular so you have to book way in advance and it is essential that you also book great weather too: we had another gorgeous autumn day and the flight was just stunning.

Our flight was a circuit down the Kyles of Bute (after buzzing the paddle-steamer Waverley), over the Crinan Canal towards Jura, back over Loch Long, through the Arrochar Alps and back.  Here are some of the pictures we took.

Taking off

The Waverley

Kyles of Bute

Tigh-na-bruaich

Moine Mohr

Corryvreckan with Colonsay on horizon

Loch Craignish

Luing and Shuna

Arrochar Alps

Loch Lomond

Sea-plane taxying

Kev looking smug after flight


The flight was an hour and has to the fastest flight I’ve ever been on: it passed in the blink of an eye.  If your flying experience is limited to Ryanair 737s then this is going to be a very pleasant surprise. The take-off and landing were very smooth, and our pilot Dave actually seemed to be enjoying himself,  pleased to have you on board and keen to tell you what we are flying over and doing circuits so everyone gets the view.  And what a view: because we never got over 2000 feet (you can read all the instruments!) the windows are big and the views are just great.  I know this part of the world pretty well and it was wonderful to see it from the air.  I’ve never enjoyed a flight so much: and they even give you a glass of Champagne at the end. It’s my preferred way of travelling from now on…