From June until the end of October 2017 there will be a variety of Boat Trips on the Tay available to book departing from Perth – Fergusson Gallery and Willowgate Activity Centre.

Due to the tidal nature of the river the trips will run at different times of day meaning you get the choice to explore this beautiful river first thing in the morning, during the day or into the early evening.

Why not combine your trip on the Tay with a spot of shopping in Perth and breakfast/lunch/dinner from one of our great cafes and restaurants or try something new at the fab Willowgate Activity Centre.

Download the Boating on the Tay programme.

Book your boat trip below (You can now use The Perth Gift Card as a form of online payment)

If you are booking a return journey please remember to book your return trip.

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Licensed for 12 passengers and 3 crew Missel Thrush is a classic Fleur de Lys Class Motor Cruiser built by Dagless Limited in the 1960’s. She is 15 metres in length and weighs 37 tons. She has a large forward deck area with seating and a small shelter deck at the stern. Internally she has a large saloon, wheelhouse galley, cabins and toilet/shower. She is powered by twin Lancing Marine engines. She was acquired by Taymara in 2015 and sailed to Dundee from Northern France for an extensive re-fit.

Badger is a Nelson Class vessel and a former Customs & Excise Patrol Launch built in 1984. She weighs 7 tons and is 10 metres in length. She is licensed to carry up to 8 passengers and 2 crew. She was re-engined in 2008 with twin 225 HP Perkins Sabre diesel engines and is capable of 26 knots. Her propellers and propeller shafts were replaced in 2015. She has an external cockpit with seating for 8 and a small cabin/wheelhouse in the event of inclement weather. There is a toilet and hand-washing facilities on board.

Catalina is a 5.4m Humber Destroyer Rhib (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) and is licensed to carry 4 passengers and 2 crew. She is powered by a 90 HP Yamaha engine. There are pods for passenger seating but no shelter for inclement weather is provided.

Journey Duration

Fergusson Pontoon to Willowgate Duration: Approximately 15 minutes

Willowgate to Fergusson Pontoon Duration: Approximately 15 minutes

Back to Nature Tour: Approximately: 60 minutes

Kinnoull Hill View Tour: Approximately: 60 minutes


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For Booking Enquires: Please contact / or call 01738 477929 or 01738637245

Alternative Travel  Options

If you book a single trip please note that you will be responsible for your own travel arrangements for the return leg of your journey.

Bus: Stagecoach operates the 16 Route that stops at the road entrance to Willowgate activity centre operating a fairly regular service from Willowgate to Perth city centre. Timetable information here:

Taxi’s: The following taxi companies offer a fixed fare to and from Willowgate/ Perth City Centre.

Perth Radio Taxi’s –  01738 580058

Ace Taxi’s – 01738 444000

Walk: There is a walkable route from Willowgate to the City Centre along the Riverside Walk. Please note this walk is not suitable for wheelchair users and is rough underfoot. The walk is a distance of approx 1km from the city centre.


In partnership with Perth and Kinross Council and the Tay and Earn Trust these boating trips are provided by Taymara.

Taymara (Tay Maritime Action) is a voluntary sector organisation which exists to serve the local communities of Tayside – ie the geographic areas of Fife, Dundee & Angus and Perth & Kinross – with their vessels and qualified crews providing safe access to the exciting Tay River marine environment to provide knowledge, qualifications, skills and memorable maritime experiences for all, but especially for those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Booking Terms and Conditions:

  • Cancellations must be made 48 hours before a trip for a full refund. Cancellations must be made via email to
  • If  a trip you have to be booked is cancelled due to weather or river conditions you will be notified by email 24 hours prior to the trip
  • Trips will only be cancelled in extreme weather or river conditions
  • Please ensure at the time of booking that you are happy with the vessel that you have selected for your trip as it may not be possible to change this at a later date or on the day
  • Full payment must be received prior to the trip commencing
  • Children should be accompanied by adults on all trips
  • The Open Rib is only suitable for children over 9 years old and who can touch the floor of the boat.