Loch Tay Safaris Scotlands Best Visitor Experience

Loch Tay Safaris boat Kenmore Scotland
LOCH TAY SAFARIS ADDS FRESH IMPETUS TO SCOTLAND'S BEST VISITOR EXPERIENCE IN SILVER ANNIVERSARY YEAR
Currently celebrating its 25th successful year of operation, multi award winning activity provider, Highland Safaris, is set to reap the benefits of the intensive two year plan which saw it move from the land to the water.
In April of this year, the Visitscotland 5 star award winning Highland Safaris, launched Loch Tay Safaris, a new experience offering an exciting ninety minute guided tour around the mystical waters of Loch Tay, Perthshire's largest loch, in a custom built cabin rib craft.
With the inaugural season of Loch Tay Safaris set to finish this November, before the winter layup, current predictions made by Aberfeldy based Highland Safaris are that adding this exciting new dimension to its existing portfolio, will increase turnover by £90,000 in year one, rising to £150,000 in year three.
Overall turnover predictions for the business are currently sitting at £1 million, with turnover doubling over the last five years due to Highland Safaris expanding into new products and markets. This has added increased visitors to the existing Landrover Safaris, Red Deer Centre, Gold Panning, Mountain Bike activities and the award winning café and gift shop. The business was voted Best Visitor Experience in Scotland by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions a few years ago.
Having had the idea to expand Highland Safaris offering onto the water for several years, Donald and Julie Riddell, the husband and wife team behind the company, had to secure funding, and research the best type of boat to use, a process which took them at least eighteen months.
"Loch Tay Safaris was given the official go ahead in July 2016, but even prior to that we had been carrying out research looking at other operators in the marketplace, and what particular boats they used," said Donald Riddell. "Through Tony Hill at Seafari in Oban we found a Welsh company called Quinquari who operated rib tours but also built bespoke models. We then decided that the way ahead for us was to have a customised boat built just for us, which we did at a cost of over £150,000."
"The total cost of the project was in the region of £250,000, which included pontoons, a vehicle, the capital cost of altering the marina at Kenmore, along with the necessary marketing, PR, and a new dedicated website necessary to launch the product to market properly."
"We were lucky enough to secure Leader Funding through Perth and Kinross Council for the project which contributed 30%, which was a huge help, and enabled us to finally make the project a reality. It was even more special for us that this occurred in our Silver Anniversary year," said Julie. "The key to our success over the past quarter century has been offering authentic products which enable visitors from home and abroad to successfully engage with our fantastic natural environment here in Highland Perthshire."
Loch Tay Safaris employs a full time skipper, along with other full and part time crew members. The Safaris operate seven days a week between April and November, with extra daily sailings in peak season.
Further details www.lochtaysafaris.net and www.highlandsafaris.net.

LOCH TAY SAFARIS ADDS FRESH IMPETUS TO SCOTLAND'S BEST VISITOR EXPERIENCE IN SILVER ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Currently celebrating its 25th successful year of operation, multi award winning visitor attraction, Highland Safaris, is set to reap the benefits of the intensive two year plan which saw it move from the land to the water.

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In April of this year, Highland Safaris launched Loch Tay Safaris, a new product offering a ninety minute guided tour around the mystical waters of Loch Tay, Perthshire's largest loch, in a custom built cabin rib craft.

With the inaugural season of Loch Tay Safaris set to finish this November, with the product then taking a break over the Winter months to resume in April of next year, current predictions made by Aberfeldy based Highland Safaris are that adding this exciting new dimension to its existing portfolio, will increase turnover by £90,000 in year one, rising to £150,000 in year three.

Overall turnover predictions for the business are currently sitting at £1 million, with turnover doubling over the last five years due to Highland Safaris expanding into new products and markets, including developing its range of popular Hilltop Venues. The business was recently voted Best Visitor Experience in Scotland by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions.

Loch Tay Safaris boat trip

Having had the idea to expand Highland Safaris offering onto the water for several years, Donald and Julie Riddell, the husband and wife team behind the company, had to secure funding, and research the best type of boat to use, a process which took them at least eighteen months.

"Loch Tay Safaris was given the official go ahead in July 2016, but even prior to that we had been carrying out research looking at other operators in the marketplace, and what particular boats they used," said Donald Riddell. "Through Tony Hill at Seafari in Oban we found a Welsh company called Quinquari who operated rib tours but also built bespoke models. We then decided that the way ahead for us was to have a customised boat built just for us, which we did at a cost of nearly £150.000."

"The total cost of the project was in the region of £250,000, which included pontoons, a vehicle, the capital cost of altering the marina at Kenmore, along with the necessary marketing, PR, and a new dedicated website necessary to launch the product to market properly."

"We were lucky enough to secure Leader Funding for the project of at least 30%, which was a huge help, and enabled us to finally make the project a reality. It was even more special for us that this occurred in our Silver Anniversary year," said Julie. "The key to our success over the past quarter century has been offering authentic and sustainable products which enable visitors from home and abroad to successfully engage with our fantastic natural environment here in Highland Perthshire."

Loch Tay Safaris now employs a full time skipper, along with other full and part time crew members. The Safaris operate seven days a week between April and November, with extra daily sailings in peak season.

Further details www.lochtaysafaris.net and www.highlandsafaris.net.

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