Ratho Branch


Where We Are:

Just west of Edinburgh in the village of Ratho, near to The Bridge Inn. Canal Side, 27 Baird Road, Ratho, Newbridge. EH28 8RA


Take Baird Road alongside the Bridge Inn car park, follow our signs and go down the slope to our parking area beside the boats. Please do not park in the Bridge Inn car park unless instructed.

Our Cruises:

Weekday Cruises

We leave Ratho in the morning between 10.30am and 12 noon and return at approximately 2.30pm. Departures to suit you. In the afternoons we leave at 3.00pm, returning between 4.30pm and 5.30pm.
A short one way, one and a half hour cruise is available from Ratho to Almondell Aquaduct between 10.30am and 11.30am. Please note: you must arrange transport pickup at the Almondell Aquaduct.
A trip is then available at 1.00pm from Almondell Aquaduct back to Ratho. Please note: you must arrange transport pickup at Ratho.
At weekends we can offer flexible departures and return times. You choose how long you want to cruise. Minimum cruise time is one and a half hours.

Note Virtual Cruises:-

A separate website managed by a Ratho Volunteer takes viewers on virtual cruises, using contemporary and historic photos with descriptive text. To visit that website and view a cruise Click Here. Please note that this will open in a new tab.

Santa Cruises:

Late November until first week of December (Weather Permitting). During the cruise Santa makes an appearance with his sack of gifts.

Our Boats:

We have three boats at Ratho: St John Edinburgh, St John Crusader II, and Mackay Seagull. All are fully accessible with lifts to accommodate those with mobility problems or in wheelchairs. Each has a wheelchair friendly toilet and a galley. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

Ratho Dry Dock:


The Ratho Dry Dock is our own facility to help us look after and maintain our fleet of boats to the highest standards.    The dock may be made available to other charities, organisations and private owners when it is not being used by ourselves.   If you would like to discuss the use the dry dock, or make a reservation, please contact Stuart Rennie on 07847 611398 or email rathodrydock@gmail.com

Would you like to volunteer:

Although we already have over 90 volunteers at Ratho, we are all exceptionally busy given the popularity of our cruises.   We are therefore always on the lookout for additional volunteers to help with all aspects of providing our cruises to the elderly, infirm and those with special needs.   If you would like to help, or are not yet too sure and would like to join one of our volunteer taster sessions, give us a call on 07749 034468 or email RathoVolunteers@seagulltrustcruises.org.uk.   We would love to hear from you.

Our on-line Newsletter :

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