June issue of “The Aqueduct” now published


The June issue of our new on-line magazine “The Aqueduct” is now published and you can get your own copy by clicking here

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The Ratho Swans


It’s that time of year again when it is absolutely delightful to see nature taking its course.   This year is no exception and our resident swans have been nest building close by to the Ratho Boathouse getting ready for the arrival of their 2023 bevy.

Up until recently it had not been possible to determine how many chicks were expected.   We had witnessed mum rearranging her eggs as we were passing on Seagull Crusader, and it appeared that there were 8 youngsters on their way.   Would that make them a “gaggle of Swans”?

However, all was revealed this week when the new family were out on the water exploring their new surroundings ~ and what a joy it was to see, even although it appears only five chicks have survived their first early days on the canal.

And where was dad at this time ?   Well, he wasn’t too far away keeping as much of a watchful eye on us, as we were on his lifelong partner and their new brood.

It was super last year to watch the family grow and mature, so we’ll keep you up to date this year as the chicks progress.   Please do send us any cute photo’s you may capture of our swan family during the season.




Summer is just around the corner. Time to cruise …


Spring is almost behind us, and our 2023 cruising programme is now well underway.   Many of our regular passengers are now returning (after their enforced Covid gap) to again enjoy cruises from the Ratho Boathouse to the spectacular Almondell Aqueduct, where we normally stop for lunch before returning to the Ratho Basin.   It really is great to see folks out on the foredeck enjoying the warmer weather as we cruise along.

Some of our care homes are again only doing this cruise in the one direction, arranging their transport to pick them up at the other end, so if this appeals to you, there are some one way cruises available.    Speak with our booking secretary, Carole, and she will be happy to advise you about this.

But whether you wish to cruise only one direction or both, this summer’s cruises are being booked up fast.  So be sure you don’t miss out and contact our booking line on 07511 055081 or email rathobookings@seagulltrustcruises.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you on board.