Book your tickets for a trip on our custom built boat Peggy to see two of Cumbria's hidden gems.
We will take you on a short 10 minute crossing in the sheltered waters of Walney Channel to observe the Grey Seal colony on the southern tip of Walney Island, we generally spend about 30 minutes observing the Grey Seals and seabirds from a safe distance so as not to disturb the seals, only accessible by boat.
We will then drop you off on the historical Piel Island, home to the ruins of a 14th century castle and a 17th century pub, the Ship Inn. Here you can spend 1 hour at your leisure exploring the castle and island before returning to the boat back to our Roa Island departure point.
The Grey Seal colony has had up to 500 seals counted by Cumbria Wildlife Trust, the only seal colony in Cumbria. Seal pups are usually born between September and December, and can be seen on the beach with their mothers. Large flocks of seabirds can also be seen at different times of the year.
Piel Island has an impressive 14th century castle, built by the Cistercian Monks of Furness Abbey from beach stones and local sandstone. You can walk around and explore the ruins, an adventure ground for young children.
Piel Island is also home to the Ship Inn pub, dating from the 17th century, it is a great place for some refreshment. The landlord of the pub also holds the title of "King of Piel", a tradition that originates from the invasion of the Island in 1487. Seasonal opening times may apply.
Our boat Peggy has side and bow loading doors, making access easy for all ages.
Dogs are welcome, but must be kept out of sight of the seals and be kept quiet, so as not to disturb the seals.