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Seal Watching by Boat & Visit to Historical Piel Island

  • Location Roa Island, Barrow in Furness. LA13 0QL
  • Price from £15.00


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 and drop you off on the historical Piel Island, home to the ruins of a 14th century Piel Castle and a 17th century pub, the Ship Inn. Here you can spend time at your leisure, exploring the historic castle and island. Bring a picnic and let the kids enjoy the beaches around the island.

You can join our ferry at any time during the day during our published ferry sailing times on our Facebook page, please allow yourself time to enjoy the island to the full.

We will then collect you from Piel Island at 4.30pm and go and observe the Grey Seal colony on the southern tip of Walney Island, we generally spend about 20 minutes observing the Grey Seals and seabirds from a safe distance so as not to disturb the seals, only accessible by boat. We will return to our departure point of Roa Island at 5.30pm.

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.


    What's included

  • Transportation Ferry boat for 10 passengers, boat & crew licenced by the UK Coastguards
  • Equipment Adult and children's Lifejackets, Liferaft, twin engines.
  • Other Fully insured and verified by the Barrow Council for vessel and public liability

    What you'll need

  • Warm Clothing Bring some warm clothing just in case - be prepared.
  • Waterproofs The boat provides some shelter, but waterproofs may be needed in case of rain for on the island.
  • Food Bring a picnic for eating on Piel Island.
  • Drink Enjoy a drink in the Ship Inn pub (seasonal), or bring your own.
  • Other Camera, binoculars?


  • Custom Policy


Roa Island, Barrow in Furness. LA13 0QL