Welcome aboard the Natural Explorer


There’s so much to discover around the coast at John O’Groats, and by far the most exhilarating way to explore it is by sea safari! Aboard the 9-metre, 12 seater Natural Explorer boat, you’ll speed across the waves towards Stroma and explore the dramatic coastline whilst being entertained by our knowledgeable crew.

What’s more, and even more exciting is the chance to observe Scottish wildlife at close quarters in their natural habitat, including opportunities for whale and dolphin watching. For your safety and comfort we’ll provide lifejackets and waterproofs on our boat trips, so all you need to do is bring your sea legs and look forward to a trip to remember!


1 hour trip   Adults (16 & over)   Children  
Cost £28 £20


Your Pentland Safari explained:


A thrilling 1 hour excursion aboard our twin-engined, 500hp Natural Explorer boat

Operating April to September – trips may also operate in March and October depending on the weather

The route takes in the awe-inspiring Stacks of Duncansby and rock arch known as Thirle Door, before heading out towards Stroma

A chance to observe whales – the waters here are the only place in the UK where you may see orca and minke whales as they migrate

You may catch a glimpse of smaller marine mammals such as grey seals, porpoises, dolphins and otters

Birdlife may include kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, shags and puffins (depending on the time of year)

Don’t forget, we provide lifejackets and waterproofs. But please make sure you wrap up warm as conditions at sea can sometimes be chilly, even in the summer months!


To book or enquire please email jogactivities@naturalretreats.com or contact our Concierge Team on 0844 384 3166.


Some things to bear in mind: Boat holds a maximum of 12 people. Regular trips operate throughout the day, weather permitting. In the event of adverse weather and sea conditions boat trips will be cancelled, full refunds will be given. Trip times advertised up to 48 hours in advance. Booking in advance in encouraged to avoid disappointment.