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Press Release   •   Jan 09, 2018 10:33 GMT

From left to right, Carolyn Perkins, Operations Manager at Seafari Adventures, Tony Hill, Co-founder of Seafari Adventures, and VisitScotland Regional Director David Adams McGilp on board a Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat. Photographer: Kevin McGlynn

Oban’s original five-star marine wildlife tour company is on board with VisitScotland’s innovative approach to information provision.

Seafari Adventures, based in Easdale, has become part of an impressive network of VisitScotland Information Partners (VIPs) committed to providing local information to visitors.

Established by Tony and Jess Hill in 1999, the adventure business takes its patrons out onto the Firth of Lorne to experience Scotland’s wildlife and nature in a fun and exhilarating way. On board Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats, built at the company’s dedicated workshop, visitors can expect to see porpoise, seals, sea eagles and deer with the possibility of dolphins, minke whales. All tours pass through the Gulf of Corryvreckan, home of the world’s third largest whirlpool.

Following an assessment last year the company received VisitScotland’s top Quality Assurance award in recognition of the exceptional standard of the visitor experience it offers. Along with Sealife Adventures, Mull Eagle Watch and Jenny Wren Boat Charter, it is one of four five-star Wildlife Experiences in Argyll and the Isles.

Having always been strong advocates for the area, it made perfect sense for the business to get involved with VisitScotland’s exciting approach to information provision. The new official accreditation will add value to the service they offer and make it easier than ever before for visitors to connect with local businesses.

As part of this partnership, and improving their visitor experience, the company has recently invested in larger buildings which will include a local exhibition area and full tourist information in this remote corner of the west coast.

Launched in May 2016, the VIP programme ties in with the national tourism organisation’s global Spirit of Scotland campaign and harnesses the local knowledge, warmth and enthusiasm of partners across the country to help visitors receive the warmest of welcomes and make the most of their trip to Scotland.

It has been very popular in Argyll and the Isles with accommodation providers, visitor attractions and social enterprises all joining up to do their bit to ensure visitors receive first-class information about the region and Scotland as a whole. Seafari Adventures is joined by 109 other businesses in the area such as Cruachan Visitor Centre in Loch Awe and Knockderry House Hotel in Helensburgh.

Tony Hill, Co-founder of Seafari Adventures, said: “We are delighted to be a VisitScotland Information Partner. We are very privileged to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and see it as our responsibility to help visitors experience the delights and wonders of Argyll and the Isles. Joining this programme will ensure we are providing this service to the highest standard.”

David Adams McGilp, Regional Director for VisitScotland, said: “Seafari Adventures are an outstanding business offering world-class adventures in beautiful surroundings. It’s fantastic to hear they are doing their bit to give visitors information about the area. They are an excellent addition to the impressive network of VIPs in the region.

“The VIP programme celebrates and supports tourism providers as they act as local ambassadors and help provide information, assistance and advice on all there is to see and do here. This follows a growing trend among consumers to use online resources to plan their trips and we now have partners throughout the country providing high quality information and advice to visitors with whom they interact.”

The programme forms part of VisitScotland’s focus on information which also includes a global online community to allow Scots and those who love Scotland to bring alive the streets, characters and landscapes of our country.

The scheme is open to all Quality Assured businesses, as well as community groups, local authority-operated library services and social enterprises. VisitScotland provides the partner sites with official signage and collateral, promotional material and information resources to make sure visitors receive an excellent standard of information about the area and the rest of Scotland. For more information, visit

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