NEW ERA the Solar Powered Boat

Welcome to New Era Boat Trips Inverness

The "New Era" operates environment-friendly boat trips on the beautiful Beauly Firth near Inverness. The boat runs entirely on solar power during normal operation without engine noise or fumes, which makes it a unique and peaceful experience. During the trip of about 40 to 45 minutes there is a good chance to see seals and dolphins. The New Era is licensed to carry a maximum of 8 passengers and has space for one wheelchair.

On most days with suitable conditions during July and August there will be frequent departures from North Kessock. Booking is possible, or just hop on if you visit North Kessock while trips are operating (subject to space being available). In May, June, and September trips are usually possible by arrangement.

Please note: Trips operate summer only, May until end September.

The pickup point is normally on the beach at North Kessock,
although the old ferry pier may also be used.

Special trips are possible on request, including picnic and evening sunset cruises.

Suitable conditions are:

Tidal window: From about 2 hours before until 1 hour after high water.

Weather: Wind has to be light; generally less than 5 Beaufort. It does not have to be sunny for the boat to run on solar power because power is stored in batteries.

Please note that trips may be cut short or cancelled at short notice in the event of deteriorating weather.

This website gives general information about solar-powered boat trips with the New Era. Have a look at the photo gallery and the technical and safety sections to find out more.

For fares, booking, and up-to-date sailing information see: