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Islay’s only boat tours business introduces new seafood special trips

The only boat tour business based on Islay has introduced a new seafood special trip, with the addition of locally smoked seafood available to its customers.

About the business

Islay Sea Adventures offers a unique way to explore Islay through a variety of experiences, including wildlife trips, fishing trips, and private charters. The business has five different charter boats that can cater to a range of needs, from gentle wildlife spotting cruises to adrenaline-filled rides on a lightweight, high-speed rigid inflatable boat.  

Business Gateway allowed us to invest in our ability to smoke quality Scottish seafood, which may not have been possible without their support.

How Business Gateway has helped

Born and bred on Islay, Gus is passionate about showing off the best of the island to tourists and locals alike. Motivated to widen his team’s customer base, he had an idea to introduce smoked seafood on the business’ tours and approached Business Gateway for support in developing this new avenue.  

Through Business Gateway, Gus received one-to-one support from a dedicated business adviser, as well as advice on funding opportunities. Thanks to this support, Gus accessed grant funding towards the costs of a Safety Management System and HACCP food safety management course.  

These courses mean that Gus and the team can now offer customers on their trips a selection of high-quality, local produce that they have smoked themselves.   

Gus Newman, Managing Director and Skipper, Islay Sea Adventures, said: “We’re really proud to be able to offer our customers the unique chance to enjoy the scenery and wildlife that Islay has to offer, all while sampling some of the best local produce available. 

“Business Gateway allowed us to invest in our ability to smoke quality Scottish seafood, which may not have been possible without their support.” 

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