Arbroath Sea Safari set to ‘wave’ goodbye

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A popular Angus coastal tourist service is set to close.

The Arbroath Sea Safari, which runs boat tours exploring the North Sea coastline, will cease sailing at the end of next month.

For the past three years, thousands of tourists and locals have boarded the Rib Roy to experience the best of the east coast sealife.

Once aboard the custom 10m Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB), voyagers are taken to explore caves and gorges along the coast as well as to the Bell Rock lighthouse on the Inchcape reef, 11 miles offshore.

Experienced skipper Andrew Spence, 40, started the business in April 2011 but has now decided to call time in order to spend more time with his family.

He said: “It is something which is totally unique to the area.

“It is a great business and fantastic for the local economy.

“Around 80% of our business has come from local people but we have had people from all over the world, including Australia and Africa.

“If you look at our TripAdvisor page, we have had nothing but positive reviews. Nobody has ever come back and not had a good time not once have I had a person not enjoying themselves.

“I sacrifice my summer and I have two girls aged two and five years old it’s time-consuming and I’d like to spend more time with them.

“It’s such a busy business and you need to be on the go all the time.”

The Sea Safari launches from Arbroath harbour up to 15 times every week, skippered by Andrew.

Now, he is hopeful that someone else might be willing to keep the boat trips running.

Andrew added: “I have lived and worked in Arbroath all my life and I wanted to share that coastline with everybody.

“Most people don’t realise there are dolphins right on their doorstep.

“It’s a real shame that we are closing and it will be a big loss to Arbroath but three years is a fairly good go at it.

“The highlight has been the enjoyment on the faces of people as soon as the boat starts up and when it reaches between 25 and 30 knots people are just blown away by it.

“It would be ideal for someone to pick it up and do the business.”

The Rib Roy will set sail for the final time on September 30.