The Seagull Trust was founded in 1978 to provide cruises for disabled people of all ages, across Scotland. In 2007, the Trust became known as Seagull Trust Cruises with a goal of extending its work across Scotland, to provide cruises to people with special needs.
From its original base in Ratho, near Edinburgh where cruises took place on the Union Canal, activities have extended and there are now four branches at Ratho, Falkirk, Kirkintilloch and Highland Branch in Inverness, with cruises on the Union, Forth & Clyde and Caledonian Canals.
Between the months of April and October these branches, except for Highland, are generally offering cruises seven days a week in order that they might provide a service for as many people as possible. Seagull Trust Cruises aims to be as accommodating as possible to its users and so cruise durations are based upon the conditions and the wishes of the user groups.
In July 2003 a new residential holiday canal boat was launched. The Marion Seagull was introduced in the Falkirk Branch and allows people with special needs and their families to cruise the lowland waterways at their leisure for a few days to over a week.
Seagull Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Seagull Trust Cruises which operates with the trading name Seagull Canal Cruising. It operates the Wooden Spoon Seagull, a canal boat which was specially adapted for use as a floating classroom with the generous support from the Wooden Spoon - the children’s charity of rugby. This boat was officially named by HRH The Princess Royal in July 2012.
With space for up to 36 passengers, the boat is fully equipped and heated, with a full length sunroof and modern facilities to support people with special needs. It is also available for private hire, whether for a family party, a meeting or training session, and all monies raised helps to further Seagull Trust Cruises' charitable work.
The Seagull Trust Cruises fleet comprises of boats that are purpose built and are crewed by trained volunteers. Please note that Seagull Trust Cruises does not provide transport, therefore it is the responsibility of user groups to travel to the selected branch and must be accompanied by responsible carers, supplying any medical equipment they may require as well as food.