Q. How do I book a trip?
A. Easy, simply choose your boat (Lochrin Belle in Edinburgh or Jaggy Thistle in Falkirk) then fill in the online booking form. Start here. Please note that trips to Ratho from Edinburgh Quay cannot leave any later than 12pm.
Q. Private hire / charity / corporate?
A. Our charity rate applies to registered charities only. Corporate hire is available for team building days and meetings. Private hire is for individuals and clubs who’d like to use the boat for their event.
Q. What can Re-Union offer as a venue?
A. The Lochrin Belle is a 60ft wide-beam boat which is perfect for all types of events. It is one of the most unique venues in Edinburgh, is fully wheelchair accessible, has its own kitchen and passes amazing scenery as it cruises along the Union Canal. take a look at our Venue Hire page for more information or contact us.
Q. What are the catering options?
A. Catering in Edinburgh is provided by Delilicious, please download our 2018 buffet menu or alternatively we are able to provide a ‘bowl food‘ menu (think of it as larger than tapas, but smaller than a main meal, so we recommend two portions per person- comes with its own chef!) or selections of more substantial dishes from the ‘hot buffet‘ menu.
A. Catering in Falkirk is provided by Clive Ramsey, please download the menu
Q. My friend is a wheelchair user, is the boat accessible?
A. The Lochrin Belle, moored in Edinburgh, with our lift, ramp and toilet facilities is comfortably accessible for all users.
Q. Where does the boat go?
A. (Lochrin Belle) For a half day booking of 4 hours, the boat leaves Edinburgh Quay, travels to Murrayburn and returns.
For full day bookings of 7 hours, the boat leaves Edinburgh Quay, travels to Ratho and returns.
We usually pick you up / collect you from the Edinburgh Quay Basin, or the Leamington Lift Bridge. To collect you from the pontoon at Harrison Park incurs a cost of £25, the Wester Hailes turning point is an additional £100 and from Ratho is an additional £175. Do ask if you have any specific questions about your collection point, or if you need a different stopping / dropping off point – we’ll do our best to help.
A. (Jaggy Thistle) You will have the unique opportunity to sail 35m in the air on the one and only Falkirk Wheel, through two locks and onto the Union Canal.
Q. How many people can come on board?
A. Lochrin Belle can take up to 35 depending on the activity. Our layout is very flexible. Visit our gallery to see some examples.
A. Jaggy Thistle can take up to 8 passengers only
Q. Can we bring alcohol on board?
A. We do permit the consumption of alcohol on board, a corkage fee of £35 per trip for those who wish to do so. Passenger and crew safety is our paramount concern, if necessary, the Skipper will ask a group to desist if he feels anyone may be in jeopardy. If the Skipper is ignored it may mean your trip is terminated early and passengers asked to leave the boat. Please do not bring party poppers, or confetti, it’s really difficult to tidy up before the next trip.
Q. Can we see the venue before our booking to check its suitability.
A. Yes, get in touch with us and we will arrange a pre-event visit for you.