Skipper and Co-Owner of ‘Lauren Jade ’, Derek Farr

“A knack of putting you on the fish” – “an eagle eye for spotting the wildlife”.

Accredited Wildlife Safe OperatorFrom Derek, co-owner, skipper and wildlife guide:

“Sharing my love and knowledge of Wildlife & Fishing, I want everybody to have a good, enjoyable and memorable experience.

I have a lifetime of experience working with wildlife and am an accredited WiSe Wildlife Safe Operator and Ranger ( D&G Rangers on Facebook )

As a very keen sports and competition angler I have skills in catching all sorts of fish and I hope to encourage people to enjoy a days fishing”.


D& Galloway Fisheries Action GroupWhat we offer you:

  • A great day fishing.
  • A warm welcome to families, individuals and groups.
  • A safe and enjoyable day on the coast.
  • A unique quality service with information and practical assistance.
  • A chance to see animals in the wild and with help to identify them.
  • Fun trips with a combination of Wildlife Watching & Fishing.
  • Opportunities for boat handling and training.
  • Access to hard to get to places with tailor made trips.
  • Chance to have fun and learn new things.

What we hope you will gain:

  • An insight into our natural world and the secretive lives of sea creatures.
  • Memories of close encounters with our fantastic wildlife.
  • A new experience shared with family and new friends.
  • A fish or two for tea.
  • New skills and the wish to return and enjoy the sea and coast.
  • Excellent quality days to remember, recommend and a wish to return!
  • Gain skills and learn about our ecology.


‘Lauren Jade’ was purchased for Wildlife & Fishing charters as she offers space, safety and speed.

Lauren Jade at the steps Isle of Whithorn

Boat specifications:

  • Lauren Jade is a Wilson Flyer, 7.4 meters in length
  • Powered by Ervinrude 150 HP outboard engine
  • Licesensed for up to 6 passengers and 1 crew
  • Annually licensed by MCA and coded to 20 miles from safe-haven in good weather conditions and daylight hours
  • Full insurance for £10 million
  • Full safety equipment includes lifejackets for adults and juveniles, a liferaft for 8 people and with necessary rescue equipment
  • Electronics: 2x VHF radios, 2x fish finders, 2xGPS
  • Full deck and navigation lights
  • All equipment is regularly checked, serviced and is in date

Access to ‘Lauren Jade’

  • The Isle of Whithorn has a harbour which dries out at low water so departure/return times are varied and tide dependent.
  • Access to the boat may be by stone steps or a metal ladder.  Only on rare occasions will the access be down more that 3 or 4 rungs of the metal ladder, but I will always be at hand for your safety.

What‘s on board

  • A full range safety equipment and instructions
  • Fishing rods / reels / tackle
  • Binoculars
  • Field guides for identification
  • Limited seating
  • Basic, but private, toilet facilities