Those wishing to scatter the ashes of a deceased loved one on the waters in Edinburgh have a chance to do so at Hawes Pier, South Queensferry. This location is 50 yards from the famous Forth Bridge and a beautiful and tranquil spot for saying goodbye to sea lovers. For more information and to enquire about availability, fill the form below and we will get back to you ASAP.
We look forward to welcoming you aboard and helping you give your loved one the perfect send-off.
Type of Boat: 24m Doosan engine boat
Number of Passengers: 80
Cost from: £400
Are refreshments available? Yes, full bar
All Religions Catered for? Yes
Toilet on board: Yes
Disabled Access? Yes
Music Available: Yes
A standard trip takes 30-40 minutes, but it can be arranged beforehand if you require a more extended period. The skipper will stop at a spot of your choice or their suggestion, turn off the engine, and give you ample time to conduct the ashes scattering ceremony. How you perform the ceremony is up to you; you may read a poem, say a prayer, or say meaningful words. The entire crew is here to cater to your needs, so don't hesitate to ask for anything. We'll do our best to ensure you and the deceased's wishes are fulfilled.
Permissions, Laws & Regulations for Scattering Ashes in Edinburgh
There's no explicit law against scattering ashes in Edinburgh, although the Environmental Agency does offer some guidelines. For instance, everything thrown overboard has to be 100% biodegradable so as not to cause litter or harm wildlife. We will handle any requirements from a legal standpoint, so your ceremony can go without a hitch.
Tips for families when scattering ashes
- Stick to biodegradable materials
- Check the weather conditions (we will make sure to keep you informed)
- Stay upwind to ensure the ashes blow away from you and the guests.
- Spread the ashes as close to the water surface as possible
- Have wipes or water ready in case the ashes blow about to your skin or that of the other guests
- Summer months are gentler
- Don't be shy to ask for any help
Why Use a Our Boats?
- Total privacy
- Reach the River Forth or Go Out to the North Sea
- Views of the Forth Bridge
- Local knowledge and Peaceful Resting Places
- We have a lot of experience with ash scattering ceremonies
- Our dedicated staff will help guide the service if required
Urns for Scattering at Sea
All of our water urns are made of biodegradable material such as paper or cardboard, natural salt or other plant-based materials. We would be happy to provide an urn if you wish, alternatively, you can provide your own but we must stress that it needs to be water safe and approved to be 100% biodegradable.
Below we have listed some of the most frquestly asked questions, please feel free to contact us if you have more.
- What happens with an Ash Sea Scattering during bad weather?
- Many people simply pour the ashes from an urn into the water. However, during bad weather, the ashes can get blown about onto people's skin or get washed up onto the side of the boat. This is not only traumatic but also not the perfect send-off you envisioned. In that case, drop the ashes into the sea in a biodegradable urn sealed with non-toxic glue.
- Can I/we throw anything along with the ashes?
- You may wish to throw flowers or the deceased's personal items along with the ashes. This is okay if that item is 100% biodegradable and doesn't contain any plastic or metal.
- How will I feel after the scattering?
- Hopefully, better. While your personal experience will be different, we have offered many of these services over the years and have a lot of experience with families. The ashes scattering at sea ceremonies often leaves them with a tremendous sense of closure and peace. The sea is so tranquil and beautiful –a wonderful place to say your goodbyes and begin to heal.