Sail the Hebrides

Amanda's verdict
Scotland's Western Isles are some of the most amazing places in Britain – part fantasy movie backdrop, part Robinson Crusoe paradise. I can't imagine a better base from which to explore them than on board an informal small ship with your family - fishing, wildlife spotting, kayaking and beach-combing. These three small ships are currently available on a self-catered basis.

Recommended company: St Hilda Sea Adventures

St Hilda Sea Adventures says

Our unique, fun and informal voyages around the most beautiful islands, sea lochs and mountains of the Hebrides are truly unforgettable adventures for all ages, from wildlife encounters to (free) whisky tours.

  • adventure for all ages
  • private charter available
  • wildlife encounters

Our three, small cruise ships are St Hilda (maximum 6 passengers), Seahorse II (maximum 11 passengers) and Gemini Explorer (maximum 8 passengers).

St Hilda is a traditional, wooden ex-Tall Ship. Seahorse II is an ex-Norwegian Ferry and our newest addition to the fleet, Gemini Explorer, is an ex-cruising lifeboat. All three ships have been converted to cruise the western islands of Scotland in comfort and style.

One of the secrets to the magic of our voyages is that our small ships let you explore places most cruise ships can’t access. We anchor in sheltered bays and small harbours from where you can explore remote Scottish islands such as Mull, Jura, St Kilda, Staffa, Iona and Skye.

Each day is as action packed or relaxing as you want it to be. You can fish, swim, dive, set lobster pots and sail the sea and lochs with the chance to spot dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, otters, sea eagles and the occasional whale.

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently offering each of our three ships on a self-catering basis, moored in a charming marina on the west coast, close to Oban. It means you can book an entire boat for your family’s own exclusive use.

Visit St Hilda Sea Adventures to see details of our self-catering holidays.

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