Recommended company: St Hilda Sea Adventures
St Hilda Sea Adventures says
Our unique Scottish small-ship cruising and wildlife holidays around the most beautiful islands, sea lochs and mountains of the Inner and Outer Hebrides are truly unforgettable adventures for all ages, from wildlife encounters to (free) whisky tours.
We have a fleet of three small cruise ships. St Hilda is a traditional, wooden ex-Tall Ship (maximum 6 passengers). Seahorse II is a former Norwegian Ferry (maximum 11 passengers) and Gemini Explorer, is a former cruising lifeboat (maximum 8 passengers).
All three ships have been converted to cruise the western islands of Scotland in comfort and style. You can charter one of our small ships for your family or a group of friends (maximum 11) or join others (couples, small groups and solo travellers) for a relaxed, sociable and fun adventure.
Our small vessels can access 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 as relaxing as you want it to be. You can fish, swim, dive, set lobster pots and cruise the sea and its lochs and look out for dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, otters, sea eagles, puffins, minke whales and the occasional orca or humpback whale.
The crew prepares all the meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, often using freshly-caught fish and other locally-sourced produce. This is all included in the price, along with snacks and wine with dinner. We also have self-catering options when our small ships are not cruising.
On some dates, we offer themed cruises with a specialist tutor on board – wildlife, photography and painting, for example.
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