Cruise the Hebrides

Annabelle'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 way to explore them than on an informal small-ship - currently on offer as a self-catering holiday based in a marina north of Oban.

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.

  • self-catering option
  • 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.

You can charter one of our small ships for your family or a group of friends (maximum 11) or  join others (solo travellers, couples, small groups) for a relaxed, sociable and fun adventure.

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, our three ships are now moored in an attractive marina north of Oban, on Scotland’s west coast, and can be booked on a self-catering basis. With 72hrs between each booking (minimum three nights) for a deep clean, you can be assured of a safe environment on board combined with the freedom to explore the beauty of the west coast.

From 2021, we hope to operate our crewed cruises, ranging from four nights up to eleven nights with a skipper and chef on board to take care of the hard work!

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.

Whether you choose one of our 2020 self-catering breaks or a crewed voyage in 2021, each day is as action packed or relaxing as you want it to be. You can fish, swim, dive, set lobster pots and take a boat trip for the chance to spot dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, otters, sea eagles, puffins, minke whales and the occasional orca or humpback whale.

Visit St Hilda Sea Adventures to see details of our self-catering optionsitineraries and to check our calendar for berth availability.

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