Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland

“Our only 7 day cruise starting in Oban, to the Isle of Skye and Inner Hebrides, in a converted wooden vessel.”

Highlights

Sound of Mull | Point of Ardnamurchan | Sanna Bay | Loch na Ceall | Isle of Skye | Eilean Donan Castle | Isle of Mull | Duart Castle and Duart Bay | Firth of Lorn

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06 May 2017
£ 2140
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27 May 2017
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03 Jun 2017
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Our top tip:
You will be advised to bring good waterproof gear. Don’t ignore it. The scenery is so stunning you will want to be outdoors all the time anyway.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 11 passengers.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Two double cabins are reserved for single travellers at no supplement on every cruise.
Accomm:
Ensuite cabins.
Included:
Accommodation, all meals and snacks, wine with dinner, crew.
Vouchers
Not Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland

Environment

Waste: The company rescued and restored two beautiful traditional fishing vessels which would have been destroyed due to decommissioning and gave them a new life introducing people to one of the most pristine and scenic areas of Europe. Exploring Argyll in a group by boat is much better for the environment than travelling by car, and in fact it is much quicker by boat to get to the remote areas. During the conversion of the vessels, sustainable and recycled materials were used as much as possible and even now if repairs are required we take pleasure in finding materials that can be re-used. While on board, everything is recycled and carefully disposed of when on shore. The crew regularly collect rubbish from the water or on the beaches which is disposed of at the next recycling opportunity. Local producers feature highly in our menus, thus reducing food miles and packaging - we often pick up supplies direct from the farm or boat - no packaging required! We encourage our guests to fish and drop lobster pots; mackerel or crab are almost guaranteed but we do get other fish and the occasional lobster which guests will find on their plate at their next meal! Water is very precious on board because of storage and this reduces overuse for example guests are encouraged to have short showers. We only change guests linen and towels on request to avoid wasting energy on cleaning them unnecessarily

Suppliers: We are very fortunate to have some outstanding food and drink producers and suppliers in Argyll, especially seafood, hill beef and lamb and a range of speciality foods. Our guests love the fact that they are enjoying the local speciality produce and that they often get to actually meet the producers themselves while en-route on their cruise. Many of our food and drink suppliers provide free range and organic produce and we favour such producers. We also used local suppliers to undertake the original conversion of the vessels which was carried out in the local marina. These suppliers continue to work with us to maintain the vessels, from engineering and joinery to making the cushions and throws for the cabins. We also supply local toiletries in the guests ensuites

Community

Friends and neighbours: The owners are steeped in the local Argyll community and spread as much of the economic benefit as they can for the guests they bring in. Local Guest Houses and Hotels are recommended by our sales team; local experts are brought in by operations to inform the guests about the wildlife and heritage. On a recent stopover at the island of Colonsay where opening hours can be erratic, the company phoned ahead to arrange that the attractions at the Pier including a tiny art gallery and micro brewery were open so that guests could buy gifts and meet the locals. Many of our cruises are planned as one-offs to take in a local festival such as a food festival or a highland games, providing a truly authentic experience for our guests. Local attractions benefit, local suppliers benefit, and local businesses benefit from the presence of the company. Some restaurants even ask us to anchor overnight near their establishment as it improves the view!

A fair deal: We employ three full time people all the year round, one part time person all the year round and 12 seasonal crew for the vessels. Seasonality is a problem for us as well as some of the seasonal workers and we can lose good people because they look for a permanent job. We therefore have recently tried to find ways of employing people all the year round. We opened one of our vessels as a restaurant off-season to provide all year round employment for one of our chefs. One of our skippers does engineering and boat maintenance for us during the off season. We provide training for all staff, identified in the annual appraisal to ensure they are able to fulfill the job role; our crews in particular have a high degree of autonomy and responsibility when they are at sea with our guests. When we first started the company we had two crews, one for each boat with 1.5 rest days between each cruise. This did not provide sufficient recover time so we introduced a third crew and we now have a system of two weeks on and one week off to ensure our crews are well rested and can do their job well.

Reviews of Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The holiday company are excellent in every way. Small motor vessel (Glen Mason) carrying 12 passengers, ours had 10 passengers this trip. En suite cabins three cooked meals a day by a Michelin trained chief, with coffee at 11:00 and
high tea at 15:30. If you are not careful, it could be death by eating, but very enjoyable. The boat has a crew of 4, Captain, Engineer, Stewardess and Chief. The boat also has a small powerboat, this is used to go ashore to some
beautiful and remote coves and small ports/villages. We also set lobster pots at our night anchorage, and retrieved before breakfast the following morning. The catch if any was incorporated into the canapé’s, which are served half an hour prior the evening meal. Wines are served with this meal too. Some of the passengers fished from the side of the boat, mostly mackerel and a few flat fish. We visited Jura, Isla and the adjoining peninsula, and then up north again visiting a number of sea locks around Mull. Finally a visit to Tobermory. By chance it was the Highland Gathering that day, with all the lovely pipe bands and dancers. Finally back to Oban to disembark. The crew were marvellous, and nothing was too much
trouble, with a number of elderly passengers on our cruise, all was taken in their stride. I was a single passenger, I went with a certain amount of trepidation, but this was all put to one side by the first evening, all 10 of us gelled almost at
once, and got on like a house on fire. I will certainly be back.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Reviewed on 27 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We were a small and delightful group of 6 travelers and 4 crew, including the skipper and a fabulous chef. We all got to know one another very well. The boat was cozy and comfortable, the landscapes and cloudscapes, sublime; and the day trips and hikes, especially our visit to Iona and its sacred and ancient abbey were vitamin C for the spirit.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring waterproof clothing and shoes. One day the water was rough and the wind was very strong. Those of us who were not waterproof arrived at Iona soaked. We were warned beforehand in the travel information. It needs to be heeded.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


There were plenty of shops enroute, which we supported wholeheartedly. We received information regarding advocacy sources for more national parks in Scotland from the director of our Wildlife land tour.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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