4 independent reviews for Argyll Sea Lochs & Crinan canal cruise, Scotland

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review 18 Jun 2016

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

There were almost too many to mention! From learning about tying knots, how to work the boat, cruising for hours under sail, the care needed to find the right anchorage, to shooting a lobster pot and catching crabs, brittle stars and a conger eel (all thrown back), to learning about the environment by collecting plankton for controlled scientific, global research, to the incredible scenery and beautiful coastline, to the vast variety of birds and their young, to sightings of porpoise, dolphin and the rare common seal. To cap it all, we had a skipper, Michael, who is passionate about all things marine and his lovely 'crew' Colette, who provided us with breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all cooked in a small galley and done in between working the boat! The both worked incredibly hard to make it an informative and most enjoyable holiday! Thank you both!

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

Follow the guidance provided regarding shoes, gloves etc and you won't go far wrong!

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

Yes, due to the location of the marina, even with our small party (of 5) the local B&B/hotels, pub and taxi drivers all benefitted; the research into global warming via the collecting of plankton helps with the bigger picture and conservation of marine life is of paramount importance

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

Exciting, memorable and a wonderful experience.

review 11 Sep 2013

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

The most outstanding part of the trip was definitely the experience of being immersed in the stunningly beautiful environment of the lochs of western Scotland. This combined with the knowledge and passion (for sailing and the wildlife) of our hosts, Michael and Colette, made it truly memorable. We were very fortunate in the company of fellow travellers, who made the journey enjoyable on another level. There was much laughter and camaraderie around the table at meal times.

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

Be prepared to take on new challenges and test yourself beyond your comfort zone.

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

Yes. We were able to visit historic sites and local hotels in remote villages along the coast. We developed a greater understanding of local history and an appreciation of the issues of conserving and protecting wild creatures of the lochs.

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

A fabulous unique opportunity to enjoy and marvel at nature in all its glory.

review 15 Jul 2013

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

"Ghosting" back from Arran across a sunlit sea. The beautiful area. After that, without wishing to offend the lovely baby seals, the porpoises, the 15 crabs or the knotmaster, probably Colette's lovely meals!

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

Follow Colette's pre-trip and kit guidance. If you have snorkel, wetsuits or other kit definitely think about bringing them.

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

Certainly low impact, and by educating us, and setting an example to others, definitely supports conservation.

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

A really terrific week which we will always remember (along with how to tie a bowline). Two of my colleagues at work have already expressed interest!

review 8 Dec 2010

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

The amazing scenery both in sunshine and rain. And our hosts, Colette and Michael.

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

Do as Michael and Colette suggest - pack light and bring wet weather gear ie rain jackets and boots.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

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

Absolutely fantastic for ALL ages, young and old. Colette is a brilliant cook and the meal she made out of freshly caught Mackerel fish has set a very high bench mark to beat. Michael knows so much and is a very patient teacher. We miss them dearly - thank you for a trip to remember!

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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
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