Inner Hebrides self catering boat in Scotland

204To396 per accommodation per night
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Dunstaffnage marina, Oban
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Seahorse II: 396 per vessel per night for 6 to 11 people, 294 per vessel per night for 4 or 5 people, 250 for 3 people or less. Gemini Explorer: 294 per vessel per night. St Hilda: 204 vessel per night.
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Description of Inner Hebrides self catering boat in Scotland

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Holiday information

The ships:
Our small ship cruises in Scotland take place on a choice of three converted small ships: St Hilda (a traditional wooden ex-tall ship with maximum capacity for 6 guests), Seahorse II (a former ferry cruiser from Norway with maximum capacity for 12 guests) or Gemini Explorer (a converted lifeboat cruiser with maximum capacity for 7 guests).

All three ships have been converted to cruise the western islands of Scotland in comfort and style and are suited to couples, families, solos or groups of friends. Children from 5 years old to the most demanding teenager love the experience.

Included in the price are all meals and your onboard skipper and chef who will provide an unforgettable holiday for everyone on board. We are based in Scotland and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge.
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.


1 Reviews of Inner Hebrides self catering boat in Scotland

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 06 Oct 2020 by

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

The marvelous weather combined with staying on board unusual accommodation.
Sunshine on the calm water seen through the porthole in the galley while cooking fresh seafood bought in Oban.
Sun-downers on the aft deck, peace and quiet.

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

If you are a bit dodgy on the legs then the steps down to the cabins is challenging, small children would find then a bit steep, although there are ample
They are working holiday cruise boats normally so expect everything that entails.
The galley is very well equipped so bring lots of tasty food to self cater.

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

Yes, especially given the impact of Covid.

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

We love being on boats so it was perfect for a getaway and to use as a base. Good communication with the owners who are most helpful.
The weather was particularly good but even if it isn't, this is a comfortable and different place to stay.

Read the operator's response here:

We are always very happy to send pictures of our vessels' stairs and gangways to potential guests and automatically send these pictures when families with young children or when frailer people send us an enquiry. We feel that it is very important that our guests know exactly what to expect.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


We are proud to say we have recently been awarded The Green Tourism's Gold Award. We are also a gold member of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). We are a corporate member of the Shark Trust and have adopted the magnificent basking shark. Our adoption is helping fund vital basking shark research in the Hebrides. We are also a corporate partner of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust which means we foster environmental awareness and we work to safeguard the future of Scottish seas and cetaceans.

Our small ships are based just three miles north of Oban which has a railway station, bus station and ferry terminal. This makes it easy for our guests to travel to us by rail, bus and ferry and we provide you with information which will encourage you to use public transport. Guests travelling all the way by public transport (bus, ferry or train) will receive a 50 voucher towards the cost of their holiday.


We employ the services of the local marina, engineers, boat yards, shops, services, restaurants and guides. These suppliers all employ local staff.

We encourage our guests to visit locally important heritage sites, visit local gardens, craft shops and participate in cultural events. We also work with local wildlife rangers and tour guides. Tourism is increasingly a vital part of the income for the local residents of this somewhat remote, isolated but beautiful region of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Thus we use all local products and local services with the intention of helping to support local businesses, create employment and contribute to the overall sustainable development of not only Oban but also in the islands and communities of the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

We aim to create a good relationship with tourism and the local communities and at all times are aware and try to bring awareness to the fragile marine ecosystems through which we visit.

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