Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland
Two cabins are reserved for single travelers at no supplement.
Description of Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland
Cruise to the Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebridean Islands on a unique Scottish islands cruise. The best way to visit this stunning area of the Scottish Highlands is from the sea. Our Hebridean cruise is unique, with maximum11 guests aboard beautifully converted traditional wooden vessels, all cabins ensuite. Experience Scottish hospitality at its best with fabulous food featuring locally-sourced menus. There is plenty of opportunity to go ashore to explore remote coastlines rich in heritage and wildlife, dotted with traditional communities and historic castles and gardens. Your onboard crew will ensure your holiday is unforgettable.
Departing from Oban, cruise the Sound of Mull and then on to the Point of Ardnamurchan. Pass the islands of Rum, Eigg and Muck to approach the island of Skye from the Sound of Sleat with the dramatic outline of the Cuillin Mountain Range as a backdrop. The deeply indented coastline, topped with rugged mountain ranges make Skye the most magical and beautiful place to visit from the sea. Pass Loch Hourn on the way to Kylerhea and then on to Loch Alsh, with a spectacular view of the Skye Bridge as you head for the bustling town of Broadford.
Typical stopovers and anchorages include Sanna Bay on Ardnamurchan, Loch na Ceall at Arisaig, the Clan Donald Centre on the Sleat Peninsula, the Otter Haven at Kylerhea, iconic Eilean Donan Castle and Broadford, the main town on the Isle of Skye
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5 Reviews of Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland
Reviewed on 06 Nov 2019 by Sharon NevileLovely holiday in spite of the weather. Food was fantastic and crew did everything they could to find enjoyable areas to explore when winds made our planned destinations unreachable. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jun 2019 by Margaret KinkeadThe crew, company and trip were excellent. All of the holiday was memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2018 by Rosie LitchfieldThe beautiful Scottish scenery - it was everything that I hoped for (when the sun came out!) Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Jul 2015 by Gerald PeppiattThe crew were marvellous, and nothing was too much trouble, with a number of elderly passengers on our cruise, all was taken in their stride. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Apr 2014 by Patricia KnowlesWe were a small and delightful group. 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. Read full review
PlanetWe are committed to a sustainable future and work hard to reduce our impact on the planet. We love the west coast of Scotland, its seas, and its coast and this is carried across all of our operations. Our staff and crew are committed to environmental sustainability. Our crew are WiSe scheme trained in responsible wildlife watching and know how to interact with marine mammals in a safe and responsible way. We have appointed a Sustainable Tourism Advocate who constantly monitors our policies and actions on sustainable tourism and investigates ways to minimise our impact.
We are corporate partners of Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) and help with the conservation of marine mammals by logging marine sightings on their Whale Track app. We work with Nature Scotland by providing a complimentary half-day tour for guests on our Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer cruise and also with HWDT by offering a half-day educational trip for guests to learn about marine life in Scottish waters.
Our first two vessels were lovingly converted from decommissioned fishing trawlers, giving them a new life, cruising the pristine waters of the west coast of Scotland. Sustainable and recycled materials were used in the conversions 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.
Local produce features very 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 are committed to sourcing local food and drink producers across all five boats. We ensure our fish and seafood come from sustainably managed stock or direct from fishing boats. We encourage our guests to fish and drop lobster creels from the boat, mackerel, langoustines, squat lobsters and crab are almost guaranteed but we do get the occasional lobster that guests will find on their plate at the next meal.
All dietary requirements are catered for including vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian and all guests have the opportunity to highlight any special diets or requirements prior to boarding.
PeopleWe have developed a Responsible Visitor Charter that includes measures for our guests to help them reduce their impact on the environment when travelling and cruising with us. These include considering public transport, reducing, reusing and recycling where possible, using water wisely, and respecting the local area and nature. We promote low-carbon activities such as walking while onshore.
We recommend and promote local attractions, distilleries, activities, and destinations as much as possible to help local communities. We ask our guests to shop local, support the local culture and heritage, visit local crafts, and spend time ashore visiting local communities.
We use local, sustainable, seasonal food and drink produce as much as possible and promote these suppliers in our menus, often taking guests to these establishments while on our cruises.
Our two purpose-built steel-hulled vessels were built at Ardmaleish Boat Building Co on the island of Bute, boosting employment in the area on the two occasions we built there.
We are proud to have been awarded a Gold award in Green Tourism and will continue to assess our impact on the environment across all aspects of our business.
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