Scottish traditional cruise, 4 days

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14 Apr 2018
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Responsible tourism: Scottish traditional cruise, 4 days

Environment

Loving the area as he does, owner Iain is very careful not to pollute the marine environment. All waste on board is brought ashore, for recycling.

During the skippers briefing, before casting off, passengers are advised on our environmental responsibility, for example not to throw anything overboard.
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The company vessel “Splendour” is herself a wonderful example of re-using materials as she is a converted wooden trawler, which had outlived her usefulness as a working boat but serves magnificently in her new role as a small-boat cruising vessel.

All food and drink on board is sourced locally to keep the carbon footprint to a minimum and also because no finer provisions can be found elsewhere, especially seafood from the Skipper’s birthplace of Tarbert, Loch Fyne. Our guests will love going ashore with our Chef to buy live seafood from Neil Prentice in Tarbert who only sells seafood which has been caught in a sustainable way, i.e. potted or hand dived. All fresh produce is sourced within our cruising grounds.

Our vessel “Splendour”was chosen for our cruises because she boasts a magnificent Gardner engine, which is known worldwide for economy and reliability. The engine is also perfect for economical cruising and good for the marine environment. The engine is ‘keel cooled’ which means there is no overboard discharge from the cooling system and therefore no possibility of heavy metal contaminants entering the ecosystem.

There is masses of space on the deck for stowing passengers own bicycles or kayaks. This encourages guests to explore the waters we visit and also onshore “under their own steam”, thus causing no pollution through their activities.

We cruise in an area which is a magnificent habitat for a large variety of bird and animal species. When these are spotted we are very careful to observe at a respectful distance to ensure we cause no disturbance to the presence of wildlife

Community

Owner and Skipper Iain Duncan believes that his beloved corner of Argyll in Scotland is best viewed from the water, as traditionally this is how people and goods travelled in the area. He intends to introduce his guests to the most idyllic and secret parts of the coastline of Argyll from the sea. During their trip, guests will get to know the true nature of the area; the natural environment, the wildlife, the culture and the heritage through Iain’s expert local knowledge.

Our cruising area is dotted with delightful communities along the coastlines and we love to introduce our guests to these through shore visits. Any local event such as food or music festivals, may be included in our itinerary to give our guests a true flavour of the area and meet the locals.

Our operations are embedded in the local area and will help the local economy. Many guests will require on-shore accommodation before and after their cruise and we will recommend the best places to stay. We only use local produce in our menus and will highlight the food specialities of the area, which are of excellent quality. We take our guests onshore to find out more about the history and culture of the area and find authentic local food, drink and craft gifts to purchase and take home. Local trades are used in the maintenance of our vessel, with berthing fees supporting the local marina.

2 Reviews of Scottish traditional cruise, 4 days

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Reviewed on 08 Oct 2017 by

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


The food on board Splendour was simply splendid, the chef did extremely well in his small galley and was an amusing part of our voyage; the skipper Ian was charming and made us feel very much at home, our cabin was comfortable and the en suite facilities worked well, we enjoyed our visits on shore, especially the visit to Mount Stuart which was memorable - and we enjoyed our fellow passengers; all in all, a very enjoyable experience from the beginning, when shore-based Jamie dealt with our request and subsequent reservation with speed and efficiency- to the end when he welcomed us back to Holy Loch Marina - we wish them success in the future.

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?


Yes, all the produce used was local and of good quality, our shore excursions created zero carbon footprints and we enjoyed the seals and other wildlife through our binoculars - we spent some money on shore and shared a car to return to the boat from Mount Stuart without using a taxi ............

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


We enjoyed every minute

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Audrey and Chris,

Thank you for taking time out of your busy renovation project, to complete your fab review . It was lovely to welcome you both aboard Splendour and to read what a great time you had exploring the west coast of Scotland.

We do hope to welcome you back aboard Splendour in the near future, sending all our best currently at anchor off Loch Ranza, Arran.

Jamie, Iain and Carleton.


Reviewed on 27 May 2017 by

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


All-round pleasure. Good food, beautiful scenery, good company, just the right size with 4 cabins, 8 passengers, Ian, most kind and accommodating of skippers and Steve the wonderful, inventive chef.

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


Be agile and prepare to muck in.

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


Yes, as much as circumstances allowed.

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


Idyllic

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for the lovely review Maggie, it was a pleasure to welcome you and Helen aboard Splendour. Hope to see you both
again. All the best from Skipper Iain, Chef Steve and Jamie

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