Scottish cruise, Hebrides and St Kilda
Description of Scottish cruise, Hebrides and St Kilda
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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PlanetWe operate a small family run business focused on sustainable tourism. We have worked amongst the wild seascape of the Inner and Outer Hebrides for many years and are very passionate about preserving this rich and diverse environment. We are committed to operating in a sustainable manner whilst taking great care not to disturb the natural environments that we visit. We like to educate our guests in the importance of preserving these magical islands to ensure the enjoyment for future generations.
Exploring the Outer Hebrides on a small group holiday in our small ship is far better for the environment than travelling by car, not only allowing all guests to relax and enjoy the panoramic views, its easier, quicker and ensures less traffic on many small single track roads on these magical Islands.
We carefully maintain our vessel, the Splendour and her equipment throughout the year. There were many reasons why we chose her as a small ship cruising boat. One being her very frugal and reliable Gardner Engine which is known world-wide for its economic running in terms of using less fuel and emitting fewer emissions than other boats. The engine is also 'keel cooled' meaning no heavy metals are discharged into the pristine environment in which we explore. Onboard Splendour we make our own fresh drinking water. The fresh water supply on many Islands is very precious to its residents and we ensure to make as little negative impact for both residents, wildlife and the ecosystem in which we are surrounded by.
During our cruises nothing is ever thrown overboard, as this can have a negative effect on the wildlife living in the sea and on the seabed. We recycle all waste from the vessel when we go ashore.
Local producers feature highly on our menus, reducing food miles and packaging -picking up supplies direct from the farm or fishing boat meaning no packaging to recycle.
The natural environment is very important to all of us. To help understand the environment in greater detail we have formed many friendships with organisations which are committed to protecting the natural environment of the west coast of Scotland, reporting basking shark, porpoise, dolphin and whale sightings to - Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust with as much detail as possible.
PeopleOwner 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.
During all our cruises we like to introduce our guests to the most idyllic and secret parts of the coastline. During the trip, guests will get to know the true nature of the area; the natural environment, the wildlife, the culture and the heritage through Iainís 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 local 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 ashore 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.
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