Skye and the Small Isles sailing holiday
Longer and shorter cruises available from April to Oct for the Outer and Inner Hebrides.
Minimum child age 5 yrs, no child discount.
Description of Skye and the Small Isles sailing holiday
This Skye and Small Isles cruising holiday starts three miles North of Oban.
Guests can choose to book St Hilda (maximum 6 passengers), Seahorse II (maximum 11 passengers) or Gemini Explorer (maximum 8 passengers). St Hilda is a traditional, wooden ex-Tall Ship. Seahorse II is an ex-Norwegian Ferry. Gemini Explorer is an ex-Cruising Lifeboat. All three ships have been converted to cruise the western islands of Scotland in comfort and style. The roomy deck saloons aboard our small ships are where everyone dines and socialises and the outdoor decks are perfect for spotting wildlife, relaxing and eating al fresco. The small ships’ tenders can also take you ashore for some wonderful, serious coastal and cliff walks or you could just wander along the shore beachcombing and examining the pretty seaside rock pools.
Starting in Oban, we head north towards the Isle of Eigg and other Small Isles of Canna, Rum and Muck. This is a wonderful sea odyssey for wildlife lovers, where you will hopefully see a cornucopia of cetaceans, including minke and humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises and even a killer whale if you are lucky. The waters are also home to basking sharks, otters and many species of rare sea birds, including sea eagles. We then move on to the famous Isle of Skye, the largest Inner Hebridean Island and home not only to stunning lochs and mountains but also the famous Talisker Whisky Distillery. One of our most popular anchorages on this holiday is in the wild environs of Loch Scavaig on Skye at the foot of Black Cuillins Mountains.
The itinerary on this sailing or cruising holiday is, of course, dependent on weather and tidal conditions. What is always dependable however, is the professional expertise of our skipper, and also that of our chef, who produces fine local fare. All meals included in the price of the holiday.
Below we give an example of a 8 night itinerary. This cruise can be a 6, 7 or 8 night itinerary depending on the dates you choose to travel.
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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.
12 Reviews of Skye and the Small Isles sailing holiday
Reviewed on 17 Sep 2022 by Christine JacksonThe fantastic friendly crew helped make it an exciting holiday by making sure they did their best to help us see wildlife + stunning scenery & serving scrumptious meals. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Sep 2022 by Anne SmithThis was a wonderful trip. The crew were generous with their time and talents. I look forward to trying another of their itineraries. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 May 2022 by Marilyn HandsWonderful! Comfortable boat - even if our cabin was a little cosy. Really good food. Friendly and helpful crew. Wonderful views and birdlife. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2022 by Lesley BegleyWonderful opportunity to explore beautiful coastal waters around Jura and Mull. Food was outstanding, great crew. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Apr 2022 by Susan Richardson4 star Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Oct 2021 by R Martin BeneyBrilliant, highly enjoyed it all Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Sep 2021 by Pauline StavesExcellent - great scenery, food and crew Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2021 by Nina GaubertVery good, food and accommodation great and wildlife watching wondering where they would appear Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Aug 2021 by Catherine Mercer5/5. We thoroughly enjoyed this and would look to book another. Fabulous food by Jenna! Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Aug 2021 by Tony Dustan-SmithEnjoyable some of the time ! - on board we had good helpful staff, and good company. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2018 by Christine AnsonsThe most memorable part was... exploring the beautiful coastline around Mull, Loch Sunart and Loch Teacuis...Superb scenery and wildlife. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Aug 2017 by Brigitte HorlitzI was very happy that we found the puffins rock (Dún Mòr) on Sanday. With another traveller I surrounded the peninsula with the help of a map with only a few details like some walls, the church and the silhouette of the island - no paths! Read full review
PlanetWe do all that we can to "leave only a wake" as we travel through the islands of the west coast of Scotland. Our stated aim is to protect the wonderful marine environment and the wildlife it supports.
We are proud to say we have recently been awarded The Green Tourism's Gold Award.
We are also a member of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) so we will only be serving fish, from local fish-mongers, which are sustainable and approved by the 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 our cruising area.
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 crew are officially WiSe Scheme Trained which means they are taught about watching marine wildlife the wildlife-safe way in our cruising area.
We are committed to excellence in offering holidays to people who have a feel for the sea and its wildlife, both below and above the waves, as well as ashore. Our aim is to respect the sea and the local marine and shore-based environment. To leave everything as we find it is our motto, respecting the delicate eco-system balance of sky, sea and shore. To achieve our “Leave Only a Wake” policy we have a series of aims:
Our aim is to create sustainable tourism by respecting the local sea and shore-based environment. We adhere to high standards of economic, environmental and social policy and practice in our interactions with clients, staff, core suppliers and partners as well as the wider social and ecological environment. We buy free range eggs, free range chicken and organic meat.
We look after our clients to the best of our ability and supporting them on the vessel in personnel safety and creating a respect for the marine environment. Our on board skills training aims to develop confidence and competence and we have extensive briefing of our safety and environmental procedures to our crew.
We have responsible standards of crew recruitment and development. At all times there are always two team members available. Our fully qualified skippers have sailed many thousands of sea miles. All activities in the water are monitored to protect both humans and the marine life.
Our onboard policy is that all rubbish is brought ashore and we have a strict recycling policy of all non-organic waste.
Our skippers and onboard wildlife guides discuss the local shore and marine environment, wildlife and ecosystems. We explain how to behave in a responsible manner to the animals (for example puffin and seal colonies) and birds (especially breeding colonies) that we encounter. We also help clients gain an awareness of local marine environment by encouraging them to study the nautical charts of the region as well making them aware of the ever changing Scottish weather patterns. The skipper keeps the clients regularly informed of local meteorological reports.
PeopleWe employ the services of the local marina, 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 our starting point of our voyage 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 sail.
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