Whisky and wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland

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23 May 2020
£1600
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08 Aug 2020
£2160
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09 Aug 2020
£1280
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This holiday is designed for families, small group and solo travellers

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 especially suited to 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. This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. If possible they will tailor-make your holiday to suit your requirements including length and start date of trip.


 

Responsible tourism

Whisky and wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

We ask guests to bring their own water bottles which we refill.

We do not use straws, plastic cutlery/plates, drink stirrers, mini butter/jam packets.

We recycle all of our waste where possible.

We buy items with minimal packaging.

Our trips start and finish at or close to railway stations, bus stations and ferry terminals; this makes it easy for our guests to travel to Oban by rail, bus and ferry and we provide you with information which will encourage you to use public transport. Vessel boarding and disembarkation times, where possible, tie in with the train and bus timetables.

Engine revolutions are kept to a minimum to reduce fuel consumption. We do not travel at night as we anchor in secluded in anchorages and in two of our vessels the fuel consuming generators are switched off to give quiet ships. On St Hilda, where possible, we set the sails. All fuel usage is recorded so that fuel consumption can be tightly monitored.

Our company depends largely on the internet and word of mouth for marketing to reduce paper waste.

Bed linen and towels are not changed daily.

We do not use imported flowers.

We try to use seasonal and locally produced food.

Vegans are catered for.

We use low energy LEDs where possible.

Environment

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 holidays operate on a strict “leave only a wake” policy. 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. Our “leave only a wake” policy is explained by the skipper at the start of every trip and practiced by guests and crew throughout the trip. Sailing is, of course, a very sustainable mode of travel. To achieve this “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. Where possible we buy line caught, sustainable fish from the local fish-monger.

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 onboards 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.

Community

We ask guests to bring their own water bottles which we refill.

We do not use straws, plastic cutlery/plates, drink stirrers, mini butter/jam packets.

We recycle all of our waste where possible.

We buy items with minimal packaging.

Our trips start and finish at or close to railway stations, bus stations and ferry terminals; this makes it easy for our guests to travel to Oban by rail, bus and ferry and we provide you with information which will encourage you to use public transport. Vessel boarding and disembarkation times, where possible, tie in with the train and bus timetables.

Engine revolutions are kept to a minimum to reduce fuel consumption. All fuel usage is recorded so that fuel consumption can be tightly monitored.

Our company depends largely on the internet and word of mouth for marketing to reduce paper waste.

Bed linen and towels are not changed daily.

We do not use imported flowers.

We try to use seasonal and locally produced food.

Vegans are catered for.

We use low energy LEDs where possible.

3 Reviews of Whisky and wildlife sailing holiday in Scotland

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Reviewed on 29 Jun 2018 by

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


WE loved kayaking a and stirring the malt at Laphroig.

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


We would recommend people to be fit, pack minimally and get ready for an experience of a lifetime.

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


Yes. The boat and its operators respected the environment and the people whom we visited. Whatever was packed in was packed out.

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


This holiday forces one to totally relax. Bring great books and let the ocean, islands and surroundings fill your day.

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2018 by

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


While the whole trip was memorable, the weather was perfect, seeing the puffins and going into the sea cave on Staffa was a thrill. Our captain rowed us around to look at the spotted seals which were just as curious to look at us as we were to see them. Of course, the Islay whiskys can't be beat distilleries tours were excellent and we enjoyed more then a few drams most evenings.

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


Don't be afraid to book your trip the end of May or early June. Talking to the locals, this is when they get out to view wildlife. Do some planning as to which
whiskey distilleries you want or need to visit because there are way too many.

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


We had a great time meeting local merchants and artisans that still weave with local wool, make baskets out of local material and all were gentle souls.

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


We loved Scotland and the operator. The crew was great and went out of their way to make sure we were happy, well feed and comfortable.

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2017 by

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


Being "on the water" was exhilarating! When the weather was good, it was glorious, and when the weather was stormy, it was exciting.

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


Miminize luggage. Storage space is modest. Layers are necessary. Don't forget the rain gear. Be flexible. Much of the itinerary is dictated by weather and tides. The holiday providers office staff are very kind to help with arrangements. Try to take time before/after the cruise to visit Oban and Tobermory. Lovely towns.

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


Definitely a benefit to the locals. Food is purchased locally. And most of us found lovely things to purchase. The protocol on the ship was very respectful of the environment.

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


It was a delight. I was hoping for something unique and it was!

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