Argyll Sea Lochs & Crinan canal cruise, Scotland

“An eight day cruising and sailing holiday around the Argyll sea lochs, as well as the magnificent Crinan Canal. Sleeping only six guests, this was one of our best family holidays ever.”

Highlights

Argyll sea lochs | Crinan Canal | Cowal Peninsula | Kyles of Bute | Loch Fyne | Sound of Jura

Description of Argyll Sea Lochs & Crinan canal cruise, Scotland

Sailing and cruising on board the beautifully restored wooden 54ft ketch, this Argyll sea lochs and Crinan Canal cruise is the most relaxing way to discover this most exquisite bit of coast on the west of Scotland. With one sheltered bay, sultry Sound and wildlife filled peninsula after another, enjoy a week of pure Scottish tranquillity.

Your guides are skipper and cook couple Michael and Colette who know the lochs, kyles and islands like the backs of their hand, as they do the wildlife you will see on their way, as true aficionados of Scottish marine wildlife and conservation.

The itinerary is flexible, according to the guests' interests and the pace of which they want to travel, as well as bookings, but in general it starts at the marina where the St Hilda is based near Dunoon, and then explores the many sea lochs and remote islands from there. This includes a journey down the Crinan Canal, a famous short cut between the Sound of Jura and Loch Fyne. Use our kayak to do some paddling into shore, cycle or hike along the Canal, and then jump back on board to enjoy some chilling on deck, or one of Colette’s famous French mealtimes. Or just watch the west coast’s dark skies explode with stars as the anchor is dropped and a wonderful St Hilda sleep beckons.

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25 Apr 2018
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Holiday type

This holiday is designed for families, small group and solo travellers

The accommodation is a traditional roomy 54 ft ketch with accommodation for six, consisting of 1 double cabin with en-suite and one shared cabin (4 berths) with shared bathroom. It is especially suited to families, solos or groups of friends. Children from 7 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.

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Responsible tourism: Argyll Sea Lochs & Crinan canal cruise, Scotland

Environment

Sailing can be a sustainable mode of travel and our holidays operate on a “leave only a wake” policy. You are free to bring on board cycles on this trip to help ensure no negative environmental impact as you explore onshore too. Our cruising area is among the most unique and unspoiled in Europe and we have a responsibility to ensure it remains so. We are committed to excellence in offering holidays to people who have an appreciation of the sea and its wildlife, both below and above the waves. We value the marine and shore-based environment in which we operate and leave everything as we find it, respecting the delicate eco-system balance of sky, sea and shore.

Your fully qualified skipper, Michael Marshall is a scientist and experienced sailor with extensive knowledge of the marine environment and local ecology. He will happily educate on all aspects of sea and shore to be found on this trip. When operating the vessel, great care is taken to have negligible impact on the local wildlife including the breeding seal and bird colonies in this cruising area. Our hope is that people who experience the sheer beauty of the landscape and wildlife on our cruises will return home invigorated and with a greater understanding of the unique environment of the South West Coast of Scotland. All waste generated on board is brought ashore for recycling and we use locally produced ingredients for out meals wherever possible; including eating your own catch of crab, lobster or mackerel!

Community

We support the local economy by using the services of the local marina and guides and by buying all our provisions locally too. We encourage our guests to gain an insight into the local culture by going ashore to communities, heritage sites, botanical gardens, shops and restaurants as well as participating in cultural events. And simply having a beautiful traditional vessel anchored offshore enhances the pleasure of locals and the holiday experience of tourists to the area!

4 Reviews of Argyll Sea Lochs & Crinan canal cruise, Scotland

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Reviewed on 18 Jun 2016 by

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


There were almost too many to mention! From learning about tying knots, how to work the boat, cruising for hours under sail, the care needed to find the right anchorage, to shooting a lobster pot and catching crabs, brittle stars and a conger eel (all thrown back), to learning about the environment by collecting plankton for controlled scientific, global research, to the incredible scenery and beautiful coastline, to the vast variety of birds and their young, to sightings of porpoise, dolphin and the rare common seal.

To cap it all, we had a skipper, Michael, who is passionate about all things marine and his lovely 'crew' Colette, who provided us with breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all cooked in a small galley and done in between working the boat! The both worked incredibly hard to make it an informative and most enjoyable holiday! Thank you both!

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


Follow the guidance provided regarding shoes, gloves etc and you won't go far wrong!

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


Yes, due to the location of the marina, even with our small party (of 5) the local
B&B/hotels, pub and taxi drivers all benefitted; the research into global warming via the collecting of plankton helps with the bigger picture and conservation of marine life is of paramount importance

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


Exciting, memorable and a wonderful experience.

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2013 by

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


The most outstanding part of the trip was definitely the experience of being immersed in the stunningly beautiful environment of the lochs of western Scotland. This combined with the knowledge and passion (for sailing and the wildlife) of our hosts, Michael and Colette, made it truly memorable.
We were very fortunate in the company of fellow travellers, who made the journey enjoyable on another level. There was much laughter and camaraderie around the table at meal times.

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


Be prepared to take on new challenges and test yourself beyond your comfort zone.

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


Yes. We were able to visit historic sites and local hotels in remote villages along the coast. We developed a greater understanding of local history and an appreciation of the issues of conserving and protecting wild creatures of the lochs.

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


A fabulous unique opportunity to enjoy and marvel at nature in all its glory.

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2013 by

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


"Ghosting" back from Arran across a sunlit sea. The beautiful area. After that, without wishing to offend the lovely baby seals, the porpoises, the 15 crabs or the knotmaster, probably Colette's lovely meals!

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


Follow Colette's pre-trip and kit guidance. If you have snorkel, wetsuits or other kit definitely think about bringing them.

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


Certainly low impact, and by educating us, and setting an example to others, definitely supports conservation.

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


A really terrific week which we will always remember (along with how to tie a bowline). Two of my colleagues at work have already expressed interest!

Reviewed on 08 Dec 2010 by

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


The amazing scenery both in sunshine and rain. And our hosts, Colette and Michael.

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


Do as Michael and Colette suggest - pack light and bring wet weather gear ie rain jackets and boots.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

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


Absolutely fantastic for ALL ages, young and old. Colette is a brilliant cook and the meal she made out of freshly caught Mackerel fish has set a very high bench mark to beat. Michael knows so much and is a very patient teacher. We miss them dearly - thank you for a trip to remember!

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