Hebrides cruise, Mull, Islay, Luing, Shuna and Jura
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 Hebrides cruise, Mull, Islay, Luing, Shuna and Jura
Travel along these world famous Sounds that separate some of the most famous islands of the Inner Hebrides and listen to the myriad sounds of the sea. Whichever Sounds we discover, they have one glorious thing in common. They are all the Sounds of Silence.
Sail by the spectacular islands of the Southern Hebrides: Isle of Mull, Kerrera, Luing, Shuna, Jura and Islay. Anchor in tranquil, remote bays. See the incredible wildlife such as soaring sea and golden eagles, porpoises, dolphins, seabirds and seals.
Bring a kayak or paddleboard on board if you want to play some more in the sheltered waters around some of these spectacular islands, or we can anchor for as long as you like if you want to swap water shoes for hiking boots and go discover some of the loch shores and mountain routes. With so few passengers, we are always delighted to adapt our itinerary to the adventures you want to have. Or, if you just want to relax on deck and enjoy the tranquillity of the Hebridean waters, that will suit us too.
Guests can choose to book St Hilda (maximum 6 passengers), Seahorse II (maximum 11 passengers), Gemini Explorer (maximum 8 passengers) or Speideren (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. Speideren is a converted Norwegian Rescue Ship. All four ships have been converted to cruise the western islands of Scotland in comfort and style. The 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.
The professional and knowledgeable skipper and the chef will look after you as you travel the islands and lochs and dine on delicious, locally sourced food, in the light and spacious saloon.
Please note that your voyage is weather dependent. Weather doesn't just mean good or bad weather. There are many considerations such as tidal gates, wind direction and strength, the strength and direction of currents, overfalls, and fetch. If you wish to visit a specific place or have a specific experience, such as fly fishing, sea eagle tours, whisky tasting, then please do let your skipper know and he will endeavour to meet your request.
Below we give an example of a 6 night itinerary. This cruise can be a 6 or 7 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.
30 Reviews of Hebrides cruise, Mull, Islay, Luing, Shuna and Jura
Reviewed on 18 Aug 2023 by Tina BaseleyJust a fabulous experince. Anthea and Bonita just went above and beyond to help everyone. Enjoyed kyaking with Bonita and Antheas art for my husband was fantastic. They made us laugh all day long and organised us gently!! Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Jun 2023 by Ghislaine McMillanPeace, calm, amazing Fauna and Flora Read full review
Reviewed on 02 May 2023 by Sarah TurnerI really don't have the vocabulary to do it justice. We loved it all - we learned about life on board a small boat, and spent hours just sitting on the foredeck while we were cruising from place to place... Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2022 by Mervyn GaylardWonderful!! Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022 by Sharon ReynoldsThe whole experience was a highlight! I think the best was the relaxing ambience, which started with the captain (Christophe) and carried through for the entire trip. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2022 by Gerti LandersThe whole journey was memorable and exciting. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Sep 2022 by Patricia KeithAbsolutely excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Jun 2022 by Kathy MillerExcellent from start to finish. Very friendly helpful crew and captain who looked after us very well. The food was brilliant and everything was done in a happy relaxed atmosphere. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Apr 2022 by Jane BabbThe beautiful scenery and excellent food- the last evening meal out on the deck was particularly memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Oct 2022 by Thomas DaviesGreat captain, the boat was not what we were expecting. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Nov 2021 by Rowena SchofieldLoved it. My husband died 4 years ago and it was the first holiday I have been on fully on my own. My fellow travellers and the crew were all lovely and just being on the beautiful west coast of Scotland in a very individual boat has it's own magic Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2021 by Sarah HeathVery good....Beautiful scenery and lovely strolls when we landed. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Oct 2021 by Helen BaileyVery good, the crew worked really hard and ensured we all had a great time Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Aug 2021 by Kate BrookeAbsolutely wonderful holiday, I made new friends, was cared for extremely well by the team on the boat, food was superb, countryside awesome, and the opportunity for outdoor activities was there if you wanted it. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021 by Avril CollinsVery good - the captain, his "helper" and the cook were all excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2021 by Sue KramerA great experience, restful but exciting at the same time. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Sep 2021 by GEORGE SUTHERLANDThe crew were terrific: very friendly and helpful. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Oct 2021 by John FYFEColette and Julie were MOST helpful in our planning and throughout and we appreciated their help and friendly efficiency very much indeed. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019 by S FThe most exciting part of the holiday was sitting on deck in an enchanted cove. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Oct 2019 by Angela ConwayThe most memorable part of the holiday was spending time with my fellow travellers and the crew. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jun 2019 by James FloranceThe entire 6 days brilliant. Every aspect whether scenery, wild life, sailing or food was special Read full review
Reviewed on 18 May 2019 by Anna CandyThe most memorable were the great views of the islands and the nice walks/ exploration on 'dry land'. The holiday was very enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Sep 2018 by Janis TratnikThe opportunity to see aspects of the beautiful inner islands from the lochs was quite special. Fabulous sunsets and misty mornings, seals and dolphins, hikes and a little fun fishing were all memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jul 2018 by Jane HarveySitting on the deck watching the wildlife & scenery were the most memorable parts of the holiday Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jul 2018 by Linda FarthingThis is a great cross-generational holiday because elderly people can participate as much as they are able and there are activities too for younger people Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Aug 2018 by Donna BeagleySeeing all the wildlife Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jul 2017 by Monique SmeetsThe highlight was all kinds of weather while on sea. It made me feel very vivid :) Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jul 2017 by Michael ConnHad a fantastic experience onboard St. Hilda. Simon and Louise were perfect hosts and made our trip magical. The food was super and plentiful, the weather caused some changes to be ade to our plan but this did not detract from a marvellous holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 May 2017 by Ann Lorraine WrightThe most memorable parts was the good views and the food. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jul 2016 by Karen WixThe sailing trip was amazing and the best of all was meeting Colette and Michael, there where wonderful. Colette is a great chef, breakfast, lunch and dinner was very, very good 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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