Hebrides cruise, The Sounds of Mull, Luing, Shuna and Jura

Our best-selling Scottish cruise holiday takes you to the remotest islets and marine habitats of the Inner Hebrides aboard a uniquely repurposed small-sailing vessel, skippered by an expert sea-faring family with unrivalled local knowledge.
Tobermory, Isle of Mull Oronsay island Firth of Lorn Sound of Luing Luing Island Shuna Sound and Island Gulf of Corryvrecken Jura Sounds of Jura Loch Spelve
Price
£1020To£1710 excluding flights
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Duration
7 Days
Ship size
St Hilda 6, Seahorse 11, Gemini 8 passengers
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Price includes meals, snacks, aperitifs and wine with dinner.
Longer and shorter cruises available from April to Oct for the Outer and Inner Hebrides.
Minimum child age 5 yrs, no child discount.
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Description of Hebrides cruise, The Sounds of Mull, Luing, Shuna and Jura

This Inner Hebrides cruise in Scotland is one of the most relaxing ways to discover this stunning coastline, its wildlife and remote islands. In the safe and welcoming hands of skipper and chef, you will cruise past the Inner Hebridean Islands of Luing, Lismore, Shuna, Jura and the Isle of Mull.

The itinerary below includes highlights such as Fladda lighthouse in the Sound of Luing, the Isle of Jura and Sound of Jura, historic Loch Linnhe and the Sound of Mull. Whichever Sounds we discover, they have one glorious thing in common. They are all the Sounds of Silence.

Bring a kayak and windsurfer 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) 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.

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 5 or 6 night itinerary depending on the dates you choose to travel.

Price information

£1020To£1710 excluding flights
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Price includes meals, snacks, aperitifs and wine with dinner.
Longer and shorter cruises available from April to Oct for the Outer and Inner Hebrides.
Minimum child age 5 yrs, no child discount.
Make enquiry

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Holiday information

The ships:
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 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.
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Reviews

18 Reviews of Hebrides cruise, The Sounds of Mull, Luing, Shuna and Jura

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Reviewed on 08 Oct 2021 by

Very good....Beautiful scenery and lovely strolls when we landed. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2021 by

Very good, the crew worked really hard and ensured we all had a great time Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2021 by

Absolutely 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 18 Sep 2021 by

A great experience, restful but exciting at the same time. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2021 by

The crew were terrific: very friendly and helpful. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019 by

The most exciting part of the holiday was sitting on deck in an enchanted cove. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2019 by

The 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

The entire 6 days brilliant. Every aspect whether scenery, wild life, sailing or food was special Read full review

Reviewed on 18 May 2019 by

The 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

The 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

Sitting on the deck watching the wildlife & scenery were the most memorable parts of the holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jul 2018 by

This 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

Seeing all the wildlife Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2017 by

The highlight was all kinds of weather while on sea. It made me feel very vivid :) Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2017 by

Had 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

The most memorable parts was the good views and the food. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2016 by

The 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

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2013 by

The most memorable parts were the stunning scenery and peaceful moorings. The wildlife especially the seals and beautiful shoals of jellyfish floating like alien creatures in a calm sea. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

We 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 Silver Award.

We are also a gold 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.

People

We 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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