Mull circumnavigation cruise, Scotland

“A week on a small ship cruise around the Inner Hebridean Island of Mull on board either a traditional wooden ketch or a restored Norwegian fjord vessel. Visit Isles of Staffa and Iona too. ”

Highlights

Isle of Mull | Cruising Inner Hebrides on a small boat | Tobermory | Soribay Bay | Eas Fos waterfall | Treshnish Isles | Loch Tuath. | Staffa |Fingal’s Cave | Iona | Ross of Mull | Loch na Laithaich | Dolphin watching | Sound of Iona | Loch Spelve

Description of Mull circumnavigation cruise, Scotland

This Mull small ship cruise is a weeklong circumnavigation of one of the most vibrant Inner Hebridean Islands but also one of the most heritage rich. Natural and cultural. Embark in Oban on the Scottish west coast and head over to Tobermory, the main town which is famous for multicoloured sea front terrace.

Mull is at the heart of the Inner Hebrides really and, as we circumnavigate we discover its plethora of wildlife including whales, basking sharks, puffins, golden and white-tailed eagles. The Sound of Mull is a particular favourite with dolphins.

On this trip we also explore the uninhabited Isle of Staffa, with its astounding basalt columns and mythical Fingal’s Cave. Nearby, the Isle of Iona is considered by many to be the birthplace of western Christianity and is still an important place of pilgrimage for Christians visiting the abbey, founded originally in the 6th century by Saint Columba, who had come from Ireland. This is where the monks created the world famous Book of Kells. As well as being a sacred place, and a burial place of many of Scotland’s kings, it is also a very serene place to go walking.

We are proud to own two vessels and you can choose whichever one suits you best for this Mull holiday, if her itinerary matches your dates of course.

Our guests can choose to book St Hilda or Seahorse II. St Hilda is a traditional, wooden 54ft ketch. She is an ex-tall ship and sail training vessel and on St Hilda, youngsters and adults love to help work the sails. St Hilda was built in in 1973 in St Monans, Fife (Scotland) in a family-owned (Miller's) boatyard specifically for sail training with a crew of 20, which is why she is such a spacious yacht for her six guests. Although St Hilda has sailed across the North Sea on a number of occasions, she is more of a motor sailor than an "ocean greyhound"!

Seahorse II (82 feet long) was built to the highest standard for the Norwegian fjords and life in the high northern latitudes and is powerful enough to cruise the many spectacular islands, stacks and lochs of Scotland’s West Coast yet small enough to anchor in remote and hauntingly beautiful places that larger passenger ships are unable to visit. On the spacious aft deck, we have a powerful little crane for launching tenders and sea kayaks.
On St Hilda we have one sea kayak and on Seahorse II we have two sea kayaks and a paddle board. If you wish you can bring your own equipment such as windsurf and kitesurf gear, diving gear, sailing dinghies or anything else you need for a great Scottish sea adventure. Whichever boat you choose, you will have a wonderful time exploring our fantastic Sounds and sea lochs, but also the mountain terrain that Mull has to offer, in particular Ben More, a munro of 966m.

We pride ourselves on our fine, homemade cooking, hearty local ingredients and general ambiance on board. Such small passenger numbers means that it is easy to book out the boat for your family or a group of friends, but many of our dates are general small group tours so do feel free to join a group of like-minded travellers. We love having children on board our trips, but we do recommend a minimum age of five years old.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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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 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

Responsible tourism: Mull circumnavigation cruise, Scotland

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. Our aim is to provide a safe ship and responsible tourism. Our aim is to 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. Our aim is to 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 procedures. Our aim is to have responsible standards of staff recruitment and development. At all times there are always two team members available. The fully qualified skipper has sailed many thousands of sea miles. All activities in the water are monitored to protect both humans and the marine life.

We offer training in sailing and how to behave in a responsible manner to the animals (seal colonies) and birds (especially breeding colonies) that we encounter. Our onboard policy is that all rubbish is brought ashore and we have a strict recycling policy of all non-organic waste. Our skipper and other professionals discuss the local shore and marine environment, wildlife and ecosystems. Clients are able to visit local places of beauty such as the local Botanical gardens. Historical sites, such as castles and pre-history sites, can be visited. 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 only 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 Botanical Gardens, craft shops, restaurants and participate in cultural events. Tourism is increasingly a vital part of the income for the local residents of this somewhat remote, isolated but beautiful region of the Cowal peninsular and many of the more remote islands in Western Scotland. 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 the Sandbank/Dunoon region 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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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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