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 three small ships and you can choose whichever one suits you best for this Mull holiday, if her itinerary matches your dates of course.

Guests can choose to book St Hilda (maximum 6 passengers), Seahorse II (maximum 11 passengers) or Gemini Explorer (maximum 7 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 and, throughout the cruise, you will have the services of your own skipper and cook. 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.

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.

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Holiday type

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

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
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.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

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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Reviewed on 27 Jul 2019 by

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


Puffin Day on Lunga was definitely the highlight of our trip. But just being on the boat and sharing an amazing trip with five strangers made the trip memorable.

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


No real tips - relax and have the time of your loves!

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


We spent money in small out of the way places. We were careful and threw garbage in only marked places. But as to whether we benefited local people or supported conservation not really sure.

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


Best holiday ever!!!!!

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2019 by

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


Watching 14 dolphins following the boat was a highlight. The scenery was fabulous.

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


The trip is totally weather controlled so don’t be disappointed if you can’t go to certain places. Take extra jumpers. Buy a map of the area which gives a better understanding of the islands.

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


Local people benefited from us spending money but most shops, museums and cafes closed by 5pm. Nothing we did had a bad impact on our surroundings

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


Super holiday with the best staff you could wish for and the best company. The food was super.

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2019 by

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


Seeing Mull with a convivial group of fellow passengers.

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


If you enjoy wonderful scenery, wildlife and some walking, this trip is an amazing experience.

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


It probably supported conservation by allowing us to see the lovely scenery and wildlife.

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


Excellent

Reviewed on 19 Jun 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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