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Luxury Island Cruising

Explore Scotland's idyllic islands in style in a lovingly converted traditional wooden vessel.

We have several cruising holiday options available, so whether you feel like wildlife spotting, discovering hidden treasures and remote, idyllic locations, or just relaxing and enjoying the stunning views, you are sure to  enjoy a memorable Scottish experience aboard these lovingly converted traditional wooden fishing boats.

These cruises provide excellent hospitality, wonderful food, en suite cabins, spacious indoor deck saloon with panoramic views as well as three outdoor decks.  You can relax on board in perfect comfort and style or go ashore to explore deserted coastlines, traditional communities and historic castles and gardens.  Each day you will have the opportunity to discover new hidden treasures and by evening you will dine in style as the vessel anchors off at a different stunning location every evening.

There are a number of week long cruises as well as shorter three night options available throughout the year.  All cruises depart from Oban. Vessels carry no more than 12 guests at any one time.

At A Glance

Best Time To Go

Apr - Oct

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include this cruise as part of a longer Scottish trip?

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3 - 6 nights

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A number of different cruising itineraries are offered throughout the season.

Around Mull: Inlets and Islands

6-night cruise with dates from April til September.

The itinerary almost circumnavigates the whole island from Tobermory in the Sound of Mull to the magical offshore islands on the eastern coast including the Treshnish Isles, Staffa and Iona.

Typical Cruise Highlights:

  • Duart Bay with the dramatic backdrop of Duart Castle
  • Colourful Tobermory with its historic buildings, speciality shops and woodland walks
  • Calgary Bay to enjoy a walk on the sands and machair and a good spot for dolphins
  • The Treshnish Isles and other exquisite small islands to get close to rare birdlife
  • The magical Island of Iona and its ancient Abbey

Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer

6-night cruise with dates in April to September.

This cruise is for those keen to see as much wildlife as possible, introducing a day trip on land to extend the range of species seen.  A major highlight on the April, May and June cruises is the nesting puffins and many other seabirds on the Treshnish Isles while September provides a good chance of spotting basking sharks and the white-tailed and golden eagles.  Porpoises, dolphins, otters and a wide range of rare birdlife are seen all season.

Typical Cruise Highlights:

  • Anchor in Loch Spelve on Mull, well known for its otters
  • Cruise the Sound of Mull to Tobermory and go ashore for a woodland walk in Aros Park, home to a variety of woodland birds with some spectacular waterfalls.
  • An idyllic anchorage between the isles of Ulva and Gometra
  • Take a trip into Fingal’s Cave on Staffa in the boat

Skye and the Inner Hebrides

6-night cruise with dates from May til August.

Cruise the Sound of Mull to Tobermory and then onwards to the Point of Ardnamurchan.  You will visit the islands of Rum, Eigg and Muck on your way to the Isle of Skye.  Pass Loch Hourn on the way to Kylerhea and then on to Loch Alsh, with a spectacular view of the Skye Bridge as you head for the bustling town of Broadford.

Typical Cruise Highlights:

  • Cruise the Sound of Mull to Tobermory for the first nights stopover
  • Beautiful Sanna Bay on Ardnamurchan for a stroll along the unspoilt white sandy beach
  • The Otter Haven at Kylerhea on Skye
  • Iconic Eilean Donan Castle, set spectacularly at the meeting point of Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh
  • Broadford Town; discover the history of Drambuie and Bonnie Prince Charlie

Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal

6-night one-way cruise departing with dates in September and October.

Cruise past the Island of Lismore to access Loch Linnhe, en route to Corpach, the entry point to the masterpiece of engineering, the Caledonian Canal.  Historical attractions and natural wonders are plentiful in this part of Scotland.  Moor up each night to discover Ben Nevis at sunset which is a truly memorable sight. The canal and loch sides are perfect for walking with lots of wildlife to watch and fascinating communities to visit and explore.

Typical Cruise Highlights:

  • Loch Lochy and Laggan Locks; some lovely shore-side walks
  • Laggan Locks to Loch Oich; a fantastic walk amongst towering trees
  • The Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre; drop in as you explore the delightful village of Fort Augustus
  • Urquhart Castle; anchor off this iconic castle steeped in a romantic and turbulent history
  • Drumnadrochit; explore a traditional Highland village on a fabulous hillside setting
  • Glencoe; view the fabulous vista and its beautiful waterfalls from a unique lochside vantage point

Inlets of Mull and Loch Linnhe

3-night cruise with dates from April to October.

This short cruise is perfect for a taste of the amazing landscape, scenery and wildlife of Argyll and the Hebrides. Explore the sounds and inlets of the north east coastline of Mull and the islands of the fabulous sea loch of Loch Linnhe.  The pristine waters are full of wildlife; dolphins, seals, otters, basking sharks and if you are very lucky, a Minke whale.  Overhead you are very likely to spot golden and sea eagles, while on the water the ever present gannets dive, alongside shearwaters, guillemots, puffins and razorbills with other rarities often seen.

Typical Cruise Highlights:

  • Cruise to Loch Spelve on Mull and buy mussels for dinner from the mussel farm.
  • Anchor in Duart Bay on Mull, a haunt of dolphins and otters, with the dramatic backdrop of Duart Castle.
  • Pretty Loch Aline on the Morvern Peninsula
  • The Island of Lismore, situated at the mouth of Loch Linnhe which has many historical features
  • Enjoy a very picturesque anchorage at Shuna Island and Castle Stalker on the coastline off the charming village of Appin


Cruises either explore Mull, Iona & the Small Isles, Skye and the Inner Hebrides or Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal.


Around Mull: Inlets and Islands –  £1970 per person in April, £2190 per person from May to September based on 2 people sharing a double/twin cabin, for 6 nights.

Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer – £1970 per person in April, £2190 per person from May to September based on 2 people sharing a double/twin cabin, for 6 nights.

Skye and the Inner Hebrides – £2190 per person from May to August based on 2 people sharing a double/twin cabin, for 6 nights.

Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal – £2190 per person in September and £1970 per person in October based on 2 people sharing a double/twin cabin, for 6 nights.

Inlets of Mull and Loch Linnhe – £1012 per person in April & October and £1125 per person in September based on 2 people sharing a double/twin cabin, for 3 nights.

Prices are inclusive of all meals, snacks, wine with dinner and trips onshore. All accommodation is ensuite and serviced daily. Prices do not include costs for personal activities, entry fees to attractions and drinks from the bar.

We would be delighted to assist with any additional travel, transfer or accommodation arrangements required.

As we act as an agent for the cruise company these prices do not include our normal service charge.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability.

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