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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 and purpose built steel hulled ships.

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 cruises of various lengths 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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6- 10 nights

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

Mull And Her Inlets and Islands

6-night cruise with dates from April til September.

Cruising the spectacular coastline of the island of Mull, the scenery is breathtaking with opportunities to call in at fascinating islands and the chance of spotting wildlife at close quarters. The cruise stops over at the colourful town of Tobermory before heading west to the Treshnish Isles, Staffa, Ulva and Gometra, a paradise for nesting seabirds as well as dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and even the occasional Minke Whale. A visit to the isle of Iona from the sea is a unique way to soak in the beauty, tranquillity and centuries of history. Mull is a fertile island producing speciality produce to be sampled on board as well as amazing seafood caught from its shores. A visit to the local mussel farm on picturesque Loch Spelve is a popular shore trip for guests.

Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides

6-night cruise with dates from May til August.

The approach to the Isle of Skye from the Sound of Sleat is awe-inspiring, with the outline of the Cuillin mountain range a dramatic backdrop above the deeply indented coastline. To reach Skye, the itinerary has taken in the coast of Ardnamurchan and the “Small Isles” of Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck; the close location of these islands, each uniquely different from the other, is an island-hopping delight. On the Scottish west coast, with views of the Isles of Skye and Raasay ever present, there is a choice of fjord-like sea lochs to explore including Loch Carron, Loch Nevis, Loch Hourn and Loch Torridon. The quintessential Scottish Castle, Eilean Donan, is en route, set dramatically at the meeting point of another three sea lochs.

Outer Hebrides and St. Kilda

10-night cruise with dates from May til August.

Situated on the very edge of the Atlantic, the Outer Hebrides is an isolated chain of stunningly beautiful inter-connected islands with a unique way of life. Following a stopover in the Inner Hebrides, the cruise has a wide choice of far-flung idyllic destinations, from the Isles of Barra, Vatersay, Mingulay and the Uists to the south coast of Harris. When favourable weather allows, St Kilda will be attempted. With a sea journey of up to eight hours, reaching the Archipelago is a true maritime expedition, with the intention to anchor for two nights, exploring Hirta and the stacs. Options for the return journey are the Shiant Islands, the Isle of Skye and the Small Isles to complete an unforgettable trip.


Cruises either explore Mull, Iona & the Small Isles, Skye and the Inner Hebrides or The Outer Hebrides and St. Kilda.


Mull And Her Inlets and Islands –  £2030 per person in April & October, £2260 per person from May to September based on 2 people sharing a double/twin cabin, for 6 nights.

Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides – £2260 per person from May to August based on 2 people sharing a double/twin cabin, for 6 nights.

Outer Hebrides and St. Kilda – £4480 per person from May to August based on 2 people sharing a double/twin cabin, for 10 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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Cruises depart on selected dates from April to October.

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