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Coopersmith's One-of-a-kind Tours vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
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Transportation — 4.9
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Life-changing and enjoyable!

5.0 October 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is a holiday gave me a chance to slow down, and take the time to feel part of the natural world: the sun, to notice the hook-beaked oyster catchers and families of rare seals, to enjoy the wonderful food, the sunshine, scudding clouds, waves lapping and the feeling of being held safely by the St Hilda whilst being at the mercy of winds, tides and waves. It was fun to share tasks with fellow passengers and to laugh. I haven't laughed so much for years. And I loved seeing beautiful coastal parts of Scotland for the first time from the sea, gaining the chance to wonder at the histories and cultures that have flourished, been lost and yet live on in the remote, unusual places where we moored. I discovered my sea-legs, but I found much more - the pleasure of a little bit of distance from land, the new perspectives it gives and sheer joy of experiencing the sea, and its role in revealing new dreams and uncovering old ones. All this was in the company of knowledgeable crew - sea-farers who made the whole cruise delightful from start to finish and easy-peasy for a land-lubber like myself.
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A Delight

5.0 October 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was a fantastic holiday - there is something magical about being in a ship, relying on wind and waves, seeing beautiful scenery, eating lovely food, helping sail the ship and enjoying the experience with a group of witty, friendly, knowledgeable people.
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It's fascinating to be on a slow journey

5.0 October 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This holiday was like no other: it was stepping into another world where the wind, sun and sea mattered because our lives were held by the ship and these big elemental forces. It was a realm of sea faring lore, laughter and fun, where the elements - water, wind and tides - mattered and shaped and influenced our journey. It's easy to laugh on a ship because you are sharing the camaraderie of crew and ocean and somehow the sea is lighter than the land. Instead you have the myths and stories of sea and mysteries of the deep - Moby Dick, Jonah, Noah's Ark and Ring of Bright Water! It's fascinating to be on a slow journey with time to reflect and to be looking at the strange, populated and then depopulated, fought over Scottish coastal landscape from a new perspectives. It's fun to work with the charming, witty, friendly skippers and fellow crew hauling anchors and sails. But, most of all, it's a joy to be on, and in, and feeling the elemental ocean. I felt safe and found my sea-legs, but I also stumbled into a new world, one that enriches and ignites dreams.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 0 Trip 8 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 0 $ 166
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Regional Expert Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • Eco Travel
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Inverness, California, United States Oban, Scotland
Year Established 1984 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A
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        About Coopersmith's One-of-a-kind Tours

        Founded in 1984, North American based Coopersmith Tours offers unique garden tours in the United Kingdom.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        Unlike many tour companies, Coopersmith is unique in that they intentionally only offer between 7-8 itineraries. Every year they create different offerings, though standard favorites always remain. Tours are designed by their expert tour leaders, who all have diverse backgrounds. Expect an all encompassing true English countryside experience. You’ll stay in local inns, country manors, and enjoy gourmet meals along the way.

        Who Travels With Them?

        If you’re an Anglophile, you will love taking a tour with Coopersmith. Although the average age on their tours is 65, any age is welcome. Group size is limited to 16-18 max. Tours are in mid to high budget range.

        Where Do They Operate?

        Their tours are mainly focused in the UK, where some of the world’s most beautiful gardens can be found. They do offer tours in France on a limited basis.

        Why Travel With Them?

        For a truly magical and immersive look at English country gardens, where you’ll feel straight out of Pride and Prejudice or Downton Abbey. Their tours operate at a decidedly slow pace - allowing you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside.

        About St Hilda Sea Adventures

        St. Hilda provides the unique experience to see Scotland by sail. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travelers, and small multi-gen groups.

        What Makes Them Stand Out?

        Taking only up to 6 guests, their tours are incredibly unique, as you sail aboard a classic ex-tall ship that looks straight out of the past. Activities include sailing, swimming, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or you can choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by. If you bring your equipment you can canoe, kitesurf, and windsurf as well.

        Who Travels With Them?

        All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailer.

        Where Do They Operate?

        The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides and Argyll specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world.

        Why Travel With Them?

        These cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife, sail aboard an ex-tall ship with skipper and chef, with a small group. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price, however you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.

        Tours & Operators on Stride Awarded and Featured by:

        • National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure
        • Outside, The New York Times