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Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Iona Abbey and Nunnery, Isle of Iona, West coast of Scotland

Scottish Castles and Sheltered Sea Lochs 5 nights

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
6 days
From: $ 966 $ 161 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Oban: Your departure point will be Oban. After a short introduction to life on board our small ship we lift anchor and set sail to our first destination. 
  • Loch Spelve: A narrow entrance leads us in to the tranquil waters of Loch Spelve (on the beautiful Isle of Mull) with its surrounding ancient oak forest. If we are lucky we might spot an otter along the loch shore. We can also pick up some local grown mussels in the morning before we leave to our next destination.
  • Tobermory: One of the most picturesque towns in the Western Isles with its famous whisky distillery and colourful waterfront. We anchor in the Bay where a Spanish galleon was supposedly sunk with all its treasure. We can spend a day ashore and for the adventurous there are fast boat trips that can be arranged to visit Fingal’s cave on the Isle of Staffa. There are also Sea Eagle Watch tours, guided walks or you can just wander along the streets, visit the delightful local museum, perhaps watch a pipe band, admire the wooden fishing boats and take in the long history of this lovely village.
  • Duart Castle: Our daytime anchorage in Duart Bay is below the spectacular 13th century Duart Castle, the ancestral home to the Maclean clan. We can go for walks along the shore and visit the castle and learn about its rich clan history.
  • Loch Aline: A pretty anchorage on the Morvern Peninsula, off the Sound of Mull.
  • Loch Linnhe: The long Loch Linnhe goes all the way to Fort William. We travel past Lismore Island for the sheltered anchorage off Shuna Island. We can go ashore and visit the local nature reserve on the mainland and admire the famous Castle Stalker. There are lovely walks across the causeway bridge to Port Appin.

Short Description

This cruise takes you along the sheltered Sound of Mull, famous for its wildlife and bordered by the Isle of Mull and the Morvern Peninsula, and along historic Loch Linnhe. Our voyage will give you the full flavor of Scotland from the sea: its sheltered sea lochs, tranquil anchorages, picturesque harbors, ancient castles and even a whisky distillery. The cruise is a wonderful introduction to the breath-taking Scottish Highlands and Islands all from the sea.

Please note that your voyage is weather dependent.  Weather doesn't just mean good or bad weather. There are many considerations such as tidal gates, wind direction and strength, the strength and direction of currents, over falls, and fetch.

If you wish to visit a specific place or have a specific experience, such as fly fishing, sea eagle tours, whiskey tasting, then please do let your skipper know and he will endeavor to meet your request.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Oban
End City Oban
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Itinerary

Day 1:

Embark Oban and set sail to tranquil Loch Spelve on the beautiful Isle of Mull. We anchor in the Loch’s sheltered waters and enjoy our aperitif and first dinner on board. If we are lucky we might spot an otter along the loch shore.

Day 2:

We pick up some local grown mussels in the morning and head up the Sound of Mull for the pretty Village of Tobermory with its famous whisky distillery and colourful waterfront. We anchor in the Bay where a Spanish galleon was supposedly sunk with all its treasure. Enjoy a fine dinner of locally sourced food and locally grown mussels.

Day 3:

We can spend the day ashore and for the adventurous there are fast boat trips that can be arranged to visit Fingal’s cave on the Isle of Staffa. There are also Sea Eagle Watch tours, guided walks or you can just wander along the streets, visit the delightful local museum, perhaps watch a pipe band, admire the wooden fishing boats and take in the long history of this lovely village.

Day 4:

Up anchor and head for our daytime anchorage in Duart Bay which is below the spectacular 13th centaury Duart Castle, the ancestral home to the Maclean clan. We can go for walks along the shore and visit the castle and learn about its rich clan history. Later we head for our anchorage in pretty Loch Aline on the Morvern Peninsula, off the Sound of Mull.

Day 5:

Up anchor and head for long Loch Linnhe which goes all the way to Fort William. We travel past Lismore Island for the sheltered anchorage off Shuna Island. We can go ashore and visit the local nature reserve on the mainland and admire the famous Castle Stalker. There are lovely walks across the causeway bridge to Port Appin.

Day 6:

Up anchor from Isle of Shuna and sail down the Loch to return to Oban.

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What I had let myself in for was an experience which changed my life!!!!!

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Getting on in years and wanting 'something different' I discovered St Hilda quite by chance. I arrived at the Marina, on my own, not really knowing what I had let myself in for. What I had let myself in for was an experience which changed my life!!!!! I was immediately absorbed into the whole structure of the voyage. Five other 'singletons' were, quite literally, in the same boat and we all gelled. Michael and Colette just took us under their wing and made us part and parcel of the crew. I learned so much, from hoisting sail, to dropping anchor, to collecting plankton. There was so much to see and as much to do as one wanted to. The evening meals were always a social and culinary delight and never ceased to amaze us. I made a lifelong friend in Doreen, who I met on the quayside and we both returned the next year to 'do' the Crinan Canal. I feel part of Colette's family and am so glad I decided that it was 'now or never' for an adventure of a lifetime. Thank you St Hilda.
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The most amazing Scottish Cruises in the Argyll and The Hebrides

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The most amazing Scottish Cruises in the Argyll and The Hebrides.
We have been delighted to managed to arrange our own sailing trip (to continue building our mileages) while benefitting from the the St Hilda as a safe haven during our last holidays!
Even though it is not St Hilda Sea Adventures first activity, they have proven great flexibility and we could have never found similar service for our budget.
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Our St. Hilda adventure was memorable for the gorgeous scenery; the amazing food; catching bait for the crabs we caught for dinner; the entertaining hosts & comfortable berths. We were a family of 4 (2 teenagers & a very experienced professional sailer). We never felt crowded, rushed, cold, wet or hungry!
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Lovely boat, fabulous setting, good company and excellent cooking

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

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Cancellation Policy:

Must be notified to us in writing by the person who made the booking. If you cancel your holiday:

More than 56 days prior to the start of your holiday/cruise, you will only be charged your deposit.

Between 56 and 30 days, you will be charged 50% of the holiday/cruise cost.

Between 30 and 14 days, you will be charged 75% of the holiday/cruise cost.

Note: If less than 14 days before the start of your holiday/cruise or on or after the commencement of the cruise, you must pay the full holiday/cruise cost.

Note: We appreciate that wholly unforeseen events may result in cancellation. In view of the above and for your peace of mind we therefore strongly advise you to take out appropriate comprehensive Accident & Cancellation Insurance at the time of your booking.

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