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St Hilda for Skye and the Small Isles tour

Skye and the Small Isles

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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
7 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit wild and remote Loch Scavaig on the Isle of Skye
  • Explore Tobermory, one of the most picturesque towns in the Western Isles
  • Visit Skye's famous Talisker malt whisky distillery

Short Description

A mini cruise around the sea lochs of the Isle of Skye and the Small Isles (Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna) has to be one of the best ways to visit the Hebridean islands. Extraordinary Scottish wildlife is everywhere from minke and occasional killer and humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, otters to many species of rare sea birds, especially sea eagles.

Throughout the mini cruise you will anchor in secluded and tranquil sea lochs and sail against a spectacular backdrop of dramatic, pristine island coastlines, high sea cliffs, wild mountains and forests. For extra fun, bring your kitesurf or windsurfer, swim from the boat and don't forget your hiking boots for stunning island walks.

You start your cruise from Oban (Dunstaffnage marina), and visit or sail past the stunning Small Isles and the west coast of Skye, which in Loch Scavaig has the most spectacular wilderness anchorage in the whole of Scotland. We travel along the west coast of Skye and at the next anchorage you can even visit Skye's famous Talisker malt whisky distillery.

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 Tobermory
End City Tobermory

Trip Includes

  • Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner

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Itinerary

Day 1:

Departure is from Tobermory, one of the most picturesque towns in the Western Isles. A dinghy ride from a pontoon in this most sheltered of natural harbours takes you to the St Hilda, resting at anchor. After a short introduction to life on board our small ship, there is afternoon tea (clotted cream and scones!) before we lift anchor and set sail for the Isle of Oronsay. Just south of Oronsay Island is secluded Loch Drumbie, situated between the island and the mainland. A squeeze between high sided cliffs and we are in a perfectly sheltered anchorage. We spend our first tranquil night here.

Day 2:

After breakfast we lift anchor and head for the Small Isles. Our destination is the small island of Muck (Muck is Gaelic for 'Pig'), which is only a couple of miles long and a mile wide. Ashore there are wonderful coastal walks and many seabirds. On Horse Island, which is accessible at low water, there is a colony of puffins.

Day 3:

We up anchor and head for Eigg which has the "Sguirr of Eigg", an ancient, eroded volcanic plug that creates a dramatic cliff on the east side of the island and a high ridge which runs west. There are beautiful white-sand bays and a quartz beach that creates the famous "singing sands".  Our next overnight anchorage is on Rum at Loch Scresort. Rum Island is a National Nature Reserve and famous for its herds of red deer and sheer sea cliffs which are home to nesting sea eagles. A visit to the Kinloch castle near the anchorage is definitely worthwhile.

Day 4:

We visit wild and remote Loch Scavaig on the Isle of Skye, the most dramatic anchorage in Scotland, if not Europe. The loch is situated below the mighty Black Cuillins mountains, famous for their difficult rock climbs, and a large colony of seals on Sgeir Doigich.  We take in this breathtaking wilderness before heading along Skye's west coast to our next anchorage in Loch Harport, whose shore is home to the famous Taliskar malt whisky distillery.

Day 5:

Up anchor and sail for Canna, possibly the most beautiful of all the Small islands.  Its 200 metre high cliffs of Compass Hill rise dramatically out of the sea and we have a good chance of seeing both sea and golden eagles The anchorage on Canna is one of the best of the Small Isles and a stroll ashore to see the wild flower meadows of Sanday's Machair is a pure delight.

Day 6:

Up anchor and make our way along the sea cliffs of the west coast of Rum to enjoy wonderful sea views of Eigg and Muck before we sail back to the Isle of Mull and our anchorage off Tobermory.

Day 7:

After a breakfast, disembark at around 1100, the end of a remarkable sea voyage.

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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

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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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Ship Name

St Hilda

Ship Description

St Hilda is one of the smallest of the “Tall Ships” and has competed in several Tall Ship races. There are two cabins, a roomy, double, en-suite in the aft cabin and in the fore cabin there are four, comfortable berths, with an adjacent toilet and shower . You admire the views from her open decks and eat in an airy, well-lit saloon and, what a pleasure it is, to wake up to the sound of the water lapping against the hull. A truly unforgettable Scotland holiday!

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 6

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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