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The Sounds of The Hebrides: Mull, Luing, Shuna and Jura tour

The Sounds of The Hebrides: Mull, Luing, Shuna and Jura

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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
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cruise over natural anchorage of Tayvallich, once a famous Viking harbor
  • Explore Tobermory, one of the most picturesque towns in the Western Isles
  • Get an opportunity to see eagles, sharks, whales, porpoises and dolphins, as well as many types of seabirds

Short Description

This wonderful, 12 day, Outer Hebridean cruise will, if the weather is kind, give us time to explore fabulous St Kilda; the remote Monach Isles; many dramatic islands of the Outer Hebrides; and the spectacular Small Isles. Our starting point is Oban, the gateway to the isles.

Our sea adventure vessels will anchor in scenic, lonely islands, in tranquil bays and, throughout the trip, we see incredible wildlife - soaring sea and golden eagles, many species of sea birds, basking sharks, orca and minke whales, porpoises, dolphins and seals. Aboard our three small ships you can do as little or as much as you want. Sit back and enjoy the trip as you travel through the Sounds; pass the islands and sea lochs; view the spectacular mountains and fast running tides that make extraordinary spiral patterns and glassy runs in the sea; marvel at the lofty headland lighthouses and castles; and, if you want, become involved in working the wee cruise ships.

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

All meals, fruit on demand, coffee breaks, afternoon teas, pre-dinner aperitif, wine with dinner and the services of your crew.

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Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive Tobermory, one of the most picturesque towns in the Western Isles. A dinghy ride from a pontoon in this most sheltered of natural harbours 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 lies 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 enter the Sound of Mull. Our destination is the remote island of Shuna. On the way, and at anytime during the trip, we may see soaring sea or golden eagles (Mull is the best place in the UK to see eagles), basking sharks, whales, porpoises and dolphins, as well as many types of seabirds. Out of the Sound of Mull and into the Firth of Lorn and then, with the tide in our favour, (a must as the currents can run at five knots in these parts) we enter the Sound of Luing. We shoot past the famous Fladda lighthouse, the over falls and eddies of these fast running waters make extraordinary spiral patterns and glassy runs in the sea. The waters calm as we pass the southern tip of Luing Island and enter Shuna Sound. Our quiet anchorage off the north coast of Shuna Island is a spot where otters frequently play along the shore-line.

Day 3:

Up anchor and down the Shuna Sound with tidal planning again important as we will pass the notorious Gulf of Corryvrecken with its six knot tides which can be heard roaring 30 miles inland when there is a storm of wind against them. Then passing the northern headland of Jura, where George Orwell’s cottage can still be seen where he wrote 1984, to sail down the Sound of Jura. The magnificent Munro mountains, the three “Paps of Jura”, can be seen rising over Jura to dominate the southern end of the Sound of Islay. Our destination is an anchorage in the upper reaches of beautiful Loch Sween - its seal population lining its banks to watch us as we pass by.

Day 4:

Up anchor and we pass the natural anchorage of Tayvallich, once a famous Viking harbour, back down Loch Sween to head up the Sounds of Jura and Luing to our next destination - remote Loch Spelve on the south side of Mull. Here the anchorage in this sheltered loch, which is surrounded by an ancient oak forest, gives us unparalleled views of the mountains of Mull. There are resident otters along its shoreline.

Day 5:

Negotiating the narrow entrance to Loch Spelve we head out in to the Firth of Lorn to return by the beautiful Sound of Mull to Tobermory where we will finally anchor for the night. Aperitif on deck and then dinner.

Day 6:

Disembark by dinghy after breakfast at around 11am - the end of a perfect voyage.

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The Sounds of The Hebrides: Mull, Luing, Shuna and Jura

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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.
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!
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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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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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