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

Fri 13th July 2018

From £750 p/p

From £750 p/p

5 nights / 6 spaces

Departs: Tobermory

Private charter available: £5,990

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

5 nights

Travel along these world famous Sounds that separate some of the most famous islands of the Inner Hebrides and listen to the myriad sounds of the sea.

Sail by the spectacular islands of the Inner Hebridean Islands: Mull, Oronsay, Luing, Shuna and Jura. Anchor in tranquil, remote bays. See the incredible wildlife  - soaring sea and golden eagles, basking sharks, orca and minke whales, porpoises, dolphins, seabirds and seals. On some of the Hebridean cruises we look at nature through the eyes of a marine biologist and even get out the plankton nets and microscopes!

Do as little or as much as you want. Sit back and enjoy the trip as you travel through the Sounds 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 headland lighthouses and castles  and all the wildlife and, if you want, become involved in working the ex-tall ship St Hilda.

The sheltered waters are perfect for learning to sail against a spectacular backdrop of pristine coastline, mountains and forests. For extra fun, bring your kayak and windsurfer, swim from the boat or go ashore on remote islands to explore. Also don't forget your walking boots for spectacular island walks with wonderful views of the Sounds.

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 Drumbuie 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 Corryvreckan 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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Prices

Twin Cabin (p/p)£750.00
Twin Cabin En-suite (p/p)£995.00
Double Cabin En-suite (p/p)£1,250.00
Private Charter (whole boat)£5,990.00
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Reasons to book

  • Extraordinary wildlife
  • Ex-tall ship with skipper and chef
  • Hoist the sails
  • Great value for money
  • Cruises through the Crinan Canal
  • Maximum of 6 guests per cruise
  • Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner
  • Organised whisky tour
  • Organised activities for free
Holiday Tips

I've returned home with wonderful memories of the peace of Loch Riddon and watching my son steer the dingy.

Diane Maxwell, August 2013