Scottish Small Ship Cruises: 

A Unique Way To Discover Western Scotland

We take our passengers (couples, solosgroups and families) from Dunstaffnage Marina, near Oban which is the gateway to the majestic Highlands and Islands of West Scotland, to the Outer and Inner Hebrides - beautiful, unspoiled coastlines of spectacular sea lochs, stunning Hebridean landscapes and incredible wildlife. In the summer months the days are long and the nights are short allowing even more time to enjoy the wonderful wildlife and scenery. 

We anchor in the most sheltered, idyllic places, in some of Scotland's world famous islands such as Skye, St Kilda, Mull, Jura, Islay, Staffa and Iona where you can observe the wildlife, fish, swim in the sea lochs, play golf, visit famous malt whisky distilleries or just go ashore and explore.

We see incredible Scottish wildlife  - soaring sea and golden eagles, basking sharks, minke and killer whales, porpoises, dolphins, myriads of seabirds and common and grey seals. We have even seen a breaching humpback whale!

A Small Ship Cruising Holiday With A Difference

Our three small ships offer you a truly unique experience.  People of all ages can learn about the sea but also find out about nature and explore the local marine environment while enjoying the exhilaration of cruising the wonderful west coast of Scotland on our unique small ships. 

Our Scottish cruises will take you through a pristine environment, spectacularly rich in wildlife and breathtaking mountain and seascapes. A cruise aboard St Hilda, Seahorse II or Gemini Explorer is a voyage of discovery.

Book Your Scottish Cruise

Our 20222023 and 2024 cruise calendars are all onlineAny un-booked cruise can be booked for a private charter. As soon as a cruise has just a single booking a private charter is no longer possible for that date - so early booking for a private charter is recommended. Please get in touch with us to talk through your requirements - we are flexible and very happy to help. Contact us via phone on 01631 564121 or 07745550988 or e-mail

Book The Whole Boat

All our Sea Adventures are perfect for family cruising holidays in Scotland. Families and groups of friends often charter the whole boat. The school holidays book up very quickly: if you have a special date in mind, don't delay.  We operate a system of flexible booking for small groups of friends and families who can choose the start date and length of trip, always assuming there is availability. Children especially enjoy fishing, sea kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, learning basic seamanship, hoisting the sails, rock pooling and the dinghy trips.

Solo Travellers

We host many solo travellers. We have single cabins available on Seahorse II and Gemini Explorer and various cabin-sharing options in twin cabins on all three small ships.

Guest Reviews

We receive fantastic feedback from our passengers who think that our Scottish cruises and our cruising areas offer something truly unique at very good value. Take a look at our latest reviews HERE. 

Self-Catering with a Difference: Stay Aboard our Small Ships

Our unique small ships are available, when not cruising, for self-catering and are berthed in Dunstaffnage Marina, a superb marina in an idyllic location, just three miles north of Oban. (There are no crew on board and we will not go to sea.)  Price from £204 per vessel per night. Please contact us for availability.

Our Fleet

Our three small ships are authentic, traditional vessels: a Norwegian ferry that plyed the rough North Sea and the fjords of Norway; a cruising lifeboat that spent days at sea in the Western Approaches; and a sail training vessel that raced across the North Sea on a number of occasions with merchant navy cadet officers being trained under highly experienced Master Mariners. All three small ships have been modernised for passenger safety and comfort but, where possible, keeping the traditional "look" and insides in their traditional state so as to reflect the roles they once played. Many of the cabins are finished in their original hardwood and the berths have been kept as they originally were so as to keep the passengers safe in a seaway and when sleeping at night. Of course the bathrooms and heating systems have all been updated.

St Hilda

an ex-Tall Ship

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Seahorse II

an ex-Norwegian Ferry

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Gemini Explorer

an ex-Cruising Lifeboat

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Our three small ships are St Hilda (maximum 6 passengers), Seahorse II (maximum 11 passengers) and Gemini Explorer (maximum 8 passengers). All of our ships have been converted to cruise the western islands of Scotland in comfort and style.