St Hilda for Skye and the Small Isles

Wed 5th September 2018

From £900 p/p

From £900 p/p

6 nights / 2 spaces

Departs: Oban

St Hilda for Skye and the Small Isles

6 nights

A sea voyage around the sea lochs of Isle of Skye and the Small Isles has to be one of the best ways to visit the wonderful west coast of Scotland. Extraordinary 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. You sail aboard the St Hilda, a classic 54 foot wooden ketch, that was built in Scotland by a family-owned (Miller's) boatyard specifically for sail training with a crew of 20 which is why, with just 6 guests, St Hilda is so spacious.

Throughout the 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 kayak and windsurfer, swim from the boat and don't forget your hiking boots for stunning island walks.

You start your cruise from Oban, and visit or sail past the stunning Small Isles - Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna - 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.

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, overfalls, and fetch.

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

Some of the places we may visit are:

Oban: Your departure point will be Oban. After a short introduction to life on board our small ship we depart for our first destination.  

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.

Muck, The Small Isles: The small island of Muck (Muck is Gaelic for 'Pig') 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.

Eigg, The Small Isles: Eigg 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".  

Rum, Loch Scresort, The Small Isles: 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.

Canna, The Small Isles: Canna is 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.

Loch Scavaig, 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.  Make sure to make time to enjoy this breathtaking wilderness.

Loch Harport, Isle of Skye: Home to the famous Talisker malt whisky distillery.

Tobermory: One of the most picturesque towns in the Western Isles. If you wish, we can make time to visit the local distillery or visit eagles (Mull is the best place in the UK to see eagles).

Loch Spelve: A narrow entrance leads us in to the tranquil waters of Loch Spelve with its surrounding ancient oak forest. The anchorage gives us a different perspective than our previous views of the wonderful mountains of Mull. There are resident otters along the loch's shoreline.

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Prices

Twin Cabin (p/p)£900.00
Twin Cabin En-suite (p/p)£1,194.00
Double Cabin En-suite (p/p)£1,500.00
Private Charter (whole boat)£7,188.00
2018 Accommodation Layout

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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

'Oh what shall we have for lunch? We're such a particular bunch! We settled on mussels. Bought quick, without hassle. And cooked with no grit and no crunch!'

Sue Read, May 2017