Self-Catering with a Difference: Stay Aboard a Small Ship Berthed in Dunstaffnage Marina, Oban
Our unique small ships are available for self-catering and are berthed in Dunstaffnage Marina, a superb marina in an idyllic location, just three miles north of Oban. (There is no crew on board and the vessels are not setting sail.) Please contact us for availability.
Our quirky small ships are the ex-tall ship St Hilda (maximum 6 people), the ex-Norwegian ferry Seahorse II (maximum 11 people) and the ex-cruising lifeboat Gemini Explorer (maximum 8 people). All of our vessels have been converted to ensure that you will have a unique self-catering experience both in comfort and style in an authentic small ship environment.
Included: Electricity, gas (St Hilda), bed linen, shower and hand towels (not beach towels), tea towels, cleaning and washing up materials (dish washer tablets supplied on Seahorse II and Gemini Explorer)
COVID19: We will only have new guests joining 72 hours after the previous guests. During the 72 hours the vessels will be deep cleaned and sanitised. You will find in your cabin a complimentary ‘pocket sized’ bottle of hand sanitizer (alcohol based).
We offer a range of mini cruise itineraries suitable for solo travelers, couples, groups and families and we recommend you book early to get your preferred dates. For a private charter of the whole boat we can customise the number of days and the itinerary.
Life aboard St Hilda was everything I was looking in terms of a getaway. Something different and a little adventurous. St Hilda is ideal for liveaboard with everything needed to have a very comfortable stay – even in late October. The marina is a great place to just sit and watch and is a perfect base for exploring the Argyll coastal route. There is so much to experience from an archaeological, geological and scenic perspective.
We had a fabulous time and will definitely be keeping tabs on the trips that your company offer. The boat was a novel alternative for self catering accommodation and sitting on deck each evening with a chilled glass of wine watching the sun set was so special.
love being on boats so it was perfect for a getaway and to use as a base. Good communication with the owners who are most helpful.
The weather was particularly good but even if it isn't, this is a comfortable and different place to stay.
We had the most glorious 4 days on board the St Hilda, albeit moored in the Marina above Oban. This quaint vessel lived up to all our expectations and the service we received from the whole team at St Hilda Adventures was magnificent. The vessel proved a great base for visiting the surrounding beauty spots. We fished off the boat side and had to stop after one session due to the quantity of Mackerel we caught! The whole 4 day break with superb weather was truly memorable.
We had a fabulous time aboard St Hilda.
The team looked after us really well, giving us a warm welcome and a few essentials for the fridge! Nothing seemed too much trouble for them.
The scenery around the marina is magical and the night sky truly awesome.
A lockdown Covid experience that despite restrictions turned into a lovely holiday. The boat (St Hilda) was cosy and comfortable and Christophe made sure we were well looked after. The area is stunning and the weather was kind to us. Would love to come back and enjoy the full cruise experience! Thank you.
COVID-19 might have prevented us from setting sail but the magic of the Western Isles, the view from the marina each morning and life on our quirky Norwegian ferry made for a wonderfully different experience.