Quirky Self-Catering in the Inner Hebrides

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.

Dunstaffnage Marina is perfectly located in beautiful surroundings with easy access to Scotland’s west coast. Nearby Oban is a bustling little ferry port and is the gateway to the Hebridean isles. You can visit local islands, take wildlife tours, sample the local whisky, explore beautiful sandy beaches, admire ancient castles, fly-fish for trout on the local lochs and play picturesque and challenging golf courses.

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. 

  • Seahorse II: £396 per vessel per night for 6 to 11 people, £294 per vessel per night for 4 or 5 people, £250 for 3 people or less
  • St Hilda: £204 per vessel per night
  • Gemini Explorer: £294 per vessel per night
  • Minimum three nights stay
  • 30% deposit to confirm a booking and final payment two months before the holiday

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). 

Pets: Unfortunately we do not take pets onboard. 

2021 and 2022 Cruising

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.  

Our 2021 calendar and our 2022 calendar is now available - private boat charters go very quickly so don't delay! Enquire now to secure your dates for your small ship cruising holiday on the West Coast of Scotland to the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

Self-Catering Reviews


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. 

— Sara - UK, Self-Catering, August 2020Sara - UK, Self-Catering, August 2020John, UK, Self-Catering, September 2020


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.

— Sara - UK, Self-Catering, August 2020Sara - UK, Self-Catering, August 2020Sara, UK, Self-Catering, August 2020


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.

Paul, UK, Self-Catering, August 2020