The Hebrides are nearer than you think! Our mini cruises depart from Dunstaffnage Marina, three miles north of Oban (the gateway to the Hebridean isles!).
Dunstaffnage marina is easy to reach to by public transport, and we are very happy to help with local travel information.
Please note that boarding time at the pontoon is at 13:30 and one member of the crew will meet you at the pontoon's locked gate at 13:30 to take you to your vessel. It is not possible to board your vessel before boarding time as the boat is still being made ready for you. The boat normally sets off about an hour after boarding.
You will disembark on the last day of your holiday no later than 11:30.
a. By Car
Oban is about 2.5 hours to 3 hours drive north from Glasgow Airport and Dunstaffnage Marina is just 3 miles North of Oban on the A85. You can leave your car at Dunstaffnage marina parking. There is no need to book the parking in advance. Just check in at the marina's office when you arrive and let them know that you are travelling with St Hilda Sea Adventures. We have six free parking permits. If a permit is available the receptionist will then give you one against a £20 deposit which will be given back to you when you bring it back after the cruise before leaving. If none of the free parking permits are available there will be a fee of £25 per week.
b. By Air
Oban airport is a short taxi ride away from Oban and has car hire. More likely you will arrive at Glasgow International Airport which has car hire or you could take the train from Glasgow Queen Street Station to Oban. There is a bus to take you from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow Queen Street Station. We can also supply Airport taxis numbers or organize a taxi to take you from the airport to Oban. The drive from Glasgow to Oban takes around 2.5 hours to 3 hours.
c. Public Transport
By train: A scenic train route from Glasgow Queen Street train station to Oban: https://www.scotrail.co.uk/scotland-by-rail/great-scenic-rail-journeys/west-highland-line-glasgow-oban-and-fort-williammallaig . Trains depart Glasgow in the morning and at lunchtime and arrive in Oban some 3 hours later.
By bus: Traveling to Oban by bus is great and perhaps even nicer than by train. The three hours journey will take you through some part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You could perhaps even stop half-way in Inveraray for a bit of lunch before carrying on with the next bus: https://www.citylink.co.uk/
By taxi: If you travel by train or bus to Oban then you will need to take a taxi to the marina which costs about £9 and takes about seven minutes. One Taxi company operating out of Oban is Lorn Taxis (01631 564744). If you wish to travel by taxi from Glasgow contact Taxi George (07913601442). Prices are as follows:
You might want to spend your first night in Glasgow where there is much to do and see. In Glasgow, there is the Premier Inn at Charing Cross: http://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/scotland/strathclyde/glasgow/glasgow-city-centre-charing-cross.html, 0871 527 8438.
To get from Glasgow airport to Charing Cross you will need the bus service 500. The bus stop is just outside the terminal building. Or you could take a taxi. The taxi rank is also located at the front of the terminal building. Taxis are available 24 hours a day. The taxi fare to Glasgow city centre is approximately £20.
The Premier Inn at Charing Cross has train connection to both Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street train stations which will be useful if you travel to Oban by train. Trains to Oban leave from Queen Street.
Alternatively you could stay at the The Premier Inn at Glasgow Airport: http://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/scotland/strathclyde/glasgow/glasgow-airport.html, 0871 527 8434.
There is also a Holiday Inn Express close to the Queen Street Station: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/gb/en/glasgow/glwth/hoteldetail, 0141 331 6800. There are good places to eat nearby, including a restaurant at the bottom of the hotel.
You might prefer to spend the night before your trip in an Oban B&B or at Dunstaffnage marina at the 'Wide Mouthed Frog'. A few options are:
Dunheanish Guest house, in Oban: https://www.dunheanish.com, 01631566556.
Failte B&B, in Oban: https://www.failtebandb.com, 01631 570219.
Oban Bay Hotel, in Oban: https://www.crerarhotels.com/oban-bay-hotel, 01631 564395.
The Wide Mouthed Frog, at Dunstaffnage marina, has rooms finished to a 3 star standard and has a bistro and bar: https://www.widemouthedfrogofficialsite.co.uk/, 01631 567005.
You can also get very good deals on https://www.trivago.co.uk/oban-41557/hotel