Skye and the Inner Hebrides
This incredibly popular cruise ranks with the best.
Cruise the Sound of Mull and Ardnamurchan. Pass the islands of Rum, Eigg and Muck to Arisaig and the Isle of Skye. Skye is the largest and best known Island of the Inner Hebrides. The deeply indented coastline topped with rugged mountain ranges make Skye the most magical and beautiful place to visit from the sea. Wildlife is everywhere and trips ashore will introduce the fascinating heritage and culture of this wonderful area of the west coast of Scotland.
Board at Oban
Cruise Skye and the Inner Hebrides
Return to Oban and head on with your journey.
TransportationOn both the Glen Massan and the Glen Tarsan
Included In PriceServices of the crew, All meals on board, Afternoon tea,snacks, soft drink and wine at dinner included.
Meals IncludedThis tour includes 17 meals; 6 breakfasts 5 lunches 6 dinners
Not Included In PriceTransfers to Oban, Flight tickets, Entry to attractions not included.
Important InformationGetting to Oban: If arriving by train to Glasgow, there is an excellent and very scenic train route from Glasgow to Oban. If driving, ca 2000 rs may be left in secure paid parking in Oban. If flying to Glasgow Airport, pickup can be arranged by taxi at 12 noon on the Saturday for transfer to Oban Bay. There is a charge for this service which takes around two and a half hours.
|Start||End||Twin share pp|
|15 Jun 2013||21 Jun 2013||AU$ 3050|
|29 Jun 2013||5 Jul 2013||AU$ 3050|
|20 Jul 2013||26 Jul 2013||AU$ 3050|
|27 Jul 2013||2 Aug 2013||AU$ 3050|
|3 Aug 2013||9 Aug 2013||AU$ 3050|
|10 Aug 2013||16 Aug 2013||AU$ 3050|
|17 Aug 2013||23 Aug 2013||AU$ 3050|
|31 Aug 2013||6 Sep 2013||AU$ 3050|
|7 Sep 2013||13 Sep 2013||AU$ 3050|
|14 Sep 2013||20 Sep 2013||AU$ 3050|
|10 May 2014||16 May 2014||AU$ 3050|
|17 May 2014||23 May 2014||AU$ 3050|
|24 May 2014||30 May 2014||AU$ 3050|
|31 May 2014||6 Jun 2014||AU$ 3050|
|7 Jun 2014||13 Jun 2014||AU$ 3050|
|14 Jun 2014||20 Jun 2014||AU$ 3050|
|28 Jun 2014||4 Jul 2014||AU$ 3050|
|5 Jul 2014||11 Jul 2014||AU$ 3050|
|19 Jul 2014||25 Jul 2014||AU$ 3050|
|2 Aug 2014||8 Aug 2014||AU$ 3050||9 Aug 2014||15 Aug 2014||AU$ 3050|
|23 Aug 2014||29 Aug 2014||AU$ 3050|
|13 Sep 2014||19 Sep 2014||AU$ 3050|
|20 Sep 2014||26 Sep 2014||AU$ 3050|
|27 Sep 2014||3 Oct 2014||AU$ 3050|
Day 1: Board at Oban
Boarding time for the boat is from 4pm. We can help you with your train journey or you can book an optional pick up at the Glasgow Airport. We set off from Oban, cruising the Sound of Mull and then on to the Point of Ardnamurchan. Pass the islands of Rum, Eigg and Muck to approach the Island of Skye from the Sound of Sleat with the dramatic outline of the Cuillin Mountain Range as a backdrop.
We find our first secluded loch for our first celebratory meal together.
AccommodationOn board the Glen Tarsan or Glen Massan.
All the cabins are double and can be configured as either twin or double beds with ensuite facilities. There are two cabins on deck and four below deck which provide everything you need for a small boat cruise; all cabins are similar in size and style. The size of the cabins is spacious for a boat cruise but compact compared to a hotel bedroom and there is, by necessity, limited storage space.
Your cosy cabins come with a toasty tartan-clad hot water bottle in each bed for the evening.
Meals Included1 x Dinners
Day 2 to 6: Cruise Skye and the Inner Hebrides
The deeply indented coastline, topped with rugged mountain ranges, make Skye the most magical and beautiful place to visit from the sea. Pass Loch Hourn on the way to Kylerhea and then on to Loch Alsh, with the spectacular view of the Skye Bridge as you head for the bustling town of Broadford.
There is no set itinerary due to the variable conditions of sailing, however, typical stopovers and anchorages include:
-Cruise the Sound of Mull to the point of Ardnamurchan, Britain's most westerly mainland point
-Anchor in remote and beautiful Sanna Bay on Ardnamurchan for a stroll along the most incredible stretch of pristine white sandy beach
-Anchor in Loch na Ceall at Arisaig for a breathtaking west coast sunset as it disappears dramatically behind the horizons of Rum and Skye
-Visit the Clan Donald Centre on the Sleat Peninsula on Skye and enjoy a leisurely walk around beautiful Armadale Gardens
-Visit the Otter Haven at Kylerhea on Skye for spectacular views of the Kylerhea narrows and to see otters, seals, birds and other wildlife
-Cruise to iconic Eilean Donan Castle, set spectacularly at the meeting point of Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh Visit Broadford and discover the history of Drambuie and Bonnie Prince Charlie with the option of a land trip.
-Depending on weather conditions, Loch Hourn and Loch Nevis are within reach, as is remote Inverie in Loch Nevis, the largest community in the UK not connected to a road network.
Each day starts leisurely with breakfast in the saloon bar - you can then spend time in the wheelhouse with the skipper as you head to a new destination. Twice a day, the vessel will anchor off a new location, including many enchanting places that can only be accessed by the smaller cruise vessel. Approaching historic buildings and villages from the sea always gives a unique perspective and every day brings a new slice of Scottish history to investigate. There are always a selection of delightful walks around each anchorage. Trips ashore tend to last around 1-2 hours.
Fishing from the boat is very popular and whenever possible the crew lay down creels for lobster and crayfish; if successful the catch will appear on your breakfast plate! There are three boat rods and tackle on board and you are welcome to bring your own and fish while the vessel is at anchor. Mackeral is the most common fish caught and your catch can be cooked and served. There are also lobster creels on each boat and you can help the crew set them. We do occasionally get a lobster but crab is more common. You can even enjoy a swim in the loch for those brave souls.
Evenings are a wonderful opportunity to relax and socialise with the boat's open saloon. All meals are served at the communal table in the deck saloon, although canapes and drinks are often served on the outdoor aft deck, which is accessible through French doors, to catch the last of the evening light. After dinner is often a very sociable time when guests and crew exchange stories of the day's activities. There is a good library in the deck saloon with books, maps and videos on the history, culture and wildlife of the local area. You can enjoy a chat over a drink from the bar while others prefer to sit alfresco on the aft deck watching the sun set or take the chance to go ashore by tender for an evening stroll.
Meals Included5 x Breakfasts5 x Lunches5 x Dinners
Day 7: Return to Oban and head on with your journey.
All cruises disembark at approximately 11am on the last day of the cruise. There is a optional transfer provided back to the Glasgow airport or you can enjoy more of Scotland by land.