Scotland cruise, Skye and the Small Isles

“Small in size but rich in wilderness, you'll spend 7 days sailing the 'small isles' aboard a lovingly converted rescue vessel, keeping watch for seals, otters, dolphins & puffins.”

Highlights

Isle of Mull | Tobermory | The Isle of Muck | The Isle of Eigg | Laig bay & Singing sands | The Isle of Rum | Rum Cullins | The Isle of Skye | Option for cruise extension to Loch Hourn, the Skye Bridge and the east of the Island.

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Date
Price
Basis
24 Jun 2017
£ 2520
excluding flights
2 spaces left
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16 Sep 2017
£ 2100
excluding flights
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Our top tip:
Bring a camera, and plenty of spare memory cards - you'll need them!
Trip type:
Small group. Max. 12 guests.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Twin cabins with sinks but shared bathroom facilities.
Meals:
Fine food by Chef Steve, with local fare. Scallops hand dived by the skipper are a regular feature
Included:
Accommodation, all meals, crew and guided shore trips.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Scotland cruise, Skye and the Small Isles

Environment

Our policy is to operate a sustainable tourism business. For years we have worked amongst the wild seascape of the Hebrides and are passionate about preserving its pristine environment. We are committed to operating in a sustainable manner and take care to do no harm to the natural environments that we visit. We take every opportunity to educate our guests in the importance of preserving these amazing islands and appreciating the animals that live there.

Exploring the Hebrides in a group by boat is much better for the environment than traveling by car, and in fact it is much quicker and easier by boat to get to the remote islands. We carefully maintain Elizabeth G, now 50 years old, so that she does not become redundant and have to be scrapped. We recently derated the boat engine by 25% to use less fuel and reduce emissions. During our cruises nothing is ever thrown over the side, including food scraps, as this can have a negative effect on the wildlife living in the sea and on the seabed. We recycle all waste from the vessel when we go ashore and often pick up waste plastic on our travels which we also recycle. In particular we will never leave dangerous plastics such as beer can holders or fishing net or line which we find and which is particularly bad for trapping animals. Local producers feature highly in our menus, thus reducing food miles and packaging - we often pick up supplies direct from the farm or boat which means no packaging to recycle. In the office we also have a policy of using recycled materials, recycling our waste and avoid using paper whenever we can.


We have a water maker on board so that we don’t need to tap into the water supply on the Islands which can be very precious. We only change guests’ linen and towels on request to avoid wasting energy on cleaning them unnecessarily.

We link in to many organisations which are committed to protecting the natural environment of the west coast of Scotland. We are accredited by WiSe for marine wildlife watching. We report basking shark sightings to the Shark Trust, sending in photos of dorsal fins when we can. We report all our sightings to the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust with as much detail as possible. Recently we were involved in a major survey for Scottish Power Renewables relating to birdlife and wind farms.

Community

We have a commitment to the way of life, culture and heritage of local communities which we engage with and work with local businesses to bring economic benefits.

Our meals on board are sourced from locally produced ingredients; there is plenty of choice in the area especially seafood, hill beef and lamb and a range of speciality foods. Our guests love the fact that they are enjoying the local speciality produce and that they often get to actually meet the producers themselves while en-route on their cruise. Many of our food and drink suppliers provide free range and organic produce and we favour such producers. We use local suppliers to maintain our vessels in the local marina and provide the fittings, finishes, and furnishings. When on a cruise we take our guests to the island artisans to buy their gifts. Local Guest Houses and Hotels are recommended by our sales team; local experts and guides are brought to inform the guests about the wildlife and heritage.

We value the culture of the Hebrides and our guests are very keen to be educated while on board. We take our guests on shore to visit local museums, visitor centres, ancient archaeology and place to purchase local arts and crafts as part of each cruise itinerary

Reviews of Scotland cruise, Skye and the Small Isles

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


So much: seeing Dolphins, Basking sharks, Minky whale,
otter, seals. Making new friends and experiencing 5* dining

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


You will need good mobility as daily explorations can be over
rough terrain. Take good midgy repellent and creams.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All animal sightings where recorded and reported back to
a central database. Remote isles benefited from additional spend on their produce

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Both my sister and I loved this vacation. Great company and each day was different and varied. We feeling really lucky to have seen so much wildlife.

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