3 independent reviews for Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland

Reviews for Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland

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review 1 Sep 2018

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

The beautiful Scottish scenery - it was everything that I hoped for (when the sun came out!)

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

Don't forget to pack your waterproofs! The food on the boat is excellent and plentiful - just forget the diet.

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

Much of the (excellent) food and supplies were sourced from local providers, and our purchases from shops on small islands must help the local tourism industry, which is a key source of income for many parts of the Hebrides. I don't really think that the trip could claim to reduce environmental impact or support conservation.

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

Scenery, accommodation and food excellent. Weather - average!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your lovely review and honest comments, we are delighted that you enjoyed your cruise. We would just like to clarify our environmental credentials and highlight the support that we give to local conservation organisations, something that we should perhaps make more of when guests are onboard. Two of our small cruise ships are converted fishing boats, they were both due to be scrapped and were saved and re-purposed by us using local craftsmen, ensuring local employment and reuse of the boats that would otherwise have been scrapped. We are continually striving to reduce our environmental impact where ever possible. As an operator we work very closely with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust – the leading organisation for the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises in the waters off the west coast of Scotland. We were approached by HWDT to be their first corporate partner in recognition of our long association with the organisation. All our crews have undergone WiSe training to ensure that we minimise the impact of our presence on the wildlife we are lucky enough to see.

review 31 Jul 2015

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

The vacation company are excellent in every way. Small motor vessel (Glen Mason) carrying 12 passengers, ours had 10 passengers this trip. En suite cabins three cooked meals a day by a Michelin trained chief, with coffee at 11:00 and high tea at 15:30. If you are not careful, it could be death by eating, but very enjoyable. The boat has a crew of 4, Captain, Engineer, Stewardess and Chief. The boat also has a small powerboat, this is used to go ashore to some beautiful and remote coves and small ports/villages. We also set lobster pots at our night anchorage, and retrieved before breakfast the following morning. The catch if any was incorporated into the canapé’s, which are served half an hour prior the evening meal. Wines are served with this meal too. Some of the passengers fished from the side of the boat, mostly mackerel and a few flat fish. We visited Jura, Isla and the adjoining peninsula, and then up north again visiting a number of sea locks around Mull. Finally a visit to Tobermory. By chance it was the Highland Gathering that day, with all the lovely pipe bands and dancers. Finally back to Oban to disembark. The crew were marvellous, and nothing was too much trouble, with a number of elderly passengers on our cruise, all was taken in their stride. I was a single passenger, I went with a certain amount of trepidation, but this was all put to one side by the first evening, all 10 of us gelled almost at once, and got on like a house on fire. I will certainly be back.

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

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


review 27 Apr 2014

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

We were a small and delightful group of 6 travelers and 4 crew, including the skipper and a fabulous chef. We all got to know one another very well. The boat was cozy and comfortable, the landscapes and cloudscapes, sublime; and the day trips and hikes, especially our visit to Iona and its sacred and ancient abbey were vitamin C for the spirit.

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

Bring waterproof clothing and shoes. One day the water was rough and the wind was very strong. Those of us who were not waterproof arrived at Iona soaked. We were warned beforehand in the travel information. It needs to be heeded.

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

There were plenty of shops enroute, which we supported wholeheartedly. We received information regarding advocacy sources for more national parks in Scotland from the director of our Wildlife land tour.

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

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