Tony Dustan-Smith review 8 Aug 2021
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Anchoring in beautiful locations such as Loch Scavaig and Canna, and going ashore to walk and explore. Sad to say Wildlife at sea was a bit thin - perhaps we were unlucky.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
On St Hilda boat be aware that the 2 small cabins are actually VERY small and cramped, and not good if you are at all claustrophobic. Older less agile customers may have problems, and be better off in the larger boats (though not having been on them we cannot be sure!). Dont expect any comfy seating on deck. Probably all fine for younger passengers!
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
No not particularly.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Enjoyable some of the time ! - on board we had good helpful staff, and good company.
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback.
There are pictures of our three vessels' cabins on our website to help our future guests decide if this vacation is suitable for them. I am sorry if you didn't see these. I should have made sure that you had seen them.
I would like to reassure you regarding our commitment to sustainable tourism. We always support local communities and employ the services of the local marina, shops, services, restaurants and guides. These suppliers employ local staff. We encourage our guests to visit locally important heritage sites, visit local gardens, craft shops and participate in cultural events. We also work with local wildlife rangers and tour guides.
With regards to our environmental impact:
We ask guests to bring their own water bottles which we refill.
We do not use straws, plastic cutlery/plates, drink stirrers.
We recycle all of our waste where possible.
We buy items with minimal packaging.
Engine revolutions are kept to a minimum to reduce fuel consumption. We do not travel at night as we anchor in secluded in anchorages and in two of our
vessels the fuel consuming generators are switched off to give quiet ships. On St Hilda, where possible, we set the sails. All fuel usage is recorded so that fuel
consumption can be tightly monitored.
Our company depends largely on the internet and word of mouth for marketing to reduce paper waste.
We try to use seasonal and locally produced food.
Vegans are catered for.
We use low energy LEDs where possible.
We are also members of the Marine Conservation Society, the Shark Trust, The Hebridean Whake and Dolphin Trust an have been awarded the Green
Tourism's Silver Award.
I am very pleased that you enjoyed anchoring in secluded places of natural beauty and also sharing life aboard with our staff and other guests.