6 independent reviews for Skye and the Small Isles sailing vacation

Reviews for Skye and the Small Isles sailing vacation

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review 8 Sep 2021

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

Stunning scenery.

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

Don't pack too much and if you haven't experienced a small boat vacation before, be prepared for small cabins.

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

Benefited local people - use of restaurants, pubs, gift shops.

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

Excellent - great scenery, food and crew

review 28 Aug 2021

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

The wildlife and exceptional weathet

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

Book for all seasons and remember your binoculars watching a sea eagle and her young flying was beautiful

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

Using the village shops on the island to benefit local people.

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

Very good, food and accommodation great and wildlife watching wondering where they would appear

review 11 Aug 2021

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

It was a very peaceful vacation. We travelled to remote locations which made this a very relaxing trip. Not being in contact with the outside world, away from Covid and lockdown insanity, was a godsend. Skye and Canna - the King of Norways grave - were favourites and being to kayak on Lochaline, among seals.

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

The shop etc is closed on Sunday on Muck! Make sure you try kayaking

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

It benefitted local people, especially on Canna. Good bar.

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

5/5 We thoroughly enjoyed this and would look to book another. Fabulous food by Jenna!

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.

review 8 Oct 2018

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

Exploring the beautiful coastline around Mull, Loch Sunart and Loch Teacuis.

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

Wetsuits were really useful when kayaking. Thermals for the cooler times outside. Very snug and cosy in the lounge in the evening.

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

Fresh supplies bought in Tobermory. Great care taken in dealing with refuse.

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

Excellent initial safety briefing and tour of boat with skipper, Christoph and chef and crew, Amy, really gave us confidence and enabled us to enjoy our time on this beautiful ketch. Superb scenery and wildlife. Christoph shared his knowledge about sailing and the local area and Amy served us some delicious, inventive meals. Wonderful company and an amazing experience.

review 4 Aug 2017

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

I was very happy that we found the puffins rock (Dn Mr) on Sanday. With another traveler I surrounded the peninsula with the help of a map with only a few details like some walls, the church and the silhouette of the island - no paths! But the puffins were exactly where they had been indicated on the map, and we had a wonderful, long walk. But I also enjoyed the boat trips - plenty of time to watch the sea, the sky, the birds, the seals, even some dolphins...

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

Enjoy a wake-up-swimming from the boat in the morning - I wish I could continue to start my days like this! I brought several different shoes, but I found my waterproof sandals most practical for most purposes except for the longer walks.

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

We had mostly local (and very delicious!) food and bought souvenirs in the local shops and didn't leave any garbage on the islands.

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

I spent a wonderful, varied, exciting, relaxing and to my surprise even culinary week in Scotland with very nice people (travelers and crew). Of course none of us is used to share his room with three strangers, but everybody was very flexible and considerate and so we had a great time very close to nature. Thank you very much!

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