Whisky and wildlife sailing vacation in Scotland

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21 May 2021
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This vacation is designed for families, small group and solo travelers

Our small ship cruises in Scotland take place on a choice of three converted small ships: St Hilda (a traditional wooden ex-tall ship with maximum capacity for 6 guests), Seahorse II (a former ferry cruiser from Norway with maximum capacity for 12 guests) or Gemini Explorer (a converted lifeboat cruiser with maximum capacity for 7 guests). All three ships have been converted to cruise the western islands of Scotland in comfort and style and are especially suited to families, solos or groups of friends. Children from 5 years old to the most demanding teenager love the experience. Included in the price are all meals and your onboard skipper and chef who will provide an unforgettable vacation for everyone on board. This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. If possible they will tailor-make your vacation to suit your requirements including length and start date of trip.


 

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We do all that we can to "leave only a wake" as we travel through the islands of the west coast of Scotland. Our stated aim is to protect the wonderful marine environment and the wildlife it supports.

We are proud to say we have recently been awarded The Green Tourism's Silver Award.

We are also a gold member of the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) so we will only be serving fish, from local fish-mongers, which are sustainable and approved by the MCS.

We are a corporate member of the Shark Trust, and have adopted the magnificent basking shark. Our adoption is helping fund vital basking shark research in our cruising area.

We are also a corporate partner of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust which means we foster environmental awareness and we work to safeguard the future of Scottish seas and cetaceans.

Our crew are officially WiSe Scheme Trained which means they are taught about watching marine wildlife the wildlife-safe way in our cruising area.

We are committed to excellence in offering vacations to people who have a feel for the sea and its wildlife, both below and above the waves, as well as ashore. Our aim is to respect the sea and the local marine and shore-based environment. To leave everything as we find it is our motto, respecting the delicate eco-system balance of sky, sea and shore. To achieve our “Leave Only a Wake” policy we have a series of aims:

Our aim is to create sustainable tourism by respecting the local sea and shore-based environment. We adhere to high standards of economic, environmental and social policy and practice in our interactions with clients, staff, core suppliers and partners as well as the wider social and ecological environment. We buy free range eggs, free range chicken and organic meat.

We look after our clients to the best of our ability and supporting them on the vessel in personnel safety and creating a respect for the marine environment. Our on board skills training aims to develop confidence and competence and we have extensive briefing of our safety and environmental procedures to our crew.

We have responsible standards of crew recruitment and development. At all times there are always two team members available. Our fully qualified skippers have sailed many thousands of sea miles. All activities in the water are monitored to protect both humans and the marine life.

Our onboard policy is that all rubbish is brought ashore and we have a strict recycling policy of all non-organic waste.

Our skippers and onboard wildlife guides discuss the local shore and marine environment, wildlife and ecosystems. We explain how to behave in a responsible manner to the animals (for example puffin and seal colonies) and birds (especially breeding colonies) that we encounter. We also help clients gain an awareness of local marine environment by encouraging them to study the nautical charts of the region as well making them aware of the ever changing Scottish weather patterns. The skipper keeps the clients regularly informed of local meteorological reports.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We employ the services of the local marina, shops, services, restaurants and guides. These suppliers all 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. Tourism is increasingly a vital part of the income for the local residents of this somewhat remote, isolated but beautiful region of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Thus we use all local products and local services with the intention of helping to support local businesses, create employment and contribute to the overall sustainable development of not only our starting point of our voyage but also in the islands and communities of the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

We aim to create a good relationship with tourism and the local communities and at all times are aware and try to bring awareness to the fragile marine ecosystems through which we sail.

Climate

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Reviewed on 29 Jun 2018 by

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


WE loved kayaking a and stirring the malt at Laphroig.

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


We would recommend people to be fit, pack minimally and get ready for an experience of a lifetime.

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


Yes. The boat and its operators respected the environment and the people whom we visited. Whatever was packed in was packed out.

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


This vacation forces one to totally relax. Bring great books and let the ocean, islands and surroundings fill your day.

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2018 by

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


While the whole trip was memorable, the weather was perfect, seeing the puffins and going into the sea cave on Staffa was a thrill. Our captain rowed us around to look at the spotted seals which were just as curious to look at us as we were to see them. Of course, the Islay whiskys can't be beat distilleries tours were excellent and we enjoyed more then a few drams most evenings.

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


Don't be afraid to book your trip the end of May or early June. Talking to the locals, this is when they get out to view wildlife. Do some planning as to which
whiskey distilleries you want or need to visit because there are way too many.

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


We had a great time meeting local merchants and artisans that still weave with local wool, make baskets out of local material and all were gentle souls.

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


We loved Scotland and the operator. The crew was great and went out of their way to make sure we were happy, well feed and comfortable.

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2017 by

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


Being "on the water" was exhilarating! When the weather was good, it was glorious, and when the weather was stormy, it was exciting.

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


Miminize luggage. Storage space is modest. Layers are necessary. Don't forget the rain gear. Be flexible. Much of the itinerary is dictated by weather and tides. The vacation providers office staff are very kind to help with arrangements. Try to take time before/after the cruise to visit Oban and Tobermory. Lovely towns.

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


Definitely a benefit to the locals. Food is purchased locally. And most of us found lovely things to purchase. The protocol on the ship was very respectful of the environment.

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


It was a delight. I was hoping for something unique and it was!

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