Hebrides cruise, The Sounds of Mull, Luing, Shuna and Jura

“Six days of sublime cruising and sailing in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides. With only six other passengers on board. And the best skipper you could hope for.”

Highlights

Tobermory, Isle of Mull | Oronsay island | Firth of Lorn | Sound of Luing | Luing Island | Shuna Sound and Island | Gulf of Corryvrecken | Jura | Sounds of Jura | Loch Spelve

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20 Sep 2018
£ 750
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22 Sep 2018
£ 1000
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10 Apr 2019
£ 1350
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04 May 2019
£ 800
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01 Jun 2019
£ 1125
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25 Jun 2019
£ 480
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28 Aug 2019
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30 Sep 2019
£ 960
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01 Oct 2019
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Vacation type

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

The accommodation is a traditional roomy 54 ft ketch with accommodation for six, consisting of 1 double cabin with en-suite and one shared cabin (4 berths) with shared bathroom. It is especially suited to families, solos or groups of friends. Children from 7 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

Responsible tourism: Hebrides cruise, The Sounds of Mull, Luing, Shuna and Jura

Environment

Sailing can be a sustainable mode of travel and our vacations operate on a “leave only a wake” policy. You are free to bring on board cycles on this trip to help ensure no negative environmental impact as you explore onshore too. Our cruising area is among the most unique and unspoiled in Europe and we have a responsibility to ensure it remains so. We are committed to excellence in offering vacations to people who have an appreciation of the sea and its wildlife, both below and above the waves. We value the marine and shore-based environment in which we operate and leave everything as we find it, respecting the delicate eco-system balance of sky, sea and shore.

Your fully qualified skipper, is an experienced sailor with extensive knowledge of the marine environment and local ecology. He will happily educate on all aspects of sea and shore to be found on this trip. When operating the vessel, great care is taken to have negligible impact on the local wildlife including the breeding seal and bird colonies in this cruising area. Our hope is that people who experience the sheer beauty of the landscape and wildlife on our cruises will return home invigorated and with a greater understanding of the unique environment of the South West Coast of Scotland. All waste generated on board is brought ashore for recycling and we use locally produced ingredients for out meals wherever possible; including eating your own catch of crab, lobster or mackerel!

Community

We only 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 Botanical Gardens, craft shops, restaurants and participate in cultural events. Tourism is increasingly a vital part of the income for the local residents of this somewhat remote, isolated but beautiful region of the Cowal peninsular and many of the more remote islands in Western Scotland. 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 the Sandbank/Dunoon or Mull regions 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.

7 Reviews of Hebrides cruise, The Sounds of Mull, Luing, Shuna and Jura

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Reviewed on 25 Jul 2018 by

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


Sitting on the deck watching the wildlife & scenery

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


It’s fantastic - please try it if quiet, beautiful scenery is what you like

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


Yes, I certainly did. The local people were most friendly & helpful overall

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



Reviewed on 03 Jul 2018 by

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


Kayaking. Having dinner on the deck. Walking along beautiful trails.

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


This is a great cross-generational vacation because elderly people can participate as much as they are able and there are activities too for younger people.

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


I really don't know.

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


A few comments/suggestions: 1) Given that the median age of our group was 80, if this is not an anomaly, I would suggest you seriously consider restructuring the cabins so that the beds are lower with the storage above. It was difficult for our elderly folks to get up and down from the bunks, especially as they needed to go to the toilet in the night. 2) the instructions in some cases were more appropriate for a sailing ship - such as gloves for sails and rain trousers etc.

Read the operator's response here:

All our shopping is done locally before departure and supplementary shopping done during the cruise is done at the various ports of call.
All of our waste is taken back to our base port where all waste is separated between recyclable and general waste.
We have a very strict “look and leave alone” approach for our vacations, with regards to the wildlife and marine ecosystem. Throughout the trip our “leave
only a wake “ policy is reinforced by the skipper and crew who also often discuss with our passengers how marine life is endangered by over fishing and
pollution.

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2017 by

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


All kinds of weather while on sea. It made me feel very vivid :)

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


Let it go, your luxurious city life. On the boat exists another kind of luxury: the sounds of the sea, a good cuisine, giving a hand while sailing, time to read a
book, the birds, jellyfish, seals, dears and otters.

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


I think so.

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


Very good. On a scale of 1 -10: 8,5.

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2017 by

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


Had a fantastic experience onboard St. Hilda. Simon and Louise were perfect hosts and made our trip magical. The food was super and plentiful, the weather caused some changes to be ade to our plan but this did not detract from a marvellous vacation.

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


Be prepared to look at changes to the planed trip as weather conditions really affect tge comfort onboard. We had a great time as we all agreed to changes to ensure that we did not face very stormy seas.

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


Yes, the context of everything onboard revolved around being conscious of environmental impacts and conservation, recycling etc.

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


A great experience.

Reviewed on 18 May 2017 by

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


The good views. The food was good.

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


I feel other travelers should be warned that there are steep steps down to the cabins. The trip also involved moving from the boat on to a small tender. I found
this quiet difficult.

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


All the food was locally sourced and so benefited the local economy.

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


The hosts were good and the other passengers friendly. The views were wonderful. The food was good. However I was disappointed because we seemed to spend a lot of time at anchor and not much time moving. We did not come close to following our itinerary, although I realise that the weather played a part. I also feel some warning should have been given about the steep stairs to the cabins.

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2016 by

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


The sailing trip was amazing and the best of all was meeting Colette and Michael, there where wonderful. Colette is a great chef, breakfast, lunch and dinner was very, very good! Even tea time is good. I am a Cook so i can tell food was exceptional. We fished and Colette prepared delicious macarel, and the most amazing rice.
It was an unforgetable experience and hopefully we will do it again. We worked at the boat and Colette and Michael were good teachers, we learned about sails, knots, nature, whisky, scotland of course... Spending time with that beautiful couple was a privilege.

Very profesional, pasion ate, and fun. We were very lucky to meet onboard another traveler from Australia, Ian, he brought magic to the trip with his good
humor and vibe. I will never forget the views, the seals, the birds, nature is all arround so you feel very conected with.

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


Do This trip! Take just the basic, and enjoy every single minute

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


Yes

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


Fantastic !

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2013 by

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


The stunning scenery and peaceful moorings. The wildlife especially the seals and beautiful shoals of jellyfish floating like alien creatures in a calm sea. The first ever fish caught by one of our party - a splendid mackerel! The delicious food and good company of Michael and Colette. The successful descent into the dinghy of a nervous member of our party - if she can do it with Michael's patient help anyone can. Raising and lowering the anchor - tying knots and rope throwing and all things nautical!

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


Leave the smart clothes at home along with your mobile (signal so patchy it is frustrating , so unless essential best to forget it)! and settle into a different rhythm. Don't forget sunscreen and insect repellent for on shore - the midges can be fearsome! Read 'Para Handy' by Neil Munro for an insight into the atmosphere of the west highland ports and eccentric characters of the past.

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


Michael and Colette are committed to protecting the environment and this was obvious - recycling, local shopping etc.

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


A fantastic experience - not to be missed.

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