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Isle of Mull and Small Isles Explorer (St Hilda)

Isle of Mull and Small Isles Explorer (St Hilda)

From GBP £1,120

Description

Enjoy an extraordinary voyage of seven nights exploring the Sound of Mull and the Small Isles. The Isle of Mull, inhabited since 6000 BC, is the quintessential island of the Inner Hebrides and rich in Scottish history. The outlying Small isles, Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna, are justly famous for their sheltered anchorages, spectacular birdlife and ever-changing, island scenery. History, wildlife, spectacular islands and breathtaking mountains, this is a truly unforgettable Scottish cruise. Don’t forget your hiking boots for stunning island walks!

Trip Name
Isle of Mull and Small Isles Explorer (St Hilda)
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Small Ship Length: 16.4 metres Passenger Capacity: 6 Cruise the isles (Skye, Mull, Arran, St Kilda, Islay, Jura, Canna, Rum, Barra to name but a famous few) and spectacular coastlines of the Hebrides onboard a classic vessel, the ex-tall ship, St Hilda, a traditional, beamy, 54ft wooden (larch on oak) ketch, fitted with a quiet, six cylinder 112 HP Kelvin engine. St Hilda is a vessel with an incredible Scottish lineage. Built in 1973 to the highest standard (Lloyds 100A1) at St Monans, Fife, by the internationally famous Millers boatyard (a family run business with 200 years of wooden boat building) and designed by G.L Watson, the world famous Glasgow based naval architect, who created the world's first yacht design office in 1873 and designed early America's Cup challengers (such as Thistle, Shamrock II, Valkyrie I and II) as well as the famous racing yacht Britannia. St Hilda was built specifically for sail training with a crew of 20. By 2007 St Hilda was converted for cruising with only eight people - six guests and a skipper and chef - and that is why today she is so spacious inside. St Hilda is one of the smallest of the “Tall Ships” and has competed in several Tall Ship Races. Although St Hilda has sailed across the North Sea on a number of occasions, she is more of a motor sailor than an "ocean greyhound"! We will usually get her under sail during a cruise (weather permitting, of course) however, because of our busy itineraries and like many yachts, we will usually not be able to reach our various night anchorages under sail alone. Accommodation The well-lit, roomy deck saloon is where everyone dines and socialises and where everyone enjoys a convivial atmosphere that is encouraged by shipboard life aboard this sturdy, ocean-going wooden ketch. Cabins are warm and comfortable with six berths for our guests: a spacious double en-suite (with shower, toilet, washbasin and two pretty opening portholes), a twin en-suite (with toilet, washbasin and opening porthole) and a twin cabin (with washbasin). The twin cabins are both close to the toilet and shower rooms which are of a high standard for a yacht. All cabin linen and towels are supplied. The outdoor decks are large and safe, perfect for spotting wildlife and relaxing. You also have some deck space to embark your own equipment such as kayaks and surfboards.  You will also be able to use our own inflatable sea kayak. Your Crew Your professional skipper is passionate about boats, sailing, and the natural environment of the islands and sea lochs of the Hebrides and Argyll. He is more than happy to share his knowledge of the area to those on board while ensuring his shipmates have as much fun as possible. You also have your own on board chef who provides wonderful meals, locally-sourced and freshly prepared from the galley.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Days 1 - 8 Isle of Mull and Small Isles
Some of the places we may visit are:Oban: Your departure point will be Oban (Dunstaffnage Marina), the gateway to the Hebridean isles. After a short introduction to life on board our small ship we depart for our first destination. Loch Aline: In the picturesque Loch Aline there are woodland walks and, at the head of the loch, is ancient Ardtornish estate and woodland gardens. Loch Drumbuie: A squeeze between high sided cliffs and we are in a perfectly sheltered anchorage. A lovely location for going sea kayaking or for a swim.Canna, the Small Isles: Canna is possibly the most beautiful of all the Small islands. Its 200 metre high cliffs of Compass Hill rise dramatically out of the sea and we have a good chance of seeing both sea and golden eagles. The anchorage on Canna is one of the best of the Small Isles and a stroll ashore to see the puffins and wild flower meadows of Sanday's Machair is a pure delight.Muck, the Small Isles: The small island of Muck (Muck is Gaelic for 'Pig') is only a couple of miles long and a mile wide. Ashore there are wonderful coastal walks and many seabirds. On Horse Island, which is accessible at low water, there is a colony of puffins.Eigg, the Small Isles: The "Sgurr of Eigg", an ancient, eroded volcanic plug that creates a dramatic cliff on the east side of the island and a high ridge which runs west. There are beautiful white-sand bays and a quartz beach that creates the famous "singing sands". Rum, Loch Scresort, the Small Isles: Rum Island is a National Nature Reserve and famous for its herds of red deer and sheer sea cliffs which are home to nesting sea eagles. A visit to the Kinloch castle near the anchorage or a guided walk and talk with the ranger Trudi Clarke is definitely worthwhile.Tobermory: One of the most picturesque towns in the Hebrides. If you wish, we can make time to visit the local distillery or visit eagles (Mull is the best place in the UK to see eagles).Loch Spelve: A loch on the south side of Mull. To enter we have to negotiate the narrow entrance. The anchorage in this sheltered loch, which is surrounded by an ancient oak forest, gives us unparalleled views of the mountains of Mull. There are resident otters along its shoreline.
Day 2 - Please Note:
Please note that your voyage is weather dependent. Weather doesn't just mean good or bad weather. There are many considerations such as tidal gates, wind direction and strength, the strength and direction of currents, overfalls, and fetch.If you wish to visit a specific place or have a specific experience, such as fly fishing, sea eagle tours, whisky tasting, then please do let your skipper know and he will endeavour to meet your request.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
11-08-202018-08-2020GBP £1,120Twin Cabin
11-08-202018-08-2020GBP £1,575Twin Cabin En-suite
11-08-202018-08-2020GBP £1,820Double Cabin En-suite
06-09-202013-09-2020GBP £1,120Twin Cabin
06-09-202013-09-2020GBP £1,575Twin Cabin En-suite
06-09-202013-09-2020GBP £1,820Double Cabin En-suite
30-09-202007-10-2020GBP £1,120Twin Cabin
30-09-202007-10-2020GBP £1,575Twin Cabin En-suite
30-09-202007-10-2020GBP £1,820Double Cabin En-suite
07-07-202114-07-2021GBP £1,610Twin Cabin En-suite
07-07-202114-07-2021GBP £1,855Double Cabin En-suite
07-07-202114-07-2021GBP £1,155Twin Cabin
03-08-202110-08-2021GBP £1,155Twin Cabin
03-08-202110-08-2021GBP £1,610Twin Cabin En-suite
03-08-202110-08-2021GBP £1,855Double Cabin En-suite
12-08-202119-08-2021GBP £1,155Twin Cabin
12-08-202119-08-2021GBP £1,610Twin Cabin En-suite
12-08-202119-08-2021GBP £1,855Double Cabin En-suite
06-09-202113-09-2021GBP £1,155Twin Cabin
06-09-202113-09-2021GBP £1,610Twin Cabin En-suite
06-09-202113-09-2021GBP £1,855Double Cabin En-suite
29-06-202206-07-2022GBP £1,190Twin Cabin
29-06-202206-07-2022GBP £1,645Twin Cabin En-suite
29-06-202206-07-2022GBP £1,890Double Cabin En-suite
05-08-202212-08-2022GBP £1,190Twin Cabin
05-08-202212-08-2022GBP £1,645Twin Cabin En-suite
05-08-202212-08-2022GBP £1,890Double Cabin En-suite
31-08-202207-09-2022GBP £1,190Twin Cabin
31-08-202207-09-2022GBP £1,645Twin Cabin En-suite
31-08-202207-09-2022GBP £1,890Double Cabin En-suite
17-09-202224-09-2022GBP £1,190Twin Cabin
17-09-202224-09-2022GBP £1,645Twin Cabin En-suite
17-09-202224-09-2022GBP £1,890Double Cabin En-suite

Inclusions

    • Discover Oban, Loch Aline & Loch Drumbuie
    • Visit Canna, Muck & Eigg
    • Explore Rum, Tobermory & Loch Spelve

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