Mini Cruise Around Scotland: Isle of Skye & the Small Isles (St Hilda)

Mini Cruise Around Scotland: Isle of Skye & the Small Isles (St Hilda)

From GBP £1,280


A mini cruise around the sea lochs of the Isle of Skye and the Small Isles (Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna) has to be one of the best ways to visit the Hebridean islands. Extraordinary Scottish wildlife is everywhere from minke and occasional killer and humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, otters to many species of rare sea birds, especially sea eagles.

Throughout the mini cruise you will anchor in secluded and tranquil sea lochs and sail against a spectacular backdrop of dramatic, pristine island coastlines, high sea cliffs, wild mountains and forests. For extra fun, bring your kitesurf or windsurfer, swim from the boat and don’t forget your hiking boots for stunning island walks.

You start your cruise from Oban (Dunstaffnage marina), and visit or sail past the stunning Small Isles and the west coast of Skye, which in Loch Scavaig has the most spectacular wilderness anchorage in the whole of Scotland. We travel along the west coast of Skye and at the next anchorage you can even visit Skye’s famous Talisker malt whisky distillery.

This cruise can be a six, seven or eight night itinerary depending on the dates you choose to travel.

Trip Name
Mini Cruise Around Scotland: Isle of Skye & the Small Isles (St Hilda)
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.


Day 1 - Days 1 - 8 Isle of Skye & the 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. 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).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 is definitely worthwhile.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.Loch Scavaig, Isle of Skye: The most dramatic anchorage in Scotland, if not Europe. The loch is situated below the mighty Black Cuillins mountains, famous for their difficult rock climbs, and a large colony of seals on Sgeir Doigich. Make sure to make time to enjoy this breathtaking wilderness.Loch Harport, Isle of Skye: Home to the famous Talisker malt whisky distillery.Loch Drumbuie: Just south of Oronsay is secluded Loch Drumbuie, situated between the island and the mainland. A squeeze between high sided cliffs and we are in a perfectly sheltered anchorage.Loch Spelve: A narrow entrance leads us in to the tranquil waters of Loch Spelve with its surrounding ancient oak forest. The anchorage gives us a different perspective than our previous views of the wonderful mountains of Mull. There are resident otters along the loch's 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
20-08-202028-08-2020GBP £1,280Twin Cabin
20-08-202028-08-2020GBP £1,800Twin Cabin En-suite
20-08-202028-08-2020GBP £2,080Double Cabin En-suite
03-05-202111-05-2021GBP £1,320Twin Cabin
03-05-202111-05-2021GBP £1,840Twin Cabin En-suite
03-05-202111-05-2021GBP £2,120Double Cabin En-suite
02-06-202110-06-2021GBP £1,320Twin Cabin
02-06-202110-06-2021GBP £1,840Twin Cabin En-suite
02-06-202110-06-2021GBP £2,120Double Cabin En-suite
24-07-202101-08-2021GBP £1,840Twin Cabin En-suite
24-07-202101-08-2021GBP £2,120Double Cabin En-suite
24-07-202101-08-2021GBP £1,320Twin Cabin
03-05-202211-05-2022GBP £1,360Twin Cabin
03-05-202211-05-2022GBP £1,880Twin Cabin En-suite
03-05-202211-05-2022GBP £2,160Double Cabin En-suite
31-05-202208-06-2022GBP £1,360Twin Cabin
31-05-202208-06-2022GBP £1,880Twin Cabin En-suite
31-05-202208-06-2022GBP £2,160Double Cabin En-suite
26-06-202204-07-2022GBP £1,360Twin Cabin
26-06-202204-07-2022GBP £1,880Twin Cabin En-suite
26-06-202204-07-2022GBP £2,160Double Cabin En-suite
21-08-202229-08-2022GBP £1,360Twin Cabin
21-08-202229-08-2022GBP £1,880Twin Cabin En-suite
21-08-202229-08-2022GBP £2,160Double Cabin En-suite


    • Discover Oban, Loch Aline & Tobermory
    • Explore Loch Scresort, Canna, Loch Scavaig & Loch Harport
    • Visit Loch Drumbuie & Loch Spelve