How many people will be on the cruises?
We take a maximum of 12 guests on board the Elizabeth G and a maximum of 10 guests on board the Proud Seahorse (We normally have 4 crew on each cruise).
What is the average age of people joining the trips?
We have people of all ages joining our cruises but the majority fall within the range 35-60. We have had many guests in their 80’s who have thoroughly enjoyed the trips with us.
How active do I have to be?
This is entirely up to you. You can take advantage of trips ashore with our fully qualified walking and wildlife guides or just stay on board and relax. Trips ashore tend to be to small communities and local attractions and will be at a pace that suits everyone.
Is the cruise suitable for people making a single booking
Absolutely, many single travellers have enjoyed holidays with us and have established friendships with other individuals within the group. We keep 2 single cabins free on the Elizabeth G for single occupancy and 1 cabin free on the Proud Seahorse with no single supplement charged. However, if these cabins have been booked out and a guest would still like to book a private cabin a single occupancy supplement will be added.
I have restricted mobility, can I cruise with you?
If cruising on the Elizabeth G you would have to be able to step in and out of the boat tender and climb one step up to the vessel, with the aid of crew members. On board the Proud Seahorse we have a landing platfrom with one step directly onto the tender at the same level. On-board our vessels there are stairs leading to the upper decks and cabins. There are also opportunities to go ashore every day and these would require a level of walking ability. If unsure, please get in touch, we are happy to advise.
Am I likely to get seasick?
During the summer months Scotland’s coastal waters are normally calm but it does blow up from time to time. Both vessels have an active fin stabilising system meaning it is very stable in bad weather. People who are normally seasick say they feel better on our cruises.
How spacious are the cabins and beds?
The Elizabeth G is a converted traditional boat, therefore space is more restricted than in a hotel, but superior for a boat of this size. Proud Seahorse is very spacious, with dining and saloon areas indoors and roomy external decks. The cabins are of a very good size, giving plenty of space for our guests.
How much wildlife will I see?
The west coast of Scotland is one of the best places in the world to see whales, basking sharks, dolphins, a huge diversity of sea birds and other marine wildlife as well as iconic species such as white tailed and golden eagles, otters and red deer. The Islands of Scotland are also famous for their bird populations and often have very rare birds using them as a stopover when travelling from distant lands. We have a dedicated walking and wildlife guide aboard the boats who will lead guided wildlife walks ashore.
Are children allowed on board
Children aged under 16 are not allowed on board unless accommpanied by an adult or part of whole boat group charter, where children are welcome.
Are pets allowed on board
Pets are not allowed on board, except for whole boat group charter. Please get in touch for more information reagarding this.
What type of terrain will we be covering during the walking trips?
Scotland is a fantastic place to walk in and we have a large network of hill paths and tracks to take advantage of. These tracks can be very narrow and a bit wet at times. There may be occasions when we might be walking over rougher ground including heather and tusuck grass but we try to keep this to a minimum.
Who will be guiding us?
All of our guides are fully qualified and experienced leaders who have gone through a rigorous training and assessment scheme and are qualified under the UK mountain leader training scheme.
How far will we be walking each day?
This depends entirely on what you want to do. On some of the islands we might walk for a couple of hours or less, on islands such as Hirta, St.Kilda we may take a packed lunch and spend 6 hours ashore exploring. There will of course be an option to spend just a couple of hours onshore and then return to the boat to take in the views from our observation deck.
What meals are included on our cruises?
The price for the cruise is ‘fully inclusive’ and includes all meals. A typical day’s menu will include breakfast (light or robust as you choose) followed by morning coffee (or tea) and biscuits. Then, depending on what we are doing and where we are, we normally serve a 2-course lunch which includes soup and freshly baked bread. Sometime during the afternoon we’ll have tea or coffee with fresh homemade cakes or biscuits and in the evening a candlelit 3-course dinner followed by cheese and biscuits and coffee and chocolates is served. Dietary requirements can be catered for.
What will the temperature be like and what clothes should I bring?
Scotland’s weather can be very changeable and the temperatures can drop even in the summer months. You will need a good breathable waterproof jacket and trousers and a warm fleece. Plenty of layers are better than one thick one. Good pair of walking boots essential, also a walking stick can be helpful.
On day of departure, what time and where do we board the vessel?
We ask guests to board with us at 3pm by boat tender from the Oban Times Slip Pier, by the North Pier, Oban. We also have a luggage drop off at the vessels at the North Pier between 12pm - 1pm to suit guests travel arrangements.
If I travel by car, where can I park it during the cruise?
You can park your car at Atlantis Leisure, free of charge. It is located just as you come into Oban and is just a short walk back down to the pier from the car park.
Alternatively, there is Stoddarts who offer secured undercover parking at £8 per night or outside secure parking at £6 per night. Tel: +44 (0) 1631 564176 or +44 (0)7799692072 Email address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazelbank Motors offers secured parking from £40 per week. Tel: +44 (0) 1631 566476. Email address - email@example.com Full information is on their website - www.hazelbankmotors.co.uk