The Small Isles, the Isle of Skye and the Shiants provide an enthralling and contrasting island experience with lots of opportunities to spot a variety of rare wildlife with the help of our specialist guide both onboard and onshore. The “Small Isles” of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna, each have their own distinct beauty and character. Cruise times between islands are short, with always another breathtaking vista on the horizon. Reaching the Isle of Skye, we stopover on Loch Scavaig, which sits under the towering Cuillin mountains; some of the most dramatic scenery on the West Coast of Scotland. There will be a chance to go ashore and walk along the shores of Loch Coruisk, one of the remotest lochs on Skye. Heading up the sheltered Inner Sound of Skye past the Isle of Raasay we reach the magnificent Scottish mainland sea lochs of Torridon and Carron as potential stopovers. Then onwards out into the sea of the Hebrides to take in the remote Shiant Isles, often described as a mini St Kilda, a nesting site for thousands of sea birds.
These are some of our likely stopovers on this cruise:
Tobermory: The main town on Mull has a bustling harbour in a very scenic setting with its colourful harbour-front buildings, Go ashore to try the speciality food and craft shops or take a scenic walk in the woods around Tobermory Bay
The Isle of Muck: After a two and a half hour sail, we arrive at the smallest of the “Small Isles “, only 2 miles long. There are lovely coastal and inland walks with plenty of wildlife to spot, including many seabirds and puffins on the tiny Horse Island.
The Isle of Eigg: After a relaxed one hour cruise, we arrive on Eigg with a full day to explore the Island. Eigg is dominated by “an Sgurr”, a dramatic pitchstone ridge, the largest of its kind in Europe. Laig bay, a large white Atlantic beach, faces the Cuillins of Rum, one of the most memorable views on the west coast of Scotland. Further North is the Singing Sands, a stunning musical quartz beach surrounded by outstanding geological formations.
The Isle of Rum: Rum’s unique geology tells an amazing story, with the core of an ancient volcano forming the ‘Rum Cuillins’. Rum is an important natural heritage site, designated as a National Nature Reserve in 1957, managed by Scottish Natural Heritage. A visit to the remarkable Kinloch Castle is recommended.
The Isle of Canna: Canna is the westernmost of the Small Isles noted for its tiers of basalt pillars that rise over the eastern half of the island and the sea cliffs that dominate its northern shore. The island is home to white-tailed and golden eagles and puffins and is a good place to spot dolphins and whales.
The Isle of Skye: southern coastline: Leaving the Small Isles behind and with the Cuillins firmly on our sight we head for the Isle of Skye and our anchorage at Loch Skavaig with Loch Coruisk hidden behind. This is an incredibly scenic place with opportunities for stunning shore walks between the lochs, with the chance of seeing lots of wildlife, especially otters.
Isle of Skye: Inner Sound. Visit beautiful Loch Hourn and cruise under the Skye Bridge on the east coast of Skye in the sheltered Inner Sound. There are so many options for stopovers it is difficult to choose, from the Islands of Scalpay, Raasay and Rona to the magnificent sea lochs of Loch Carron and Loch Torridon and delightful coastal villages such as Applecross, Sheildaig and Plockton.
The Shiant Isles: leaving Skye behind we head off into the North Minch to the tiny and remote Shiant Isles, lying off the coastline of Lewis and often described as a mini St Kilda, home to many thousands of rare seabirds. We anchor overnight in the ‘Horse Shoe harbour’ which provides excellent shelter. Watching the birds flying in on late summer evenings is an unforgettable sight. We spend at least two hours cruising around the sea cliffs, to view the birdlife and to soak in a great sense of wilderness.
Cruise Dates 2018
|Date||Nights||Spaces||Price p/p||Vessel||Book Online|
|28 May 2018||8||6||£2,800.00||Proud Seahorse||Book Now|
|21 July 2018||8||2||£2,800.00||Proud Seahorse||Book Now|
Indicates single cabins available (Elizabeth G Only).
Master cabins available (Proud Seahorse Only).
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