Our new luxury vessel, Glen Etive, was specifically designed to provide additional comfort on board for longer 10-night cruises to the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda. These cruises have been very popular, as have the 6-night cruises to Skye in the months of April and October. However, we have had many enquiries who have been disappointed that a short cruise is not on offer, as is provided by the Glen Massan and Glen Tarsan. The Glen Etive is already 85% booked for 2017 but there was a space in the calendar for a 3-night cruise in April and we saw an opportunity to provide a cruise for those short of time who still would like to enjoy time onboard our new luxury vessel.
A Taste of the Hebrides: 3-night cruise departing April 22nd
"A Taste of the Hebrides" features fabulous scenery, gourmet food and the best of Highland hospitality for anyone keen to get a flavour of what our cruising area can offer. In addition, there are rare wildlife species to be spotted and guests may well see a white-tailed eagle, an otter, a porpoise or a pod of dolphins bow-riding the vessel.
This sheltered water cruise departs from Oban and the actual itinerary and shore trips will depend on wind and tide, taking in many mainland sealochs as well as islands of the Inner Hebrides. The stunning sea loch of Loch Linnhe provides access to Glencoe via Loch Leven on the coast of Lochaber as well as Loch a Choire on the coast of Ardnamurchan and the quintessential Castle Stalker on its tiny island in Loch Laich. Passing the Isle of Lismore, The Isle of Mull is a short sea trip with Duart Castle dramatically outlined on the coast. Loch Spelve a favourite anchorage with a shore walk amongst ancient oak forest and where mussels are bought from the mussel farm for dinner. The Sound of Mull offers more sea lochs to explore with Loch Aline and Loch na Droma Buidhe famous for sunsets. The famous town of Tobermory with its colourful frontages lies at the top of Mull, with lots of shops, attractions, walks and wildlife making a fascinating shore trip. Across the Sound of Mull from Tobermory is the fjord-like Loch Sunart, an area of remote beauty with some excellent onshore walking on the coastal areas.
Four onboard crew, headed by Skipper Ian Woollcott will provide all manner of maritime, historical and environmental information as the trip progresses, giving a true insight into the area. The accommodation on board the Glen Etive is spacious and comfortable with panoramic views from the dining saloon and outside decks, perfect for taking in the views and passing wildlife. Chef Michael Weir got rave reviews from our guests in 2016, proving the most delicious meals from the freshest of local produce. This cruise will provide a true taste of the Hebrides, and leave you wishing for more!