How to build a new mini-cruise vessel from scratch using local skills

After 18 months of construction and interior fit-out at Ardmaleish Boatyard on Bute, and two months of tests and finishes at Holy Loch Marina, the Glen Etive was finally ready for her Naming Ceremony on April 5th. What has been accomplished is unique so how it was all achieved? The Glen Etive was originally designed by Ken Fulford of Fergusons Shipyard in the Clyde.  Ken sadly died in 2012 but Andy Thoms, owner of The Majestic Line took the design forward with the help of Naval Architect Alasdair Salmon.  Ardmaleish Boatbuilding, on the Isle of Bute on the Clyde was commissioned to do the build.   Although it has a… Read More

Calling all malt whisky lovers! Join our May 2016 cruise for the Islay Festival of Music and Malt

Our new 10-night cruise to the Southern Hebrides will take in the whisky isles of Islay and Jura as they celebrate 200 years of malt whisky production. The best way to experience these unique distilleries is from the sea, reflecting the maritime flavour of the whiskies themselves. We are offering two departures for 2016 on May 21st and August 27th 2016 on board our new luxury vessel, The Glen Etive. The May date of the new cruise “Islay and the Southern Hebrides” is timed for the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, Fèis Ìle, from 20 – 28th May 2016 The cruise has a strong focus on whisky and local gourmet food produce, but… Read More

Our new luxury vessel, The Glen Etive, is on course!

The building of our new luxury vessel, the Glen Etive, is going to plan under the careful supervision of Ewan Ferguson at Ardmaleish Boatyard on the Isle of Bute and Andy Thoms, partner in The Majestic Line.  The hull is complete and the interior fit out has now begun.  Despite being a brand new boat, the Glen Etive will have traditional character due to the marine quality of the fittings and finishes.  Andy has been scouring the country for the best brass, stainless steel and hardwood parts and is delighted with his latest find of the best quality brass portholes for the cabins. See below for a sneak preview of the deck… Read More

Hebridean Island Diary and Memories

Annette and Angus Vine kindly sent us their diary for their "Around Mull Wildlife Explorer£ 6-night cruise departing September 5th on the Glen Tarsan: Our fondness for the Islands, fuelled by the adventure of an unscheduled itinerary, and the unexpected, brought us to Oban again on 5th September.  After a short pub lunch, we were collected by Scott, our captain, and Ray, the engineer, and taken by tender on a calm and warm afternoon to board our home for the next six days.  Our fellow travellers were a mixed “bunch” which gave the party an international feel : two from Chicago, two from Utah, an… Read More

A private cruise charter reunion

Ann Cheetham, who booked a charter for July 2015 has got in touch to let us know what it meant to the group of friends:   “When I booked this cruise in March 2014 for a group of Septuagenarians to celebrate 50 years of friendship, some of us having been on a Morocco expedition together in 1965, I had no idea what I was letting us in for. But now that it is all sadly over, I can only say that the cruise surpassed all our expectations. I found you by googling into my computer "cruises in the western isles of Scotland". When I saw the possibility of chartering a six cabin boat with staff to look after us,… Read More

Vegetarian menu for a 6-night cruise

Vegetarians are well catered for our our cruises!  Here is a sample menu for a 6-night cruise. Saturday Dinner Canapé: pickled walnut and watercress with blood orange dressing; tomato consomméMain Course: lightly spiced couscous in tomato broth with salt baked celeriac Dessert: cranachan Sunday Breakfast: eggs florentineLunch: butternut squash, spinach, parmesan, Conchiglioni  Rigate pasta, sage butter&  pak choy asian saladAfternoon tea: banana… Read More

Four new 10-night cruises to the Hebrides for 2016

Our new custom-built vessel, The Glen Etive, is designed to provide luxury accommodation for longer trips to the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Fitted with stabilizers for a smooth passage, she will visit the more remote outlying islands, steeped in legend and inhabited by many species of rare wildlife. The interior of the Glen Etive is tastefully fitted out with brass and hardwood finishes and many charming maritime features.  The spacious indoor saloons are specially designed to provide comfortable viewing areas for taking in the breathtaking scenery while at sea and at anchor.  Cabins are traditionally designed… Read More

The Idyllic Island of Iona

Idyllic Iona Although only a tiny island, Iona has a big history and is known as the birthplace of Christianity in the UK.  Its historic abbey was established by St Columba in 563, and year round the island welcomes visitors on pilgrimages.  However with its white sand beaches, azure seas and picturesque village – and the definite feel that time has stood still – it is one of the popular stopovers on our two ‘Around Mull’ cruises. These cruises also feature visits to Mull itself including its many sea-lochs, and surrounding islands such as Ulva and Staffa.  Iona is a popular destination for our guests who… Read More

Kintaline Farm Mutton Wellington

Ingredients Mushroom Duxelle 25g/1oz butter 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 shallots, finely diced 8 chestnut mushrooms, chopped 2 tbsp… Read More

Oban 14 Year Old Whisky Cured Salmon

Ingredients Salmon One side of Watts salmon, scaled and pin boned  180g Caster sugar  180g Fine sea salt 120ml Oban 14YO Single Malt Zest of one lemon and one orange Beetroot Four beetroot, cooked and diced 20ml Oban 14YO Single Malt  2 tsp of Dijon mustard  2 tsp of Fresh chopped dill Horseradish crème fraiche Pinch of salt Freshly grated horseradish Juice and zest of one lemon Method Salmon Measure out a… Read More

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