Cruising the Outer Hebrides: Seafood, Scenery and Swimming is all Part of The Majestic Line Experience

Many thanks to Travel Writer Helen Ochyra for coming on board our 6-night cruise "Heritage and Wildlife of the Southern Hebrides" and providing this feature on her experience.   Cruising around Scotland is not like cruising anywhere else. And cruising the Outer Hebrides in a small vessel with an experienced crew who really love the islands is a special experience. Secret anchorages become accessible, locally sourced sourced seafood dinners and a flexible itinerary are the norm on a Scottish islands cruise with the small vessel specialist, The Majestic Line   I recently spent six nights on the Glen Massan,… Read More

The unmissable Island of Mull

Dont miss the Paul Murton programme;  Mull: Far from the Madding Crowd, Monday, September 29 where Argyll born Paul explores Mull and its satellite islands in the second episode of the series "Grand tours of the Scottish Islands. Beginning his journey on the tidal island of Erraid, which inspired famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, Paul island hops to beautiful Ulva and the mysterious island of Inch Kenneth, where some of the earliest kings of Scotland are buried, and finds out about its connection to the eccentric English aristocrats, the Mitfords. Paul’s final destination is the beautiful and remote Treshnish Islands where… Read More

A wonderful sighting of the West Coast Orcas

The sighting of a pod of very rare Orcas caused great excitement on our August  Skye and The Inner Hebrides Cruise.  Our guest Tony Bradhurst managed to get some photos if the pod of 4 Orcas as our vessel was heading across Loch Snizort after leaving  Portree on the morning of Tuesday August 5th heading to Dunvegan Castle. Later that day as the vessel headed from Dunvegan Castle to Loch Harport, passing the most westerly point on Skye, the Orcas were seen again. Tony believes it was the same pod - the Orca with the notch in the back of its dorsal fin is in both lots of photos. Orcas, also known as killer whales, are… Read More

An account of our "Around Mull" cruise from Guest, Chris Brock

Having travelled up to Oban from Norfolk, I was eagerly awaiting my second cruise with The Majestic Line. I met up with Ray and Carole Herbert, who I had met on my first cruise in 2013, and we had agreed to stay at the same B&B in Oban. There we met Tom, an elderly gentleman who was a veteran of Majestic Line cruises. He would be on the same cruise as ourselves. In the evening we ate at EE Usk, a highly rated local fish food restaurant on the quayside, and could see the Glen Tarsan and Massan at anchor. On the Saturday morning we went into Oban, and by now The Glen Tarsan was moored on the quay. There we met our convivial captain… Read More

The Isle of Ulva and the "Father of Australia"

This post is inspired by a comment about the connection between Lachlan Macquarie and the Isles of Ulva and Mull in the Hebrides provided by one of our Australian Guests who recently cruised with us. “We did not know that our famous New South Wales Governor Lachlan Macquarie was born on Ulva, until we arrived near Ulva. We did not find out that he and his family are buried on Mull, until reading this after we got home. Governor Macquarie is a very famous part of our history and there are lots of place names around New South Wales that are named after him. We also have a lovely waterfront point in our Sydney Botanic Gardens… Read More

Wildlife in abundance on our first 'Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer' Cruise

Skipper Martin McWhirr was supported by Chef Michael, Engineer David and Bosun Hazel. Our new 6-night cruise “Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer” was everything we had hoped for with most species putting in an appearance.  Departing Oban in spectacular sunny weather we cruised up Loch Linnhe to our first anchorage on Loch a choire on the Morvern Coast.  The scenery was stunning with the loch fringed by high mountains and the snow topped cap of Ben Nevis glinting in the distance Otters have been spotted here on previous cruises but weren’t coming out to play this time.  We did however get some close sightings of red… Read More

A wonderful voyage from South to North Argyll around the Mull of Kintyre April 5th 2014

Our tenth anniversary season got off to a wonderful start with both vessels on a one-way cruise from Holy Loch, near Dunoon, around the Mull of Kintyre to Oban.  The weather was kind with little wind, and periods of sunshine while the wildlife put in an appearance too. Skipper Iain on the Glen Tarsan was ably assisted by Chef Stephen, Engineer Gavin and Bosun “young “ Stephen Skipper Sandy on the Glen Massan was supported by Chef Andie, Engineer Ray and Bosun Claire For much of the journey the boats travelled together from the Clyde in south Argyll to The Inner Hebrides and Oban in the north of… Read More

The best of land and sea on our Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer Cruises

We are delighted to announce our partnership with David Woodhouse, one of Scotland’s top wildlife guides who is providing the wildlife land tour on our new Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer Cruises for 2014. David’s daily wildlife expeditions have blazed the trail in wildlife watching for over thirty years on the Island of Mull.  The Island of Mull is one of the most diverse wildlife destinations in the world and the day land tour is designed to maximise our guests’ chances of seeing golden eagles, otters, white tailed sea eagles, porpoise, hen harriers and a whole host of other fascinating Hebridean wildlife. You will not… Read More

A wee dram in the Hebrides - guest blogger Bob Gallagher

  I have been chartering bareboats for years. I always wanted to sail the Hebrides but found few bareboat options and limited support facilities. The volatile weather, an unforgiving coastline, large tidal swings and deep anchorages led me to consider a captained charter. Once I swallowed the bitter medicine that someone else would be running the boat, it didn’t take long to be convinced that I deserved the luxury of an engineer, chef and boatswain The wooden fishing trawler Glen Massan was built in Scotland in 1970 and last fished off of the West Coast of Ireland in 2000. Captain Andy took her down to the bare hull,… Read More

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