18 July 2015

Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides

Gerald Peppiatt

The Majestic Line short cruises are excellent in every way. Small motor vessel (Glen Massan) carrying 11 passengers, ours had 10 passengers this trip. En suite cabins three cooked meals a day by a Michelin trained chief, with coffee at 11:00 and high tea at 15:30. If you are not careful, it could be death by eating, but very enjoyable. The boat has a crew of 4, Captain, Engineer, Stewardess and Chief. The boat also has a small powerboat, this is used to go ashore to some beautiful and remote coves and small ports/villages. We also set lobster pots at our night anchorage, and retrieved before breakfast the following morning. The catch if any was incorporated into the canapé’s, which are served half an hour prior the evening meal. Wines are served with this meal too. Some of the passengers fished from the side of the boat, mostly mackerel and a few flat fish. We visited Jura, Isla and the adjoining peninsula, and then up north again visiting a number of sea locks around Mull. Finally a visit to Tobermory. By chance it was the Highland Gathering that day, with all the lovely pipe bands and dancers. Finally back to Oban to disembark. The crew were marvellous, and nothing was too much trouble, with a number of elderly passengers on our cruise, all was taken in their stride. I was a single passenger, I went with a certain amount of trepidation, but this was all put to one side by the first evening, all 10 of us gelled almost at once, and got on like a house on fire. Well done Majestic Line, I will certainly be back.

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