A Typical Day Aboard Splendour
Immediately after our guests step aboard, the worries and cares of everyday life melt away and the excitement of the voyage takes over. Skipper Ted will discuss with guests the options for cruising and stopovers given the local wind and tide conditions. Very soon everyone is enjoying each other’s company around the communal dining table in the deck saloon – life on board is relaxed and sociable. The art of conversation is rediscovered as Splendour sets off from Holy Loch for the first night’s anchorage and dinner on board.
Around 7.30 am the generator is started and the kettle is boiled for early risers. This is often a good time to spot wildlife and guests can take binoculars on deck in the hope of seeing an otter or porpoise.
Breakfast is normally served at anchor at 8.30 am. Over breakfast Skipper Ted will discuss the cruising options for the day. Around an hour after breakfast guests may take their first trip of the day ashore, or alternatively, Splendour will lift anchor and set sail for the next port of call.
Lunch is served at around 1 pm followed again by the option of a trip ashore or cruising to the next anchorage. At around 7 pm guests gather in the deck saloon to exchange stories about the day’s activities, enjoying a pre-dinner drink followed by the evening meal. The remainder of the evening can be spent socialising, often to the backdrop of a glorious sunset or the sight of the moon on the water. At 11 pm the generator is shut down for the night and it is time for bed, perhaps with a last look at a star-filled sky before heading off to dream of the next day’s adventures.
Food on board Splendour is a real talking point and highlight. The chef is often offered a new home by departing guests! With so much interest in the meals provided from the galley, we have a dedicated Example Menu page with a selection of photos. Meals are normally timed for when the boat is at anchor, unless there is a need to get to a destination by a certain time. Coffee, tea and snacks are freely available all day. A running tab is set up for alcoholic drinks from the bar.
Each day sees a new set menu, though individual tastes can be catered for. Before joining us aboard Splendour we ask each guest if they have any food allergies or special dietary requirements. We happily cater for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and many more. Please speak with any of our team about any special dietary requirements or allergies you may have.
Our first trip but definitely not our last – what an adventure! Untouchable scenery & food & very well looked after. So many fantastic memories. Thank you so much.
Penny & David | Inlets and Islands of Wild Argyll | May 2018
Just as brilliant as the last time we came. We’ve had a wonderful time! Great company, great food and lots and lots of laughter! Roll on next year.
Peter & Liz | Arran & Ailsa Craig Wildlife Explorer Cruise | April 2018
Another wonderful trip. Great Food and excellent company!
Joan & Tony
A fantastic trip which hugely exceeded our expectations. Wonderful food and locations, but even more memorable is the warmth and friendliness – a real pleasure.
Pat & Judith | Magic of Mull | July 2018
A wonderful week cruising around the Clyde, Arran and Ailsa Craig. Superb company and excellent food. Thank you Ted and Iggy.
Arran and Ailsa Craig Wildlife Explorer | May 2022