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.
One of the best trips of my life! The birds, seals, whales and dolphins, even the jellyfish are in my heart. Many many thanks to you.
Barbary | Hebridean Odyssey | June 2018
What a fantastic cruise . . . Brilliant experience which we are keen to repeat. 5* Boat, scenery, food and crew. Thank you so much.
Mary & David | Arran and Ailsa Craig Wildlife Explorer | May 2018
This was a superb experience. Our appreciation of the beauty of the Hebrides was enhanced unmeasurably by the skill, knowledge and wonderful company. Thank you so much.
Don & Janet | Hebrides and St Kilda | June 2018
A superb introduction to Scottish cruising. Had a wonderful time with great hospitality. Our birthdays were made very special.
Joan & Sandy | Kyles and the Isles | April 2018
Words fail us… The fantastic islands, the wildlife and enduring majesty of the Hebrides. Scotland is with us forever. Thank you for a tremendous trip, cuisine and care.
Mike & Liz | Hebridean Odyssey | June 2018