Islands and Wildlife of the Southern Hebrides

A brand new Scottish cruise for the 2024 season, the Islands and Wildlife of the Southern Hebrides cruise aims to take in the best of the stunning islands of the area, exploring a diverse habitat teaming with wildlife. During the trip guests will get the opportunity to sail through the Sound of Seil to the Slate Islands, marvel at the wonder that is the Corryvreckan Whirlpool and call in at the islands of Mull, Islay and Jura, spotting wildlife along the way under Skipper Ted’s expert guidance. A perfect opportunity to hopefully see porpoises, dolphins, seals, minke whales and even Orca, as well as a plethora of local birdlife. One not to be missed!

6

Night Cruise

from 2575 p/p

Ensuite Cabin

from 18530

Private Charter

Cruise Summary

Sound of Seil

The water passage lying between the island of Seil and the Scottish mainland.

The Slate Islands

An island group in the Inner Hebrides. The main islands are Seil, Easdale, Luing, Shuna, Torsa and Belnahua.

Corryvreckan

The Gulf of Corryvreckan, also called the Strait of Corryvreckan, is a narrow strait between the islands of Jura and Scarba, in Argyll and Bute, off the west coast of mainland Scotland.

Jura

An island in the Inner Hebrides. One of the least densely populated islands in Scotland and with a plethora of wildlife to see.

Gigha

An island off the west coast of Kintyre. It is abundant with sandy beaches and clear turquoise seas, stunning views and amazing sunsets.

Islay

The southernmost of the Inner Southern Hebrides. Known for its whisky.

Tarbert

An idyllic Scottish village known as the gateway to the beautiful peninsula of Kintyre.

The Garvellachs

A chain of four small islands lying north of the island of Jura at the entrance to the Firth of Lorna.

Loch Sunart

The longest sea loch in the Highland government area. An ideal spot for swimming and kayaking.

Cruise Itinerary

Day 1

Join Splendour at 15:00 hrs at the North Pier, Oban, ready to be welcomed aboard by Skipper Ted with a glass of bubbles in hand. After Ted has done a safety briefing for all on board, Splendour will set sail for the Sound of Seil and around the Slate Islands, taking in the spectacular scenery, and perhaps even seeing a porpoise or whale on the way. Splendour will anchor up for the night and guests will enjoy a fabulous dinner cooked by our on board chef, and have the chance to relax and get to know the other passengers. A lovely first introduction to the Southern Hebrides.

Day 2

After breakfast Ted will pick up the anchor and head for the legendary Corryvreckan Whirlpool, where guests will hopefully get to see this natural phenomenon in action. We’ll then have lunch just north of Jura. Splendour will anchor for the evening at Craighouse on the sheltered east coast of the island in time for guests to enjoy the beautiful sunsets and another hearty meal on board.

Day 3

The next day sees an opportunity to explore the picturesque village of Craighouse, Jura’s main settlement. Jura is an island where people are outnumbered by the population of red deer and the skies are home to golden eagles and sea eagles, so keep your eyes peeled! After a bit of exploring and a stop for some lunch, it’s time to sail on for the Gigha, looking out for whales, dolphins and seabirds galore along the way. On arrival Splendour will anchor for the night.

Day 4

After an early breakfast, Splendour will depart Gigha and head for Islay, the southernmost of the inner Hebrides and an island known for its whisky. Guests will head ashore to the town of Port Ellen, built around Leodamais Bay, Islay’s main deep water harbour. It is the largest town on Islay and a lovely sheltered part of the island, so ideal for some exploration and safe harbour for the night.

Day 5

The second to last day sees Splendour depart Islay and head for Loch Tarbert, with a chance to spot wildlife along the way from the spacious decks. On arrival guests will be able to go ashore to experience the best the village of Tarbert has to offer, with its cosy cafes, art galleries and welcoming atmosphere.

Day 6

On the final cruising day we’ll head for the Garvellachs or Isles of the Sea, which form a small archipelago, uninhabited since World War II. After that it’s on to Loch Sunart, the longest sea loch in the Highland local government area. Weather and bravery levels dependent, there might be the chance for some sea kayaking, or even a chilly dip! Then a well deserved final dinner on board and the opportunity to catch up on all the week has had to offer.

Day 7

Return to Oban for 11:00 hrs. As always fond farewells and ‘Haste-Ye-Backs’ on the dock.

Cruise Map

Cruise DatesNightsSpacesPrice p/pBook
17 Aug 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 6 2 £2570 Book Online
- Indicates single cabin available.