Cruise the Caledonian Canal in a small ship
St Hilda Sea Adventures is a family run business offering a unique way to discover western Scotland. They take their passengers (couples, singles, and families) to the majestic west coast of Scotland: the Outer and Inner Hebrides and Argyll - beautiful, unspoiled coastlines of spectacular sea lochs, stunning Hebridean landscapes and incredible wildlife including soaring sea and golden eagles, basking sharks, minke and killer whales, porpoises, dolphins, myriads of seabirds and common and grey seals. They have even seen a breaching humpback whale! They anchor in the most sheltered, idyllic places, in some of Scotland's world famous islands such as Skye, St Kilda, Mull, Jura, Islay, Staffa and Iona where you can observe the wildlife, fish, swim in the sea lochs, visit famous malt whisky distilleries or just go ashore and explore.
They appeal to all ages with many on board activities. Guests can set the sails (on ex-tall ship St Hilda), shoot a lobster pot, explore the rock pools, swim off the boat and even fish for supper. Or, guests can also learn how to tie knots or just simply sit back (and photograph) and enjoy the wildlife. Because they only take a maximum of eleven guests (six guests on St Hilda, eleven guests on Seahorse II), and by the very nature of the holiday, solos, groups and families quickly gel and make friendships that often continue beyond the voyage. Their itineraries are planned and are flexible to meet all ages and capabilities with their overall aim to create a memorable sea adventure holiday in Scotland that is both fun and informal.
Guests can choose to book St Hilda or Seahorse II. St Hilda is a traditional, wooden 54ft ketch. She is an ex-tall ship and sail training vessel and on St Hilda, youngsters and adults love to help work the sails. St Hilda was built in Scotland in St Monans, Fife, in a family-owned (Miller's) boatyard specifically for sail training with a crew of 20, which is why she is such a spacious yacht for her six guests.
Seahorse II (82 feet long) was built to the highest standard for the Norwegian fjords and life in the high northern latitudes and is powerful enough to cruise the many spectacular islands, stacks and lochs of Scotland’s West Coast yet small enough to anchor in remote and hauntingly beautiful places that larger passenger ships are unable to visit. On the spacious aft deck, there is a powerful little crane for launching tenders and sea kayaks.
The roomy deck saloons are where everyone dines and socialises and the outdoor decks are perfect for spotting wildlife, relaxing and eating al fresco and, throughout the cruise, you will have the services of your own skipper and cook. There is plenty of room on the decks to carry canoes, windsurfers or cycles. The small ships’ tenders can also take you ashore for some wonderful, serious coastal and cliff walks or you could just wander along the shore beachcombing and examining the pretty seaside rock pools.
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