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A sea-bourne adventure – and quite the best way to see the wildlife and scenery of this amazing part of Scotland.

St Hilda Sea Adventures

Oban, Scotland 07745550988

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Scotland's western isles are a special place, and there is no better way to explore this magical region than by boat, preferably a sea-going classic wooden ketch. With St Hilda Sea Adventures, you can do just that, taking in islands like St Kilda, Isle of Skye, Mull, Jura, Islay, Staffa and Iona, which are among the 800 islands of the Hebrides. St Hilda cruises depart from Oban, the gateway to the Isles, and from the boat you will be able to spot wildlife (from golden and sea eagles, many species of birds, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, otters and even the occasional minke whale), go fishing, swim in sea lochs, visit remote whisky distilleries or just go ashore to explore while moored in secluded lagoons and inlets.

It's a unique experience, for sure, popular with families, solo travellers, and groups of friends; you can charter the whole boat if you want, or just pay for a berth. The boat has its own skipper, who knows intimately the natural environment of the Hebrides and the sea lochs of Argyll, and an onboard cook who prepares wonderful meals three times a day, starting with a sumptuous breakfast, and finishing up with a cosy dinner on deck or in the roomy saloon. There is accommodation for up to six guests, in three cabins: a double en-suite, a twin en-suite and two single berths with adjacent toilet and shower rooms. There's nothing like being rocked gently to sleep by the waters of the bay or waking up to the sound of water lapping against the hull. All linens and towels are supplied, and there is plenty of space if you want to bring your own equipment, such as bicycles, canoes, windsurf boards, paddle boards and suchlike.  Cruises include a Mull Odyssey, taking in Staffa, Iona and the Ross of Mull; a week-long 'malt whisky and wildlife cruise'; a cruise to the Isle of Skye and the Small Isles; and even an Outer Hebridean Cruise to St Kilda. Finally, if you like the idea of sleeping on a boat, but don't fancy the lure of the open sea, you can also experience the St Hilda as western Scotland's most unusual B&B, moored in the harbour at Tobermory and quite the best place from which to explore, Mull, Iona and around.

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There is accommodation for up to six guests, in three cabins: a double en-suite, a twin en-suite and two single berths with adjacent toilet and shower rooms.

How much?

The school holidays book up very quickly, so if you have a special date in mind, don't delay.  We operate a system of flexible booking for groups who can choose the start date and length of trip, assuming availability. 

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Getting There

St Hilda is based out of Oban, the gateway to the Scottish Hebridean Islands. 


Cruises run from April to October.

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