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Tour the UK’s wild north-west on this Hebridean wildlife cruise. You’ll have a chance to explore a host of islands, including – weather permitting – the enigmatic St. Kilda, whilst enjoying frequent sightings of the region’s diverse wildlife.
An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Hebrides are world-renowned for their extraordinary diversity of animal and birdlife, including dolphins, minke whales, porpoises, seals, gannets and golden eagles. Among the myriad cliffs and coves flows the warm Gulf Stream, which can afford this remote corner of the British Isles a tropical, other-worldly feel, complete with vertical sea-cliffs teaming with bird-life, exotic gardens and the sporadic enchantment of the Northern Lights.
The stunning islands of Mull, Canna, Mingulay, the Shiant Islands and the incomparable St. Kilda, a UNESCO World Heritage site are some of the possible destinations on this Hebridean Cruise. For the energetic there is plenty of opportunity to don your hiking boots and explore the islands on foot. Every port of call has something different, be it a precariously-perched castle, an abandoned township or an historic harbour.
If you’re a serious walker you can head for the hills with a packed lunch fit for Robert the Bruce, or for the more sedate among us you can while away the hours on deck with a book, counting the cormorants. Evenings may find your vessel moored in a tranquil sea loch, where you can enjoy a three-course dinner by moonlight or tranquil sunset. Or maybe you’ll pop ashore for a nip of whiskey in a local pub (ceilidh dancing optional!). The itinerary is flexible and the skipper is happy to hear suggestions if there’s any particular sites or wildlife you want to see. For a detailed view of the holiday read our expert review.
We think everyone should see the Hebrides at least once in their lifetime. However, if you’re a family with young children or are not fit, active and mobile (no upper age limit though) then a small ship cruise is probably not the best option for you. As on any boating holiday you’ll be living in close quarters with the other guests, with shared meals and excursions no en-suite facilities. This said, past passengers often comment on the good banter and sense of camaraderie onboard – many guests remain friends long after the ship’s returned to port. And if you do want some time to yourself you can relax in your comfortable cabin or head ashore for some awesome hiking. Most guests on these cruises are couples or friends, but individuals are welcome too, so long as they don’t mind potentially sharing with another (same sex) passenger. The itinerary on most cruises is fairly flexible, so if you’ve got any specialist interests – puffins, lighthouses, whiskey, etc.! - the crew will try to accommodate them.
A superb wildlife cruise. This is really less about the cruise and more about the beautiful islands, the walking and great company. The food on-board is superb and comes in seriously hearty proportions. There is loads of time to explore the Islands independently, but skipper Mark was always on hand to point out a great hiking route or interesting diversion. I failed to spot much marine life but saw some fantastic bird-life, including the incredible sea eagle. Read our review in full here
ben reviewing Hebridean Wildlife Cruise
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