Sailing “over the sea to Skye” as expressed in the historic Skye Boat Song, encapsulates the magic of arriving at this beautiful Island from the sea. Centuries later, a sea voyage is still the best way to soak in the incredible scenery and atmosphere of this very special island, however our guests enjoy luxury hospitality and a gourmet menu delivered by our four specialist crew. Skye is a large island with many iconic places to visit and is very popular with visitors. Our vessels and guests, arriving from the sea,are often the only visitors on our anchorages and shore excursions, with stunning scenery, evocative history and rare wildlife all around.
Our new 8-night Skye cruise for 2020, “Cruise around Skye: secret coastlines”, circumnavigates the whole island, calling in at stunning coastlines, seldom-visited small islands and some of the iconic attractions of Skye. With an expert Wildlife Guide on board and on accompanied shore excursions, guests will see the best the island can offer. En route to Skye from Oban, the cruise drops anchor for the night at one of the scenic “Small Isles” of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna, with the Cuillin Mountains of Skye already an inviting, distant backdrop on the horizon. The Isle of Skye is approached from the south, with a choice of scenic anchorages and shore trips including Loch Scavaig, Loch Coruisk, the township of Elgol and the Spar Cave on Loch Slappin. The Spar Cave, a cathedral-like limestone wonder, is an excellent example of an awe-inspiring visit from the sea. Further along the coast is Isleornsay, arguably the most attractive village on Skye, but off the beaten track, overlooking the pretty island of Ornsay.
After cruising under the Skye Bridge, the cruise arrives at the “Inner Sound”, a magnificent stretch of sheltered water between Skye and the Scottish mainland offering a choice of beautiful coastlines and small islands to explore. The geological wonder of the Isle of Raasay has hills, native forests and secluded beaches,providing excellent habitat for wildlife, including otters, seals, red deer, golden eagles and sea eagles. Shore visits to uninhabited islands such as the Crowlin Islands and the Island of Rona provide an evocative glimpse into the history of deserted townships, where the people were tragically cleared from their homes to make way for sheep.
Arriving at the remote north coastine of Skye, keeping an eye out for whales and dolphins, we enter Loch Snizort between the Waternish and Trotternish Peninsulas to visit the very remote Ascrib Islands, home to important seal and puffin colonies. Continuing to head west, as a complete contrast, there is the option to anchor in Loch Dunvegan and go ashore to visit Dunvegan Castle and gardens. Rounding the coast to the top of the west coast of Skye we cruise to Moonen Bay where we drop anchor for a shore trip to Neist Point, to explore the famous lighthouse and dramatic sea cliffs. A further shore excursion option on this Skye cruise is sheltered Loch Harport. and a trip to Talisker Distillery. With a final farewell to Skye, the cruise returns to Oban via the Small Isles and the Sound of Mull.
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August 8th is also currently available for private cruise charter aboard Emma Jane, with the cruise destination and itinerary of choice. This date is now our only available private cruise charter for 2020