My last cruise of the season was an autumnal delight, with another colourful landscape behind every corner and wonderful sunny days on Staffa and Iona. We had a double dolphin visit in the Sound of Iona and rounded it all off with the

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Private Charter September 2015

Monday, 28 September 2015

Our private charter was a great example of a tailor-made, perfect Hebridean adventure holiday. Hebrides Cruises can provide everything from delicious taste experiences through fresh self-caught seafood, hand-dived scallops and local single-malt tastings and fantastic hiking around scenic mountain lakes to close-up wildlife encounters..

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Far Flung Islands 10-night cruise report

Friday, 18 September 2015

Our 10-night Far Flung Islands: Mingulay to the Shiants Cruise, departing September 5th 2015 was a great success, where our guests enjoyed seals, whales, basking sharks, dolphins and plenty of eagles and other wildlife en route and at our destinations.

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Last cruise to St Kilda for 2015

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Our final scenic cruise to St Kilda for 2015 was a great success. It was particularly evocative because it co-incided with the 85th anniversary of the evacuation of St Kilda when the 36 islanders who remained on the St Kilda Archipelago were evacuated to the mainland at their own request.

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St Kilda private cruise charter

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

We greeted our guests on board our 10-night St Kilda private cruise charter with sparkling wine, Mary’s famous scones and Cara, the Chef’s canapés. As we steamed up the Sound of Mull the guests took in the views of Duart Castle, Lismore Lighthouse and the dramatic Morvern Peninsula.

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New Caledonian Canal Cruise

Monday, 27 July 2015

We are offering a late addition to our 2015 calendar with two dates in October for a new cruise. Our Caledonian Canal Explorer is a one-way 6-night cruise departing in October with two dates. 

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We were delighted that the cruise made it to St Kilda with lots of warm sunny weather, which just goes to show it can happen, even in a summer when the UK weather has not been the best. This was also the first cruise of the season for our Chef, Martin, with some great comments on his menus.

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It was set up to be a great last full day on our “Skye and the Small Isles Explorer” 6-night cruise. Calm seas lay in front of us on our route to Tobermory from our anchorage at the Isle of Eigg. This patch of sea is famous for its abundance of wildlife.

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Basking sharks, dolphins and whales in abundance! We set off on our only 10-night cruise to St Kilda this season with high hopes of seeing lots of rare wildlife and we did! We reached our first anchorage at Loch na Drumbuie on Ardnamurchan on an idyllic evening and a flat calm sea and were rewarded with our first sightings of a white-tailed eagle, then terns, harbour porpoise and a red throated diver.

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No stranger to Elizabeth G or the Hebrides, Chris Jackson (CJ) was back on board to skipper our "Idyllic Islands: Hebridean Photography Cruise" of 2015, which was led by professional wildlife photographer Chris Gomersall (CG). The two Chris’s have worked together since 2002, and with Bosun Sarah and Cook Pip on board, we knew the guests would be well entertained and looked after.

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Cruise highlights May 23rd 2015

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Here are some of the highlights of our 6-night cruise on May 23rd 2015.  With Guide Vivi Bolin on board, an impressive amount of wildlife was spotted and identified: golden and white tailed Eagles; bottlenose, common and Risso’s dolphins; porpoise, Pomerine skua, puffins, guillemots, razorbills and whimbrel amongst many other species

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The number of white-tailed eagles in Scotland has reached 100 breeding pairs, a great success story for the re-introduction of the species. The birds, also known as sea eagles, were absent from the UK for nearly 60 years because of widespread persecution. The last known nesting attempt was on Skye in 1916 and in 1918 the last British white-tailed eagle was shot in Shetland.

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Guest Review

Thursday, 21 May 2015

We really appreciate when guests take the time to give us detailed feedback.  Our first cruise of the season to the Isle of Mull did not get the best of weather but hopefully this review from our guest Felicity Lovell gives an insight that the weather is not essential to a great cruise experience.

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Elizabeth G was looking her very best with a total makeover inside and out for her first cruise of the seasonOur four crew, Skipper Rob, Chef Steve, Wildlife Guide Vivi and Bosun Sarah were ready to welcome our first guests of the season on board yesterday

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Common dolphins in the Hebrides

Friday, 17 April 2015

Common dolphins are actually normally not all that common in the Hebrides, but this has changed recently. The number of common dolphins found in the waters off western Scotland has substantially increased; the encounter rate has more than doubled in the past 12 years according to the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

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