There is a special time of year, and a particular area of the west coast, that is an amazing hub for wildlife.  In September and October the shoals of mackerel attract cetaceans and sea birds in large numbers, making it a great time to be at sea, spotting dolphins, porpoises and minke whales. At the same time Manx shearwaters can be seen in huge rafts on the surface of the sea, while bird populations such as gannets and eagles are at their highest, with the young most visible before they depart to find their own territory. Basking sharks are still around, seals and otters are plentiful and on the coast the red deer are seen and heard as the annual rut is in progress. The cruise area is extremely scenic, including the “Small Isles” of Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck, and the magnificent sea lochs of Loch Spelve on the Isle of Mull and remote Loch  Sunart and Kentra Bay on Ardnamurchan. On shore, there are excellent guided walking opportunities on this cruise, with expert local knowledge on hand from all four crew and to top it all, delicious food from the galley.

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Cruise Dates 2022

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
3 September 202260---Emma JaneFully Booked
17 September 202260---Elizabeth-GFully Booked
24 September 202260---Elizabeth-GFully Booked

Master cabin available (Emma Jane Only).

Cruise Dates 2023

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
26 August 202360---Emma JaneFully Booked
16 September 202364£2,140.00Elizabeth-GBook Now
23 September 202364£2,140.00Elizabeth-GBook Now

Master cabin available (Emma Jane Only).

Cruise Dates 2024

DateNightsSpacesPrice p/p VesselBook Online
21 September 202468£2,140.00Elizabeth-GBook Now
28 September 202468£2,140.00Elizabeth-GBook Now

Master cabin available (Emma Jane Only).

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18 September 2021

This was a wonderful experience! We had debated for some time about the cruise and after Covid thought “what the hell!” It was brilliant in every way- the crew were a wonderful bunch intent on giving us a great adventure- they succeeded! Fabulous wildlife, amazing meals, a really good group who gelled well despite being mixed in terms of ability and outlook.Great fun and looked after so well.

Sally Bates

18 September 2021

I just wanted to ask you to pass on our thanks to Rob and the crew for a fabulous trip last week, my dad and i enjoyed it very much and want to book something soon for 2023. The consideration and support given was excellent , not to mention the outstanding food.  

Adrian Hyner

18 September 2021

Absolutely great Rob managed to avoid some bad weather and found us some quiet bays to shelter in. Beautiful walks and scenery. Food was really great and the crew wonderful., all so friendly and smiling.

Christine Fitzpatrick

18 September 2021

Absolutely wonderful holiday , the highlights being Minke Whale sighting right by Elizabeth G , otter and white tailed eagles . . The skipper’s detailed knowledge and experience of the West Coast ensured safe passage and anchorage despite some stormy weather , Craig the Bosun patiently looked after all our needs with good humour and Sian produced magnificent food every day . What more could you want . Thank you Elizabeth G staff and crew.

Roger & Gail Smith

28 September 2019

Well, what can I say, everything about this small cruise was first class. The crew, Chris, Craig, Alexa and Mags all looked after us from start to finish. The cabins were lovely with comfy beds, there was room to store everything and the en-suites were excellent. The food was absolutely delicious, thank you Mags. Every day was interesting and we saw plenty of wildlife, lots of white sided dolphins following the boat one day which was great. The weather was also brilliant and we were with a lovely bunch of folk. We’ll be back.

Shamim and Stanley Robertson

4 May 2019

We had never been on a holiday like this before but we had an amazing time We were blessed with the weather and calm seas ! The crew were very professional and great fun to be with Chris the captain was obviously very knowledgable and instilled a deal of confidence . Craig the bosun was very attentive and very professional ,quietly going about his duties and had a lovely sense of humour Alexa was our guide and her knowledge of the wild life was amazing .she was attentive and caring always making sure everyone was ok . Finally Maggs the chef was amazing .what she was able to cook up in that small compact galley was wonderful Every meal was beautifully prepared and presented So much so my wife and I have had 3 meals from her website since we have returned home! I would definitely recommend Hedrides Cruises It is such a wonderful way to see the islands and if your lucky like we were you might just be entertained for 2 hours of dolphin dancing around the boat ! That was a memory that will be with me for ever .

Martin and Ruth Taylor

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