Welcome to Royal Scottish Shipping Line Cruises

Scotland is one of the most romantic places on earth to visit that goes without saying. Famous for its rugged mountains, misty coastlines and historical Castles to count just a few of her pleasures. One of the last great bastions to the past and certainly one of the very last great forests of Europe, full of unusual wild life, flora and fauna. So why is it so difficult to make that trip of a life time? easy, there is just not the opportunity to book proper chartered cruises.

Today we see mega cruise ships quickly sailing in the west coast of Scotland waters but is that really the best way to see our shores and her great Isles? Along with thousands of tourists for their allotted usual 30m trip ashore dependent on the weather. Or should a cruise in Scottish waters be like drinking a fine single malt whisky, a sensation best done steeped in tranquility. Allowing time to pass by and enjoy the moment whilst creating those all-important memories of a lifetime.

Our cruises are distinctively different due to the size of our small iconic ship The Spirit of Fortitude. Enjoy sailing round the coast lines as well as through the very Heart of Scotland and into the famous Caledonian canal allowing our guests to experience Loch Ness first hand. Some places you can sail with dolphins in Scotland but we also let you sail with Monsters! as well as sailing through the many quant little villages that line this canal.

We at the Royal Scottish believe passionately about the taste the West Coast of Scotland. Scotland is renowned for the flavours and quality of its food. While cruising with us the fresh produce will be selected along the way and you will taste the isles form your own plate, knowing where the food has been sourced serves as am opening into the imagination of that culture. Our food offering is a chance to learn about the community and how it sustains its self. If baking is your passion then again you will be delighted with our freshly served selection every day.

Embarking on an adventure, everyone has an idea of what they would like to get from a Scottish cruse or a charter and we feel we have put together all the very best that Scotland has to offer this way everyone leaves feeling fulfilled and takes away those special memories. We cater for everyone alike no matter what the circumstances we ensure you are given the very best service we have to offer.

What better way to enjoy sailing, walking, fishing, wildlife, Castles and long walks along secluded beaches than to be taken at a slower pace on a luxury small ship. Enjoying our whisky viewing room in the evenings after you have diner sitting at our hand-crafted dining table and filled by our amazing taste of Scotland. Enjoy meeting new friends, as friendships are often forged when sharing a great adventure!

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About Us

Come join us in the ancient art of sailing in this mythical land, steeped in history yet respectfully progressive. It’s in our bones, it runs through our blood, songs with their spirits and stories past. Set in stone and carved in the ancient standing rocks of Clan Castles and Scotland’s famous Links golf courses with their hallowed grounds. All from centuries gone by, an era of myths and legends of warriors and seafaring Gods from the Norse.

Our voyage is an adventure into a forgotten land where few dare to sail and many dream to dare.

Like our ancestors we live life on the edge, the edge of the world - St Kilda and beyond, let us take you effortlessly to these mythical places in unsurpassed luxury aboard our five star superyacht, your own mini cruise liner.

Generations of our family have been living and sailing on the West Coast of Scotland, one of the finest destinations in the world. Recently, Sailing Today voted Scotland as the ‘World’s Best Cruising Ground’. So why not come and experience this amazing secret and discover this unsurpassed beauty and tranquillity. Let us pass generations of our knowledge on to you. Take time to eat from the purest larder and drink from ancient hand crafted stills which produce the world’s finest single malt whiskies.

The Royal Scottish Shipping Line offers a wide range of cruising options for three, six, seven, ten and even fourteen night cruises. Departing from either Greenock near Glasgow for the Inner Clyde, Ireland and the Southern Hebrides, or Oban for access to the Outer Hebrides and the Western and Northern Isles, Orkney and the East coast. We cruise some of Scotland’s most beautiful and sheltered waters including the stunning destination of the remote and historical St Kilda archipelago, a “World Heritage Site”, which never fails to capture the imagination.

Visit the historical gems of Cape Wrath and Scapa Flow, or archaeological treasures like the Callanish Standing Stones and natural wonders like Fingal's Cave. Why not choose to find out why Skye has just been voted by National Geographic as the fourth best island in the world.

We also cruise around the Clyde, Scotland's forgotten natural treasure, and we also visit some of the world's most famous and distinctive golf courses, and finest whisky distilleries. We cruise the majestic Caledonian Canal too with her Thomas Telford “Neptune's Steps”.

Rich in history and scenery, surrounded by the unpolluted, prehistoric tranquil waters of the Hebrides and the Small Isles – there are sights to entice you at every turn. Our waters are home to dolphins, porpoises, whales, puffins, otters and other rare wildlife, including sea monsters! It is still in many ways an area untouched by the presence of man, one of nature’s last great wildernesses. Fall in love with the natural beauty around us and see where Harris Tweed gets its distinct colours from - the land, sea and air!

For the first time you can view this remarkable land and seascape from the comfort and privacy of our luxurious super yacht “Spirit of Fortitude” which will effortlessly transport you from one stunning destination to another. Her large saloon, superior state cabins and discreet, confidential and professional crew make her the perfect choice for a holiday that will stay with you for a lifetime.

As well as our scenic set routes, we are happy to arrange private excursions which engage with your own passions and interests, be they history, ornithology, fishing, golf, shooting, walking, water sports - whatever you desire - The Royal Scottish Shipping Line can deliver.

Please call or email and we will be happy to discuss your requirements and advise you of the very best locations Scotland has to offer in order to create your perfect bespoke voyage. Our tailor made cruises abound with options for our Private Charters, which can take you off to destinations including Belfast and Dublin, or the coasts of Antrim and Donegal.

Welcome to Royal Scottish Shipping Line Cruises

New Destination for 2017

We are always pleased when we can offer our clients that something special and we are delighted to have tailored a Private Charter this season which will head to some of the best golf courses on the planet. Experienced (but not professional) golfers and their partners will enjoy wonderful courses and exceptional hospitality on this bespoke luxury...


Wall Street Journal

"Sailing around Scotland’s magnificent coastline on a superyacht is a unique way of experiencing the country", says the Wall Street Journal who join us on one of our superb Scottish Superyacht charters. "If your travel itinerary to Scotland includes stunning scenery and unrivalled luxury, a trip around the stunning west coast aboard a luxury...


Win a 10 Night Luxury Cruise to St Kilda worth over £8,000

The Royal Scottish Shipping Line is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to win a 10 night luxury cruise worth over £8,000 for two people to travel on our luxury superyacht to the UNESCO World Heritage site of St Kilda on the 5th August 2017. Described as the “islands at the edge of the world”, St Kilda is one of the most amazing places...


Glasgow city centre

Glasgow city centre is amongst our destinations this month, fascinating to see the contrast between new and old


The wonder of the Caledonian Canal

Spirit of Fortitude is one of the largest vessels to be able to transit the Caledonian Canal, and she has just completed this twice in the last month! On the north bound route, we were held up whilst we awaited the arrival of the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express steam train bound for majestic Mallaig, it was quite a sight to see the train crossing...


Home of Old Pulteney

Our whisky distillery destinations are numerous and well spread out, this month we are in the old fishing port of Wick, in the very far north east corner of Scotland, and home to the Old Pulteney distillery. This is our furthest north distillery destination so far, although that will soon be exceeded by Highland Park distillery on Orkney. Our...