Generally, a degree of mobility is needed to enjoy our cruises to the fullest both on board and in getting ashore. However, although our ships have several steps, the Master Stateroom is located on the Main Deck and is very suitable for someone of restricted mobility. The toilet and shower room its self are large and there is a large open walk in closet, the tender has a ramp so this is perfect for easy access. Other staterooms are accessed via a flight of stairs though the mid-priced cabins are easier to get to and from. Just ask our team who will be delighted to assist you with specific requirements.
The ships Master will always take cognisance of the prevailing weather and sea state conditions before setting sail and we reserve the right to amend or alter the itinerary to ensure maximum comfort and safety of the vessel and her guests. In most instances our cruises take advantage of sheltered cruising grounds with many various ports of call which can be offered as alternate destinations in the unlikely event of a change due to weather. It is extremely unlikely for a cruise to be cancelled due to inclement weather. Our cruises to St Kilda and Orkney do however require a long range forecast of settled weather to make the crossings to the archipelagos, and there is no sheltered harbour on St Kilda so the ship must lie to anchor. Any foreseen change to the cruise itinerary will wherever possible be notified to guests in advance of the departure date.
All cabins will have regular supplies of freshly laundered bed linen and towels. Personal laundry will only generally be undertaken on the longer cruises and a small fee will be charged though we will not accept responsibility for any damages which may arise.
We operate a strict no smoking policy aboard our vessels. There is, however an external designated area on deck which is available to smokers at certain times. There is no smoking during maneuvering in and from ports or anchoring as staff will be in that area at these times.
Yes, we pride ourselves on repeat custom and we recognise introductions. Please ask for more details.
Generally, our cruising grounds will always offer nearby sheltered sea lochs where we can anchor in calm water. Our ships weigh around 200 tonnes and are therefore quite stable.
Our state rooms are exceptionally well sized for yachts or ships of this type, with each of our six staterooms offering full size double beds, wardrobes, drawer units and having its own relaxation area where you can spend some time for quieter reflection. Each cabin has its own ensuite shower room, complete with vanity area. Three of the cabins are available as family rooms having a double bed and a separate sofa area which converts to a full size single bed. These three cabins have separate sitting/dining areas too.
Single travellers are most welcome and can enjoy the companionship of fellow guests. Two of our staterooms, 4 and 5, carry no single person supplement, so that single travellers can enjoy our cruises in comfort.
We generally operate an open bridge policy on board where the ships Master will actively welcome your interest. However, there will be times when access is not available such as during busy times preparing for arrival and departure from ports, and access will always be at the discretion of the Master. Our Engineer will invite you to the engine room on occasions when the vessel is at rest.
One of the little known facts about Scottish midges (mosquitos) that inhabit the West of Scotland is that they don’t cross water so they generally don’t pose a problem. We supply midge repellent for those going ashore in vulnerable areas (which is generally confined to July and August).
Of course and if you are successful your catch can be cooked by our chef and served for dinner. There are rods and tackle carried on board and you are welcome to bring your own. Fishing only takes place whilst the vessel is at anchor. Mackerel is amongst the most common fish caught. There are also creels available for crabs and lobsters.
Yes. Bring your telephone charger or laptop with you because you will be able to use electricity just like at home as the ship generates her own electricity. However, it is beneficial and recommended that you have a surge protector fitting with you. The electricity on board is European sockets and we provide travel plugs for UK.
The variety of wildlife is breath-taking and you are sure to see many species in their glorious natural habitat. We offer special guided wildlife cruises at certain times of the year, but even out with these you are sure to be pleasantly surprised with the variety of wildlife that you see. A good tip is to bring your own binoculars. We have a large range on books on board to help you identify what you are looking at.
Our cruises are aimed at guests of all ages. However, we don’t offer any discounts for children unless they are sharing a room with their parents or guardian. Those aged below 12 are not permitted, unless as part of a whole boat charter.
We do not allow pets on board, except by special arrangement for private charter.
We offer a discount for 4 or more bookings of the same party.
The ship is in contact with shore bases at all times, and we can generally ensure that you can make contact when necessary.
We will endeavour to get you assistance as soon as possible, we carry an extensive list of all the relevant contact details of all the nearest medical facilities. We carry an extensive range of over the counter medication such as paracetamol but always suggest you bring a selection on board in case you require them.
If you wish to keep your documents and even medication safe, we have installed safes in all of the cabins.
We carry a small range of toiletries, sweets, sun hats, sun glasses and lotions etc for sale on board in case you wish to purchase. With the frequent stops to the local villages and islands, you will also have the chance to purchase any other necessities as well as locally produced goods.
We carry an extensive library and board games as well as a DVD selection for you to view either in your own cabin or in one of the sitting areas.
We cater for every type of food preference be it health or religion and are happy to accommodate your needs. Just advise us in plenty of time before you join us so we may create a menu for you.