A PARA HANDY HOLIDAY FOR YOU AMONG THE SCOTTISH ISLANDS
Enjoy the nostalgia of genuine steamboat cruising and relive the romance of a generation gone. If Dougie were here, he would tell you himself that this is a true escape from the pressures of a cluttered world. At a steady six knots, between the strangely beautiful islands, little can equal the peace of silent steam, on deck before the smokestack in good weather or in the saloon if you desire shelter.
The ever varying light on the hills, the pure-air of the sea lochs, the Hebridean sunsets , the small towns and fishing villages beneath the heather – all will give you, rain or sun, a holiday unequalled anywhere else in the world.
On the lower deck there are six cabins, four with twin berths and two with double berths, together with two washrooms with WC, washbasin and shower with hot and cold water and shaver points.
On the main deck is a roomy saloon with comfortable and friendly seating shared with our companionable crew near an enclosed wood-burning stove for chilly days, together with a long table where meals from the adjacent galley are served beneath a traditional oil lamp.
Breakfast, lunch and evening meals will include a number of Scottish foods and we are renowned for our high standard of cooking. At times there may be the opportunity to serve fish or cockles fresh from a deep-sea fishing boat.
Drinks may be purchased from a small bar, including some traditional malt whiskies rarely found outside Scotland.
Each week begins with guests coming on board after 3.30 pm on Sunday and all cruises end on Friday afternoon. We will not be steaming away until the Monday morning, thus giving you an opportunity to get to know the boat and use her as a base to explore the surrounding area.
During your holiday you may just relax on board or stroll ashore, but those who wish may participate in berthing and casting off, steering by compass or landmark in the wheelhouse, studying charts –or even helping the engineer to keep up steam by shoveling coal.
The price includes continental breakfast with Scottish nuance, morning coffee, buffet lunch, afternoon tea with home-made cakes, and three course dinner from Sunday afternoon until the following Friday tea.
All bed linen (but no towels) and harbour and canal dues are included. The skipper reserves the right to make any changes in the proposed schedules necessitated by weather conditions or any other factors beyond his control, though of course, every effort will be made to keep to schedule.
Please book early to avoid disappointment – you can get in touch with us via the details given on our Bookings Page.