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Isle of Iona, Scotland © Northern Light Cruising Company

Mull, Iona, Colonsay, Jura and the Isles of the Sea Cruise

From £1720 per adult

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September — September

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Focusing on the fantastic Isle of Mull and its surrounding islands, we aim to enjoy a sheltered and leisurely cruise exploring some of the wonderfully beautiful and seldom visited islands and lochs in the area, with walks ashore planned daily.

Dates: 6th to 12th September 2023

Destination: Guests join the MV Hjalmar Bjørge at around 1530 on Wednesday 6th September in Oban. Our departure shortly thereafter will see us on anchor for our first evening meal aboard. 

After boarding, we’ll depart Oban and cruise north through the Sound of Mull for our first anchorage in the wonderful Loch Droma Buide. The next day we’ll cruise across the north of the island looking out for whales and dolphins particularly off Caliach Point. Our overnight anchorage will be at Gometra Harbour, here, we’ll land guests for further walks on either Gometra or Ulva.

We’ll cruise to Staffa and view Fingals Cave before landing on Iona and exploring this enchanted isle. If conditions allow we’ll anchor overnight in the Sound of Iona or off Erraid with another possible landing on this oft neglected tidal island, once home to Robert Louis Stevenson whilst engineering the nearby lighthouse at Skerryvore. It also proved inspirational for one of the settings in his novel ‘Kidnapped’.

We’ll cruise through past the Torran Rocks toward Colonsay, we’ll anchor off Oronsay and hopefully land guests on the beautiful beach there to explore this wonderful tidal island. Oronsay has a rich history, with Mesolithic middens, a viking ship burial and Oronsay Prior with it’s celtic cross and carvings. An evening on anchor here is one of our seasons highlights, especially with clear skies and uninterrupted views of Jura and Islay.

From Oronsay we’ll cruise back toward the Gulf of Corryvreckan and Jura before approaching the Isles of the Sea or Garvellachs. We’ll land on Eileach an Naoimh. The Garvellachs which are inhabited today only by sea-birds, sheep and seals, are also known as “The Isles of The Sea”, a literal translation from Gaelic is “Rough Islands”. On the main island of Eileach an Naoimh you can see the remains of an old monastery and “beehive houses” where the monks used to live. St Columba’s mother is reputedly buried here, this is reputably one of the oldest monastic sites in Scotland.

Our last evening will be spent in Ardencapel Bay, you’ll hopefully enjoy spotting otters and seals from the comfort of the vessel.

On the final day we’ll head back into Oban for your departure after breakfast on Tuesday 12th September.

This time of year can be great for wildlife spotting with warm waters holding dolphins, whales, basking sharks and plenty of seabirds. White-tailed and golden eagles are always good possibilities also.

Contact details

Northern Light Cruising Company
14 Francis Street
Dornie
Ross-shire
Scotland
IV40 8DT
Starting
Oban
Length
7
Days
Transport
Boat
Type
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
Adventure History Island Hopping Landscapes Outdoor Activities Photography Wildlife

COVID-19 facilities

  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Online booking only
  • Outside seating

Tour prices

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  • £1720 Per Adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

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Tour company information

Northern Light Cruising Company

The Northern Light Cruising Company is based in Oban and offers scenic and wildlife-watching adventures cruises around Scotland's Highlands and Islands, primarily the Inner and Outer Hebrides including the favourites of St Kilda, Mull and the Isle Skye. Enjoy a small-boat (11 guests max), slow-travel experience as you island-hop some of Scotland's most beautiful, historic and remote locations. Meanwhile enjoy the whales, dolphins, seals, otters, eagles and seabirds like puffins and gannets, and explore quiet locations on shore excursions each day. Private charter is available - please ask.

Opening times

Our Scottish cruising season is from April to October.
Booking office open year-round for enquiries.
We are part of the Hebridean Adventures group.

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