Eilean Donan castle
Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland © Liz Hamilton

Small Isles, Skye + West Highland Lochs Cruise with SKYEFARI Tour

From £1995 per adult

Departure days

  • M
  • T
  • W
  • T
  • F
  • S
  • S

September — October

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Island-hop with us on this 7-night Scottish adventure cruise visiting the Isle of Skye, the Small Isles of Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck, and some of the Western Highlands of Scotland’s most beautiful and stunning sea lochs and historic sites.

Dates: 25th September to 2nd October 2023

Along with our normal shore excursions you will also meet up with our sister company SKYEFARI for a longer land excursion in their 4×4 minibus on the Isle of Skye hoping to spot some of the wonderful wildlife species that call it home such as eagles, deer, seals and otters with their experienced wildlife ecologist guide.

Destination: Guests join the MV Hjalmar Bjørge around 1530 on Monday 25th September in Oban. Our departure shortly thereafter will see us on anchor for our first evening meal aboard. The itinerary is dependent on weather – balancing shelter with reaching our preferred destinations – but may include for example, some of the following places;

  • Isle of Skye, probably the most famous island in Scotland thanks to its wonderful mix of mountains, coastline, history and wildlife.
  • Small Isles, we will check out 1 or 2 of the 4 islands that make up the Small Isles just to the south of Skye. They are all unique and great places to visit for the adventurous traveller.
  • Loch’s Nevis, Hourn and Duich, these fjord-like sea lochs on the Highland West Coast are as dramatic and picturesque as you could wish for and all hide surprises like the wonderful Eilean Donan castle.
  • Glenelg, home to the last operating turntable ferry in the UK.

On the final day we head back into Oban for your departure after breakfast on Monday 2nd October.

Wildlife highlights:  

Why travel abroad when Autumn is a wonderful time of year to be staycation cruising around the Scottish Highlands and Islands as the colours change on the hillsides and the magnificent red deer stags start to fight to gather their harems of females. Otters will be high on our list of species we are hoping to spot and the shorelines we will cruise nearby are indeed great habitat for them. They are also superb places for spotting the magnificent white-tailed eagles which have made such a good recovery in this area as well as their cousin the golden eagle often spotted soaring high over the hillsides. In the sea it is not too late to spot the basking shark, the second biggest fish in the sea after the whale shark, as the warm waters linger into autumn, along with common dolphins, minke whales and porpoise for starters but you never know what might turn up. Orca are known to regularly pass by the Isle of Skye in particular.

Contact details

Northern Light Cruising Company
14 Francis Street
Dornie
Ross-shire
Scotland
IV40 8DT
Starting
Oban
Length
8
Days
Transport
Boat
Type
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Languages
English
Themes
Adventure Castles 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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  • £1995 Per Adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Attractions

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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