St Hilda Sea Adventures provides small ship cruising and wildlife holidays on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland. Our cruises, among the breathtakingly beautiful islands, sea lochs and mountains of the Inner and Outer Hebrides, are truly unforgettable adventures for all ages. The British national newspaper The Guardian is in accord when, in September 2017, it chose St Hilda Sea Adventures as one of the ten best small ship cruises in the world!
We anchor in the most sheltered, idyllic, safe havens where passengers can visit world famous malt whisky distilleries and remote Scottish islands such as St Kilda, Mull, Skye, Jura, Islay, Staffa and Iona. The magical Scottish seas are full of wildlife both above and below the waves. You can fish, wild swim, kayak, paddleboard and sail the sea and its lochs and marvel at the dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, otters, sea eagles, myriads of sea birds and the occasional whale. Each day is as action packed or as relaxing as you please.
A cruising holiday on board our small ships is fun and informal. The roomy deck saloons are where everyone dines and socialises and the outdoor decks are perfect for spotting wildlife, relaxing and eating al fresco and, throughout the cruise, you will have the services of your own skipper and chef. The small ships’ tenders can also take you ashore for some wonderful, serious coastal and cliff walks or you could just wander along the shore beachcombing and examining the pretty seaside rock pools. On some cruises we now have art tutors, photography tutors or wildlife guides onboard, at no extra cost to our passengers.
Our four, small cruise ships are St Hilda (maximum 6 passengers), Seahorse II (maximum 11 passengers), Gemini Explorer (maximum 8 passengers) and Speideren (maximum 8 passengers). St Hilda is a traditional, wooden ex-Tall Ship. Seahorse II is an ex-Norwegian Ferry. Gemini Explorer is an ex-Cruising Lifeboat. Speideren is an ex-Norwegian rescue ship. All four ships have been converted to cruise the western islands of Scotland in comfort and style.
Visit our website to see details of our itineraries and to check our calendar for availability.