Basking sharks, gannet colonies, ancient sheep breeds and bothies, sea eagles, dolphin bow racing, wild otters, puffins, bronze and iron age sheep and as much Eigg, Rhum and Muck you want.
Based at Oban on the west coast of Scotland, wildlife and wellness cruise ship specialists Hebrides Cruises, have launched its private charter superyacht, Lucy Mary. And the chance to hand five for your scallops in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The classic, 23-metre-long motor yacht was built by Lowland Yachts in Holland with a specially built, strengthened hull, stabilisers and five-bladed propellers to smooth ensure luxury cruising experiences around north-west Scotland’s hidden secret anchorages and famous landmarks, such as The Stacs at St Kilda ( Hiort in Gaelic) . The most westerly of the Outer Hebrides, with the UK’s highest sea cliffs, the archipelago features prehistoric sheepfolds, ancient boat-shaped stone rings or “settings” and “cleittean” bothies and storage structures St Kilda, forty miles from North Uist, has been uninhabited for nearly a hundred years. Famous for its razorbills and black-legged kittiwakes, Mingulay, south of Barra, was also evacuated in 1930.
Along with The Forth Bridge, The Antonine Wall, The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, New Lanark, Edinburgh’s New and Old Towns, St Kilda is owned by the Nationals Trust For Scotland. It is on every nature lover’s Bucket List.
Lucy Mary is available for a 10 guest private charter in four en-suite cabins, including a master cabin suite. The tender is also carried on board for a safe and fast voyage. As well as recreational kayaks and paddleboards. Fittings and finishes include mahogany flooring, a mahogany dining table and original artwork. The new vessel is environmentally friendly, fitted with Caterpillar engines which are recognised for reliability and fuel efficiency, three silent generators with low fuel consumption, an air conditioning system that allows for cool and hot air which means no need for a boiler, therefore fuel consumption is less. There is also a water maker on board.
Rob Barlow, owner of Hebrides Cruises, said: “We create truly unforgettable, flexible experiences for our private charter guests according to their wishes; our crew know exactly where to go at specific times of the year to see the best examples of wildlife in their natural settings. “We take guests to destinations such as St Kilda, Mingulay, the Monachs, the Shiants and the Summer Isles. Our cruise itineraries also call in at stunning locations such as Barra, Vatersay, the Uists, Lewis, and Harris and we island-hop to the idyllic inner Hebridean islands of Mull, Iona, Skye, Eigg, Muck, Rum, and Canna.
“We have a policy of four crew to eight guests, the highest ratio in small-ship cruising in Scotland which offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really experience and understand wildlife. A private charter offers guests an exclusive, luxurious, uniquely memorable and personalised experience on Scotland’s waters.”
Dates for either four or six-night private charters for up to 10 people are: 16 April, 17 June,17 August. 24 August , 4 October
The private charter for six nights costs £25,000 and 4-night cruise £18,500.