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Isles and Inlets of Argyll

This wonderful Scottish cruise explores some of the fabulous long, sheltered sea lochs in Argyll and the world famous Kyles of Bute that separate the Isle of Bute from the mainland. The itinerary offers so many delightful options, including a sail to the Isle of Arran, that the trip does not follow a rigid timetable, but is rather decided by the travelers & crew for each day.


Islets and inlets of Argyll
  • Enjoy a 6-day cruise along the islands and inlets of Argyll on board the ex-tall ship St Hilda. 
  • Explore Scotland's amazing natural landscapes and discover its amazing wildlife.
  • Anchor in secluded places and enjoy the sunset while you dine in perfect peace and tranquility.

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Isles and Inlets of Argyll

What to expect?

Isles and Inlets of Argyll

Day 1

After boarding at 3pm and a safety briefing we depart Holy Loch heading south west along the magnificent Firth of Clyde. Toward Point often has minke whale and basking shark reports and there are frequent pods of dolphins and harbour porpoises. We pass through the tranquil coastal waters of the Kyles of Bute with natural harbours, sheltered beaches and tidal narrows, providing stunning scenery. At around 8pm we arrive at secluded Loch Riddon, a sea loch opening from the Kyles of Bute and surrounded by mountains, and anchor off a beautiful country house with its own wharf and "Admiral steps" and enjoy dinner in perfect peace and tranquillity. Seals are a familiar sight including the more rare and misnamed "common" seal.

Day 2

Loch Riddon. Wake up at anchor to the sound of water lapping on the hull. After a leisurely breakfast, watching the seals swim around the boat, we can fish for bait for the lobster pot and for mackerel for dinner. We can also learn how to tie knots or just sit back (and photograph) and enjoy the wildlife - often as much as 24 bird species each day that are seen throughout the season. After lunch we can up anchor and head for the Burnt Islands and the island of Eilean Dubh that help create the picturesque narrows of the Kyles of Bute. From this lovely anchorage we can use the dinghy to pass the remains of an Iron Age fort and, in the breeding season, we can get close to the bird sanctuary to see Greater and Lesser Black Backed Gulls nesting with Oystercatchers, Herring Gulls, Cormorants, Eider Ducks and many other species. We also have a chance to dinghy close to the rare, common seal colony on the Islands. We can also launch a lobster pot.

Days 3 & 4

Depending on the weather (and availability) guests can choose an alternative itinerary on Days 3 and 4, exploring Loch Fyne and visiting Inveraray. The cruise will then take in Loch Goil.

Day 5

Loch Striven. After breakfast we can go ashore by tender to climb the trail on the loch side, which takes us high enough for magnificent views of the loch and sea. The coastline is also a very pretty walk with lots of shells on the shoreline and perfect for rock pooling at low tide. If the tide is right we can collect plump mussels for dinner that night. After lunch we up anchor and head for the marina for a late arrival.

Day 6

Holy Loch and Disembarking. We have a final breakfast and disembark. 

Price and optionals

Isles and Inlets of Argyll
  •   From: € 850.00 per person

Important info

Isles and Inlets of Argyll
  •   Duration: 6 days
  •   Effort: Active
  •   Skills required: Beginner
  •   Difficulty level: Very easy
  •   Languages spoken: English
  •   Minimum booking (nº of participants): 1
  •   Maximum booking (nº of participants): 6

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Please note that Specific Terms & Conditions apply to bookings for this activity.

Some of the top reasons to book:

  • Extraordinary wildlife.
  • Ex-tall ship with skipper and chef.
  • Hoist the sails!
  • Great value for money.
  • Cruises through the Crinan Canal.
  • Maximum of 6 guests per cruise.
  • Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner.
  • Organised activities for free.


Isles and Inlets of Argyll


Total Reviews: 1 Votes (10/10)
Unregistered user (30/10/2017)

Thank you very much for a wonderful week, nice and sunny boat trips, delicious food, and the opportunity to see wonderful wildlife and to learn a bit about British lifestyle. I had a great time! Brigitte Horlitz (Germany, July 2017)

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St Hilda Sea Adventures
St Hilda Sea Adventures provides wildlife and cruising holidays on board an ex-tallship St Hilda or their wee ship Seahorse II. We anchor in the most sheltered, idyllic places where passengers can visit distilleries, world famous islands, watch the wildlife, go fishing or swim in the sea lochs. Dolphins, basking sharks, otters, and many species of birds are often seen, and even the occasional whale.
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Oban Inner and Outer Hebrides Argyll (Scotland)


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Unregistered user (30/10/2017)

Thank you very much for a wonderful week, nice and sunny boat trips, delicious food, and the opportunity to see wonderful wildlife and to learn a bit about British lifestyle. I had a great time! Brigitte Horlitz (Germany, July 2017)

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