An exciting new addition to our programme! From September 2019 we are offering small ship art and photography cruises. What an enriching way of exploring Scotland’s most stunning locations! So, book your flights to Scotland and come on board 🙂
This six day Scottish cruise takes you along the majestic Sound of Mull, famous for its wildlife and bordered by the Isle of Mull and the Morvern Peninsula, and along historic Loch Linnhe. Our voyage will give you the full flavour of Scotland from the sea: its sheltered sea lochs, tranquil anchorages, picturesque harbours, ancient castles and even a whisky distillery. The mini cruise is a wonderful introduction to the breath-taking Hebridean islands.
You on-board photography tutor is Jose-Ann Shackleton. After gaining a degree in photography, Jose-Ann has taught digital photography and Photoshop courses to students of all ages.
A love of the Scottish Highlands and Islands has drawn her back each year to where land and water meet to capture the incredible light and stunning land and seascapes. As well as the vast, dramatic scenery, Jose-Ann loves to seek out the often-overlooked little details: the lichens on a rock; the patterns of water over sand; light reflections on the sea.
With Jose-Ann you will get to know your camera better, learn essential skills, explore the creative use of exposure and composition and, wherever your interest in photography lies – be it land- and seascapes, wildlife, documentary or abstract – she will help you create spectacular imagery. And it will be a lot of fun!
This workshop is suitable for all photographic skills levels.
This cruise departs from Dunstaffnage Marina near Oban and finishes in Inverness.
Our itinerary is flexible and will depend on guests’ wishes, your skipper and, of course, the weather conditions.
Oban: We embark our vessels at 1.30pm at Dunstaffnage Marina, near Oban, the gateway to the Hebridean isles. After a short introduction to life on board our small ship we lift anchor and set sail to our first destination.
Places we may visit include:
Loch Linnhe: The long Loch Linnhe goes all the way to Fort William. We travel past Lismore Island for the sheltered anchorage off Shuna Island. We can go ashore and visit the local nature reserve on the mainland and admire the famous Castle Stalker. There are lovely walks across the causeway bridge to Port Appin.
Loch Spelve: A narrow entrance leads us in to the tranquil waters of Loch Spelve (on the beautiful Isle of Mull) with its surrounding ancient oak forest. If we are lucky we might spot an otter along the loch shore. We can also pick up some local grown mussels in the morning before we leave to our next destination.
Duart Castle: Our daytime anchorage in Duart Bay is below the spectacular 13th century Duart Castle, the ancestral home to the Maclean clan. You can go for walks along the shore and visit the castle and learn about its rich clan history.
Tobermory: One of the most picturesque towns in the Hebridean Isles with its famous whisky distillery and colourful waterfront. We anchor in the bay where a Spanish galleon was supposedly sunk with all its treasure. We can spend a day ashore and for the adventurous there are fast boat trips that can be arranged to visit Fingal’s cave on the Isle of Staffa. There are also Sea eagle watch tours, guided walks or you can just wander along the streets, visit the delightful local museum, perhaps watch a pipe band, admire the wooden fishing boats and take in the long history of this lovely village.
Isle of Oronsay: Just south of Oronsay island, another Inner Hebridean island, lies secluded Loch Drumbuie. A squeeze between high sided cliffs and we are in a perfectly sheltered anchorage. We can spend a tranquil night here.
Loch Aline: In the picturesque Loch Aline there are woodland walks and, at the head of the loch, is ancient Ardtornish estate and woodland gardens.
Inverness: Our final destination Inverness is a beautiful historic city, capital of the Highlands, and not far from the site of the famous Battle of Culloden. There is the Ness Island Trail, which follows the River Ness, and you can even walk the towpath to the Canal’s end at Clachnaharry, where it enters the sea.
Please note that your voyage is weather dependent. Weather doesn’t just mean good or bad weather. There are many considerations such as tidal gates, wind direction and strength, the strength and direction of currents, overfalls, and fetch.
Seahorse II (82 feet long and a beamy 23 feet) was built to the highest standard for the Norwegian fjords and life in the high northern latitudes. A 10mm Swedish steel hull, air conditioned and heated throughout, and winter sailing for the British Royal Navy for months at a time in the western approaches means that this wee, cruise ship is more than enough for our summer adventures in the Gulf Stream warmed waters of the west coast of Scotland. Powerful enough to cruise the many spectacular islands and lochs of the Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides, yet small enough to anchor in remote and hauntingly beautiful places that the larger passenger ships are unable to visit. With a maximum speed of 11 knots (from a 350 hp Volvo diesel) and with 15 tons of fuel and 10 tons of fresh water Seahorse II is a sturdy, go-anywhere, yet comfortable adventurer.
Seahorse II can take up to eleven guests. There are two double (or twin) en-suites and two further twins, two single cabins and one double/single cabin with a 105 cm wide bed, all temperature controlled and with washbasin. All cabin linen and towels are supplied including towelling dressing gowns for the cabins with no en-suite. There is a wonderful deck saloon where we dine and view the spectacular wildlife. A bridge full of the best navigational aids, a high foredeck for wildlife spotting and a boat deck for lounging, Seahorse II is the perfect vessel for your life afloat.
On the spacious aft deck (ideal for alfresco dining when the boat is at anchor or under way) we have a powerful little crane for launching Seahorse II’s tender, two sea kayaks and paddle board. Here there is also plenty of room for windsurf and kitesurf gears, diving gear, sailing dinghies and anything else you need for a great Scottish sea adventure.
You will have a crew of three taking care of you – a professional skipper, an on board chef and another crew member to provide assistance whenever needed.
Prices are in £ (Pound Sterling) and per person:
Single cabin – £1125
Twin cabin (two beds) – £1125
En-suite twin cabin (two beds) – £1450
En-suite double cabin (one large bed) – £1450
This 6-day photography cruise package includes:
Not included: flights to and from Scotland; transport to and from cruise departure/end location.
Guests are required to take out personal travel insurance. A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the package cost secures your space.