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A Unique Way To Discover Western Scotland
We take our passengers to the majestic west coast of Scotland: the Outer and Inner Hebrides and Argyll - beautiful, unspoiled coastlines of
spectacular sea lochs, stunning Highland landscapes and incredible wildlife.
We anchor in the most sheltered, idyllic places, in some of Scotland's world famous islands such as Skye, St Kilda, Mull, Jura, Islay, Staﬀa and
Iona where you can observe the wildlife, ﬁsh, swim in the sea lochs, visit famous malt whisky distilleries or just go ashore and explore.
We see incredible wildlife - soaring sea and golden eagles, basking sharks, minke and killer whales, porpoises, dolphins, myriads of seabirds
and common and grey seals. We have even seen a breaching humpback whale!
Who We Are
St Hilda Sea Adventures is a family-run, charter yacht business that oﬀers Scottish island cruises. 2017 was an important milestone: our tenth
anniversary of safe and successful small ship cruising. The wooden ketch, St Hilda, was a Scottish-built and designed sail-training vessel and
this ex-tall ship was lovingly converted (by company members) speciﬁcally for Scottish island and sea loch cruising - there are six warm and
comfortable berths for our guests. Our dedicated six-person team operates the vessel and our sales/operations oﬃce is based all year round
in Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway. Winter work is carried out in the Holy Loch Marina, Dunoon, Argyll, where some of our cruises
We oﬀer sailing and Scottish wildlife cruises, from Arran to St Kilda, and operate for April to October from Dunoon or Oban. We aim to share
our knowledge and passion for the sea - and life above and below the waves - with our guests who often return and spread the word about
our company. In our last ten years of operation we have never had a negative review.
HOLIDAY TIPS FOR CRUISING IN SCOTLAND
For Your Comfort, Convenience And Safety
Baggage: Storage space is limited on board so we advise soft bags for Life jackets and liferaft: Life jackets are provided for each passenger.
ease of stowing your luggage.
Their use and the liferaft will be demonstrated during the safety
brieﬁng. Buoyancy aids (provided) are required to be worn when in St
Dress: Casual wear is best onboard. Layered clothing will cope with all Hilda's tender. If windsurﬁng or canoeing we suggest you bring your
temperatures and a waterproof jacket and lightweight, waterproof own “mini lifejackets” with you.
trousers are necessary for when out on deck or in the tender. You could
bring a pair of gloves to help you work the ropes and sails.
Midges: While on board you are safe from the infamous Scottish midge
which is around in June, July and August. However you may need to
Footwear: Please bring a clean pair of shoes for wearing on deck and apply repellent when you go ashore. You may have your own
inside the boat (ideally non-slip, slip-in, such as deck-shoes or Crocs); preference but we will have on board a stock of the one we ﬁnd most
and either a pair of clean, light, walking boots or wellingtons for trips in useful.
the tender and to go ashore. To protect the wooden decks, ropes and
sails all footwear brought on board should be clean of mud and grit and Itinerary: The itinerary is ﬂexible to suit the prevailing and forecast
high-heeled shoes should not be worn on board.
weather conditions, to follow the most sheltered and safe option. This is
discussed with the passengers each day but the ﬁnal decision rests with
Berths: There are two cabins below decks for guests, the fore cabin the Skipper.
sleeps four and the en-suite aft cabin sleeps two. All berths in the fore
cabin are single and the en-suite cabin has a double bed. All bedding Children: We would like to know the age of the children so that we can
and towels are provided. It is a good idea to bring a spare towel in case ensure we prepare the boat for them – for example that we have the
you wish to go for a swim.
right size life jackets, some extra soft drinks, special drinking cups etc.
Also please let us know if waterproof mattress protectors are required.
Health and medical services: Let us know of any special medical
conditions e.g. allergies. If you need to keep any medication Meals: Please let us know in advance of any particular food and drink
refrigerated, or have any medical devices that will need charging etc, let dislikes. All meals are prepared by your onboard cook and served in the
us know and we will check their availability and compatibility with the saloon. Each day there is a new menu, which can be ﬂexible to suit any
ship’s electrical system. The boat is never far from land, therefore there dietary preferences or requirements.
is no requirement for a doctor or nurse on board. Guests should ensure
that, to their knowledge, they are ﬁt to take a holiday during which Coﬀee/tea/water: Coﬀee and tea are oﬀered during the day. A small
immediate medical assistance may not be available. The Skipper is a water bottle which you can reﬁll regularly on the boat might be useful.
qualiﬁed First Aid Oﬃcer and there is a comprehensive First Aid kit on
board. Guests should bring any medicines or pharmaceutical products Alcohol: House wine is complimentary with dinner, otherwise feel free
they are likely to need during their time on board. If you suﬀer from to bring your favourite tipple on board. There is a limited supply of ice!
seasickness don’t forget the Kwells just in case, and don't forget the sun