Weekend & Weekly Holiday Cruises Skippered Charter Options
Seatrek Marine Services offers weekend, midweek and weekly-skippered Holiday Cruises – with charters departing from our base on the West Coast of Scotland. M.V.Island Fox’s comfortable interiors makes it perfect for idyllic cruising days. Island Fox is a Nelson 45 motor cruiser, retaining the atmosphere of a classic vessel, with many original features she is stable platform even for those of us who haven’t quite got our sea legs.
We can arrange overnight accommodation during your charter around your budget. With some of the most welcoming Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts on our doorstep, you will be spoiled for choice.
Some of the routes that we can take …
Admire the Highlands and Islands in our Cruising Area
Inverclyde and Argyll and the Isles are best seen from the sea, discover them with our holiday cruises. With a coastline longer than that of France, there are countless miles of wonderful cruising to enjoy on the West Coast of Scotland. A glance at a map will show the long fjord like lochs making deep indents inland, bringing the many different aspects of Scotland together; sea, mountain, forest and field. Then there are Argyll’s Atlantic Islands, including the paps of Jura, Colonsay and Gigha, waiting to be discovered; and the hidden places of the magnificent Clyde Estuary, the coast of Antrim in Northern Ireland, the scenic Crinan Canal – a famous boating haven. You may even spot porpoises, dolphins or whales in the clear, unpolluted waters so don’t forget those cameras!
The Royal Route
Retrace the historic holiday cruises voyage of Queen Victoria from Glasgow to Oban. Combine islands, spectacular mountain scenery,and shore excursions to places of interest. We leave our Greenock base on the Clyde on the West Coast of Scotland, cruising down the Firth of Clyde to the Victorian resort of Rothesay. Progress along the magnificent Kyles of Bute narrows, and into Loch Fyne, with destination Ardrishaig and the sea lock entrance to the Crinan Canal. This 9 mile historic waterway links Loch Fyne to the Sound of Jura, negotiating 15 locks on the way, and was sailed in 1847 by Victoria aboard the barge ‘Sunbeam’. Then out amongst the Inner Hebridean Islands of Scarba, passing close to the great Corryvreckan whirlpool, Lunga and The Garvellachs into the Firth of Lorne. On passing the low lying island of Kerrera to the resort of Oban, the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’ with its busy waterfront and many great restaurants and attractions.
Two week holiday cruises would enable the entire original Royal Route to Fort William to be enjoyed at leisure.
Cruise the Clyde
Come on board M.V. Island Fox at Greenock and enjoy a leisurely exploration of the Firth of Clyde, with an excursion ashore at Rothesay, the capital of the Isle of Bute, to visit the Victorian Winter Gardens, Castle and Mount Stuart, home of the Marquess of Bute. Onwards, to circumnavigate ‘Scotland in Miniature’, the Isle of Arran, with views of Ailsa Craig. There is plenty of time to run ashore to explore the varied places of interest. Progress northwards up Kilbrannan Sound, with the rugged coast of Arran to port and the gentle Kintyre peninsula to starboard, with a call in at Portavadie on Loch Fyne, maybe to enjoy a fine seafood dinner or just marvel at the views.
Island Hop the Inner Hebrides
Join ‘M.V.Island Fox’ at Portavadie Marina just south of Lochgilphead and begin your exploration of Argyll’s Atlantic Islands by navigating the 15 locks of the picturesque Crinan Canal. Then choose between a southerly progression down the Sound of Jura, perhaps calling in at Craighouse on Jura to visit The Jura Distillery. On to the Isle of Islay, where a wealth of natural heritage attractions will vie for your attention, not forgetting the world famous distilleries.
Travel the West Coast of Scotland – We can help you make arrangements from 3 star Hotel and Bed & Breakfast accommodation, as you travel around the west coast of Scotland. Contact the office for full details.
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