Easter Weekend Hebridean Cruise
- Vessel: Zuza
- Port: Oban
- Where: Scotland
- Departure: 19 April 2019, 14:00
- Arrival: 22 April 2019, 16:00
- Duration: 4 days
Let Zuza show you the beauty of the Hebrides from the water, and you will also have plenty of chance to explore on foot – it is also an excellent time of year for wildlife watching!
Joining Zuza at around 1400 in Oban, your voyage will begin with a few hours sailing before anchoring for your first meal aboard that evening.
The itinerary is dependent on weather and in three days we will aim to get you to the best spots in the area. Our favourite places to anchor include Mull, the Small Isles (Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck), the west coast of Skye, the Treshnish Isles, Gometra, Iona, and Coll and the Garvellachs. We will show you their beauty from the water, and you will also have chance to explore on foot. This is also an excellent time of year for cetaceans, eagles, seabirds and picturesque sunsets – if we are blessed with dark skies, there is even a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights.
Wildlife in the Hebrides is rich and sightings of sea birds such as Black Guillemots can be seen in their striking plumage. Sailing on Zuza is often rewarded with widespread sightings of birds of prey like Buzzards & Kestrels, with Sparrowhawks and Peregrines needing more patience – and, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot the diminutive Merlin. Scotland is also home to Fulmars, with their highly effective & pungent nest defence, snowstorms of Gannets plunge diving for food on the open sea, and Hooded Crows, strikingly different from their southern cousins. Rum has a massive Manx Shearwater colony that allows incredible views as they raft offshore around the Small Isles or shear the waves in feeding parties, and acrobatic Ravens give everything else in the sky a flying lesson. These sights are overwhelming, and the sound and smell of seabird colonies with their breeding Puffins, Guillemots & Razorbills is like nothing else on earth.
Later in the season, Pufflings & Jumplings entertain as they paddle around the boat or form rafts with their parents after fledging, while Skuas, both Arctic and Bonxies, vigorously protect their young on islands or shadow the boat, parasitising other seabirds of their food.
There are frequent encounters with Common, Bottlenose & Whitebeak dolphins on board these trips, and Risso & Whitesided dolphins are also occasionally sighted. Basking sharks have been scarce the last few years but are still seen and seem to be returning – and we know the hot spots!
There are plenty of whales in this part of the world too. Our most common encounters are with Minke – Humpbacks are a less frequent visitor, while the real star of the show is the resident pod of Orca if you’re lucky enough to see them gliding through the water.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Easter Weekend Hebridean Cruise||19 April 2019||4||£650||Enquire now|
|Bank Holiday Weekend Discovering Mull||3 May 2019||4||£650||Enquire now|
|Bank Holiday Weekend Discovering Mull||24 May 2019||4||£650||Enquire now|
|Weekend Mull Cruise||31 May 2019||3||£550||Enquire now|
|Weekend Mull Cruise||21 June 2019||3||£550||Enquire now|
|Bank Holiday Mull Cruise||24 August 2019||3||£550||Enquire now|
Zuza, although only built in 1998, has plenty of history. After being launched in South Africa the British Royal Geographical Society chose Zuza to be an offshore base for an international marine research project off the east coast of Africa, where her features and reliability helped to facilitate groundbreaking research. This adventure vessel has a double hull and Bermudan Cutter rig, which makes her very smooth and steady on the water, and is easy for those that want to learn more about sailing or to just sit back and enjoy the ride in the comfort of the warm and dry wheelhouse.
Zuza has a super experienced crew, lead by skipper Helen Walker, and spends her season sailing around the inner and outer Hebrides in Scotland. With trips to St Kilda, Mull, Jura, Barra, The Small Isles and Skye. If exploring hard to reach Scottish islands and wildlife watching is the sort of experience you are seeking, then Zuza is the boat for you!
First mate, Mark, grew up by the sea and has been passionate about sailing since his first trip in a Mirror dinghy at the age of eleven. Over the last 12 years he has been building up experience and qualifications in yachts, power boats and dinghies including crewing on Zuza during the last two seasons. When not aboard Zuza, Mark can be found cruising, racing or repairing yachts and dinghies and he is also a qualified dinghy sailing instructor. Alongside Helen, the skipper, and Rachel, the chef, you’re in capable hands on board this yacht.
This vessel accommodates eight guests with plenty of living room both on and below deck. Unusually for a vessel of this size, she has two lovely double-bedded cabins, which are often popular with guests travelling as couples. There are also another two twin berth cabins with bunk-bed style accommodation. The two shower rooms with toilets are close to all cabins in the middle of the ship. Zuza is a great fit for smaller group bookings and solo travellers, she has a comfortable saloon that is perfect for getting to know each other, trading sea-faring stories and enjoying some of the delicious food prepared by chef, Rachel. The saloon is adjacent to the well-equipped galley that serves as Rachel’s workstation, and there are lots of windows throughout to make the most of long summer evenings and wildlife watching with glass of chilled wine. Read more about Helen, the skipper and life on board Zuza as she cruises Scotland.
Take a look at this unique yacht and enjoy some big boat sailing!
- Total number of berths : 12
- Guest berths : 8
- Number of bathrooms : 3
- Smoking on board? : Ashore only