Wildlife Cruise Around Skye & Barra
- Vessel: Fleur de Lys
- Where: Mallaig, Scotland
- Duration: 7 days
- Embark: Mallaig - 27 August 2022, 14:00
- Disembark: Mallaig - 2 September 2022, 09:30
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Discover the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides with luxury cruiser Fleur de Lys.
Join Fleur de Lys in the Scottish harbour town of Mallaig as you begin your adventure into the West Coast of Scotland. This cruise is the perfect way to venture out to sea and explore the Outer Hebrides with a focus on the island of Barra in the Uist Isles.
Joining Fleur de Lys in the port town of Mallaig gives the perfect gateway to venture out to sea and explore the Outer Hebrides. From wildlife watching to walking ashore, cruising the Hebrides with Fleur de Lys as your base provides the perfect opportunity for coastal exploration away from tourist crowds with wonderful wildlife watching both onshore and from the water.
- Fully crewed, all-inclusive
- Remote anchorages
- Wildlife watching
- Focus to exploration ashore
- Whole boat charter available
YOUR SAILING AREA
Cruising the West coast of Scotland
The main focus of this voyage will be to motor out to the Uist isles to explore the island of Barra as long as the weather permits. Once you’ve boarded and met your fellow guests and crew, Fleur de Lys will depart Mallaig and will head out into the magnificent Hebrides. Although she is less limited by the weather than some of our sailing vessels, guest experience is still at the forefront of Fleur de Lys’ offering. With that in mind, your first stop will be the Isle of Rum.
As long as the weather permits, anchor in the picturesque sheltered waters of Loch Scresort and you can enjoy first delicious meal aboard. Rum is a National Nature Reserve and is the largest island, home to the architecturally remarkable Kinloch Castle, and of course some wonderful wildlife. The island’s most famous residents are sea eagles (re-introduced in the 1980s), red deer and the hardy Rum ponies.
An early start will be make for a slightly longer day of motoring to make the crossing over to island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides (please note that if for any reason the weather does not permit a safe crossing, the skipper will provide an alternative route).
Exploring the Outer Hebrides
The island of Barra forms part of the island chain of the Outer Hebrides known as the Uist isles. Boasting the only beach in the world where planes land, this remote part of the Hebrides has long been formed by its seafarers and crofters. Steeped in history, remains of ancient settlements and an abundance of wildlife, Barra is certainly best explored by boat.
Visit the iconic Kisimul Castle at Castlebay on Barra and watch the seals at Seal Bay as you relax and explore the wildlflower meadows.
As you motor underway to your next destination, keep your binoculars close and your eyes peeled. Skipper Iain is well versed with a beady eye to spot marine life on the horizon and you’ll often hear him shouting to guests excitedly from the bridge to come and share his wildlife spots!
There are frequent encounters with Common, Bottlenose & Whitebeak dolphins onboard these trips, and Risso & White-sided 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. So keep your eyes peeled and have your binoculars at the ready!
Wherever you explore with Fleur de Lys, be sure that the views will be breathtaking and the wildlife in abundance, so have your eyes peeled and your binoculars at the ready for a wonderful trip. All meals are freshly prepared and cooked on board, and with private cabins and comfy social spaces, this is an adventure not to be missed!
Fleur de Lys
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Motorboat
Fleur de Lys is a modern, comfortable and well considered motor-cruiser perfect for exploring the west coast of Scotland by water. She provides the perfect base for Hebridean wildlife watching and onshore exploration. With a list of remote anchorages and moorings in their knowledge, the crew know all the best spots to take guests. From local Sea Eagle nests, seal colonies and Puffin watching on Canna, Iain the skipper has lived in the Hebrides all his life so has a vast knowledge of exploring Skye and the Small Isles.
Her size and shape makes her a really comfortable boat to motor through the water while giving generous spaces for guests to relax aboard. Her spacious saloon and separate galley sit at deck level while downstairs offers one double ensuite cabin (this can also be made into a 4-berth family cabin), two twin cabins and separate crew accommodation. No expense has been spared on Fleur de Lys with all her beds being full-size, pocket sprung mattress’!
Cruising the Hebrides with Fleur de Lys is certainly one of comfort and style. With a recent re-fit and a dedicated onboard chef, you’ll be well looked after. Read more here about what to expect to while onboard.
Hebridean cruise holidays on Fleur de Lys are the best way to exploring the West coast of Scotland. Perfect for couples or families looking for private charters.
Cruising the Hebrides with Fleur de Lys is certainly a relaxing and comfortable experience. The Skipper and the onboard chef pride themselves on their local knowledge of the area and the food served aboard. Using as much local and fresh produce as they can, think hearty breakfasts, perhaps packed lunches for walks ashore and delicious fresh-cooked dinner’s aboard.
Fleur de Lys has been re-fitted to a very high standard with full-size beds giving guests a spacious double ensuite cabin (which can be turned into a 4-berth family cabin) and two twin cabins sharing a bathroom. The generous saloon provides the perfect communal relaxation space with a bench sofa, armchairs and even sky TV! On deck she has an elevated deck for those inspiring panoramas of the Hebrides.
MEET YOUR SKIPPER
Fleur de Lys is skippered by Scottish chap Iain who has lived in the Hebrides all his life. Having spent many years skippering dive boats in the area, he knows these cruising grounds well – where’s best for wildlife watching, sheltered anchorages should the weather take a turn and the best views! Living in Mull with his fiance, being on the water is close to his heart and his passion for its history and wildlife is clear for guests to see.
He’ll be first to pop the kettle on or hail guests to the bridge to keep a look out for marine life. along with his chef Stefan, you’ll certainly be well fed and looked after!
All Fleur de Lys’ voyage are all inclusive. All food and drinks (both soft and alcoholic) are included in your ticket price. All bedding, a flannel, hand-towel, bath towel and robe per guest are also included in the ticket price.
- All inclusive food & drink (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. Soft/hot drinks and alcohol)
- All bedding & towels (pillow, sheets & duvet. Wash towel, hand towel, flannel and bath robe per person)
- Full crew
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
What’s not included
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Fleur de Lys?
Fleur de Lys is still running a Test & Sail Policy for the 2022 sailing season whether guests are vaccinated or not. Please refer to our COVID page for more information.
Are all meals included?
Yes - all meals and drinks are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Drinks, Alcohol)
Are there any added extra's?
No, unless you go ashore. Excursions are not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please ask at the time of booking.
What language is spoken onboard?
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
What are the sleeping arrangements?
2x twin cabins, 1x master double ensuite cabin
How many toilet/showers does she have?
2 for guests.
Are bedding and towels provided?
Yes but please bring an extra towel if you wish to swim in the sea.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Mallaig offers limited long stay parking in a car park to the left on the Train Station as you drive into Mallaig. Alternatively try another long stay spot at 24 East Bay, Mallaig.
You can travel by rail overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston to Fort William. Once in Fort William you can take The Jacobite Steam Train or the electric train direct to Mallaig. Mallaig station is then only a 5-10 minute walk to the harbour pontoons.
Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport are best placed for access to Mallaig. From either of them take a train onto For William and then onto Mallaig which takes approximately 2-3hours. There are good links direct from the airport to the train and bus terminals for onward travel to Fort William.
STAY IN MALLAIG:
There are plenty of places to stay in Mallaig. Try Chlachain Inn, Seaview Guesthouse or West Highland Hotel.