Skye & Western Highlands Cruise

Tour Summary

Starting from Mallaig in the Western Highlands, cruise with us around the enigmatic Isle of Skye and the stunning west coast of the Scottish Highlands, enjoying the magnificent scenery and looking for some of Britain's best wildlife. We will take some shore trips too so you can stretch your legs.


  • Includes our 'Skyefari' minibus tour
  • Visit the Isle of Skye
  • See Eilean Donan castle
  • Visit the location for Ring of Bright Water book
  • Good chances to see otters, seals, eagles and more...

Tour Details

Taking full advantage of this beautiful corner of Scotland, we will start your journey with our own mini "Skyefari"! 

First we will get on the Mallaig to Armadale ferry, arrive on Skye and be met by our own 4x4 vehicle and taken to Kylerhea, then over the turntable ferry to Glenelg, walk down to Sandaig Bay (Ring of Bright Water location) and meet the boat to board by dinghy. 

Then you will travel aboard MV Monadhliath to view and visit some wonderful locations including others featured in Gavin Maxwell's famous Ring of Bright Water book, the romantic Eilean Donan castle, and gaze upon the Cuillins of Skye whilst watching out for some fantastic wildlife along the way. This hopefully will include golden and white-tailed eagles and we will be visiting an otter hide too! 

Our 4x4 will be on hand to pick us up on shore and whisk us off on adventures around the island before returning for a satisfying meal and a good nights sleep on board the boat. 

If you travel with us on our October cruise, then you can also look forward to the hills echoing to the bellows of roaring red deer stags during their rutting season.


Day 1

We will start with our very own mini "Skyefari" from Mallaig by boarding the Armadale ferry, arriving on Skye to be met by our own 4x4 vehicle and taken to Kylerhea with a visit to the otter hide there. While we can never guarantee otters or any of the other wildlife of course, there will be plenty of other flora and fauna to view such as seals, deer, herons and wading birds. Then it's over the turntable ferry to Glenelg (the last of its kind), a 1 hour downhill walk to visit the beautiful Sandaig Bay (which featured as 'Camusfearna' in the Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell) and meet the boat where we will board by dinghy. A welcome aboard MV Monadhliath and settle in before departing for our first night in the scenic area of Loch Hourn. Great photo opportunities are to be found in this most dramatic of sea lochs and a chance to go ashore and wander to the isolated villages of Arnisdale and nearby Corran which sit on the shores of Loch Hourn. All your luggage will be taken care of and delivered to the boat.

Day 2

A chance to experience Camusfearna again, the location of Gavin Maxwell’s famous Ring of Bright Water book, to walk or find a quiet spot to site and watch with your camera. This is a most peaceful location with mountain and forest views all around. From here we will steam north through the Sound of Sleat and arrive at Loch Duich, home to the enigmatic and romantic Eilean Donan castle, giving you a unique view from the water. We will overnight in the Kyle of Lochalsh area.

Day 3

Once again, we will be picked up by our 4x4 and taken on a Skye trip for a chance to see the interior of the island and look out for some of its wildlife and views. We will meet the boat again at Isleornsay, one of the most picturesque villages on the south coast of Skye, an area often referred to as the 'garden of Skye', with lush green fields, forests and hillsides. We will meet our boat and head for our third iconic sea loch, Loch Nevis. On our last evening we will go ashore and visit 'The Forge', the UKs most remote pub(!) located on the Knoydart peninsula. This area cannot be reached by road and is only accessible by foot or boat.

Day 4

After breakfast we will soak in a last look at Skye as we take in the mountain and seascapes of the Western Highlands on our way back to Mallaig, arriving around midday.


1 - Mallaig

2 - Armadale

3 - Kylerhea

4 - Glenelg

5 - Sandaig

6 - Loch Hourn - overnight

7 - Eilean Donan/Loch Duich

8 - Kyle of Lochalsh - overnight

9 - Isleornsay

10 - Loch Nevis - overnight

11 - Mallaig





3 Nights



Wed 15th Sept - Sat 18th Sept


Mon 5th Sept - Thurs 8th Sept

Mon 3rd Oct - Thurs 6th Oct

(Price £885)



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It is always worth scanning the shorelines for otters when we are out along the coast.

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Off on another adventure at sea.
Off on another adventure at sea.

Our purpose built observation decks are raised high above the boat to give you great views of the wildlife in every direction.

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Adult gannet
Adult gannet

The distinctive gannet with its beautiful dusky yellow head is one of our most common sightings. They are spectacular to watch diving head first into the sea.

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It is always worth scanning the shorelines for otters when we are out along the coast.

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**Please note that whilst we try to make these trips accessible to everyone, the boat is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues due to the compact spaces and steep stairs descending to the cabins.

**Under 14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult on our overnight expeditions.