Departing from Mallaig, the Small Isles of Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck sit to the south of the Isle of Skye and provide a fascinating variety of land and seascapes of their own alongside their more famous brethren. Visit and set foot on them all with us whilst watching out for wildlife along the way.
- Visit all 4 of the Small Isles - Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck.
- Visit the Isle of Skye by sea and see the Cuillin mountains.
- Depart from Mallaig, easy to reach by road and rail.
- A different anchorage each night where you can watch the sun set and rise if you want to!
- Great chances to see both eagle species, cetaceans, otters and seabirds..
With the larger Hebridean islands all seeing an increase in traffic and visitors these days, escaping to the sea is a great way to cruise around the Highlands and Islands of Scotland whilst avoiding the crowds.
Cruising with us on board MV Monadhliath from Mallaig at the end of the Road to the Isles as well as the West Highland railway line, also allows you to see and explore some of the less visited of the Hebrides, in this case the group known as the Small Isles of Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck. We also include the Isle of Skye too, their neighbour to the north, so you can enjoy views of the famous Cuillins from the sea - photo opportunity anyone!?
Each of the Small Isles has its own character and we will take time to explore each one, going ashore if conditions allow so we can have a closer look and a stretch of our legs. Of course in these wild areas the amount and variety of nature you will encounter can be astonishing. Our experienced guides are constantly on the lookout for all sorts of marine and coastal species such as whales, dolphins, porpoise, otters, seals, eagles and a myriad of seabirds amongst others.
Relax in our comfortable saloon enjoying freshly cooked and prepared meals and fall asleep to the gentle lapping of the water in our sheltered anchorages each evening, serenaded by splashing seals and maybe the cry of a sea eagle overhead.
A welcome aboard MV Monadhliath and settle in before departing for our first night in the dramatic Loch Scavaig with the Black Cuillins as a backdrop. There will be time to go ashore to Loch Coruisk, an old crater and reputedly home to a mythical 'kelpie' or water horse, where we will admire the stunning mountain scenery. We will keep an eye out for otters patrolling the shore and visit the common seal colony.
In the morning we sail to the island of Canna, the westernmost of the Small Isles archipelago. This very green and verdant island is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS). Canna, along with its neighbour Sanday, is home to seabird colonies including puffins, golden and white-tailed eagles, breeding waders and otters. There is also a rich diversity of flora and the island also boasts a number of scheduled ancient monuments, plus sites of historical and archaeological importance.
A morning sail will take us to the mystical Island of Rum and the opportunity of whale and dolphin sightings along the way. There will be a chance to visit Kinloch castle or walk along the shore. We will watch out for both eagle species and red-throated divers and will have great chances to see the island's population of red deer. Our anchorage for the night will be in Loch Scresort in front of Kinloch castle.
We will head for Muck in the morning, taking in some of Rum’s magnificent coastline. After a short walk on Muck to get a flavour of this little island before lunch, we will then head onwards to the final small isle on our journey of Eigg. The Isle of Eigg is a diverse island with coastal land, unimproved farmland, willow and hazel scrub, native woodland, raised bog and moorland. With a rich variety of flora and fauna the highlight will be the chance to walk up the striking An Sgurr of Eigg and is well worth a visit. Our final night will be at anchor at Eigg.
A brief last look at Eigg in the morning and then we will take in the mountain and seascapes of the Western Highlands on our way back to Malliag, arriving back in harbour about 1200.
Loch Scavaig (overnight)
**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.