If you have any other questions or queries at any time please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via the ENQUIRY button, give us a call, or drop us an email, and we will be delighted to help.
We have an arrangement with a local company called Stoddarts Motorcycles who offer secure on-site parking a short walk away from the harbour in town. The details will be included about this in your "Welcome Aboard" email you will receive after booking.
After booking, our "Welcome Aboard" email includes all the information you will need about how to find us in Oban, and also what we suggest you think about bringing with you.
Remember that you are going out to sea so no matter what a lovely day it is on shore, you will need extra layers and waterproofs to make the most of your trip. We would recommend good footwear, a fleece and even perhaps a woolly hat. If it is sunny then a peaked cap and sunglasses (polarising are best to reduce glare) can help you see much easier.
Yes. Our chefs can cater for most diets and of course will take account of any food allergies you let us know about. Due to the limited time, storage and galley space on board ship however, please understand that we cannot cater for every personal dislike so we will not be offended if you do not eat something on your plate.
Please also feel free to bring any favourite snacks of your own.
You will receive directions to the top of the North Pier Pontoons in Oban where there is a gate that requires an entry code. This will be texted to you on the morning of your travel as it is changed frequently by the harbour authority.
Please make sure you have read our terms and conditions of booking and cancellation. These can be found at the foot of this page. Occasionally due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, Hebridean Adventures may need to cancel a trip or cruise. You will be contacted by email and text message to offer an alternative or a refund. Please make sure we have an up to date email and contact number for you. We will also post on our Facebook and website - www.hebrideanadventures.co.uk.
Access onto the boat is not wheelchair accessible and people with limited mobility may have difficulty getting aboard and moving between the decks which have steep ladders. Being a passenger on the boat and our cruises requires a reasonable level of mobility and we ask you to carefully consider whether this is an appropriate trip for you. Please feel free to contact the office to discuss and we will do our best to provide any support that may be required.
We usually recommend that children no younger than aged 14 are appropriate for our scheduled cruises as the Hjalmar Bjørge is a small ship with lots of dangers for young children. There is also the issue of seasickness and interaction with other passengers. Private charters however are a different matter as with your own party we can make allowances and change itineraries as needed within reason to cope with any problems that arise. Please do get in touch to find out more about this - we are always happy to discuss the possibilities.
If you think you may suffer with motion sickness, please take all necessary precautions beforehand. These can include over-the-counter medications and acupressure wrist bands. Ginger biscuits and ginger tea can also help. Please note that we will not return to shore due to a passengers seasickness as this is unfair on other passengers booked on the trip, so be prepared. We make some specific product recommendations in the Welcome Aboard email for you.
Yes, life-jackets are provided and fitted by the crew.You will receive a full safety briefing and guidance on what to do in an emergency. Your safety and comfort is our priority.
Our cruises are usually a mix of island hopping around the Inner and Outer Hebrides and wildlife watching so expect plenty to keep you occupied. The islands range from rocky and mountainous with tall sea-cliffs home to sea bird colonies, to low-lying and sandy with beautiful machair grasslands with wildflowers and pristine white sand beaches famous in the Hebrides.
They have been home to the Vikings, Celts, crofters and Clans for centuries and so history and archaeology abounds with ruins and intact castles, chapels, mills, hermit caves and lots more.
If you love wildlife then you will be delighted with the opportunity to potentially see several species of whales, dolphins and porpoise, along with seals, otters, white-tailed and golden eagles, hen harriers, waders and of course the famous seabird colonies at places like St Kilda, Lunga and the Shiant Isles. In the spring and summer they are alive with puffins, guillemots, razorbills, gannets, fulmars, kittiwakes and others all busily rearing their young on the cliffs and grassy slopes. A true spectacle of sight, sound and smell!
The time of year, the conditions and the itinerary will dictate the potential list of species you might see, and of course on your daily shore excursions you will get the chance to see more land-based flora and fauna too.