Following an uncertain year, our beloved MV Monadhliath finally set sail into Scottish waters once again. And what a year it's been so far! From unbelievable wildlife sightings to environmental excursions, we've sure been busy. Let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we?
As a dual UNESCO World Heritage site, stepping foot on St Kilda is always special. Our guests have enjoyed some tremendous conditions on the isle this year, where they spend two nights anchored. Take, for example, this epic photo captured by our specialist on-board guide, Muriel Halle.
St Kilda is also home to the UK's largest puffin and gannet colonies — homing a staggering 70% of the UK's gannet population alone (combined with Ailsa Craig). But the isle's rocky terrain — full of magnificent cliffs and sea stacks — is perfect for numerous other seabirds too, such as fulmars, kittiwakes, shearwaters, petrels and shags. This brings the total seabird population on this wee island to one million. Pretty cool, huh?
Scotland's fascinating seabird species aren't the only wildlife we've been accustomed to this summer. From humpback whales (read the full story here) to sea eagles and more, we've been spoilt. Here, white-beaked dolphins treat guests to a playful spectacle around the boat.
We know — that's a lot of wildlife to try keep your eyes peeled for! So on a Hebridean Adventures cruise, we make sure you don't miss a thing. Guests can utilise a pair of our superb quality on-board binoculars, courtesy of SWAROVSKI OPTIK Outdoor, official cruise partner.
But we're not just seafarers here! We make sure to offer guests the chance to explore Scotland's stunning scenery by sea and land Here, some of our lovely voyagers stand on the edge of Loch Torridon during our West Coast Wildlife Odyssey cruise.
And the best bit? The season's not over yet — and you could still join us! Check out our cruise calendar for a full list of 2021/22 voyages and to find out how to book.
We look forward to welcoming you on-board very soon.