United Kingdom·April 18 - 24 2024
A wildlife-focused Scottish Spring cruise and exploration of Scotland’s beautiful Isle of Mull and the Inner Hebrides on the Hjalmar Bjørge.BOOK NOW
Start the year off properly and come celebrate our first cruise of the season with us on-board the Hjalmar Bjørge. We can promise you a wonderful wildlife-focused week-long cruise and exploration of some of Scotland’s most beautiful and majestic Inner Hebridean islands. This time of year is often stunning, with great light for photography and good chances in particular of spotting otters and raptors such as white-tailed and golden eagles as well as seabirds and seals. Cetaceans can always make an appearance too, with harbour porpoise and common dolphins the species most likely to be seen at this time. Destinations for this cruise will be flexible to take advantage of the best conditions and locations making it a true adventure cruise. Along with the wildlife hotspot of the Isle of Mull we will visit other islands that could include for example Jura, Skye or the Small Isles perhaps. Wherever we take you we can promise you an adventure to remember. We usually anchor in quiet and secluded locations for the night, and you will get the chance to go ashore in our tender so you can explore the islands. We will send you a kit list so you know what to bring, but apart from that all you will need is a sense of adventure.
We call this cruise our Spring Watch for a reason. This is a great time of year to see eagles and other raptors preparing for the breeding season, as well as spotting otters and seals along rocky shorelines, and seabirds galore.
Island hopping around the Inner Hebrides will bring you a wealth of stunning white sand beaches, rocky coastlines and rugged mountains, not to mention ancient castles and historic sites from Vikings and Celts. Explore with us from sea to shore.
Our crew and your fellow guests are just like you, they love to be out on the water around Scotland's west coast searching for great wildlife experiences and visiting the islands. We can guarantee you will be in great company.
This cruise will take you around the Isle of Mull and possibly further afield dependant on the vagaries of the Scottish weather. Probable destinations include Tobermory, Iona, Staffa, Lunga, the Treshnish Isles, Gometra, and Ulva. Mull is a place steeped in history, Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel Kidnapped was set in these waters. Many of the islands around Mull were home to early medieval monastic cells and these can still be explored. Mull is also a modern community which offers a thriving scene of artists, jewellers and craftspeople.
Your chef loves to support local food entrepreneurs and bring you a taste of the Islands. Feel free to join them on market days and meet these small food producers. Your crew are always on hand with useful local expertise and guidance. Sharing knowledge and stories is one of the many easy joys of a Hebridean Adventures cruise. Many of our passengers and crew have professional backgrounds in ornithology, oceanography, history and literature. Whatever your hobbies and enthusiasm this cruise offers a wealth of opportunities for a thoroughly enjoyable Hebridean Adventure!
Our all-inclusive cruises from Oban cover your meals, snacks, water and hot drinks, cabin accommodation, plus towels and linens.
The only extra is for alcoholic and soft drinks from the bar. These are handled via an honesty book on board and settled in cash at the end of the cruise.
Fruit, porridge, toast, jams and a selection of cereals are the basic start to your day. Depending the days itinerary there may also be a fresh free-range farm eggs or a cooked breakfast.
Being at sea we plan our passage around the shipping forecast and our skipper’s knowledge and experience. You will be kept informed as to that days passage plan so that you can make the best use of your time, whether that be doing something industrious or simply wave watching from the wheelhouse. Usually we will be on passage in the morning with an opportunity to go ashore in the afternoon. Lunch is often at anchor and might be a homemade soup, light cooked meal, or maybe a packed lunch to allow you more time to explore a secluded island. On days in port you might arrive back aboard to the smell of fresh scones or cake.
Your crew aim to be at anchor by 7pm allowing time to settle the boat, the crew, and the passengers ready for a delicious boat-cooked meal. Dinner consists of two courses alternating between entrées, main dishes, desserts, and cheese. Feel free to chat to your chef about local food and recipes. We can cater for most dietary requirements aboard and we are committed to using fresh local produce as much as possible. End your day with a wee dram on deck from our small selection of Highland spirits.
There is always fruit, biscuits, tea, coffee, water, and soft drinks available throughout the day in the saloon.
Your Crew on this cruise will be; –
Why are dolphins born tail first?
The main reason given for this is that is vastly reduces the risk of drowning, as opposed to the head coming out first where if the birth takes a long time it will not be able to get to the surface to breathe immediately. Also, facing in the same direction as the mother means when it is fully born and the umbilical cord disconnects, it can then be quickly and easily guided to the surface to take that first important breath.
A twin cabin with bunk beds, a single over a double. With sink.
Twin cabin with bunk beds one over the other. With sink. Available for same sex solo passengers to share.
1 Female Share Space Available. Twin cabin with bunk beds one over the other. With sink.
Available for single use supplement. Twin cabin with bunkbeds one over the other. With sink.
Available for single use supplement. Twin cabin with bunkbeds one over the other. With sink.
If you have a favourite pair of binoculars, please do bring them along. They will be very useful for spotting wildlife and watching it up close, as well as studying details of the landscape and ancient monuments that we pass by. If you don't have your own don't worry - we will have some loan pairs on-board for you. Also, don't forget a lens cloth or wipes for cleaning any salt spray.
Do you like to read up in advance about a destination, or to have a guide or ID book with you, then please have a look at our online bookstore. You will find a range of pre-selected titles from us, or you can search the whole store for your favourite authors or other titles that you may find useful or enjoyable on-board. Just look under "Shop" in our main menu.
Wonderful trip to the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Professional and friendly crew and outstanding food and company. Exploring beautiful places off the beaten track. An abundance of wildlife including whales, dolphins (lots of them playing around the ship), eagles and puffins. Will certainly go with this company again and throughly recommend it to other adventurous travellers. Reviewed by andrewdY990II 23 May 2023
Absolutely loved our cruise on Hjalmar Bjorge this May. Charlie, our skipper, and his crew Mel and Lynda our chef (great food!) looked after us really well on our voyage. We got to some absolutely stunning places and islands and saw amazing wildlife too. The boat is cosy and well equipped. We would love to go back on another adventure afloat! Review from Ali Middleton - September 2022.
I've been lucky enough to sail 10 times on Hjalmar Bjorge over the last eight years and I wouldn't sail with anyone else. I've had some amazing experiences on board, seeing wildlife which will live long in the memory. It's been the best way to experience remote parts of the Hebrides, with crews that know those waters well, with the welfare of wildlife always at the forefront of their cruises. HB is a fantastic vessel, and the small passenger complement is just the right size, the food is superb and the pace relaxed. Review from Irene Boston - September 2022.
Outstanding, Unique, Five Star Adventure. In one word: WOW! Everything was beyond extraordinary. omisamoyed wrote a review Sept 2019
Never thought we were the type to cruise but... This trip was so perfect we are already planning the next one with our like minded friends. SwordMaiden wrote a review Jun 2019
We have run similar cruises in past years on the Hjalmar Bjørge but missed a couple of years thanks to Covid and boat maintenance delays.
We aim to depart around 3.30pm from the North Pier Pontoons on the harbour front in Oban. We will text you a code for the gate at the top of the pontoons on the morning of your departure.
After booking, we will send you a "Welcome Aboard" email that 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.
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.
Yes. Our chef 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.