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Argyll Cruising: Sail away

Offering intimate small boat cruises, Argyll Cruising is an idyllic way to see Scotland’s west coast

Offering intimate small boat cruises, Argyll Cruising is an idyllic way to see Scotland’s west coast

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A small boat cruising holiday with Argyll Cruising is a unique and personalised way to experience the beauty of Scotland’s stunning west coast in all its diverse glory. Sail amongst sea lochs, dramatic mountains and idyllic remote islands, and look out for some of Scotland’s most incredible wildlife as you go. 

With a maximum of eight guests, Argyll Cruising offers 10 unique Scottish cruises over two cruising areas. Whether you choose to sail for three nights or up to 13, these intimate cruises are a great way to admire some of the world’s greatest scenery up close, whether you want to see puffins, stop off at that spectacular castle just across the loch, spend a day summiting a particularly beautiful mountain you’ve passed by, or simply admire the unforgettable views from aboard the boat. 

Make a stop at spectacular Ailsa Craig to see the nesting seabirds

Setting off from Holy Loch, a stone’s throw from Glasgow, you’ll cruise the peaceful waters of the Firth of Clyde, and explore the Kyles of Bute, with their lush green hillsides and narrow waterways that are a haven for wildlife. From here, you can visit Loch Fyne, Loch Riddon, and remote Loch Striven, or perhaps the pretty Isles of Cumbrae, the varied landscapes of the Isle of Bute and the dramatic mountain peaks of the Isle of Arran. If it’s wildlife experiences you’re after, Argyll Cruising can also take you to the tiny isle of Ailsa Craig, halfway between Glasgow and Belfast, and home to guillemots, kittiwake, razorbills and a growing puffin colony.

Fresh seafood on board Splendour

Argyll Cruising also ventures further out to the Inner and Outer Hebrides, from a second departure point of Oban, offering the chance to explore the tranquil Small Isles, the beautiful island of Mull, and the famous, mystical landscapes of Skye. 

Your skipper, Ted, is a marine biologist and an expert wildlife guide, who has cruised all over the world, but has a particular love for the west coast of Scotland. In fact, thanks to his passion for wildlife in this area he has introduced a new cruise this season: Islands and Wildlife of the Southern Hebrides. 

See puffins up close

Ted will welcome you on board the beautiful Splendour (who guests frequently describe as the best-looking cruise boat around), for your journey: a 1959 Seine Netter wooden fishing trawler, stylishly converted to be your home from home for the duration of your cruise. As well as comfortable double and twin private ensuite cabins, and a modern saloon inside, Splendour also has spacious outdoor decks for sun lounging, admiring passing wildlife and magnificent scenery, or perhaps for partaking in a spot of fishing.

All food is cooked by your private chef, with a focus on locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, including fish caught from the deck of the boat.

Splendour offers double and twin ensuite cabins

Cruises can be tailored to suit your needs and interests. There is also the option of privately chartering Splendour, where guests can have the whole boat to themselves. This gives more freedom to plan itineraries and enjoy time with friends and family in the glorious surroundings. 

Whatever you’d like your holiday in Scotland to look like, Argyll Cruising will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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