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Hebridean Island Cruises – Where Small Means Personal

Hebridean Island Cruises is perhaps one of the world’s most unusual cruise companies – our recipe for holidays afloat is simple – we create unique experiences for a few people…

Hebridean Island Cruises is perhaps one of the world’s most unusual cruise companies – our recipe for holidays afloat is simple – we create unique experiences for a few people and never something ordinary for a crowd.

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We have flown in the face of current fashion by only ever operating small ships. Whilst today’s mega-vessels may suit the mass market, there will always be a place for ships that are small and personal. On small ships, the crew has time to attend to every guest’s individual needs and to know them by name within moments of stepping on board.

Our small fleet comprises of just two ships – each dedicated to providing the finest holidays afloat around the Western Isles of Scotland, the Great Glen and the Caledonian Canal – all providing an extraordinary level of service that is the hallmark of Hebridean Island Cruises.

The bar aboard The Lord of the Highlands.

Whatever your choice from our range of cruises, they all include fascinating shore excursions, always organised with precision and often only accessible to private yachts. And when back on board, our chefs create imaginative menus using the freshest ingredients available.

There is nothing quite like the sense of freedom you will feel, knowing that everything from tours ashore, to meals and drinks, port taxes and even gratuities are included in the fare you pay.

Hebridean Princess

The multi-award winning Hebridean Princess combines the atmosphere of a country house with a renowned level of service and attention to detail which our guests have come to expect for over 30 years. This, along with our knowledgeable guides, makes for a memorable experience.

The Hebridean Princess Bute Cabin.

Experience the magic that is Hebridean Princess as she reaches the unreachable and brings the dream to reality when visiting distant, off the beaten track places. Join us to witness the magnificent Highlands and Islands of Scotland, steeped in history, abundant in wildlife with dramatic scenery and peaceful lochs – a spectacular setting in which to dine at anchor with the sun setting below the horizon.

Twenty eight beautiful cabins are unusually spacious, eight dedicated to single travellers. Offering Hebridean bathrobes, slippers and a large selection of Molton Brown toiletries, they are individually designed, tastefully furnished with the finest of fabrics and romantically named after Scottish castles, isles, lochs and sounds.

Lord of the Highlands

The Lord of the Highlands.

Purpose built to transit the historic locks of the Caledonian Canal following a multi-million pound rebuild, Lord of the Highlands is the latest addition to Hebridean Island Cruises’ fleet of beautiful and intimate ships.

The convivial company of thirty eight fellow guests ensures that a relaxed, house party atmosphere is typical on every cruise. There are nineteen outward facing pictured windowed cabins, spread over two decks, including a suite and four with small private balconies.

The Lord of the Highlands Balcony Cabin.

If you are bewitched by wildlife, inspired by history, invigorated by bracing walks, tempted by the finest Scottish malt whiskies or stimulated by stunning gardens, our specially themed itineraries may appeal to you.


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