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Red Moon Cruises: An idyllic way to see Scotland

Red Moon Cruises offer idyllic, private and laid-back cruises of the Isle of Skye and the beautiful West Coast of Scotland

Red Moon Cruises offer idyllic, private and laid-back cruises of the Isle of Skye and the beautiful West Coast of Scotland

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Hundreds of thousands of visitors visit Skye every year, yet few get to appreciate its grandeur, beauty and remote places from the most vivid of vantage points – the surrounding sea. Red Moon cruises offers you that opportunity.

No matter what may have inspired you to come to Skye or the West Coast of Scotland – the walking or the wildlife, retracing ancestor’s footsteps, a special event or simply the desire to escape on an unusual yet pampered break – Red Moon Cruises is delighted to provide for you. With a small boat carrying no more than four guests, we can offer idyllic and private laid-back cruises, with the highest level of personal attention and bespoke itineraries, individually tailored to match those inspirations.

Red Moon is the perfect compromise for cruising in the Scottish Western Isles. The boat is small enough in length and draught to slip into otherwise inaccessible anchorages and remote coves, but also offers spacious and invitingly comfortable accommodation for up to four guests.

Red Moon’s cabins are craftsman-finished with bespoke light oak fittings in a welcoming contemporary style and the well-appointed galley and saloon is a bright and airy hub for relaxation, chatting and dining, with wide viewing windows. The large wheelhouse offers further room to gather in and there is ample deck space and outside seating to enjoy a pre-dinner drink, or simply admire the ever-changing scenery.

Red Moon is powered by a fine Gardner engine, renowned for its reliability and economy. However, unusually among cruise charter vessels, the boat is also rigged for sailing. Whether you are seasoned seafarers or wish to enjoy the novelty of appreciating the magnificent landscapes from a different perspective, Red Moon offers an experience to treasure – and you will become part of a new chapter in this boat’s fascinating history. 

Red Moon

During the main summer months Red Moon is based in beautiful Plockton Harbour and explores the sea areas to the north and south of the iconic Skye Bridge. Red Moon’s northern cruising ground covers from Gairloch in the north, the islands of Rona & Raasay, dramatic Loch Torridon, and the Wester Ross and Skye coastlines. To the south of the Skye Bridge you might cruise the deep sea lochs – Duich, Hourn, Nevis, Moidart, Scavaig, the Sound of Arisaig, or complete a circuit of the wonderful Small Isles of Eigg, Rhum, Muck and Canna. Or any mixture of the above !

In spring, and sometimes autumn, Red Moon cruises the Southern Hebridean islands. Particularly popular is a circumnavigation of Mull, including visits to the famous Fingal’s Cave and to see springtime nesting puffins. This cruise can include time ashore on Iona and the opportunity to explore the ‘hidden gems’ of Mull’s southern coast beaches.

Dolphins swimming by Red Moon

Your hosts and crew, the owners of Red Moon, are husband and wife, Scott and Mary. They are a long established team and highly qualified professional yacht crew with a wealth of experience in running both charter and private luxury yachts all over the world. They have high standards of service and really enjoy having guests on board, as their guest’s reviews fulsomely confirm.

Over the years Mary and Scott have been running Red Moon they have honed their wildlife spotting skills and this has become an important part of the cruises. Scott is particularly ‘eagle eyed’ and is usually the first to sight an elusive otter, the distant splash of a pod dolphins or a majestic eagle camouflaged by surrounding landscape. One of the other highlights of a cruise on Red Moon is sitting down to Mary’s delicious food, freshly prepared to your suit your palate.

Why not experience a ‘deliciously relaxing’ Red Moon Cruise for yourself ? Book yours here.

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