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Welcome aboard

Our Vessel
Our vessel, "Fleur de Lys", is ideal for cruising these sheltered waters, with spacious accommodation, full of nautical character, for a comfortable life at sea. What a treat it is for our guests to travel to the remotest corners of the Hebrides and have their luxury holiday accommodation travel with them!

The Food
Our onboard chef is passionate about food and the fabulous local produce of the west coast of Scotland. The chef is free to be inspired to provide their own menu from the best ingredients available and the result is food that is exceptional, full of flavour, but healthy too. Dinner is a highlight on our cruises; the Skipper dines with the guests giving a relaxed time to recounting the stories of the day, while discussing options for the following day's adventures.

Our Crew
Our crew uphold the quality standards of our cruises and together they provide the warm, safe, stress-free and fun onboard atmosphere that our guests will never forget.

The Wildlife
In the clear waters of the west coast of Scotland, we are so fortunate that many wonderful species live.  Of course, we cannot guarantee wildlife will put in an appearance near our vessel, which makes it extra special when it does.

The Beauty of the Landscape
The vast area of sea, coastline and islands that is the west coast of Scotland is simply exceptionally beautiful  The best way to get around is by boat and to experience the scenery is from the sea.

"I wanted to officially thank Chris and Stefan for a great adventure aboard the Fleur-de-lys off Mallaig recently.  Chris, an extremely competent captain and Stefan, cook and crew, couldn’t do enough to make our trip comfortable and enjoyable.  The food was freshly prepared and beautifully served. The vessel kept clean  and well provisioned.  Our itinerary took us into wonderful remote waters larger vessels cannot venture into with amazing views of wildlife and scenery.
Many thanks Chris and Stefan and our best wishes for the future"
Paddy and Roy

Dates and Prices

Dates

From the 19th June through till the end of September, our cruises depart Mallaig after lunch every Saturday and running for five nights, returning on Thursday morning.  See a suggested Cruise Itinerary here

(If these days don't work for you, please do contact us to see if we can accommodate your needs. As this is our first season of operation we do have a degree of flexibility.)

Pricing

The cost is £1500 per person all-inclusive.

The Cabins

There are three cabins on board.

Two twin cabins and a master cabin that can sleep up to four adults. (en-suite)

Cruises around Skye

Sailing “over the sea to Skye” as expressed in the historic Skye Boat Song, encapsulates the magic of arriving at this beautiful Island from the sea.   Centuries later, a sea voyage is still the best way to soak in the incredible scenery and atmosphere of this very special island, however our guests enjoy luxury hospitality and a gourmet menu delivered by our four specialist crew.

Skye is a large island with many iconic places to visit and is very popular with visitors, which can sometimes lead to access problems and battling with crowds.  However, our vessel and guests, arriving from the sea, are often the only visitors on our anchorages and shore excursions, with stunning scenery, evocative history and rare wildlife all around.

During any cruise around Skye, at least 60 seabird species are spotted, often many more. White-tailed eagles & puffins are usually seen, often multiple times, with golden eagles fairly frequent sightings. Porpoise, dolphins and minke whales are also spotted on almost every cruise as are red deer and otters, The very rare sightings include orca, sunfish and other types of whales such as humpback and fin whales. You have to be out in these waters to strike lucky!

Local delicicies from the onboard chef

Cruise around the Small Isles

The group of four idyllic Hebridean islands know as “The Small Isles” is located south of the Isle of Skye.  The best way to get a feel for these delightful islands is to island-hop to each one from the sea.  The Isles of Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck are each totally different from its neighbour, all with tiny populations, each with its own fascinating culture and history.  The scenery, serenity, history and wildlife on a journey through these islands are remarkable.  And wherever you are, there are breathtaking vistas of the inner and outer Hebridean islands.

The community-owned Isle of Eigg is the most populated island with around 100 residents.  The  smallest is the Isle of Muck , owned by the McEwen family for over 100 years with a population of around 40.  The largest island is the Isle of Rum, part owned by a community of 45 people and Scottish Natural Heritage.  Canna, owned by the National Trust for Scotland is the furthest outlying island, with a population of only 12.

While cruising these islands we regularly see several species of dolphin, seals and porpoises.  From July onwards basking sharks and Minke whales visit these waters. The islands are famed for their rich archaeological heritage and their geology; the Small Isles are part of the Lochaber Geopark.

Eigg is dramatically dominated by the towering ridge of “An Sgurr” with the opportunity for a guided walk for those willing to give it a try.  Laig bay, a large white Atlantic beach, faces the Cuillins of Rum, one of the most memorable views on the west coast of Scotland. Further North is the Singing Sands, a stunning musical quartz beach surrounded by outstanding geological formations. For such a small island there is plenty of rare wildlife including Eagles.  Eigg is  an important breeding site for Manx Shearwaters which leave the nest in July.

Canna has a wild and remote beauty and is rightly known as the “Jewel of the Hebrides”. It has an amazing diversity of wildlife on its coasts and woodland and is a bird sanctuary with over 155 different species monitored annually.  It is perfect for walking, offering easy short trips up Compass Hill or for longer walks to the West side of the Islands with great archaeological sites to visit.

Muck is the most fertile of the Small Isles, and is important for migratory birds.  The island population lives mainly round the tiny harbour of Port Mor where the horse shoe anchorage is very picturesque and accessible to the shore. On the farm, there are hairy Luing cattle, a range of breeds of sheep, pigs, hens, and Highland ponies, with three brood mares and the impressive stallion, Strathmashie Seumas Mhor.

Rum’s rugged mountainous landscape offers great opportunities for walking.  We recommend a guided tour to Kinloch Castle and a visit to the excellent otter hide.  Rum has a wide variety of natural habitats, is famous for its red deer herd, eagles and is also an important breeding site for Manx Shearwaters.

As we cruise the Small Isles, ever-present on the horizon is the amazing vista of the Cuillin Mountain Range.  Eventually, the promise is too much and we have to leave these delightful small islands to complete a magical journey, over the sea to Skye.