What we do
Explore Scotland’s dramatic coastline with an unforgettable Scottish cruise adventure aboard our expertly converted wooden hulled trawler.
Skarvlines sets itself apart from other West Coast Cruise companies by combining both the West and East Coasts of Scotland with a trip around the top of mainland Scotland or through the Caledonian canal linking both in one cruise. Combine this with wonderful food & drink, dramatic scenery, breathtaking wildlife & wild places and our expert local knowledge and we think we offer something really special.
New Scottish Cruises for 2021
Nova Spero will transport guests who are seeking something more from their Scottish cruise holiday. Our passengers have a unique opportunity to see Scotland differently and explore her natural hidden gems well off the beaten track.
To view our 2021 cruises, click here.
Scottish Cruise Adventures
Guests can choose from a selection of Scottish cruise itineraries which allows the chance to enjoy a fresh perspective on hill-walking & mountaineering in Scotland. With access to remote munros and challenging natural climbing features, experiences can include Suilven, Stac Polly and Foinaven. We can arrange, on request, the service of a qualified mountain guide who will meet you at an agreed location at your own expense.
Travel with us
St Kilda Cruise
A relaxed cruise itinerary with plenty of time to explore the Outer Hebrides including Eriskay, Barra and South Uist as well as Harris or Lewis. We will sail to St Kilda on the longer cruise before returning home via the Sound Of Harris, Skye and the Kyles.from £2,590 / person, 13 Night CruiseSubmit now
Hebridean Special Cruise
A relaxed cruise itinerary with plenty of time to explore the Outer Hebrides including Eriskay, Barra and South Uist as well as Harris or Lewis. We will sail to St Kilda on the longer cruise before returning home via the Sound Of Harris, Skye and the Kyles.from £1,995 / person, 10 Night CruiseSubmit now
What our Guests
Excellent holiday. The staff were tremendous and the captain involved us in all discussions regarding weather and various details of the islands visited. Don't overpack as we did. Very casual.
We absolutely loved our trip! John and his crew were fantastic from start to finish. Captain John and Skipper Bill were very knowledgeable and friendly. Was very reassuring to see how covid secure all the crew were with cleanliness, masks and hygiene ensuring guest safety was well thought of giving the current pandemic. I would not hesitate to book this trip again, as it could not have gone better! Thank you very much to all the team on board!
I had the pleasure of a Scottish cruise with Skarv Lines, the boat is beautifully presented and very comfortable. It’s a retired fishing boat and gives you such a rustic feel which made for an even greater experience. The staff were brilliant; the Skipper Bill was informative and open to any suggestions of areas we would like to visit. The Stewardess, Hannah, was friendly and couldn’t do more to make us feel welcome. The chef cooked some amazing dishes, the most outstanding night was Angus catching lobster, crabs and prawns and the chef preparing a seafood buffet. Fresh and delicious! There was live music onboard for our night cap, which everyone loved. The views, the water, the dolphins, the stops around the islands.. it all came together in the most perfect trip and I can’t wait to board again!
I have had the privilege of going to some remarkable places and experiencing some extraordinary journeys. I have visited Antarctica, rounded Cape Horne four times, and gone from Prague to Odessa by train. I have done nothing quite like my recent trip around the North of Scotland however. The journey started in Inverness. We then travelled via Wick, Orkney (Kirkwall and Stromness), the Old Man of Hoy, and Loch Eriboll. We rounded the point of Ness coming ashore on Hirta the main island in the Saint Kilda archipelago. From there we motored to Barra, Eriskay, Tobermory, Glencoe, Kinlochleven and eventually back to Inverness, via the Caledonian Canal. Saint Kilda was of course special, but the transportation, the Nova Spero equally so. Built in Abroath in 1973, she is one of the last carvel built ships to issue from a UK shipyard. Most UK fishing boats are steel and have been for the last 50 years. The people on the journey were special too. John MacInnes, the Master Mariner owner of the vessel shared captaincy with Bill Summers. Bill is one of the best known (fishing boat) owner skippers in the UK. He has fished the waters around Scotland for over forty years and achieved a well deserved reputation for wit, wisdom, instinct, skill and timing. I felt very comfortable, having John and Bill in charge when we encountered turbulent waters. I felt they could sail to hell and back, without breaking sweat. Likewise it was a privilege to get to know Kevin the ship's engineer and Jim, the cook, steward and deckhand; according to circumstance.
Why Cruise Scotland?
Wherever you are in our beautiful country, you’re never far away from the water.