Scottish & Hebridean Cruises

Cruise Scotland and the Hebrides with our Scottish Cruise Itineraries.


Scottish Adventure Cruises

Explore Scotland from our vessel Nova Spero


Scottish Adventure Cruises

Our vessel, Nova Spero was completed in spring 2019 and has been converted from a wooden hulled fishing trawler.


Scottish Adventure Cruises

Our friendly crew will make sure you have a holiday to remember.


Scottish Adventure Cruises

Year around cruise options to book securely online.

Scottish Island & River Cruises onboard our converted trawler, Nova Spero

What we do

Scottish Cruises

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.

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

Our Cruises

Loch Linnhe, Oban & Mull Cruise

Starting and ending in Fort William, this taster 4 night cruise is the perfect way to explore the inland waters of Loch Linnhe & Loch Leven before heading out via Oban through the sound of Mull to Tobermory.

from £880 /person 4 Night CruiseSubmit now

Orkney Special Cruise

Setting off from Inverness, we'll cruise the North East of Scotland before heading across to explore the Orkneys. June cruise includes a visit to the Portsoy Classic Boat Festival.

from £1,395 / person, 7 Night CruiseSubmit now

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 before returning home via the Sound Of Harris, Skye and the Kyles.

from £2,195 / person, 10 Night CruiseSubmit now
The Kelpies at Falkirk

Forth Bridges Cruise

A special cruise taking in the 3 Forth Bridges, the Port of Leith, the Kelpies or the Falkirk Wheel and the Isle of May before heading back north again.

£2,591 / person, 10 Night CruiseSubmit now

Caledonian Canal Cruise

A cruise along the Caledonian Canal is a most enjoyable trip which takes advantage of Scotland's calm inland waters whilst exploring some of her finest scenery. 

from £990 / person, 5 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.

Alf Fox, Ouston

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!

C MacInnes, Glasgow

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!

Haley Florence, Aberdeen

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.

Bill Watts, London
Scottish Island Cruises onboard our converted trawler, Nova Spero


Why Cruise Scotland?

Wherever you are in our beautiful country, you’re never far away from the water.

Charter Nova Spero in 2022

We have taken the decision to only offer private charter bookings of Nova Spero for early 2022.  

We'd be delighted to take you and your family or friends on an adventure around Scotland's beautiful islands and coasts, so if you'd like prices and availability, please contact us on +44 (0) 1738 718 509 or email  

Please note you are unable to book a charter online, so please do get in touch and we'll be happy to chat through your cruise ideas.

Our normal cruise schedule will resume from early Summer 2022.  If you'd like to be kept informed about our schedule of cruise holidays, please subscribe to our mailing list using the form at the bottom of our website homepage.