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Scotland's North Coast 500 Route by Sea
Cruise Scotland’s North Coast 500 Route by Sea and experience one of Scotland’s most famous routes from a different perspective.
7 night and 11 night cruise options are available in 2021.
Choose from a 7 or 11 night cruise of Northern Scotland. We will navigate Scotland’s northern coast and waters all the while taking in all the highlight from our unique perspective on board. En route we will visit a variety of ports & harbours, scenic landmarks and iconic attractions.
The nature of our cruises is to provide a “theme” and to make the most of the options available to us based on weather, tides, access and things like local events & festivals. As a guide, this is a sample itinerary of what this cruise could include:
Day 1: Arrive at Nova Spero in Inverness by early afternoon and get settled in.
Day 2: After breakfast we set off, exiting the Caledonian Canal and set sail under the Kessock Bridge past Chanonry Point where we will be on the look out for the Moray Firth’s famous dolphins.
Depending on the direction of wind we will head south east down Moray Coast as far as Buckie before we cross Moray Firth to Wick where we will overnight.
In Wick, we can visit The Old Pulteney Distillery where we get the chance to see another great waterway designed by Thomas Telford that leads literally to the spirit world. We can also visit the Heritage centre with a pretty impressive display of history of Wick and its Herring story before coming back onboard Nova Spero, an ex Herring trawler that is known up and down the West and East coast.
Day 3: After breakfast we sail depending on the tide up to Pentland Firth passing Stroma and onto Scrabster for the night.
Day 4: In the morning we leave Scrabster and head for Loch Erribol which was a gathering place for Arctic convoys. We will sail round famous Cape Wrath and will aim to visit Kinlochbervie or Loch Inver perhaps Ullapool too. We will aim to overnight in one of these locations (if given a choice it will be Ullapool).
Day 5: Weather dependant, if we catch a fresh north westerly wind direction, guests will experience the Nova Spero surfing down the coast into Loch Torridon, Skye East or West will depend on weather. Whilst in the locale, a visit to the world famous Talisker Distillery is possible whichever side of Skye we are moored on.
This afternoon we head for the sea port of Mallaig (Norse for Bay of Seabirds) navigating Portree, Plockton & Kyle of Lochalsh all en route. Overnight in Mallaig.
Day 6: Today we head for Ardnumurachan Point where we are again on dolphin watch. Time dependent we could take a little detour to Kilchoan to see Whaler Sir Ernest Shackleton (Replica Of James Caird). We will overnight in either Tobermory or Loch Aline.
Day 7: We head up Loch Linnhe en route to the Corpach Sea Lock where we will overnight and toast the designer of this great waterway with a dram of Old Pulteney single malt whisky.
Day 8 – 11: We travel through the Caledonian Canal including Neptunes Staircase, Fort Augustus and Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle before returning to our starting point in Inverness.
Food & Drink
We include breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of your cruise. Our cook will use the finest locally sourced produce, fresh from suppliers to deliver mouthwatering dishes.
Dinner will be the main meal of the day and will be served between 6pm and 7pm in sheltered anchorage or in harbour. If we are still on the move we can dine if the water is calm or wait until we reach sheltered waters. The other meals of the day require more flexibility as the boat may be moving depending on our schedule for the day.
An honesty bar with wines, beers and spirits will be available.
Scotland’s waters and coasts are a playground for a wide variety of wildlife from minke whales & porpoises to puffins and sea eagles. Binoculars and cameras are recommended.
At the start of each cruise the captain will meet with the all of the guests to discuss the planned route for your cruise which will take into account tides and weather. We will endeavour to visit some of Scotland’s finest distilleries, castles and attractions from suitable nearby mooring.
Walking & Mountaineering
There will be plenty of opportunity to explore Scotland’s hills and mountains so bring along your walking/hiking equipment.
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