Join us for our
Forth Bridges Cruise
A special cruise taking in the 3 Forth Bridges, the Kelpies or the Falkirk Wheel, the Bass Rock and the Isle of May before heading back north again.
June cruise includes attendance at the Portsoy Classic Boat Festival.
A 10 night cruise starting and ending in Inverness where we will set sail south for the Forth and its majestic bridges before heading inland to visit the Kelpies or perhaps the Falkirk Wheel. We will then head back up north past the Bass Rock and the Isle of May. En route we will visit a variety of ports & harbours, scenic landmarks and iconic attractions. See the cruise options tab for more details.
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.
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.
Day 1: Join Nova Spero in Seaport Marina in Inverness and settle in for the evening. Depending on tides and weather, we may exit the canal and stay in Inverness Harbour to allow an early start the following morning.
Day 2: We set sail down the Moray Firth passing Troup Head. We will berth in Fraserburgh, Buckie or MacDuff overnight.
Day 3: We take a weather check before setting sail for Stonehaven for an overnight stop.
Day 4: We leave Stonehaven on the next morning’s tide for Arbroath, Nova Spero’s build port, before heading on past the Bell Rock and Isle of May to Inchkeith or Burntisland for the night.
Day 5: We will sail down the Forth and under its 3 majestic bridges for Grangemouth where we will berth for the evening. Choose whether to walk around the Kelpies or to visit the Falkirk Wheel – or both!
Day 6 & 7: We make our way north heading Stonehaven or Aberdeen.
June Cruise Day 8 & 9: An early start in the morning sees us sail around Rattray Head and up to Portsoy to join the Portsoy Classic Boat Festival (20th & 21st June 2020). Nova Spero was there last year and it is quite simply a great weekend with lots to see & do. We may be able to berth alongside but if not our Rib can take you in. Buckie lifeboat will be in attendance as well as many classic boats. We will leave Portsoy on the Sunday evening to berth in Buckie for the night.
September Cruise Day 8 & 9: We explore the waters and coastline of the North East and moor at Fraserburgh for the 1st night before re-locating to Buckie on night 9.
Day 10: We aim to leave Buckie around 8am and head back to Inverness and the canal. We have our last evening in Seaport Marina.
Day 11: After breakfast, disembark at your leisure. We’re berthed not far from Outlander country so perhaps leave a day for yourselves to explore.
The choice will depend on you and of course the weather.