Join us for our
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. On the 13 Night Cruises we will sail to St Kilda for an overnight visit before returning home via the Sound Of Harris, Skye and the Kyles.
On the shorter 10 day cruises, Nova Spero will not sail to St Kilda but we will certainly get around Barra Head to the Butt of Lewis. There is the option to book a place with South Uist Cruises who will take you by RIB to St Kilda with 4 hours exploring Hirta Island and stacs before re-joining Nova Spero further along the Hebrides. This excursion is not included in the cruise price.
A 10 night cruise with time to explore the Outer Hebridean Islands of Eriskay, Barra and South Uist as well as Harris or Lewis before returning home via Harris, Skye and the Kyles. 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: We will set off from Corpach via Loch Aline to Tobermory for our first overnight stop.
Day 2 : We will set sail early from Tobermory across the Minch to Castlebay on Barra for our 2nd overnight stop.
Day 3: Today you will have a chance to explore the wonderful Island and Barra before heading to Eriskay for our next overnight stay.
There is a pleasant walk from Bunabhullin to Roshinish and maybe even to Calvay Island which is tidal. Calvay Island is where SS Politician went aground, the story of which was made famous in the film and play Whisky Galore.
Eriskay is also famous as it was the landing point for Bonny Prince Charlie at the start of the Jacobite Rebellion as well as being the homeland of the Eriskay Pony.
Day 4: We depart Eriskay for either Harris or Lewis, or perhaps even a night at anchor off North Rona.
Days 5-7: We can either explore more of the Outer Hebrides or if you prefer head across the Minch from Stornoway to Ullapool and work our way down the coast eventually reaching either Portree or Kyle of Lochalsh.
Day 8: Leaving Portree/ Kyle of Lochalsh we may visit Mallaig for night or sail down to Tobermory for 8th Night.
Day 9: We head back inland and sail up Loch Linnhe and branch off up Loch Leven past Glencoe up to Kinlochleven and maybe back to Glencoe for a night at anchor.
Day 10: Today you will have time to visit Glencoe before we sail for Corpach to lock in for 1700hrs.
Day 11: Disembark at your leisure .
We also offer a shorter variation of this cruise (7 nights) which takes in the Kyle & Skye Feis as well as Lewis.
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 mouth-watering 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.