Skarv Lines Trawler Cruises
Explore Scotland’s dramatic coastline with an unforgettable trawler cruise adventure onboard our wooden hulled trawler Nova Spero.
SkarvLines trawler cruises sets itself apart from other West Coast cruising companies due to our ability to offer remote hill-walking & mountaineering to our customers. Combining this with the beautiful natural landscape and playgrounds Scotland offers, its wonderful food & drink, its wildlife and our local knowledge we think we offer something really special.
Hill walking & climbing is available on all of our cruises. Some of our trawler cruise routes have access to Sea Cliffs or the Torridon hills so climbing/ trekking or just a simple walk on Scottish Mountains are available to all.
This year we will be checking out routes for both vessel and Climbing. If you are an experienced climber, we can get you to a climb if conditions allow. If you require the services of a climbing guide, we can put you in touch with a guide from the Ice Factor who can meet you en route.
If you have it, take your gear it will be used and it will be well taken care of in unlikely event it will get wet! We have our own dedicated drying room with radiator and blower.
To Quote sensible logic: Coll my nephew then 12 years old joined us in crossing the Minch to Eriskay. A SW gale had just ceased. After calling him several times with no response, a voice answered me saying “yes I am alright uncle John Allan. I have taken the tablets now and I am OK but I think if I get up I won’t be OK.” I like the Logic Coll! He was up and in good form as we approached Eriskay. Aye and Aunty Mary’s Pancakes helped too (another cure!).
Skarv Lines and our vessel Nova Spero will operate out of Kinlochleven a small village on Scotland’s West Coast close to historic Glencoe.
Kinlochleven is the home of the Ice Factor National Ice Climbing Centre which also offers 13m high climbing walls for practise before guests experience the real thing!
An alternative departing point is Fort William, the nearest main urban centre with good transport links by bus and train – the London to Fort William Caledonian Sleeper makes a great start to our guests Scottish Adventure.
During winter Months we will use our anchorage in Kinlochleven and utilise this with sheltered waters of Caledonian canal November to December .
Early December vessel will relocate to Seaport Marina @ Inverness and Provide Cruises up to Fort Augustus.
Meet our Crew
The Skipper will be the main host for each cruise and he will be responsible for planning each day’s excursions taking into account tide and winds.
Our stewardess/ deckhand will be on hand throughout your cruise to ensure you have a great cruise experience.
Our cook will create a daily changing menu making use of fresh local produce.
All of our team have been chosen to offer the highest levels of customer service and we will have certified first-aiders on board.
Our Skarv Lines logo is based on the South Uist Flag and has been created in the form of an oil painting by Deepa Kern www.deepakern.com & www.saatchiart.com, a present from John’s cousin JR MacInnes of Eriskay for taking him to St. Kilda.
The painting combines the following elements:
- The words “Calvay” and “Roshnish”
The SS Politician went aground 150 yards off Roshinish Point between Eriskay and Calvay Island (Norse and BA Chart Spelling) The story of the SS Politician and it’s cargo of Whisky is the origin of Compton MacKenzie’s play and subsequent film Whisky Galore. There is actually 2 Calvays; one in South Uist at the entrance to Loch Boisdale and one in Eriskay off Roshinish Point.
- The Cormorant
The Scandinavian for cormorant is “skarv”. In Gaelic it is written “sgarbh” but it is known locally as the Eriskay Turkey, a phrase coined by the distinguished fishing family Mansons of Mallaig. Sadly most of the Manson men where lost on their family trawler in a tragic accident off the Dutch Coast.Cormorants can dive to 60 ft with their wings tucked in and using its very powerful legs . Its body/wings lack the insulation of other seabirds which is why you see them quite frequently drying their wings.Check out Adam Nicholsons excellent book: Seabirds: The Cormorant/Skarv has a tough start in life, 50/50 Land/Sea Bird.
- The South Uist Flag
The combination of all of these elements gives the logo its Eriskay connection, owner John MacInnes’s homeland.