Cruising the Inner Hebrides

Date of Journey June 2015
Sally Barrett Trefonen

Last June we went on wonderful 8-day cruise in the Inner Hebrides, on the ex-North Sea Oil boat Elizabeth G, with Hebrides Cruises.

The trip was especially for those interested in wildlife photography, and the lovely crew of 4 included professional photographer and wildlife expert Chris Gomersall, who didn’t teach as such but was always willing to give advice and most days guided us on a 2 or 3 mile hike ashore, in the most wonderful locations, where his wildlife knowledge considerably added to the interest.

From Oban we went to Tobermory, then the Arnamurchan Pensinsular, Lunga in the Treshnish Isles, where we walked among thousands of puffins, Gometra, Rum, Canna, Sanda, Skye and finally to Loch Aline and back to Oban, mostly anchoring in beautiful but sheltered harbours. During the course of the trip we saw Minke whales, 80 species of birds including Manx Shearwaters, Greylag geese, White-tailed eagles, Golden eagles, Common sandpipers and Dipper, and on one occasion had a huge pod of Dolphin playing in the ship’s bow for 45 minutes. However, we weren’t successful in seeing Otters.


Elizabeth G is fairly small and there were 11 passengers, a really excellent cook plus the skipper and mate. The cabins were small but very comfortable, though the cabin door catches were a bit noisy if anyone left their cabin during the night. Rohan wise, I took just two pairs of trousers, both Striders, which are so very comfortable that I tend to live in them.

But I really couldn’t have done without my ancient pair of Dry Roamers, which I ended up wearing most of every day as the wind was bitterly cold and when transferring to shore in the small RIB we needed to wear waterproofs anyway.

It was a truly fantastic holiday, and we can’t wait until next October when we are booked onto a Scottish Sea Lochs cruise.