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Hebridean Princess

Oban, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

The Hebridean Princess is a small luxury expedition ship offering magical cruises among Scotland’s Hebrides islands. With its country house atmosphere and incomparable service, the Hebridean Princess is unarguably the finest cruise ship in British waters.

At a Glance

  • Britain's finest cruise ship, with immaculate service and a country house feel

  • The very best way to experience the utterly magical Hebrides

  • All cruises are accompanied by highly knowledgeable and experienced guides

  • Superb fine dining and a wonderful range of excursions all included

  • Highly exclusive - a maximum of 50 passengers on any one cruise

Cruise, Couples, Food & wine, Off the beaten track

Insider's View

To see Britain's remotest and quite spectacular outpost St Kilda, there are two sailings a year in May and June.

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Description

Exclusive and intimate, the Hebridean Princess is one of the finest small cruise vessels in the world.

Cruising the enchanted isles of the Inner and Outer Hebrides, the Hebridean Princess offers sumptuous comfort, outstanding service and a unique atmosphere akin to a floating country house hotel.

With a maximum of 50 passengers and virtually a 1:1 crew/guest ratio, you will receive the most personal attention and make plenty of new friends among your fellow passengers. While aboard, everything is included from superb fine dining and rare malt whiskies to the varied program of activities and visits throughout the week and even your transportation from and back to (usually) Glasgow.

Cruise itineraries vary throughout the April to October season, most starting and ending in Oban on the West Coast. Some cruises are geared specially towards keen walkers or wildlife lovers, while others are more general in nature. All are accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable guides, both on board and on the shore visits, who bring the wildlife, geology, history and culture of this extraordinary archipelago to life.

Depending on your dates, you might explore the far-flung islands of the Outer Hebrides with their stone circles, dazzling white beaches, spectacular wildlife and friendly Gaelic-speaking crofters, or voyage serenely through the majestic Inner Hebrides where whirlpools, whisky distilleries, lonely castles and extraordinary geology all vie for your attention. On some privileged itineraries the otherworldly and magnificently remote island of St Kilda is included, and a visit here will haunt you for the rest of your life.

One of the main advantages of traveling in such a small group is that you can visit tiny islands such as Canna or get close to vast seabird communities, a foraging otter or a minke whale without spoiling the essential authenticity of the experience, while the size and draught of the Hebridean Princess means she can access small harbors and sheltered inlets unavailable to larger vessels.

Back on board, you will enjoy superb dining, often featuring the stellar seafood that abounds in these waters, and two formal gala dinners are usually included, so don’t forget your kilt or dinner jacket! Afterwards you can relax with a dram of single malt in the country club ambience of the Tiree Lounge, gen up on your ornithological knowledge in the well-stocked library, attend an evening lecture given by a special guest speaker, or simply watch the islands glide by before slipping into your dreams in your beautifully furnished private cabin.

The Hebridean Princess has 30 cabins across four decks. There are three grades of single cabin, five double or twin grades, and one suite with a separate living room and bathroom with bathtub. Most have outside views (there are three inside singles and three inside twins), and all are highly individual in design with top-quality soft furnishings and bed linens, Molton Brown toiletries and soft towels. Each cabin has a flat-screen TV and DVD player, a mini-bar with jugs of fresh milk and soft drinks, and thoughtful touches such as the fluffy bathrobes and slippers provided and a decanter of whisky set out in each room are just some of the things that make a cruise on the Hebridean Princess so special.

Accommodation

Rooms aboard the Hebridean Princess are comfortable and tastefully designed, ranging from charming yet windowless rooms on the Hebridean deck to porthole rooms on the Waterfront deck and rooms with more enviable views on the Princess deck, Promenade deck and Boat deck. Each deck offers a range of categories, and a lucky few cabins come with their own terrace, complete with deckchairs. Suites come complete with a separate living area with comfortable arm chairs enjoying views out to the water. Care and attention has been taken to ensure that each of the 30 rooms is unique and has its own character.

Facilities

The on board Columba Restaurant serves up delicious dishes made from quality ingredients. Carefully selected wines are served with dinner and complement the menu perfectly. Enjoy the beautiful rolling landscapes during breakfasts and lunches as you travel to your next destination; dinner is usually served at anchor so you can enjoy beautiful sunset photo opportunities across the water. Guests can choose to dine at a larger table with other guests (a great option for solo travelers), or on their own.

Barbecues are hosted on board or ashore when the sun is shining, and a wide variety of picnic foods are prepared for some of the on shore excursions. The ship also hosts Gala Dinners, with cocktails served in the Tiree Lounge before a gourmet dinner in the restaurant.

Complimentary WiFi is available for all guests, and the ship also has a fleet of bicycles which can be taken ashore to explore.

Activities

Fishing trips and speedboat rides can be arranged upon request at no extra charge, and bicycles are available so you can explore the shores at your own pace. Guided excursions are included to remote islands and historical sites and the entrance fees are taken care of, and a number of walks can be enjoyed on the Footloose Walking itineraries.

Location & Directions

Oban, Argyll & Bute, Scotland

The Hebridean Princess normally docks in Oban, Argyll, on the West Coast of Scotland. Some cruises however start and end in either Greenock near Glasgow or Invergordon north of Inverness.

When to go

It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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