Scotland is the jewel of the British Isles and offers the most variety, from white sandy beaches, stunning islands, dramatic peaks and gin clear rivers and lochs. Hike the rugged Scottish landscape, spotting wildlife species such as golden eagles, otters, hen harriers, red deer and seals. Forage with a naturalist and unearth wild crops before dining in your luxury camp.
WHEN TO GO: April – October
Hike the rugged Scottish landscape, spot wildlife species such as golden eagles, otters, hen harriers and seals from aboard your yacht. Or forage with a naturalist and unearth wild crops before dining in your luxury tented camp.
Begin with a gorgeous welcome lunch, as you tender to Fort William, an iconic landmark in Scottish history. Here, you will have the opportunity to mountain bike around the surrounding landscape, kayak through caves or learn about the history of Fort William and the Battle of Inverlochy. Journey to the island of Mull, Known as ‘The Gateway To The Isles’, tucked in to the west coast of Scotland across a short stretch of water from the rugged Ardnamurchan Peninsula.
Seize the opportunity to catch sight of the area’s sea life, including seabirds, otters, grey seals basking on rocks, and dolphins and porpoises slipping in and out of the water. You may also be lucky enough to catch sight of the sea eagles that nest nearby. Your itinerary will see you encounter the subtle vein of a World War II mica mine running across the face of a mountain, and the routes likely walked by the Jacobites or Vikings.
Join local naturalist on an Otter spotting wild walk. Skye is home to an array of wildlife, including eagles, otters, red deer and seals. Find edible mushrooms, wild garlic and sorrel in the forest, and along the shoreline, delicious seaweeds, mussels and samphire. You’ll cook and eat what you find on an open fire there on the shore. When you get back to the vessel, you will be greeted by a local Scottish band, along with a Talisker Whisky Master and dancing instructor. You will experience the thrill of traditional Scottish reeling with innovative whisky cocktails designed especially for you.
Journey to St Kilda is the most important sea bird breeding station in north west Europe. This dual World Heritage Site has the largest colony of guillemots in the world, the oldest and largest colony of fulmars, the biggest colony of puffins in Britain and over one million birds in total. Head ashore with your naturalist guide and take part in monitoring the colonies health and status. Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, St Kilda was once populated by the unique and hardy Kildians, there is an abandoned village on the island you can visit where the houses are still relatively intact and lots of stories and folklore about life on St Kilda has been preserved.
For your last day in Scotland, join experienced and knowledgeable guides, who will introduce you to coasteering. You will swim, jump and climb on some of the most rugged sea cliffs, caves and hidden passages on the island, pausing to snorkel in bays where the water is at its clearest. You can expect to see cold-water corals, crustaceans, an array of fish and, hopefully, marine mammals such as seals and dolphins.
Yachts for this experience
Traveling around Scotland by yacht is one of the best ways to experience the diversity of these breathtaking coastal routes and rugged islands. Here at PELORUS, we view a yachting as an extraordinary platform for exceptional experiences. We work with a range of yachts perfectly paired with your party size and needs, contact our yacht team to find out what yachts are available for this experience.
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