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Yacht Experiences

Wilderness and Whisky among Scotland’s islands

Scotland is a small country that punches well above its size in terms of culture, heritage, and natural beauty. Touring by yacht provides access to some of Scotland’s most remarkable corners. Working in tandem with local captains, Pelorus can design an incredible expedition itinerary across Britain’s last truly wild frontier.  

When to go:
April – October

HEBRIDEAN CASTLES & ISLE OF MULL

Your Scottish yacht expedition begins in the beautiful Hebrides. Navigate your tender to beaches lapped by turquoise water, see some of Scotland’s oldest castles with your personal Pelorus historian, and later moor in a sea loch before climbing the moody mountains.

For the fishermen, make your way to the wide rivers running through the moorland to fly fish for wild Atlantic salmon.

Be greeted the next morning by the stunning contours of the Isle of Mull and picturesque Tobermory. Travel to a concealed cove on sea kayaks for a luxurious lunch in isolation prior to a hike into the hills. With a guide, you’ll see Fingals Cave with its striking volcanic rock columns on the nearby Isle of Staffa.

LOBSTER POTTING & WHISKY TASTING

Amid the natural drama of the Isle of Skye head out for guide-led fishing expeditions or try your hand at lobster potting. No visit to Skye is complete without a private tour and taste at the renowned Talisker whisky distillery.

Scour the coast and travel inland to the forest for a foraging session with specialists, returning with your mussels, wild garlic, samphire, and more for a delicious open-fire cookout with your yacht’s chef.

Hike to WWII mica mines before arriving at a private bothy for lunch. With guides, ‘bag’ a munro (summiting a mountain over 3000ft) before exploring by mountain bike or return to the water in a tender for an odyssey among Skye’s remote islands and islets spotting otters, eagles, and red deer.

Returned to your yacht for the evening, you’ll enjoy a talk and tasting with a master distiller featuring rare and impressive whiskies. A local Scottish band and dance instructor will then proceed to perform a Scottish reel while you enjoy personalized whisky cocktails.

COASTEERING & CONSERVATION

With an eye out for minke whales and dolphins, your yacht will cruise next to St. Kilda in the far-flung Outer Hebrides. With Pelorus-negotiated special permissions, you’ll be able to explore the most important sea bird breeding station in Northwest Europe.

Make land with a naturalist St. Kilda expert and see the planet’s largest guillemot colony, the million-strong puffin colony, and the oldest colony of fulmars in the world. Beyond the birds, explore the remnants of the Kildian community, where, in this abandoned but mostly intact village, their folklore, and stories are preserved for retelling.

Arriving in Harris, embark on a coasteering adventure across the island’s rugged seaward limits, exploring caves and hidden passages with experienced guides. Snorkel crystal clear bays spotting cold-water corals, crustaceans, seals, and more.

Throughout your Scottish yacht adventure, opportunities will arise to assist in conservation and research projects set in the islands. A few examples include setting camera traps in osprey nesting areas; relocating beavers to suitable habitats in an effort to reinforce the population; identifying killer whales—known individuals and new members—as pods patrol the coastal waters.