Relax and unwind aboard a quirky small ship with self-catering facilities, moored on Scotland's breath-taking west coast.
  • Sleeps: 6-11 Guests
  • Bedroom: Varies
  • Bathroom: Varies
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights

Friendly, family-run, and characterised by a genuine passion for the sea, the Guardian once named St. Hilda Sea Adventures one of its ‘ten best small ship cruises in the world’.

Now, you and your loved ones have an exclusive opportunity to experience life on board one of the three quirky, fully equipped vessels… all to yourselves, and without any potential for seasickness!

You will find all three vessels permanently moored at Dunstaffnage Marina. An idyllic location in the Inner Hebrides, you’ll be a mere three miles away from Oban, which is enticingly known as the ‘gateway to the Western Isles’.

As you can imagine, there’s a never-ending parade of things to see and do in the surrounding area, from visiting the local islands and stretching out on pristine white-sand beaches, to visiting ancient castles, fishing on the trout-filled lochs, teeing off on picturesque golf courses… and perhaps even visiting the famous distilleries to sample a wee dram or two!

Phew!  So, what of the comfy vessels themselves? 

St. Hilda is a traditionally Scottish, ex-Tall Ship that sleeps up to six guests, while the 82 feet-long Seahorse II was originally crafted to cruise the Norwegian Fjords. These days, she sleeps up to eleven guests, with a gorgeous aft deck that’s perfect for al fresco dining. Last but not least, Gemini Explorer is an ex-cruising lifeboat with space for up to eight guests, and an upper viewing deck with teak benches, from which you can observe the comings and goings of the marina in perfect comfort.

You will also find your chosen vessel gainfully equipped with kitchen facilities that are worthy of a professional chef… and we’ve heard it said that guests have never tasted anything more mouth-watering than their own just-caught, fresh-cooked fish.

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At a glance

  • Three quirky ships, each sleeping between 6-11 guests of all ages, available for exclusive self-catering hire at Dunstaffnage Marina, just three miles from Oban.
  • Choose from Tall Ship St. Hilda (6 guests), Seahorse II (11 guests) or Gemini Explorer (8 guests).
  • Each twin, double or single cabin features shared and en-suite bathroom facilities, and there are fully equipped kitchen facilities on board.
  • There is plenty to see and do in the local area, from exploring the local islands and beaches, to wildlife tours, golf, castles, and distillery visits. The marina features its own restaurant, with plenty more accessible within a short drive.


  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups
  • Seaside Breaks


Three permanently moored self-catering vessels, each sleep 6-11 guests.

St. Hilda (6 guests): well-equipped kitchen, double en-suite, twin en-suite, twin cabin with washbasin, communal WC and shower rooms, linen and towels supplied.  Deck saloon for dining.

Seahorse II (11 guests): well-equipped kitchen, two double/twin en-suites, two twin semi-ensuites with WC and washbasin, two single cabins with washbasins, one double/single cabin with washbasin, communal WC and shower rooms, linen and towels supplied.  Deck saloon for dining, high foredeck for wildlife spotting, lounge boat deck, aft deck for al fresco dining.

Gemini Explorer (8 guests): well-equipped kitchen, double en-suite, twin en-suite, single en-suite, twin cabin, double cabin, communal WC and shower rooms, linen and towels supplied.  Deck saloon for dining, upper viewing deck with teak benches.

Local Activities

Watersports, kayaking, swimming, fishing, wildlife-watching, coastal and mountain walks, islands, distilleries, historic sites, castles, museums, restaurants, bars, local culture.

Accommodation Options

Seahorse II

Gemini Explorer

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Yet if you’re not in the mood for cooking (you are on holiday, after all!) the marina features a restaurant and bar that overlooks the majestic 13th century Dunstaffnage Castle, so you won’t have to travel too far for delicious, freshly prepared meals-with-a-view. 

The castle itself is just three minutes away by car, and is an ideal setting to learn more about the area’s fascinating history – once captured by Robert the Bruce himself, you can climb up to the battlements and imagine yourself as ancient royalty, as you survey your kingdom all its glory.

Just don’t forget to head back to your beautiful boat before the sun begins its descent over the sparkling Scottish waters.  Equipped with an evening tipple, it’s a scene – and a ritual – that’s sure to become addictive.

Things to note

Pets are regrettably not permitted. Please note that with the self-catering option there is no crew aboard and the vessels are not setting sail. From April to October St Hilda Sea Adventures also offer small ship cruising and wildlife holidays to the Inner and Outer Hebrides. More details can be found on the property website.

Where you'll be staying

Dunbeg, Argyll and Bute

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