- Near the Sea
- Riverside / Waterfront
- Village / Rural
- Beach nearby
- Beach within walking distance
- Golf nearby
- Horse Riding
- Child Friendly
- Cook available
- Sea View
Head to the pretty Dunstaffnage marina near Oban in Scotland and you’ll find St Hilda, a former tall ship turned houseboat, which is perfectly situated for exploring the highlands and islands of West Scotland. Sleeping up to six guests, a holiday on this beautiful ketch puts you at the heart of unspoilt coastlines and among pristine environments. Beautiful landscapes and plentiful wildlife abound, this is a wonderful holiday for all the family.
Living right on the water on our quirky small ships allows you the chance to enjoy the sea and the marine environment, whilst having the chance to see lots of Scottish wildlife. Our three quirky small ships are the ex-tall ship St Hilda (maximum 6 people), the ex-Norwegian ferry Seahorse II (maximum 11 people) and the ex-cruising lifeboat Gemini Explorer (maximum 8 people). All of our vessels have been converted to ensure that you will have a unique self-catering experience both in comfort and style in an authentic small ship environment. Please note that with our self-catering option there is no crew aboard and the vessels are not setting sail. From April to October we also offer small ship cruising and wildlife holidays to the Inner and Outer Hebrides, please enquire for info.
This location offers you a chance to explore the very best of the Hebrides and Argyll, and you won’t be disappointed by your beautiful surroundings. Oban is the gateway to the Hebridean isles and from your starting point you will have the opportunity to visit local islands, explore beautiful coastline and beaches, go fly fishing, take wildlife tours, whisky tasting, visit castles and play golf. The youngsters in the group will especially enjoy fishing, kayaking, swimming, snorkelling and rock pooling.
Dunstaffnage Marina is three miles north of Oban and is easy to reach either by car or by public transport. If arriving by car, directions and marina parking instructions will be provided on booking. From Glasgow, you can take a train or a bus to Oban (3 hours).
Oban / Glasgow
Nearest Train Station:
Lots along the way
St Hilda is a traditional 54ft wooden ketch which was once a tall ship. It was built in 1973 and was one of the smallest of the `Tall Ships` and has competed in several Tall Ship races. It has six berths for guests - one double (ensuite) and two twins. Two of the cabins have opening portholes. Linen and towels provided. There’s a spacious deck saloon for dining and socialising.
The outdoor decks are perfect for relaxing and you also have some deck space to embark your own equipment such as kayaks and surfboards.
Conditions of Rental
Check in from 2pm and check out no later than 11am. COVID19: We will only have new guests joining 72 hours after the previous guests. During the 72 hours the vessels will be deep cleaned and sanitised. No smoking and no pets please. Under 18 year olds are wholly the responsibility of their parent / guardian at all times. All cabin linen and towels are supplied (not beach towels). Minimum stay three nights.