The Glen Massan Visitors Book 2014

In the office we have been enjoying reading the onboard visitors books from 2014.  Here are some of our favourites from the Glen Massan.   "The most wonderful experience.  Thank you for showing us a country we thought we knew".    Eileen Ramsay, Angus.  Private Cruise Charter April 2014.   "A great 50th anniversary for Joan and I – Tropical weather in April!!  Just one day, wee drop of rain and choppy seas.  The crew, Skipper, excellent fellow passengers great company – Back to the gym to get slim".   Mike Ellett, Australia. April… Read More

Island focus: Gigha

The tiny, beautiful Island of Gigha in the Southern Hebrides has a long history, having been inhabited continuously since prehistoric times.  Step ashore on the Isle of Gigha from the sea and you are following in the tracks of the people who settled from Ireland, the Vikings who plundered from distant Scandinavia and of the Norse King Hakon.  Gigha may have had an important role during the Kingdom of Dalriada and is the ancestral home of Clan MacNeill.  The Island is now community-owned with a population of 150 residents. Gigha was attractive to settlers… Read More

A Sporting Holiday complete with Floating Lodge

The Majestic Line has teamed up with Charles Brownlow to offer the opportunity to stalk and fish in Argyll and the Hebrides in 2016, with our vessels providing a "floating lodge" for their guests. Argyll and the Hebrides have a wealth of sporting, historic, architectural and scenic places to visit. Charles Brownlow offers tailor-made sporting holidays, enhancing the experience of Scotland to their guests by taking them on a unique Scottish sporting adventure. Trips for the 2016 season will include fishing for salmon, sea trout and trout from June to September with the added bonus of sea fishing from the boat. From… Read More

Winners Scottish Thistle Regional Awards

We are delighted to be a winner in two categories of the Scottish Thistle Regional Tourism Awards and we now go forward to compete in both categories in the prestigious Thistle Awards final in March.  We were awarded the “Best Holiday Accommodation” and “Discovering Scotland” awards at the Regional Finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards held on Friday November 7th at Hampden Park Glasgow. The Awards recognize success, excellence and quality in Scotland’s Tourism Industry across a range of different categories.  We beat stiff competition on both Awards but were particularly delighted for our Sales Manager, Marie McGhee… Read More

Cruising the Outer Hebrides: Seafood, Scenery and Swimming is all Part of The Majestic Line Experience

Many thanks to Travel Writer Helen Ochyra for coming on board our 6-night cruise "Heritage and Wildlife of the Southern Hebrides" and providing this feature on her experience.   Cruising around Scotland is not like cruising anywhere else. And cruising the Outer Hebrides in a small vessel with an experienced crew who really love the islands is a special experience. Secret anchorages become accessible, locally sourced sourced seafood dinners and a flexible itinerary are the norm on a Scottish islands cruise with the small vessel specialist, The Majestic Line   I recently spent six nights on the Glen Massan,… Read More

The unmissable Island of Mull

Dont miss the Paul Murton programme;  Mull: Far from the Madding Crowd, Monday, September 29 where Argyll born Paul explores Mull and its satellite islands in the second episode of the series "Grand tours of the Scottish Islands. Beginning his journey on the tidal island of Erraid, which inspired famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, Paul island hops to beautiful Ulva and the mysterious island of Inch Kenneth, where some of the earliest kings of Scotland are buried, and finds out about its connection to the eccentric English aristocrats, the Mitfords. Paul’s final destination is the beautiful and remote Treshnish Islands where… Read More

A wonderful sighting of the West Coast Orcas

The sighting of a pod of very rare Orcas caused great excitement on our August  Skye and The Inner Hebrides Cruise.  Our guest Tony Bradhurst managed to get some photos if the pod of 4 Orcas as our vessel was heading across Loch Snizort after leaving  Portree on the morning of Tuesday August 5th heading to Dunvegan Castle. Later that day as the vessel headed from Dunvegan Castle to Loch Harport, passing the most westerly point on Skye, the Orcas were seen again. Tony believes it was the same pod - the Orca with the notch in the back of its dorsal fin is in both lots of photos. Orcas, also known as killer whales, are… Read More

An account of our "Around Mull" cruise from Guest, Chris Brock

Having travelled up to Oban from Norfolk, I was eagerly awaiting my second cruise with The Majestic Line. I met up with Ray and Carole Herbert, who I had met on my first cruise in 2013, and we had agreed to stay at the same B&B in Oban. There we met Tom, an elderly gentleman who was a veteran of Majestic Line cruises. He would be on the same cruise as ourselves. In the evening we ate at EE Usk, a highly rated local fish food restaurant on the quayside, and could see the Glen Tarsan and Massan at anchor. On the Saturday morning we went into Oban, and by now The Glen Tarsan was moored on the quay. There we met our convivial captain… Read More

The Isle of Ulva and the "Father of Australia"

This post is inspired by a comment about the connection between Lachlan Macquarie and the Isles of Ulva and Mull in the Hebrides provided by one of our Australian Guests who recently cruised with us. “We did not know that our famous New South Wales Governor Lachlan Macquarie was born on Ulva, until we arrived near Ulva. We did not find out that he and his family are buried on Mull, until reading this after we got home. Governor Macquarie is a very famous part of our history and there are lots of place names around New South Wales that are named after him. We also have a lovely waterfront point in our Sydney Botanic Gardens… Read More

Wildlife in abundance on our first 'Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer' Cruise

Skipper Martin McWhirr was supported by Chef Michael, Engineer David and Bosun Hazel. Our new 6-night cruise “Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer” was everything we had hoped for with most species putting in an appearance.  Departing Oban in spectacular sunny weather we cruised up Loch Linnhe to our first anchorage on Loch a choire on the Morvern Coast.  The scenery was stunning with the loch fringed by high mountains and the snow topped cap of Ben Nevis glinting in the distance Otters have been spotted here on previous cruises but weren’t coming out to play this time.  We did however get some close sightings of red… Read More

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