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Spring Awakens: 6 Compelling Reasons to Set Sail on a Small Ship Cruise After Winter’s Chill

Monday, 22 January 2024

As winter loosens its frosty grip and nature awakens from its slumber, there’s no better time to explore the enchanting landscapes of Scotland than during April.

There are many reasons why embarking on a small ship cruise in Scotland during this time is an experience like no other. From milder weather and fewer crowds to blooming landscapes and captivating wildlife encounters, let us unveil the allure of Scotland’s coastal wonders in springtime.

Let’s find out just some of those compelling reasons to set sail in Spring.


April is often a transitional month where winter descends into spring. The air temperature in Scotland gets milder offering a sense of invigoration and new beginnings while our daylight hours extend a little giving you incredible opportunities to experience staggering sunrises just in time for breakfast and awe-dropping sunsets while you dine in the evening.


After such a long winter, it’s no wonder people flock to book their summer breaks. Beat the crowds by booking an April cruise, where you will enjoy the most popular tourist destinations such as Mull, Skye, and Arran much less crowded than during peak travel seasons.


April is an excellent time for those interested in wildlife. As newborn animals burst into life, and seabirds flock to Scottish shores, a small ship cruise gets you closer to nature, allowing you to see them in their natural habitats. Maybe you’ve always wanted to see puffins on Staffa or neighbouring Lunga, or you’d like to have the chance to learn more about Scotland’s top five, such as the inimitable white-tailed sea eagle. On our 6-night Around Mull: Wildlife Explorer cruise you will enjoy a half-day tour of Mull with an award-winning wildlife expert from Nature Scotland before visiting Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust’s headquarters in Tobermory to learn about their conservation work with cetaceans.

Springtime Discounts

Early season April, and late season October, are 10% less in price, yet the locally sourced Scottish food, exceptional customer care, and scenery are just as good as any other month! Why not try a 3-night “A Taste of Argyll” or “A Taste of the Hebrides” or 6-night “Isles of the Clyde and the Southern Hebrides” cruise allowing you to dip your toes into small-ship cruising at a lower cost?

Shake off the winter blues

Like a brisk, crisp, outdoor walk can breathe life into foggy, busy minds, a coastal cruise in Scotland can revive you. The sea air will awaken you as you take in rugged coastlines while shoreside walks will enliven you. Being pampered by our onboard crew and indulging in delicious freshly made food on a delightful small ship is the best possible way to ease into spring.

Cultural experiences

In April it is refreshing to see the island communities and local attractions welcoming guests back after their winter shutdowns. Be the first to experience Scottish hospitality at its best as you discover idyllic island havens and ancient Scottish heritage sites.

April, with its awakening beauty, offers a unique window to experience Scotland in all its glory. Whether you’re drawn to Scottish wildlife encounters and everchanging landscapes, or simply want to get away on a pampered small ship cruise, consider setting sail on the waters of Scotland this April. To check availabilty and make a booking click here.


We all had a wonderful time, were blessed with fabulous weather and scenery to die for.

— Nicky Piercy: Jun 2021 - Read Full Review

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