Magnificent Caledonian Canal listed in Quirkycruise's Gander at Europe Canal Transits

As river cruising gets more popular across Europe, small ship cruising companies are using these man made waterways to take their passengers on idyllic itineraries through interesting rivers, lochs and towns. The Caledonian Canal is one of these fabulous waterways running from Corpach, Fort William to Inverness in the North East Highlands.  The Majestic Line offer autumn cruises through this stunning canal and due to popular demand have introduced springtime cruises in April, a favourite time to cruise amongst new and returning guests.  2017 was a great year for our Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal trips and our guests loved… Read More

New Autumn cruise dates announced! Join us onboard Glen Massan and Glen Tarsan for a special October Isles of the Clyde and the Southern Hebrides cruise

Due to the success of our inaugural end of season one-way trip on Glen Etive, we are delighted to offer new October 2018 6-night Isles of the Clyde and the Southern Hebrides sailings onboard Glen Massan and Glen Tarsan.  Isles of the Clyde and the Southern Hebrides: 6-night cruise departing October 20th Setting off from Oban on Saturday 20th October 2018 this special homeward bound cruise follows the twelfth century sea route of the "Lords of the Isles" passing Loch Sween, Gigha, Jura and Islay.  The many inlets and sea lochs are perfect for dropping anchor while the Gulf of Corryvreckan is one of nature's… Read More

Chef Gordon picks his four favourite dishes from the season

Gordon Howe has been Chef aboard both Glen Massan and Glen Tarsan this year, creating culinary delights for guests throughout the season.  He uses the freshest of local ingredients and cites Jackson Bros Merchant Butchers in Oban and Tobermory Shellfish Company as regular suppliers.  Inverlussa Mussel Farm's succulent mussels also feature in his menus as do guests requests to cook their caught mackerel or trout. Gordon has picked his four favourite dishes from this season from starters and main courses to desserts. Four Starters   Venison Terrine and pork pate served with a forage of salad leaves, a potato… Read More

Read about puffin therapy, gourmet food and idyllic anchorages - just some of the highlights from guests in 2017

All season our guests have been telling us about their highlights from their cruises. Here are just a selection of their wonderful memories! Puffin therapy was a highlight for many guests It was the achievement of a dream to sit beside puffins. Mabel Campbell 6 – 12 May The weather was excellent on our visit to Lunga and the puffins were very photogenic. Val & Mary Llewellyn, 13 – 19 May The puffins on Lunga were a bucket list tick for both of us. Jean Goldsack, 27 May – 2 June. For me the puffins were my highlight, for my husband John, the fishing and for both of us the peace, beauty… Read More

The new must-have holiday; a Majestic Line small-ship charter in the Hebrides

Since launching our third mini-cruise vessel in April 2017, we have experienced a massive surge in forward bookings – there is now less than 5% of availability left for the 2017 season across all three vessels.  One third of cabin availability is already booked out for the 2018 season and private charter of the whole boat is currently 42% of all forward sales for 2018. The company also has several charter bookings for the 2019 season. View the dates still available here> Part of the reason for this is that our mini-cruise vessels, with only 12 guests on… Read More

A major revamp for the Glen Massan and Glen Tarsan

Our original two mini-cruise vessels were lovingly converted from fishing wooden vessels.  The first vessel, Glen Massan is now 13 years old and our second vessel Glen Tarsan is now 11 years old; both have served well over the years and have many fans amongst our guests, who often have a favourite even although the vessels are very similar. After so many years of faithful service in demanding sea conditions it was time to give the vessels a complete overhaul and this took place over the last… Read More

All set for the new season!

After a hectic week of training and induction, our crews are all set for the new season and the first cruises which departed on Saturday April 8th from Holy Loch Marina.  All three vessels headed off around the Mull of Kintyre in good weather conditions to explore the Isles of the Southern Hebrides and the magnificent sea lochs along the coastline of South Argyll.  Our calendar is almost sold out for this season already - we are delighted that so many people now have a Majestic Line cruise as a must-have holiday and are particularly pleased that over 40% of our bookings are from returning… Read More

The Majestic Line crews get WiSe about wildlife watching

The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) delivered a WiSe course for our Skippers this week, with the rest of our crews, shore and office team able to observe so that they could learn. The Majestic Line is now a WiSe accredited company, which ensures a solid understanding amongst our crews of how best to approach and interact with marine wildlife and avoid any disturbance from our activities on the water.  As a WiSe operator we have agreed to abide by Codes of Conduct for the wildlife we view.  This promotes safe and sustainable watching of our precious basking sharks, whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and seabirds that we… Read More

Try some Puffin Therapy!

Every March the puffins which nest on the islands around the western coastline of Mull, migrate from their winter location out in the Atlantic to form rafts of birds on the surface of the sea near their nesting sites.  In April they gradually venture on land to nest, usually returning to the same burrow at the top of the cliffs each year.  Weather permitting, our Around Mull: Inlets and Islands Cruise and Wildlife Cruise will explore these amazing islands and visit the nesting sites, while ensuring our presence does not disturb the birds. The puffins which nest on the islands around Mull are not afraid of humans and you can get very… Read More

Jane McDonald loses her heart to Scottish small-ship cruising

A small-ship cruise in the Hebrides is now a must-have holiday thanks to the Channel 5 programme“Cruising with Jane McDonald” For the first time, cruise Guru Jane McDonald decided to try a small-ship cruise as part of her new series “Cruising with Jane McDonald”. The broadcast of her experience on board a mini-cruise vessel has set our very niche sector of cruising alight. Jane joined a group of shipmates on board our mini-cruise vessel Glen Tarsan, in May 2016 for a 6-night cruise around the Island of Mull in the Inner… Read More

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