The new series of Coast features The Majestic Line

We are great fans of the BBC series “Coast”, especially as exploring coastlines is what we do!  So we were truly delighted to be invited to be involved in the new series – series 11 – which is promoted as the ultimate guide to the coast of Britain.  This series has a new perspective on the coast, providing all the information needed to enjoy the British coastline like a local.  In particular this series was seeking out local charismatic characters and Neil Oliver was filmed chatting to Majestic Line owner Andy Thoms… Read More

See our 2017 brochure

Our new 2017 brochure is ready and full of information about our 14 cruises on offer for next season onboard our three vessels, Glen Massan, Glen Tarsan and Glen Etive.  The west coast of Scotland and the Hebrides covers a vast area and our different cruise itineraries provide unique voyages to the best areas and anchorages, with cruises of 3-nights, 6-nights and 10-nights duration on offer. Many of the photographs in the brochure were taken by our guests and crew to give a true flavour of the onboard… Read More

Chef Michael Weir's buffet salad aboard the Glen Etive

Michael has extensive Michelin standard and Good Food Guide experience, including running his own restaurant in Malvern for 8 years. Michael uses totally fresh ingredients from local suppliers as much as possible, making everything in the galley from scratch.  His close rapport with local suppliers helps identify which produce is in season and at its best, often picking up fresh ingredients en route Here are the elements of  his Buffet Salad which our guests loved!. Smoked salmon, smoked… Read More

A wonderful celebration as we launched our new vessel

A wonderful ceremony was held on April 5th as many friends, colleagues and family turned out at Holy Loch Marina to witness the Naming Ceremony of our third vessel, Glen Etive. We were delighted to have actor Barbara Rafferty name the ship View a gallery of images here> As guests gathered at the Holy Loch Sailing Club the Glen Massan and Glen Tarsan went off out into the loch to greet the Glen Etive as she appeared on the horizon.  Guests stood at the loch side, enjoying the spectacle of the Glen Etive approaching, flanked by her sister… Read More

Gourmet Food from the Glen Etive Galley

Some tips from Mike Weir, Chef aboard the Glen Etive, on how he provides gourmet food for our guests from a boat galley. "On our vessels, there is obviously much less storage, refrigerator and freezer space than in a typical hotel or restaurant kitchen. To overcome the space problem, the answer is to use only the best and freshest ingredients so that I can keep my cooking simple, letting the flavour of the food speak for itself.  I use only local suppliers, stocking up initially in Dunoon and Oban but because I use only fresh ingredients I know I will also need to stock up at suppliers en route. We often call in at… Read More

Barbara Rafferty will name our new vessel, the Glen Etive

We are thrilled and delighted that Barbara Rafferty will name our vessel, the Glen Etive, at the official Naming Ceremony on Tuesday April 5th at The Holy Loch Marina. Barbara is a previous guest of The Majestic Line and we loved having her onboard.  As someone brought up on Clydebank she understood where we were coming from in calling our company The Majestic Line and the significance of the golden funnel!  One of Scotland’s best loved and respected actors, Barbara is probably best known for her role as Ella Cotter in the iconic TV series “Rab C Nesbitt”.  However her impressive career includes countless… Read More

How to build a new mini-cruise vessel from scratch using local skills

After 18 months of construction and interior fit-out at Ardmaleish Boatyard on Bute, and two months of tests and finishes at Holy Loch Marina, the Glen Etive was finally ready for her Naming Ceremony on April 5th. What has been accomplished is unique so how it was all achieved? The Glen Etive was originally designed by Ken Fulford of Fergusons Shipyard in the Clyde.  Ken sadly died in 2012 but Andy Thoms, owner of The Majestic Line took the design forward with the help of Naval Architect Alasdair Salmon.  Ardmaleish Boatbuilding, on the Isle of Bute on the Clyde was commissioned to do the build.   Although it has a… Read More

Calling all malt whisky lovers! Join our May 2016 cruise for the Islay Festival of Music and Malt

Our new 10-night cruise to the Southern Hebrides will take in the whisky isles of Islay and Jura as they celebrate 200 years of malt whisky production. The best way to experience these unique distilleries is from the sea, reflecting the maritime flavour of the whiskies themselves. We are offering two departures for 2016 on May 21st and August 27th 2016 on board our new luxury vessel, The Glen Etive. The May date of the new cruise “Islay and the Southern Hebrides” is timed for the Islay Festival of Music and Malt, Fèis Ìle, from 20 – 28th May 2016 The cruise has a strong focus on whisky and local gourmet food produce, but… Read More

Our new luxury vessel, The Glen Etive, is on course!

The building of our new luxury vessel, the Glen Etive, is going to plan under the careful supervision of Ewan Ferguson at Ardmaleish Boatyard on the Isle of Bute and Andy Thoms, partner in The Majestic Line.  The hull is complete and the interior fit out has now begun.  Despite being a brand new boat, the Glen Etive will have traditional character due to the marine quality of the fittings and finishes.  Andy has been scouring the country for the best brass, stainless steel and hardwood parts and is delighted with his latest find of the best quality brass portholes for the cabins. See below for a sneak preview of the deck… Read More

Hebridean Island Diary and Memories

Annette and Angus Vine kindly sent us their diary for their "Around Mull Wildlife Explorer£ 6-night cruise departing September 5th on the Glen Tarsan: Our fondness for the Islands, fuelled by the adventure of an unscheduled itinerary, and the unexpected, brought us to Oban again on 5th September.  After a short pub lunch, we were collected by Scott, our captain, and Ray, the engineer, and taken by tender on a calm and warm afternoon to board our home for the next six days.  Our fellow travellers were a mixed “bunch” which gave the party an international feel : two from Chicago, two from Utah, an… Read More

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