The Idyllic Island of Iona

Idyllic Iona Although only a tiny island, Iona has a big history and is known as the birthplace of Christianity in the UK.  Its historic abbey was established by St Columba in 563, and year round the island welcomes visitors on pilgrimages.  However with its white sand beaches, azure seas and picturesque village – and the definite feel that time has stood still – it is one of the popular stopovers on our two ‘Around Mull’ cruises. These cruises also feature visits to Mull itself including its many sea-lochs, and surrounding islands such as Ulva and Staffa.  Iona is a popular destination for our guests who… Read More

Kintaline Farm Mutton Wellington

Ingredients Mushroom Duxelle 25g/1oz butter 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 shallots, finely diced 8 chestnut mushrooms, chopped 2 tbsp… Read More

Oban 14 Year Old Whisky Cured Salmon

Ingredients Salmon One side of Watts salmon, scaled and pin boned  180g Caster sugar  180g Fine sea salt 120ml Oban 14YO Single Malt Zest of one lemon and one orange Beetroot Four beetroot, cooked and diced 20ml Oban 14YO Single Malt  2 tsp of Dijon mustard  2 tsp of Fresh chopped dill Horseradish crème fraiche Pinch of salt Freshly grated horseradish Juice and zest of one lemon Method Salmon Measure out a… Read More

Captain's Blog - First Cruise of the Season

Day 1 After a winter of hard work, the Glen Massan was looking bright, shiny and ready for the new season.  The crew welcomed our passengers aboard in a cool breeze to the sound of The Majestic Line’s piper, Craig Wilson, who played us away from the quay wearing his full piping regalia.  We embarked on a short evening cruise down the Clyde, passing Dunoon, then turning westward at Toward Point.  This route took us on to The Kyles of Bute, before dropping anchor in Loch Riddon for the night. Day 2 In the morning we woke to a misty loch and took our passengers on a short… Read More

The Isles of Coll, Mingulay and Barra

These three fascinating islands form part of an exhilarating journey from the Inner to the Outer Hebrides.  Visit these islands on our Idyllic Isles of the Outer Hebridesand St Kilda and the Outer Hebrides 10 night cruises. The island of Coll in the Inner Hebrides lies 4 miles north west of the island of Mull with the tiny island of Gunna between the two.  Gunna Sound is good place to look for basking sharks and other cetaceans.  The Island is 13 miles… Read More

Highlighting Islay and Jura in the Southern Hebrides

The island group of Islay and Jura in the Southern Hebrides is one of the most wildlife-rich areas in the UK.  These are two fascinating islands with a complex geology and a wide range of plant and animal species. The intertidal areas and stunning shorelines, with a backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges provides magnificent scenery while supporting internationally significant populations of bird species  and animals such as otter, seals and red deer.  The islands enjoy the gentle pace of life typical of the Hebrides. Two of our cruise itineraries have the option of calling in at Islay and… Read More

The Hebridean group of islands known as "The Small Isles"

Eigg and Minke Whale

On a cruise between the largest Inner Hebrides islands of Skye and Mull you will pass a group of magical islands known as “The Small Isles”.  The Isles of Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck are, indeed, small islands but each one is equally fascinating with its own unique beauty, atmosphere and scenery. A journey through these islands is a visual wonder with amazing ever-changing vistas of coastlines, mountain ranges and open sea.Each of the islands offers enticing anchorages and shore visits.  The largest island is Rum with a rugged mountainous landscape.  It is part owned by the community of 45 people and the National Trust of… Read More

Cruise Highlight - the Idyllic Isles of the Outer Hebrides 10-night cruise


Our new vessel, The Glen Etive will be cruising new, exciting and longer itineraries for 2016 with each cruise offering no less than a choice of 16 islands to visit. The "Idyllic Isles of the Outer Hebrides" 10-night cruise will take you to the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean to visit rugged and mysterious islands, with evocative names such as Mingulay, the Monachs and the Shiants, which are populated only by thousands of seabirds and surrounded by crystal clear waters, home to whales, dolphins and basking sharks.   Many of the other islands of the Hebrides that we visit are fertile with vibrant communities including the Isles… Read More

The Majestic Line sets sights on new horizons

The Glen Etive

Scottish small ship cruise specialist, The Majestic Line, has commissioned a new purpose built boat for the 2016 season adding new and more distant itineraries.  The MV Glen Etive will complement the two existing refurbished traditional fishing boats, which offer unique cruises around Scotland’s west coasts and islands.  The new vessel is currently being built by Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Co. Ltd on the Clyde, with funding assistance from Highland and Islands Enterprise.  Finished in traditional wood and brass, with spacious accommodation and a steel based hull, the new boat will undertake longer cruises and visit new… Read More

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

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