St Hilda Sea Adventures – Scottish Golf, Whisky and Wildlife Cruise
St Hilda Sea Adventures – Scottish Golf, Whisky and Wildlife Cruise
26th April 2020 – 10 spaces available
8 night tour – Price per cruise (per person) £2100.00 -£2420.00 – Extra £250-£300 costs for Golf courses and Distillery tours
How exciting does this sound? Well pretty exciting I would say. Dream Golf Holidays in conjunction with St Hilda Sea Adventures present for you this amazing tour around the Islands and Peninsulars of The West coast of Scotland.
Everyone knows that Scotland is the home of golf and of course there are many famous courses – even one owned by Donald Trump! But what many golfers don’t know is that the beautiful Scottish Islands and Peninsulars on the west coast have some amazing courses with incredible scenery. From millionaire owned courses on the Island of Jura to the rough links and Machair courses on the Isle of Mull and Colonsay.
We have put together a wonderful Inner Hebridean eight or ten night cruise. In most places golfing parties can enjoy a visit to a whisky distillery as well as a game of golf but we would suggest that the distillery visit is after the game! There is an abundance of wonderful wildlife as we travel to the courses and distilleries.
Please note that your voyage is weather dependent. Weather doesn’t just mean good or bad weather. There are many considerations such as tidal gates, wind direction and strength, the strength and direction of currents, overfalls, and fetch.
Example of the 8 night itinerary:
Day 1: Your departure point will be Oban (Dunstaffnage Marina), the gateway to the Hebridean isles. After a short introduction to life on board our small ship we lift anchor and set sail to our first destination, Oban bay. Along the way we will enjoy an afternoon tea which consists of warm scones served with clotted cream and preserves.
Day 2: We can visit the Oban distillery and play the 18 hole Glencruitten Golf Club which is a wild-life rich, picturesque, challenging course situated in beautiful parkland. In the afternoon we shall travel to Loch Spelve. The anchorage in this sheltered loch, which is surrounded by an ancient oak forest, gives us unparalleled views of the mountains of Mull. There are resident otters along its shoreline. We can also pick up some local grown mussels in the morning before we leave to our next destination.
Day 3 and 4: We will sail the Sound of Luing to West Loch Tarbet on the Mull of Kintyre Peninsular. On the Kintyre Peninsular there are two, world-famous, golf courses. The Machrihanish golf course, one of the best links courses in the world with its infamous first hole played over the Atlantic Ocean, and the equally famous Machrihanish Dunes links course. Visits to these golf courses can include a tour of Campbeltown’s whisky distilleries.
Day 5 and 6: Next is the famous “whisky island” of Islay (eight distilleries) and here you can play one of Scotland’s oldest courses in one of the best locations in world golf – the Machrie Links.
Day 7: We will then start to head North again up to Luing. Passengers can be dropped off at the little village of Toberonochy and do the lovely walk to the Atlantic Islands Centre.
Day 8: Our last anchorage will be Loch Aline which is a delightful loch off the Sound of Mull. In Loch Aline there are woodland walks and, at the head of the loch, is ancient Ardtornish estate and woodland gardens.
Scottish Island Golfing
Everyone knows that Scotland is the home of golf and of course there are many famous courses – even one owned by Donald Trump! But what many golfers don’t know is that the beautiful Scottish Islands and Peninsulars on the west coast have some amazing courses with incredible scenery. From millionaire owned courses on the Island of Jura to the rough links and machair courses on the Isle of Mull and Colonsay.
We have put together a wonderful Inner Hebridean eight or ten night cruise, starting from Oban, that visitors can enjoy. In most places golfing parties can enjoy a visit to a whisky distillery as well as a game of golf but we would suggest that the distillery visit is after the game!
We can customise an itinerary but recommend the following cruise that starts in Oban. Here you can visit the Oban distillery and play the 18 hole Glencruitten Golf Club which is a wild-life rich, picturesque, challenging course situated in beautiful parkland. For the less energetic there are three nearby, nice 9 hole courses at either Dalmally, Taynuit or Dragon’s Tooth.
Then we can sail the spectacular Sound of Luing to West Loch Tarbet on the Mull of Kintyre Peninsular. On the Kintyre Peninsular there are two, world-famous, golf course. The Machrihanish golf course was laid out by the legendry “Old Tom Morris” in 1879. It is one of the best link courses in the world with its infamous first hole that has to be played over the Atlantic Ocean. The Machrihanish Dunes Course is equally world renown and, although a modern links course, is based upon how golf was played in the “old days”. Visits to either of these golf courses can be paired with a visit to one of Campbeltown’s famous whisky distilleries.
Next on this cruise is the famous whisky island (eight distilleries and more to come) of Islay and here you can visit the distilleries and play one of Scotland’s oldest and beautiful Machrie Links course. Originally designed in 1891 it has been fully modernised and has one of the best locations in world golf.
There is also the new 18-hole golf course on nearby Jura, close to the distillery, owned by a millionaire Australian, but it is a yet not clear who will be playing there.
Next Stop would be on the Isle of Mull at Tobermory. Here there is a famous whisky distillery and three, 9 hole courses on the island. was voted the “Best 9-hole Course in Scotland” because of its spectacular scenery and its challenging, hilly 9-hole course. It was played by Open Champion winner Tom Watson. In contrast, there is the Iona Golf Course played on the gently undulating machair (a short grass, full of beautiful wildflowers, that is found on sandy island beaches) and here the grass is kept short not by a groundsman but by the sheep and cattle! Also on undulating machair, and also near the ferry port of Craignure, is the welcoming Craignure Golf Club whose origins date back to 1908.
On the Outer Hebridean Islands there are some wonderful golf course with breath taking views. The is a 9 hole course Isle of Barra Golf Club with great views of the Atlantic, On nearby South Uist there is designed again by “Old Tom Morris”. Recently reclaimed from the wild to become world famous among golfers. On the Isle of Benbecula there are 18 holes to enjoy and on the Isle of Lewis there is the Stornoway Golf Club and on Harris the Harris Golf Club has on one side the Sound of Taransay flowing into the Atlantic Ocean and beautiful Hebridean white sands on the other. All could be visited in a custom-made cruise. Why not try a whole boat charter with your golfing friends.
Contact Dream Golf Holidays and we will start the journey to get you on board this wonderful golfing opportunity.
Yours in Golf
Paul Mason MD
Dream Golf Holidays