The Hebridean Princess is a floating Victoriana country house, visiting Scotland’s most remote coastline, hopping from isolated islands to pristine deserted beaches, anchoring in misty sea lochs and inaccessible bays. The fully refurbished and immaculate vessel holds a coveted Royal Charter, following Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday cruise, and consequently attracts the well-heeled, well-educated and well-into-their-more-mature years. Outstanding cuisine, thoughtful destinations, gorgeous surroundings, vintage style, expert guides and authentic Scottish tradition bring many to return to this ship again and again.
Once a local ferry, the Hebridean Princess has undergone a full and impressive refurbishment to offer first-class accommodation for 50 guests, with a crew of 38.
Oban, on Scotland’s West Coast, is the starting point for itineraries to remote coastal locations normally only reachable by private yacht. Cruises typically last a week, with occasional trips heading for Norway.
Cabins are decorated in a richly luxurious classic style, some with brass portholes or opening windows, and named after lochs, bays, castles and islands. Each is individually in style with sweeping curtains and period bathrooms.
The Tiree Lounge, named after one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands, is the main meeting place with a cosy bar and impressive selection of whisky. Dining takes place in the Columba Restaurant, with formal nights on every cruise and a ‘jacket and tie’ dress code for evenings.
Bicycles, rowing boats, a speedboat, fishing gear, a Zodiac exploration boat and guided walking trips keep guests entertained.
Photos courtesy of Hebridean Cruises