What we do
Explore Scotland’s dramatic coastline with an unforgettable Scottish cruise adventure aboard our expertly converted wooden hulled trawler.
Skarvlines sets itself apart from other West Coast Cruise companies by combining both the West and East Coasts of Scotland with a trip around the top of mainland Scotland or through the Caledonian canal linking both in one cruise. Combine this with wonderful food & drink, dramatic scenery, breathtaking wildlife & wild places and our expert local knowledge and we think we offer something really special.
New Scottish Cruises for 2021
Nova Spero will transport guests who are seeking something more from their Scottish cruise holiday. Our passengers have a unique opportunity to see Scotland differently and explore her natural hidden gems well off the beaten track.
To view our 2021 cruises, click here.
Scottish Cruise Adventures
Guests can choose from a selection of Scottish cruise itineraries which allows the chance to enjoy a fresh perspective on hill-walking & mountaineering in Scotland. With access to remote munros and challenging natural climbing features, experiences can include Suilven, Stac Polly and Foinaven. We can arrange, on request, the service of a qualified mountain guide who will meet you at an agreed location at your own expense.
Travel with us
Hebridean Special Cruise – Outer Hebrides, Lewis & St Kilda
A relaxed cruise itinerary with plenty of time to explore the Outer Hebrides including Eriskay, Barra and South Uist as well as Harris or Lewis. We will sail to St Kilda on the longer cruise before returning home via the Sound Of Harris, Skye and the Kyles.from £2,760 / person, 10 Night CruiseSubmit now
What our Guests
The crew are friendly and try to accommodate your requirements, however, this is a former working fishing boat so sea states can make it difficult to get food and hot beverages whilst at sea. However, the crew endeavoured to accommodate. The lounge is very comfortable, however there are no permanent facilities for sitting out on deck, again the crew will move chairs around the deck to assist. Safety is a key feature and therefore when on deck the crew are keen for you to wear a life jacket all are provided and are very clean.
I have had the privilege of going to some remarkable places and experiencing some extraordinary journeys. I have visited Antarctica, rounded Cape Horne four times, and gone from Prague to Odessa by train. I have done nothing quite like my recent trip around the North of Scotland however. The journey started in Inverness. We then travelled via Wick, Orkney (Kirkwall and Stromness), the Old Man of Hoy, and Loch Eriboll. We rounded the point of Ness coming ashore on Hirta the main island in the Saint Kilda archipelago. From there we motored to Barra, Eriskay, Tobermory, Glencoe, Kinlochleven and eventually back to Inverness, via the Caledonian Canal. Saint Kilda was of course special, but the transportation, the Nova Spero equally so. Built in Abroath in 1973, she is one of the last carvel built ships to issue from a UK shipyard. Most UK fishing boats are steel and have been for the last 50 years. The people on the journey were special too. John MacInnes, the Master Mariner owner of the vessel shared captaincy with Bill Summers. Bill is one of the best known (fishing boat) owner skippers in the UK. He has fished the waters around Scotland for over forty years and achieved a well deserved reputation for wit, wisdom, instinct, skill and timing. I felt very comfortable, having John and Bill in charge when we encountered turbulent waters. I felt they could sail to hell and back, without breaking sweat. Likewise it was a privilege to get to know Kevin the ship's engineer and Jim, the cook, steward and deckhand; according to circumstance.
Why Cruise Scotland?
Wherever you are in our beautiful country, you’re never far away from the water.