Where do we go? Well, that is up to you…
We are based in Kyle of Lochalsh and our Skye cruising ground stretches, broadly speaking, from Loch Gairloch in the north, to the Small Isles of Canna, Rhum, Eigg and Muck in the south (see our Cruising Area map). That encompasses Skye and the clusters of islands off its eastern shore, and a string of scenic sea lochs piercing the mainland coast – Torridon, Carron, Duich, Hourn, Nevis – all offering sheltered, secure anchorages and access ashore. Other areas of the Scottish West Coast can be available on request, such as exploring the Argyll Isles, the Island of Mull & southern Hebrides or transiting the Caledonian Canal.
Choices, choices, choices….and we are happy to help you make them. We and Red Moon can take you to places justly famed and popular – and others that you won’t have to share, only accessible by boat.
We offer bespoke itineraries to match the amount of time you have and how you’d like to fill it. Walking? Watching Wildlife? Visiting heritage sites? Simply pottering among the islands and along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the country? All of the above? One thing we are pretty confident about…regardless of wherever you’d like us to point the boat, you’ll enjoy an experience that will last long in fond memory.
On every trip, the safety, satisfaction and comfort of our guests are our paramount priorities. Comfort is assured, given Red Moon’s sea-going stability, her well-appointed cabins and warm, welcoming saloon. Satisfaction…well, we’ll do our utmost. The sea and the weather are less predictable and for safety’s sake it may sometimes be necessary to tweak itineraries. But don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of equally interesting alternative suggestions - there’ll always be a plan B (and if necessary, a plan C!).
Red Moon is at your disposal, the navigation charts are laid out on the wheelhouse table….and to whet your appetite, here are some suggested destinations…
Along the Lochalsh & Wester Ross Coast
- Cruise Lochs Torridon or Gairloch, framed by some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the British Isles
- Discover hidden gems like the anchorages of Poll Domhain & Creadh and visit the Applecross Inn
- Drop anchor in the popular harbour of Plockton, a picturesque settlement on the shores of Loch Carron
- Explore further into Loch Carron itself and going shore to view its small cluster of galleries
- Visit the quintessential Scottish castle on Eilean Donan in Loch Duich
- Make a stop at Glenelg and explore the past
- Motor the dramatic and fjord-like Loch Hourn, after dropping in on the white beaches of Sandaig, the setting for Gavin Maxwell's book Ring of Bright Water
- Stop off at the Old Forge pub in Loch Nevis; the most remote pub in Britain – the only other way to it is an 18 mile hike over the mountains!
Skye and the Islands
- SaIl into pretty Isleornsay for a stroll ashore to the gallery and shops
- Tour the clan Donald estate at Armadale, on the Sound of Sleat
- Cruise Loch Scavaig, with the backdrop of the magnificent Cuillins
- Visit the Talisker distillery in Loch Harport, which produces the Isle of Skye’s first whisky - the writer Robert Louis Stevenson’s favourite tipple
- Cruise the Sound of Raasay and anchor offshore there, or explore the nearby islands of Rona or Fladday
- Berth in the harbour of Portree, Skye’s main town; a bustling port and the island’s cultural hub
- Voyage to the Small Isles including Eigg, known for the ‘singing sands’ of its quartz beach and Massacre Cave, a grim reminder of clan conflicts past
These are just some destination ideas; we have outlined some suggested itineraries on our ' Skye Cruising Suggestions' page.
Our Cruising Area map will give you an idea of how far Red Moon can go in a given time; however, please bear in mind that in calculating these timings we have not taken account of tides, wind or sea state.
Southern Hebrides & Argyll Isles
Red Moon usually spends winter south of the Skye area which means that during our transits to and from Kyle in Spring & Autumn there are opportunities to explore some other areas. If you are interested in the Argyll Isles of Arran & Bute or the Southern Hebrides - Mull, Iona, Jura and Islay - all fabulous destinations - then we may be able to offer bespoke cruises in those areas at the start and end of the season.