SOAKING up the solitude of the glorious west coast of Scotland need not be a lonely or expensive affair for the solo traveller in search of a unique maritime adventure. With a Majestic Line small boat cruise, going it alone has never been more stylishly sociable or affably affordable with not a single supplement in sight.
Marie Thoms, sales manager of The Majestic Line, comments: “As solo travellers well know, the most unfair aspect of going on holiday alone is hefty single supplements. Both our vessels have six en-suite cabins accommodating a maximum of 11 guests. On each Majestic Line cruise, two double cabins are reserved for single occupancy with no additional supplement. As well as solo guests, we often get groups of three interested in our cruises, perhaps a couple treating Mum to a special holiday, who will also benefit from our no single supplement policy.”
For solo travellers looking to discover the hidden beauty of Argyll and the Inner Hebrides, cruising with The Majestic Line is a relaxed and informal affair. Solo guests can enjoy the company of a small group of like-minded travellers, drawn by a love of the Highlands, spectacular scenery and wildlife or just a shared desire to escape from the world.
The Glen Tarsan and Glen Massan vessels of The Majestic Line are lovingly restored wooden fishing vessels, 85ft in length, full of their original charm and character. Their size allows the solo traveller the opportunity to enjoy social time with fellow cruise-mates, as well as the space to relax and contemplate the stunning scenery in peace and solitude. Guests can gather at the bridge to hear the skipper’s sea-faring stories; share binoculars on the top deck looking out for sea-eagles, otters and seals; escape alone to the sundeck to enjoy a good book or just gaze silently across the navy blue sea waters, ready to spot a porpoise or basking shark.
Andy Thoms, owner of The Majestic Line, adds: “We get great feedback from solo travellers who have enjoyed The Majestic Line experience with many repeat bookings and guests describing their cruise as ‘the holiday of a lifetime’. All are agreed that our small boat cruises are the ideal way to meet people on the same wavelength, who share a love of nature and the wild and who are keen to see more of this idyllic part of Scotland from such a unique vantage point.”
Andy Thoms and his family who run The Majestic Line are local to the area and come from a long line of sea-faring folk. They know these beautiful waters like the back of their hands and understand that the best way to experience Argyll and the Hebrides is by sea. Guests are taken to hidden beauty spots, far off the beaten track and inaccessible by road, so often missed by other travellers to the area. Visits to the local Chieftain’s ancestral home, deserted beaches or ancient ruined castles are just some of the delights on offer with opportunities to explore on land just a tender boat-trip away.
Eating on the Glen Massan and Glen Tarsan is an informal and sociable affair with guests dining boardroom style, allowing opportunities to share notes on wildlife spotted that day, plans for exploring, or just getting to know each other. The meals prepared by the on-board Chef are a gourmet experience, with local produce fresh from the sea and a selection of delicious seasonal specialities, all conjured up in a small galley kitchen and served by an attentive and unobtrusive crew.
Andy Thoms says: “Our crew provide the best of Scottish hospitality; they go out of their way to make the cruise a special experience for everyone on board and can often tailor the trip to include guests’ requests. Our solo travellers feel very welcome on such a unique adventure exploring the beautiful Scottish Highlands with new friends.”
Marie adds: “There is still single availability at no supplement for 2013, but these spaces fill up fast and we advise early booking. We are also now offering a ten per cent discount on our remaining cabins in April which applies to our solo guests too.”
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- The cost of a six-night cruise is £1830.00 per person including all meals and wine with dinner. The cost of a three-night cruise is £965.00 per person.
- Single availability for 2013 can be viewed on the website www.themajesticline.co.uk
- The Majestic Line offers a choice of seven, six-night itineraries and three, three -night itineraries sailing out of Holy Loch and Oban from April – October.
- Prices are fully inclusive with the exception of drinks from the well stocked bar including the Majestic Line own brand of Gin, Bilgewater Gin. Malt whiskies are a speciality.
- A ten per cent discount on three-night and six-night cruises in April is currently on offer and also for a new ‘Heritage and Wildlife of Mull and Glencoe’ six-night cruise.
- Local speciality food and drink produce features highly in the menu; all meals are freshly prepared to a very high standard.
- The Majestic Line small boat cruises are within easy reach of Glasgow. Guests are offered free pickup from Glasgow Airport for a one-hour transfer to Holy Loch departures in South Argyll. Transfers to Oban departures in North Argyll can be arranged at cost.
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