Comments from 2016
Thanks for the great trip. The sailing, wildlife and the islands were all totally amazing and we hope to join you again next year! Jan, Peter & the kids (Peterhead)
Thanks for a great trip around the Isles. We had a really enjoyable time, and thanks for arranging the sunny weather. I'll keep in touch when we get home. Iain. (Canada)
Just a quick note to thank you for sharing your knowledge of the Islands with us, it was a fascinating week. Ivan & Roni (Suffolk)
Hi DavidHuge thanks to you for getting us safely thru all those big seas. It is amazing to be able to be out in those conditions and feel safe - if a bit sick - so really I am very grateful to have been able to be out there. And it is your skill that makes it all possible - so more thanks. It's so great to be out there in the unpredictability of it all. What winds and waves and creatures may show up. Samighita (Lancaster)
Comments from 2015
It's hard to know what I enjoyed the very most of it all - but I think it was the sailing. I'd never been on a yacht before and have been horribly ill on car ferries etc - so it was great just not to feel ill. The major surprise tho is how much I totally loved the sailing itself. The wonderful connection of winds and waves and tides and the sense of being part of the sea. Brilliant. So more thanks for all this and for the great food, the comfy bunk, the beautiful boat and for all your skill, care and good humour getting us all to
such lovely wild places.
Hoping all your trips go well this year and that you enjoy them as much as we did.
We hope to make it back in 2016 for more adventures. Samagita (Lancs)
Thanks for a great trip around the Isles. We had a really enjoyable time, and thanks for arranging the sunny weather. I'll keep in touch when we get home. Iain (Western Australia)
Thank you for the trip to the Monachs - they were an exceptional experience! You live in a nice area of the world! All the best, Kai (Germany)
I finally made it on one of your 12 day cruises - this was memorable again!! - I found I enjoyed being given the opportunity to learn to sail (a little) was very exciting. The food was again lovely and walking on the islnds and the wildife was another treat - thanks again. Ann ( London )
We hope to see you again next year, maybe later in the season to see more cetaceans? Sailing the yacht was great fun and as well as exploring the islands we both learned a lot!! Teresa & John (Hove)
We had a lovely time - the birds and flowers were fantastic and we so enjoyed the lovely anchorages Peter & Liz (Maryport)
Great to sail with you again and we missed the rain!!. Kate & Leslie (Bishop Haughton)
Comments from 2014
Just a quick note tp say thank you for our sailing /walking tour of the Western Isles. We liked the islands, the wildlife, the flowers ...... and the absence of midges. Jackie & Ras (Sandgate)
Many thanks to you for a most enjoyable time last week. Managed to get home in time for lunch on Saturday and greatly enjoyed the trout. Many thanks! Hope to see you again. David (Strathaven)
I just want to say Thank You for a very enjoyable week's holiday. It was a great experience.
The food was great and I have already bought some of the ingredients to try and reproduce some of the delicious meals. Sally (Fort William)
A great trip, sailing was really fun for my first time. Wildlife was better than we expected and the weather much much better than we hoped. see you next year. Peter and Joan (Newhaven)
Seeing so many dolphins at one time was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Not only that, visiting the many totally different islands with someone who knew them so well was very special. As a first time sailor I fully enjoyed being given the chance to learn about it despite that being totally unintended when I booked. Patricia Wells (Cornwall)
Comments from 2013
I arrived safely in Lyon after having evaded the combined dangers of local ales and the world pipe band championships. Thanks again for this great trip and best wishes to you and Julie. Regards, Bertrand Fredeche (France)
We really enjoyed our wild, peaceful & sea-filled trip. It was a culture shock driving back down south afterwars - I could really get used to that sace and freedom. Thank you both so much for your hospitality, skill & hard work! Rachel, Chris,Dan & Alex Parsloe Isle of Wight
Just a quick note to say a huge thank you for a great time last week. Although the wind and weather didn't play ball some of the time you still managed to give us a good week, well done! And to top it all Andy won Wimbledon yesterday - what a fantastic end to our scottish week! Susan and Peter Williams
Hi, Just a quick note to say thank you for another great trip and also thanks to Julie for the very enjoyable food. Hopefully will see you next year. Jo (Ritzema) Tyne & Wear
Can I just say a big thanks for a wonderful trip to the Hebrides last week. The weather was "perfect" for my first sail on Saltwater Gypsy and the wildlife and scenery was fantastic as was the crack! Also a big thanks to Julie for her cool head ......it was the cooking I was thinking of here! Alastair Pearston
Comments from 2012
The sighting of the white beaked dolphins was the best bit of the holiday for me but the two otters playing near the boat was Angela's favourite! We both enjoyed the food immensely and everyone on board were very helpful to us both. Although we can't walk far nowadays we still saw so many exciting things - it was a really good holiday. Peter and Angela Hudson Suffolk
Being on a small boat was somewhat strange at first but I soon got used to it - even the boat heeling over!! Walking around the islands was great, my favourite was Muck especially the cream cakes! The birds were wonderful and I enjoyed getting close enough to get some good photos to show my friends. Hope to come along on another cruise next year and will be in touch. Lesley Thomas Perth
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our cruise with you. The yacht was very comfortable and the food was much better than we expected! Thanks for showing us around those lovely islands, we have some wonderful memories of the birds, otters, dolphins and the flowers you showed us. Thanks again. Mary and Tim Wallace Peterborough.
We are now into double figures on our cruises with you! Every one has been an absolute delight and your love for the work you do and the islands has not diminished over all these years. Wonderful food, company and wildlife on every trip - we'll see you again next year all being well. Diana and Craig Reynolds Cornwall.
Comments from 2011
Thanks once again for a really enjoyable trip. Our other cruises with you were on Guideliner and sailing was a totally new experience for us! It was great and the wildlife as usual lived up to all our expectations. See you again. Lucy & John Talbot
The new yacht is super!! Thanks for another wonderful cruise - the food was delicious, the company convivial and the wildlife excellent. Some of our photos are attached - so pleased with them. Terri and Peter Turnbull.
We'd been to the Hebrides on another yacht - must say your trip was so very diffferent and much more enjoyable. David's knowledge of the islands and of the wildlife made the cruise so special and actually staying in all those wonderful anchorages made the evenings magic! My photo's are great - thanks for the advice David. See you again. Michelle and Alan Vaughan. Cornwall
I hope to come again on one of your 12 day cruises - this last one was memorable - I found I enjoyed being on a sailing boat much more than I expected. Walking around the islands each day was a pleasure and the company in the evenings plus the lovely food ended each day nicely. Ann Lawrence London
Comments from 2010
Just a quick note to thank you SO much for the week you gave us. John Maclaren.
Many thanks for making the Orkney Adventure so enjoyable. We are aware of your kindnesses and patience with both of us and would like you to know that they were very much appreciated. Love, Jenny and John Tole
We all want to thank you again for this wonderful trip. I hope we´ll keep in touch. Claus Rudde- teufel & family (Germany)
We just wanted to say the biggest “thank you” for the best experience ever. We loved every minute and your company. We have bored everyone to death with eagles, otters and all the rest, but, the most magic thing of all was being on the sea with a skipper (and mate) who knows what’s what! It was thrilling. Love to you both, Sarah and Geoff xx
We yearn for a sail with you again and will be back with you next year. For value for money there is nothing to beat you -sailing or foodwise.
With very Best Wishes. Allan & Birgitta Forsyth
Comments from 2009
We were so fortunate to find the company,the crew, the boat ,the food and the weather. Hope to sail with you again with or without our grandsons,(17 & 15)
Allan & Birgitta
A quick note to thank you and Julie for looking after us so well last week. I joined the boat with a real fear of sailing (the potential wildlife (+ Vernon) was what urged me back to a boat), and I left with a desire to do more
Thank you so much for the great week - despite the awkward weather and despite the hiding aquatic mammals, I had a very enjoyable and really happy time
Comments from 2007
Firstly, thank you very much for an absolutely superb holiday. Both Darren and I had a great time, and learnt a huge amount. The company was excellent; the islands and wildlife simply stunning, and as for the food - Julie, I seem to have put on 7lbs, and Darren (in spite of the vegetarian fare) has put on 5lbs!
Darren & Sharon
Well planned Island visits and beautiful anchorages.
Well fed by Julie, great food, now to work it off !!
Blessed with unusually favourable weather.
Great wildlife sightings.
I just wanted to thank you both for such a great holiday( 25th-30th June) I really have a taste for this type of holiday now and look forward to coming again next year ( hopefully with better camera gear) probably later in the season and hope to have more contacts with Minke etc.
Just wanted to say thank you for another great holiday - great wildlife (and photos!) and good company.
My wife, Katherine, and I both really enjoyed our holiday with you at the beginning of this month. Scenery was really good and the company excellent. Everyone got on so well with everyone else! Julie's cooking is to be recommended.
And of course we were delighted to see the hump backed whale and so many otters.
John & Katherine
Comments from 2006
We wanted to thank you again for our 12-day trip. We were very apprehensive to begin with especially as the weather was less than favourable. It was the first time we had any experience of life on a small boat.
The beautiful scenery, birds and wildlife soon became so fascinating for us that the 12 days where over all too soon. Maureen and John
Many thanks for another wonderful two weeks, with the added bonus of getting to St. Kilda this time! It really was a splendid experience with good food and good company.
Pat & Colin
Many, many thanks for a great holiday,
The highlights, for me, were:
1. The cuckoo and her interesting secretive behaviour - I'm sure you were right, she was in the act of egg laying and I feel privileged to have observed it.
2. The two golden eagles, on the same walk, 'talking' to each other as they flew overhead.
3. The otter and subsequent walk on 'otter island'.
4. The small pearl bordered fritillaries especially on my walk to 'Tennyson Waterfall'.
5. The orchids, in particular the fragrant (which will always remind me of Elaine!).
Thanks for a superb holiday 17-22 July 06.It was all that I hoped for and more.
Julies cooking was excellent ,she rose to the challenge of my Gluten free diet which is never easy.
I felt as though I was on holiday with people I had known for years ,a lovely feeling.
Comments from 2005
Many thanks for a wonderful week. It was an amazing experience and thanks to you we saw so many interesting places and birds. The company also made the trip special as did Julie's cooking.
Pat & Colin
Kind regards to you and Julie and many thanks for giving us such a super time.
Alan & Nancy
I just wanted to say thanks David for being so good at what you do, which allowed me to have a holiday that I enjoyed immensely. Thanks again - or to quote a phrase I learnt in \Scotland - the whole experience was "brilliant".
Thanks a lot for taking us out on your yacht, we had an amazing week and I can't think of a better guide. We were all very happy with the trip and I for one could have stayed longer It is an amazing part of the country and we'll be back. I got a lot from your photography advice as well, I really want to come back again and try and improve!
Matt & Sarah
Comments from 2004
Just a few lines to thank
you for the wonderful holiday Val and I experienced, the wildlife and scenery
were breathtaking. Please thank Julie for the wonderful food and her good
humoured Yorkshire banter. Val and I will never forget the friendship and
happiness of all on board, and will remember the wildlife and scenery for ever.
Just a quick email to thank you both once again for a great week, the good food and good company it was a pleasure meeting and spending time with you.
Thank you both for such a wonderful holiday, it was super and we can't wait to come again, thank you for taking the trouble to show us such wonderful animals and birds and explaining every thing to us. Thank you Julie for such wonderful meals, everything was delicious.
Love to you both Maralyn
Thank you, thank you, it was all lovely – you were so good setting off on the Sunday night and again so early on Monday. We had all set our hearts on reaching St. Kilda. Magical sights to keep in the mind for ever – Conachair above the cloud ....... a single gannet, concorde amongst the gulls, following us. Canna was very special. You can drop me off there for a while. The people were great – how did you find us!
See you again before too long, I hope. Pat
Thank you for a great holiday, I don't know when I last enjoyed a holiday so much.
Comments from 2003
Thanks for a fabulous holiday. Difficult to identify the "highlights" because I enjoyed it all, but I'll never forget the dolphins racing under the bow. See you again next May.
Judith. Melbourne (UK)
Many, many thanks for a superb week - I enjoyed every minute of it.
Thank you for giving us such a splendid holiday. We saw so many interesting things, living and geological, though I was particularly pleased to have spotted the wildcats - so few people have seen one! Loved the dolphins and the gannets and the guillemots and every thing!
Christine & Sue. Braintree
One short shower of rain
in two weeks of being in Scotland that must be a record. Many thanks for a
fabulous holiday. The wildlife was splendid. It was a holiday to remember.
Letters from 2001
Letters - pre 2001
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