Welcome onboard M/Y Chico

Chico, a gentleman's motor yacht, was built in 1932 at St. Monans, Fife. A Dunkirk Little Ship, and registered as a National Historic Ship, she is now available for charter on the West Coast of Scotland. There are three double cabins for up to six guests, with separate crew accommodation. Day trips for up to eight people can be booked by arrangement. Please visit our website for more details.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Cruise round Morvern

Although mainland, Morvern is easiet seen by boat. From Strontian, at the head of Loch Sunart, down the Sound of Mull and up Loch Linnhe to Loch a Coire, the scenery is as varied as it is spectacular.

And the sun shone, sometimes

We made a detour to Castle Coeffin on Lismore, a 13th century MacDougall stronghold built on the site of an earlier Viking fortress but uninhabited for centuries.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Cruise round Mull

With keen nature watchers on board most of our time was spent like this

or this

but the rewards are plenty

The view isn't bad either

Is it safe to come out now?

Monday, 30 May 2016

Iona, Oronsay and the Garvellachs

With a retired vicar on board it was only natural to explore some of the Western Isles' early Christian sites, but first we stopped off at the Treshnish Isles to visit the puffin colony on Lunga, resplendent with Bluebells.

And of course puffins

Dolphins were much in evidence as well. We were joined by four separate groups riding the bow wave.

Everyone enjoyed the sunshine underway on deck

and wandering across Oronsay to visit the interesting ruins of the priory, built in 1380.

Then taking the opportunity to recuperate

Friday, 13 May 2016

Corpach Boatbuilding Company

Chico was due her 5 yearly out of the water inspection for commercial use this spring, so she was slipped at Corpach and, with her masts down, trundled up into the yard's shed.

The highly skilled and efficient workfoce set about renewal of some planking, having to peel back the copper sheathing to get access.

New planks fitted, ready for caulking and painting.

Back in the water with her hull scrubbed clean she's noticeably faster and more responsive to handle.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Fort Wiliam and the Jacobite

While Chico was out of  the water for maintenance and survey at Corpach Boatbuilding Co we enjoyed exploring the area round Fort William, dominated by the mass of Ben Nevis.

The Jacobite steam train, which runs on the West Highland Line between Fort William and Mallaig, started its season, here pulling into Banavie where the line crosses the Caledonian Canal.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Loch Drumbuie, Tobermory and Loch Aline

A 2-day trip up the Sound of Mull

Brothers Arthur and Ronnie enjoying the early-morning sun in Loch Aline

Ronnie, Arthur and daughter Jennifer in Oban Bay at the end of a very happy cruise.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Jura and Luing

A 3-day cruise south to Jura, one of our favourite cruise destinations.

Looking west on Luing with Fladda Lighthouse, The Garvellachs and Mull in the distance

At Barnhill on Jura where George Orwell wrote 1984