The Shiant Isles & Ascib Islands
Our journey to The Shiants begins with a sailing around the Ascib Islands in Loch Snizort before making out way to The Shiants Isles. The Shiants Isles are a small group of islands located between the Isle of Lewis and Skye. Shiants, translated from Gaelic means holy, charmed or enchanted isles and from the scenery offered the name fits perfectly.
Our journey time will be roughly 30 minutes to the first viewing point, the Ascrib Islands. Whilst sailing to the islands we’ll have views of Greshornish point and waterfalls around the Waternish Peninsular. Arriving at the Ascrib Islands we will see the old large house on the Island, once owned by Lord Palumbo. The island has many of local wildlife to see. The Islands are part of special area of conservation owing to the breeding of the common seal that will offer plenty of photo opportunities before we depart the islands and sail for the Shiant Isles at around 11.30am.
Our journey time to the Shiants will be roughly over one hour arriving around 1pm where we will navigate the Islands. Close to 2pm we will anchor off for a cup of tea or coffee, picking a great viewing point for bird watching and to finish the day off. Once we have had our fill of Puffins we will aim to depart at around 3pm, heading back to Skye closer to the Trotternish peninsular. We’ll aim for arriving back at Redwood House for roughly 4.30pm.
The Shiant Isles – Puffins
These lesser known islands are truly spectacular with their slopping steep cliffs and abundance of bird life. The islands are home to thousands of puffins, manx shearwaters, razorbills and storm petrels in the summer months. With the availability of the viewing decking on board, we are fully immersed in the wildness of the island. Being one of the most important homes for seabird breeding in Scotland, The Shiant Isles accounts for about 10% of the breeding puffin population, therefore presenting us with plenty of great photo opportunities
The Ascrib Islands
The Ascib Islands in Loch Snizort, home to the inhabited island which hosts a large house and some small skerries with a great history, the islands host many of different types of wildlife from Sea Eagles to seals and an array of sea birds. Loch Snizort has many of fishing boats around, catching crabs, lobsters and prawns, we’ll often see many local fishing boats on the tours.
We do require guests come prepared with warm waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear although Waterproof clothing will be provided an extra layer is a great idea. A camera, packed lunch/snacks and water for the day is recommended. Whilst the weather will be monitored and we will only run the trip if the skipper deems the conditions safe, we are in the Atlantic Ocean & we may encounter some bumps along the way, guests that may suffer from seasickness should come prepared. Times are not exact and may vary slightly.
Skye Redwood House
Nestled on the waterfront of Loch Greshornish, a friendly welcome awaits you at Redwood House Hotel, along with stunning and unspoilt views over the loch and surrounding countryside.
Located in the Greshornish peninsula in the North West of the Isle of Skye, we are ideally situated for exploring our magical island, being only 25 minutes from Portree on the East, 15 minutes from Dunvegan on the West and 40 minutes from Uig on the North, the hotel is easily accessible.