St Hilda

Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll & Bute
+44 (0)1776 810802

Boat, sea and wildlife lovers will be keen to board this elegant ex tall ship with wonderful views in a bustling marina near Oban


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome

The Experience

It’s warm and cosy on board St Hilda and you’ll find buttery Scottish shortbread waiting for you. The saloon has comfy seating with a fold-down table for dining and playing games or cards. Old brass lights, clocks, barometer, compass and gleaming wood add to the nautical feel and plenty of windows let light – and sunshine – flood in. Sunsets will shine through with incredible effect. A compact galley has everything you need to cook, but a five-minute drive will take you to Oban for a good choice of mainly seafood restaurants.

On warmer days you’ll be up on the deck, surrounded by views of the shoreline and mountains and the islands of Mull and Lismore. Eat up here while spotting wildlife: otters, seals and many birds including the white tailed eagle.

There are grand walks to white sandy beaches, boat trips for fishing or to other islands, food shops in Oban and grand castles and gardens to explore.

St Hilda - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Sitting on the deck on sunny days, dozing with a book and listening out for birds
  • Walking from Oban to wide sandy beaches, or inland to dramatic castles
  • Organising fishing or a wildlife tour from the Oban pier
St Hilda - Gallery

You should know

  • Not all the cabins have en-suite bathrooms
  • Staircases are fairly narrow and steep


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £204
Weekly price
from £1428
Damage deposit
1 Boat for 6
From £2044 bedrooms


Life aboard St Hilda was everything I was looking in terms of a getaway. Something different and a little adventurous. St Hilda is ideal for liveaboard with everything needed to have a very comfortable stay – even in late October. The marina is a great place to just sit and watch and is a perfect base for exploring the Argyll coastal route. There is so much to experience from an archaeological, geological and scenic perspective.

Peter, .

We had a fabulous time aboard St Hilda. The team looked after us really well, giving us a warm welcome and a few essentials for the fridge! Nothing seemed too much trouble for them. The scenery around the marina is magical and the night sky truly awesome.


We had the most glorious 4 days on board the St Hilda, albeit moored in the Marina above Oban. This quaint vessel lived up to all our expectations and the service we received from the whole team at St Hilda Adventures was magnificent. The vessel proved a great base for visiting the surrounding beauty spots. We fished off the boat side and had to stop after one session due to the quantity of Mackerel we caught! The whole 4 day break with superb weather was truly memorable.


St Hilda is a wonderful boat to stay on for a few days. It is cosy, warm and has the added charm that comes with mixing old and new. She is lovingly looked after by the family and it was a pleasure being on board. I can't wait to set sail on my next adventure.

Karen, Sawday's inspector

A lockdown Covid experience that despite restrictions turned into a lovely holiday. The boat (St Hilda) was cosy and comfortable and Christophe made sure we were well looked after. The area is stunning and the weather was kind to us. Would love to come back and enjoy the full cruise experience! Thank you.

Sara, .

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The neighbourhood

You're in the Dunstaffnage Marina along with many colourful craft and the views are stunning. Oban has many independent gift shops and galleries to explore, and from here you can organise trips to the islands, sea fishing and wildlife boat trips. The Glencruitten Golf Club is here, there are riding stables at Achnalarig and whisky distilleries to visit. Lovely walks and cycles are all around.

Local points of interest from Julie Marshall

  • Atlantis Sports and Leisure Centre: Includes swimming pool, sauna, squash courts, tennis courts, badminton courts, kids softplay, bouldering wall
  • Ganavan Beach, Oban is 2.3 miles from Oban city centre (50 mins walk); Tralee beach, Benderloch is 9 mins drive from Dunstaffnage marina
  • Boat trips include Loch Etive Boat Trips (fishing trips, wildlife trips and visits to nearby islands) and Coastal Connections; sea fishing can also be arranged through Blue Fin Oban and Argyll Sea Tours
  • Visit Dunollie museum, castle and grounds (Oban) or Dunstaffnage castle and chapel (Dunbeg)
  • Fort William, known as a gateway to Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak, is an hour's drive, as is Glencoe Mountain Resort with a range of summer and winter activities such as mountain biking and sledging
  • Visit Cruachan Dam and Power Station (20-minute drive) - a guided tour takes you deep inside the Hollow mountain


Julie Marshall

St Hilda Sea Adventures is a family-run business that offers Scottish island cruises, and now a unique self-catering experience aboard a small ship. The Guardian described these beautiful islands, sea lochs and mountains of the Outer Hebrides as truly unforgettable.