Customer Comments

Letters – pre 2001

Many thanks for an excellent weeks’ holiday. Thanks to your efforts and hospitality we’ve had an experience which we thoroughly enjoyed and which we would like to repeat in the future. Ian & Helen Smith. Orgival, France.

Thank you for a splendid holiday, everything turned out to be great – the skipper, the food, the boat, the crew & the incomparable scenery & wildlife. Jeannie. Maidenhead

We saw everything we set out to see – and more! Thanks for taking us to such beautiful anchorages and showing us such lovely walks Beverly & Mike. Salisbury

Being on Guideliner took us totally away from “normal life” it was lovely to experience being in remote and beautiful places. We were so lucky to have seen so many birds, flowers sea mammals etc -just fabulous Maeve. Kent

Thank you for a wonderful holiday on Guideliner. I enjoyed the company and simply relaxing in such capable hands. Denise. Croydon

I would just like you to know that those 12 days aboard Guideliner last month, were a truly amazing and wonderful holiday, with a skipper who shared his love and knowledge of the sea, the wildlife and the multiple island and lochs and who opened our eyes to so much around us. Shirley. London

Many thanks for a great holiday- maybe we can do it again sometime. Diane & Bill. Honeoye Falls USA

The morning with the basking sharks was without doubt, the highlight of a memorable week. It was fabulous, the company was wonderful, the cooking was scrummy and the wildlife amazing. see you next year. Chris. Bordon Hants

Many thanks for a really great trip. On reflecting on the list of species seen, it is incredibly impressive! It was so helpful having the various plants and birds pointed out! Maggie. Somerset

Herewith the list of what we saw on our voyage around Mull, which for me was a very memorable one – I would love to do it again. Bruce. Linton

It was lovely to experience being in remote and beautiful places. We were so lucky to see so many birds, flowers, sea mammals etc. Just fabulous. Maeve & Sue. Kent

Letters from 2001

We both really enjoyed the holiday and would like to do it again one day. I thought we had a great group – do people always get on so well on your cruises? Must be the good food!! PS Can I have the “sweet potato curry ” recipe please? Helen & Andy Stafford

We saw everything we set out to see – and more! Thanks for being such a good skipper – for taking us to such beautiful anchorages and showing us the lovely walks. Beverley & Mike

We “Canna” do more than say thanks for a very privileged week. All our love – Liz & Mike, Carolyn & Russ, Pat & Paul.

We are not renowned for our “boating activities” but not only were our worries completely allayed, but also our wildest hopes were justified. It was indeed a memorable week. The company was delightful, the cooking was magnificent and the scenery and wildlife all added up to a holiday we shall always look back on with much joy. Jennie & Derek Hitchin

I would just like you to know that those days aboard Guideliner last month were for me a truly amazing, rewarding and wonderful holiday. Add friendly, cheerful companions and a skipper who shared his love and knowledge of sea and wildlife and weather, and of the multiple islands & lochs and opened our eyes to so much around us. Shirley (London)

We’re so grateful for the idyllic trip you gave us. We can honestly say that it’s the best holiday we’ve ever had. Now when I see the hordes of cruise visitors coming into Bermuda, I feel terribly sorry for them. Liz & Mike Bermuda by e-mail

We cannot thank you enough for the opportunity to travel with you on the “Guideliner” over the last two weeks. Your kindness and expertise make this one of the great memorable experiences of our lives. Jim & Maria, Holland

What have you done to me? 50 years old, 30 years in the bank and after one week on board Guideliner, I’ve asked for early retirement! Jean & I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with you. The memories will remain for a long time. Jimmy & Jean London

Letters from 2002


Just a short note from Perryn and me to express our sincere thanks for your hospitality and a wonderful holiday. Neither of us had done anything quite so intrepid before and thanks to you we now have some rather unique holiday stories to regale our friends with. Your enthusiasm and passion for the islands/flora/fauna certainly ensured we gained the most from our time aboard, and Lesley’s skills in the kitchen were first class. We would definitely sail with you again – but maybe earlier in order to meet the puffins!!

Warm regards, Tracy and Perryn, Hope. N. Wales

I just wanted to say how much Alan and I enjoyed our holiday with you aboard Guideliner. I have so many wonderful memories of the places we visited and the animals, birds, flowers and other wildlife we saw. Your knowledge of the fauna and flora and the islands, the cooking and the company made it a very special holiday. It was a privilege to spend three full days on and around St Kilda – it is a truly amazing place! The thousands of gannets around the stacs will be something I will never forget. Also as we were travelling, the rafts of shearwaters were truly wonderful. Add to that the puffins, seals, golden and white tailed eagles, otters, dolphins and minke whales – well, what more could you ask.

Karen and Alan (Hocking) Chickerell

How are you? This is Jonathan Ross, my family and I recently went on one of your holiday cruises with you. I would like to say we all enjoyed it very much and it was an experience of a lifetime. In the e-mail I have attached pictures of the juvenile Minke whale we saw and we have many more which we would be happy to send you as there are many better ones. If you like we would also be happy to send you the video footage of the whale as it is very interesting and exciting to see. Thanks again for the holiday of a lifetime and if we don’t go to the Newfoundland’s or the west coast of Canada as I would like to, I think we may pay another visit to the Guideliner.
Yours Thankfully
Jonathan Ross. (aged 14) P.S. say thank you for the lovely cooking


I wanted to thank you so very much for a wonderful holiday. I especially liked the otters, golden eagles and the great skuas’ lunchtime display. The scenery, puffins, razorbills etc. etc. etc. were also great as was the company.

Julia – Fishguard

I am writing to thank you for the wonderful cruise to St Kilda and other islands which you organised for my family and myself. The yacht was very comfortable and the meals were excellent and ample. Thanks for the great care you took of us all.

Robin, Joan and Geoff. Whitley Bay

We both thoroughly enjoyed our cruise, once again you excelled yourself in finding wonderful scenery and the birds and mammals to match. As you know Sue loves otters and I believe in all 6 were spotted. However I think the highlight of the trip was the day the dolphins swan alongside Guideliner – a very special time – I took lots of photographs. Once again many thanks for a wonderful holiday and the concern and care which you showed to us both. It was an experience we will never forget.

Sue & Ian. Beverley

Comments from 2003

I have walked with elephants, micro-lighted over Victoria Falls, and sat in a dinghy surrounded by 300 water buffalo in Botswana, last week on Guideliner was just as thrilling and as much fun. I saw all I hoped for and more than I dreamed I would.

Julia. Bristol

Lawrence and I had a wonderful week with you, it certainly exceeded all expectations. It is difficult to pick out the highlights. Lunga, the minke, the sea eagle, the orchids, the food…………. I now have Guideliner as the wallpaper on my computer so I think of you every time I switch on!!

Rosemary & Lawrence

The opportunity to view the islands & the mainland from the sea was something to savour, as was the abundance of marine and land based wildlife & flora. All of the above were enhanced by your knowledge of the wildlife & the local history and as if that was not enough, it was all enhanced yet again by your undoubted love, passion and enthusiasm for you subject and the willingness with which you shared all of this with your guests. Many thanks for a fantastic holiday

Dave & Cheryl, Wirral

Many, many thanks for making this such a wonderful honeymoon and a holiday we will never forget.

Vicki & Adam

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.

Millie. Benderloch

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.

Many thanks

Alan and Pat

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.
All the best
Val & John

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.

Kindest Regards
Howard, Millie, Rachael and Richard

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 Guideliner. 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 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”.

Verna. Canada

Thanks a lot for taking us out on Guideliner, 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 agian and try and improve!

Matt & Sarah

All these comments are extracted from letters we hold on file here at Guideliner Hebridean Wildlife Charters