New Horizon Sailing

Stormdancer Cruises - Programme & Availability

You will receive a warm welcome as individuals, couples or groups.
Cruises are all different, reflecting your wishes and the practicality of wind and tide.
Charter the Whole Boat to have complete freedom to choose the itinerary and pace of holiday to suit you.


2020 Programme »

In 2020 we will be enjoying some favourite locations. The season will start with some trips from Troon on the Firth of Clyde. From there we will sail north to Oban and Tobermory for several weeks cruising the Inner and Outer Hebrides. We will then move to Stornoway via St Kilda and then up to Orkney and Shetland. Our return to Tobermory in August will be via Cape Wrath and either the North West Coast or the Outer Hebrides, depending on winds. Both routes guarantee outstanding scenery. Our return to the Firth of Clyde will be mid-September.

The programme has weeks for RYA Practical Training, including RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper courses. RYA Start Yachting courses, particularly useful and fun for complete beginners, can be taken during any Cruise whether designated for training or not.

Some trips offer opportunities for RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore Qualifying passages.

Preparation for RYA Yachtmaster® Offshore and RYA Yachtmaster® Coastal exams can be arranged.

The 2020 programme is shown below and bookings and enquiries are very welcome.

Points to Note

  • Where cruises have 4 spaces there are no bookings i.e. the whole boat can be chartered.
  • Cruises normally start at 14.00 on the first day and finish at 11.00 on the last.
  • ** = UK bank holiday this week.
  • Cruise Numbers showing a suffix “S” will be skippered by Steve Scott – see “Skipper” page.
  • Your cruise price includes all meals prepared on board.
  • Meals on board have been widely praised by previous guests and feature freshly prepared and locally sourced ingredients. A three course evening meal with wine is served along with breakfast, lunch and regular hot drinks and snacks during the day. The most frequent complaint is of needing to ease the belt a notch after a week on board.
  • One of the evening meals will be a simple 'cupboard meal' on the assumption that guests may like to dine ashore on one evening during the week.
  • Prices are all inclusive i.e. bedding (sheets, duvets and pillows), towels, waterproofs (good quality “breathable”), safety equipment, fuel, berthing and, when applicable, RYA certificates and use of teaching books, plotters etc.
  • Normally a maximum of four guests.
  • The Whole Boat price is the price shown multiplied by 4.

Discounts are available as follows:

Previous Guests
Payment made (and all admin complete) by the end of March or four months before the cruise whichever is earlier
Booking for two or more weeks

Payment is made into a Client Account (i.e. released only on completion of the holiday).


"I had a great time and enjoyed this trip immensely. Beautiful landscape and seascape, good company, excellent accommodation and good host.”
Marijke, Experienced, Holland

“If you want to sail the Western Isles, this is who to book with. Thanks Richard, I’ll be back.
Chris, Experienced, Edinburgh

“The flexibility to plan the itinerary around our daily trips was brilliant.”
Sascha, Beginner, Germany

“From hearty breakfast to the single malt at night, in great company with wind, sunshine and blue water. Perfect.”
Tamas, Advanced, Hungary

“We sailed at every opportunity. Brilliant.”
Fred, Beginner, England

“Adventure in a safe pair of hands on a well-equipped, lovely boat.”
Sarah, Experienced, Exeter

"Thank you also for looking after us so well as always."
Jane, Frequent Guest, Edinburgh

** = UK Public Holiday

Programme 2020
Cruise No Dates Nights Type Start/Finish Price per person Places available
1 April 18-24 6 RYA Training Coastal Skipper/ Comp Crew Troon £690 0
2 Apr 25-May 01 6 RYA Training Day Skipper/ Comp Crew Troon £690 0
3 May 02- 08* 6 Inner Hebrides Explorer Troon/Oban £960 0
4 May 09 - 15 6 Inner Hebrides Explorer Oban/Tobermory £960 0
5 May 16 - 22 6 Western Isles Tobermory £960 0
6 May 23-30* 7 Outer Hebrides & St Kilda Explorer Tobermory/Stornoway £1120 0
7 June 01-07 6 Outer Hebrides & Orkney Explorer Stornoway/Kirkwall £960 0
8 June 09-15 6 Orkney Explorer Kirkwall £960 0
9 June 17-23 6 Orkney ExplorerTaster Kirkwall £960 0
10 June 24-30 6 Orkney Explorer Kirkwall £960 0
11 July 02-09 7 Orkney & Shetland Explorer Kirkwall/Lerwick £1120 0
12 July 11-18 7 Round Shetland Explorer Lerwick £1120 0
13 July 21-28 7 Shetland to Orkney Explorer Lerwick/Kirkwall £1120 0
14 August 01-09* 8 Orkney to Tobermory Explorer Kirkwall/Tobermory £1280 0
15 Aug 29- Sept 04* 6 Western Isles Tobermory £900 0
16 Sept 06-12 6 Inner Hebrides Explorer Tobermory/Troon £900 0
17 Sept 15-20 5 RYA Training Day Skipper/ Comp Crew Troon £575 0
18 Sept 21-26 5 RYA Training Coastal Skipper/ Comp Crew Troon £575 0

** = UK Public Holiday