St Hilda Sea Adventures - Gemini Explorer ref: UK31076

Dunbeg, near Oban, Argyll, Bute and Isles

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering

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Sleeps
8
Sleeps
bedrooms
5
Bedrooms
Bathrooms
4
Bathrooms
No pets
No pets
Changover day
Any
Changeover day
  • Golf nearby 
  • Horse Riding Nearby 
  • Rural Location 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Truly Unique 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Waterside Breaks 
  • Unique Cottages 

Description

Gemini Explorer is a historic, converted cruising lifeboat that is 72 foot long and once roamed the Western Approaches. Interestingly the boat was involved in the storm of the ill-fated 1979 Fastnet Race, where terrible weather wreaked havoc on over 300 yachts. The boat was built in 1974 in Bideford Shipyard, the Gemini Explorer entered service at the Clovelly Lifeboat Station on the North Devonshire coast and, after saving 44 lives, was finally retired in 1989.
Gemini Explorer has had extensive refurbishment over the years however, parts of the interior have been kept in their original condition to give an exciting insight in to the role she once played as a cruising lifeboat. The five bedrooms are all located below deck and can comfortably accommodate up to eight guests. In the ‘forward’ part of the vessel there is a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a single bedroom, each with an en-suite. In the ‘aft’ part of the vessel there is a twin and a double bedroom (suitable for one person), both situated close to the family shower room. All bedroom linen and towels are supplied. The deck saloon is a great place for everyone to congregate to dine and socialise. There is an upper viewing deck with benches, the perfect place to relax and admire the views. There is also some extra deck space to embark your own equipment such as kayaks and paddleboards. Please note: As the properties are self catering, there are no crew onboard and the vessels do not set sail. Beach 3 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.
Gemini Explorer can be booked together with St Hilda (UK7116) and Seahorse II (UK31075) to accommodate up to 25 guests.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Above deck:
Living/dining room.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge and freezer.
Steps to...
Lower deck:
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With single bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 4: With ¾ double bed.
Bedroom 5: With twin beds.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor

Facilities

Electric central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included.

Miscellaneous

Parking permits included; additional parking at £25 per day. No smoking. Please note: Water is supplied in a tank. The boat is moored at the harbourside in the water.
  • Nearest town
    Oban
  • Shops
    3 miles
  • Distance
    3 miles
  • Restaurant
    3 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Oban
  • Pub
    3 miles
  • Railway station distance
    3.0 miles
  • Lake
    Central

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About the local area

As you travel through Argyll, highland Scotland merges with the Scottish lowlands. In the north of the region is the bustling fishing port of Oban. Surrounded by the sweeping mountains of Lorn this is the ideal base from which to tour the Highlands to the north.

The Isle of Mull is only a short ferry trip away. Mull's capital, Tobermory, is instantly recognised by its famous brightly painted buildings. The island has a fascinating history being once home to the Chief of the Clan MacLean and site of the clan's ancient Duart Castle which has spectacular views from its battlements.

South along the coast are the unspoilt glens and bays of Mid-Argyll and Kintyre and the islands of Islay and Jura which are easily reached by ferry. Visit the whitwashed houses of Inveraray and the turreted Inveraray Castle, home to the Dukes of Argyll. Campbelltown in Kintyre was the scene of Viking repulsions at Saddell Abbey and has some lovely beaches nearby.

The captivating Isle of Bute lies at the heart of the Firth of Clyde, a place of tranquil relaxation with sheltered coves and sandy bays. Ideal for leisurely hiking and easy-going cycling on quiet back roads. Maybe take in the grandeur of Rothesay Castle or Mount Stuart - the House and gardens of the Marquess of Bute.

Things to do nearby

Cumbrae Voyages

Cumbrae Voyages takes visitors around the islands of lower Clyde, these stunning yet remote areas are home to a whole host of marine wildlife ready to explore.

Vikingar!

A brilliant day for children and adults alike, Vikingar! takes you through the story of the Vikings in Scotland.

Rothesay Golf Club

This famous course is perfect for those wishing to combine a challenging game with beautiful scenery.

The Lochgoilhead Centre - watersports

This centre is set amongst some of the most alluring west highland scenery and offers activity days and courses.

Sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae

Offering everything from powerboating to windsurfing and kayaking, the Sportscotland National Centre is surrounded by safe water making it perfect for many types of watersports whatever your level!

Kingarth Trekking Centre

Located a mere five minutes away from the beautiful Kilchattan Bay.

Newark Castle

Sitting on the Firth of the Clyde, Newark Castle is remarkable not only for it's stunning architecture and interiors but for the fact it has stayed so extensively in tact for over 500 years.

Argyll Forest Park - The Glenbranter Forest Route

This demanding and rather muddy one hour circular trail is ideal for those wishing to discover more of Argyll Forest.

The Lochgoilhead Centre - Rock Climbing

Lochgoilhead Centre has been providing climbing adventures for over thirty years.

Lunderston Bay

Ideal for coastal walks and picnic sites, Lunderston Bay is popular with tourists all year round.

Dalgarven Mill - Museum of Country Life and Costume

Take a step back into the past at the Dalgarven Mill, one of Scotland's tallest surviving grain mills.

The Lochgoilhead Centre

Enjoy the great outdoors with Lochgoilhead's purpose built track.

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