The Majestic Line

There are many reasons for starting a business, but to save beautifully crafted wooden hulled fishing trawlers from the chainsaw must be one of the most unusual. But that is exactly what friends Andy Thoms and Ken Grant did. In 2004, they bought and converted their first vessel, the Glen Massan, to a mini cruise liner, sailing out of the Holy Loch, near Dunoon to cruise the wonderful sheltered lochs and islands of Argyll. In May 2007 a sister vessel, the Glen Tarsan was launched to sail out of Oban for the Hebrides.

Our third vessel, the Glen Etive, which was launched in April 2016, is a custom-designed new build, constructed by Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Co. Ltd on the Clyde. Read about the launch of Glen Etive here. Finished in traditional wood and brass, with spacious accommodation and a steel-based hull, the Glen Etive undertakes 10-night cruises to Skye, the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda, 6-night cruises to Skye and the Small Isles in April, September and October and a 3-night Taste of the Hebrides cruise in April and September.

Our fourth vessel, the Glen Shiel was announced in March 2018 and will be a sister ship to the Glen Etive. The Glen Shiel is currently being built by Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Co, Ltd and will be completed for the June 2019. The Glen Shiel will undertake 10-night cruises, this time sailing to the stunning West coast of the Outer Hebrides, St Kilda and rugged and remote Wester Ross.

Back in 2004, Ken and Andy would never have believed that The Majestic Line would pioneer an entire new small-ship cruising sector in the West Coast of Scotland. Other similar companies have started up in the wake of The Majestic Line, but it is the clear market leader with a fleet of 4 vessels, all ensuite and booked out almost a year in advance. Check with us for late availability at +44(0)1369 707951 or by email.

The Majestic Line cruises are designed to reveal the hidden beauty of the sheltered lochs and islands of the West Coast of Scotland and the Hebrides, which are often undiscovered by visitors to the area, but well known to Andy and Ken, who live and sail there. Guests on our cruises often remark that they have “left the world behind” or that “time stands still”. We get extremely positive feedback from our guests and this is mainly due to the crews on our boats, who provide an exceptional standard of hospitality. Read what our guests say about their cruise experiences here.

Our main aim is to amaze and delight our guests on board. We take our guests to idyllic and scenic places, provide a range of shore trips, cook gourmet meals from locally sourced ingredients and generally serve their every need in a most unobtrusive way. We are very proud of the extremely positive customer feedback we get from our guests, from booking through to disembarking.