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Adventure sailing holidays: Scotland’s magical western isles

Adventure sailing holidays: Scotland’s magical western isles

TRIP TYPE:
Coastal
TRIP DATES:

April 26 – May 02 2020 (£799)

September 06 – 13 2020 (£799)

NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

JOIN SOLO OR IN A GROUP

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A magical holiday sailing, training and exploring the beautiful west coast of Scotland and its world famous islands

Sailing and exploring the fabulously beautiful west coast of Scotland means a truly special sailing holiday. Sailing between islands such as Mull, Jura, Eigg and Muck, we'll be anchoring in beautiful bays, able to head ashore for some great walks, a visit to a world famous whisky distillery or two. And we'll have more top class sailing to look forward to each day. This is undoubtedly one of the great sailing holidays.
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Explore the beautiful small isles on the west coast of Scotland and experience a fantastic mixture of sailing, exploring and wildlife. The exact itinerary will always be dependent on the wind and weather we get at the time, but this is a standard plan to give you an idea of what to expect.

Join the boat in Oban, with its famous whisky distillery. We’ll soon have the sails up and we’ll spend a pleasant afternoon training, learning and generally getting to grips with the boat. We’ll likely spend the evening in the beautiful Tobermory. Over the next seven days we’ll sail and explore the islands of Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck. Every day, we’ll pull into somewhere new and there’ll be the chance to explore ashore. Some days we’ll be in picturesque harbours, other days we’ll be in sheltered anchorages, watching wonderful sunsets and seeing equally wonderful starscapes emerge.

Wildlife you may see

Scotland is of course famous for its seabirds, and you can expect to see kestrels, sparrowhawks, black guillemots, white-tailed eagles and fulmars. The island of Rum is famous for the size of its Manx shearwater colony and they make an extraordinary sight as they circle the cliffs.  You also have a good chance of seeing common, bottlenose & whitebeak dolphins. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see a basking shark or minke whale!

The Small Isles

Rum is a National Nature Reserve and is the largest island, home to the architecturally remarkable Kinloch Castle, and of course some wonderful wildlife. The island’s most famous residents are sea eagles (re-introduced in the 1980s), red deer and the hardy Rum ponies. There is plenty of exploring to be had on the Isle of Rum, taking in the stunning mountain and coastal scenery.

Eigg is the most populated but still only has fewer than 100 residents and is the most welcoming of the Small Isles. Offering Britain’s largest pitchstone ridge, eagles soaring over stunning white beaches and the world’s first fully renewably-powered electricity grid, we’re sure you’ll love Eigg as much as its locals.

Muck is the smallest and most southerly island. Its low-lying, mostly treeless landscape offers dramatic perspectives and panoramic views of sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. Watch out for golden eagles!

Canna, looked after by the National Trust since 1981, is one of the prettier islands. With its high basalt cliffs and dramatic volcanic landscapes, the views here are breathtaking. You might even be lucky enough to see minke whales from the high cliffs, soaring sea eagles and nesting puffins.

JOINING AND LEAVING THE BOAT

  • You should join the boat in Oban, Scotland at 0900 hrs on the joining day.
  • You will disembark the boat in Oban on the last day at 1200hrs

GETTING TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS

  • The closest airport to Oban is Glasgow (IATA code: GLA). From there or the railway station, it is around a four-hour, beautifully scenic train journey to Oban.

AGE & EXPERIENCE

These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.

NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED

CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT

We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.

See more information and the full kit list here

MEDICAL DECLARATION

We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.

See the Medical Declaration here

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim your fees.
  • Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues.
  • For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.

TRIP CATEGORY: ADVENTURE SAILING

Mostly day sailing, shorter mileage and more time to head ashore and explore.

INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY

  • Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
  • Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
  • Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
  • All on-board food and snacks.
  • Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
  • RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Your travel to and from the start and end points.
  • Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
  • Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
  • Any meals you eat ashore.

IN SUMMARY

Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.

  • These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
  • These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
  • When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
  • Please ensure you  have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.

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