From Wick to Oban – via the Caledonian Canal

£695pp

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7 Nights

How many sailing trips incorporate immense natural scenery, awe-inspiring engineering feats, stunning marine wildlife and Harry Potter?! Well, this one does. Starting in Wick on the East coast of Scotland, the marine wildlife is some of the most impressive in the world with bottlenose dolphins being a common sight. Entering the canal, you’ll be taken on a journey where you can marvel at the great “Neptune’s Staircase” at the bottom of which, the Hogwarts Express famously crossed the canal. Leaving the canal at Corpach, you’ll be in the shadow of Ben Nevis as we weave our way to Oban.

Trip Start: 22 June

Trip End: 29 June

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

43ft European production yacht with sharing cabins

Vessel Length

43 ft

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Shared cabin (double or Pullman style bunk). The yacht is equipped with all the mod-cons you’d expect on a modern premium production yacht, including full galley, spacious saloon and 2 heads.

If you require single occupancy of a cabin, the full cabin rate will apply minus a 15% discount. owever, if you do not require single occupancy but we cannot fill the space, you will not be charged any extra (you will not be asked to share a cabin with a member of the opposite sex).

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

Strict

£50 non-refundable deposit on booking, balance in full 6 weeks before embarking.

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Included

  • All meals and drinks on board (except drinks and snacks from the bar)
  • All bedding
  • Heavy-duty wet weather gear and boots
  • Lifejacket with harness and lifeline

Additional

  • Visits to restaurants, museums, galleries etc during the trip.
  • Drinks and snacks from the bar.
  • Travel to and from the vessel.

Practical Info

  • Open to beginner sailors.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Wick Train Station is a short walk away

Getting back

Oban Train Station is a short walk away

ITINERARY

Join: Wick Marina, Scotland 28 June 2018 4pm

Leave: Oban Town Centre Pontoons, Scotland 6 July midday

We will make our way down the coast passing the many high cliffs and sea stacks looking out for the amazing sea birds that are found in that area, eventually tying up in the historic township of Helmsdale for the night. Weather permitting, the next morning will see us sailing south to Golspie and anchoring off Dunrobin Castle, where a trip ashore is planned if there is no ground swell, which can make landing here impossible. After Dunrobin we will head south east to Tarbat Ness Lighthouse and make our way to Invergordon in the Cromarty Firth.

The next day will be a leisurely one, heading past Chanory Point, where we will take time to watch the large pod of bottlenose dolphins that have made their home there, on into the Moray Firth, passing under the Kessock Bridge before entering the sea lock to the Caledonian Canal.

The trip through the canal will largely be dictated by the crew, as the yacht has no tight time constraints placed on her. So we can now spend as many days as we wish to transit Scotland via this most stunning of shortcuts before re-entering the sea again at Banavie on the west coast.  So, we could spend a couple of days on Loch Ness , Nessie hunting, visit Castle Urquhart, the old Abbey at Fort Augustus before heading on to Loch Oich, Inveregarry and the Well of Seven Heads – lots of highland history!

Travelling further south and west, the canal will take us to Loch Lochy and our last chance to sail in this lovely area before reaching the open sea. The mountains here are steep and rugged, which can lead to strong downdrafts and interesting sailing. After Loch Lochy it will be back into the canal section making our way to the famous flight of locks at Neptune’s Staircase, at the bottom of which the Hogwarts Express steam train crosses the canal. We will now be within striking distance of the sea at Banavie which will afford us a spectacular view of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. After a night at Banavie, the open sea beckons and depending on the time left we will head south to the Isle of Mull before ending this adventure in Oban at 10am on the 6th of July.

KIT LIST

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)

Hat

Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require

INSURANCE

Travel assistance

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LOCATION

“This voyage has been one of my best experiences so far.”

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