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12th May 2021 to 18th May 2021

Hebridean Discovery

£999 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
Embrace the magical side of Scotland, on a sailing adventure passing, waterfront castles, hidden beaches, and so much more.
Pay a 50% deposit per item
Nights onboard
6
Vessel type
57ft Steel Expedition Yacht
Vessel length
57ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Twin (only 4 guest berths + 2 crew)
Insurance Required
Yes

Sail past waterfront castles, abandoned villages, deserted beaches, then sit back and relax, as you cruise under an endless blanket of stars.

6 Nights: 12 - 18 May 2021

£999 per person

If you're looking for a real rural adventure, this is the one for you. Escape away from crowds of people, and become at one with the Outer Hebrides, explore beautiful beaches, clear azure waters dancing with dolphins and whales. Experience the magic of hidden castles and abandoned villages, now thriving with wildlife. Join in with paddleboarding, fishing and wildlife surveys. On this magical mystery adventure, you will never be short of things to do and see.

12th May: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Tobermory. A picture-postcard town of colourful houses which is the real-life ‘Ballamory’, located on the beautiful island of Mull. Tobermory can be reached directly by ferry from Oban. We will meet you on board with a warm welcome, and most likely a cup of tea. You will then have the opportunity to settle in and be shown around the boat as well as to explore the local beaches and get your first taste of life on board. We will introduce you to everything that you need to know about the yacht, living afloat. We will cook a hot dinner onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crewmates

13th May: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The sheltered waters of the Sound of Mull provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat and get a first glimpse of the local wildlife. There will be plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of the Scottish landscape or undertake a first whale survey.

14th- 16th May: Expedition

The main part of the expedition will see us enjoying the best sailing and scenery that the wonderful West coast of Scotland has to offer as we voyage out to the Outer Hebrides. Our exact itinerary each day will be determined by the weather. Conditions permitting we will head along the Sound of Mull and out towards the islands of Coll, Tiree, and Lunga. These waters are some of the most prolific in Scotland for sightings of whales dolphins and basking sharks. Wherever we go we will enjoy a front-row view of the scenery and wildlife. Anchoring at the Island of Lunga and heading ashore to spend time alone amongst the puffins or taking the dinghy inside the mystical Fingal’s cave are very special experiences to remember. Then we will be pointing our bows towards the sunset and making the passage to the Outer Hebrides, an exciting crossing with the rewards of stunning deserted white sand beaches and hidden castles at the end. Throughout you will have the chance to get as involved as you like in sailing as well as our ocean research projects such as microplastics sampling and wildlife surveying. Most evenings we will choose one of the many sheltered and secluded anchorages allowing you time to enjoy other activities, including photography, hiking, fishing, joining us on a beach clean, maybe even trying your hand at paddleboarding or simply relaxing and enjoying the easy pace of life far from the hectic modern world. It is possible that we may make a longer passage on this expedition, with the chance to experience the magic of sailing through the night under a sky full of stars.

17th May: Arrival in Barra

We will spend our final day enjoying the Scottish scenery before heading into port in Castle Bay in Barra. We will moor up for the night in Barra and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.

18th May: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to, swop stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing the Outer Hebrides. From Barra, you can catch the ferry back to Oban or take the only scheduled flight to take off from a beach back to the mainland.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas that we will visit on the expedition. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests onboard, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests. Where and when we are able to paddleboard will be dependent on the conditions. We will be looking for some safe sheltered areas to explore.

  • Accommodation on board, including bedding and duvet.
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on board.
  • Use of onboard equipment, including SUP
  • Use of an expedition sailing suit, and offshore standard lifejacket.
  • Professional and qualified crew.
  • Use of our rib to get ashore and explore.
  • Use of scientific and ocean survey equipment.
  • Expedition permits and rifle where required.
  • Travel costs to and from start/end point of trip
  • Any food ashore
  • Open to beginner sailors.

Tobermory, Scotland. Can be accessed from a direct ferry from Oban.

Barra, Scotland. Direct flights and ferries are available to reach Oban on the mainland.

12th May: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Tobermory. A picture-postcard town of colourful houses which is the real-life ‘Ballamory’, located on the beautiful island of Mull. Tobermory can be reached directly by ferry from Oban. We will meet you on board with a warm welcome, and most likely a cup of tea. You will then have the opportunity to settle in and be shown around the boat as well as to explore the local beaches and get your first taste of life on board. We will introduce you to everything that you need to know about the yacht, living afloat. We will cook a hot dinner onboard on the first evening, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow crewmates

13th May: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The sheltered waters of the Sound of Mull provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat and get a first glimpse of the local wildlife. There will be plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of the Scottish landscape or undertake a first whale survey.

14th- 16th May: Expedition

The main part of the expedition will see us enjoying the best sailing and scenery that the wonderful West coast of Scotland has to offer as we voyage out to the Outer Hebrides. Our exact itinerary each day will be determined by the weather. Conditions permitting we will head along the Sound of Mull and out towards the islands of Coll, Tiree, and Lunga. These waters are some of the most prolific in Scotland for sightings of whales dolphins and basking sharks. Wherever we go we will enjoy a front-row view of the scenery and wildlife. Anchoring at the Island of Lunga and heading ashore to spend time alone amongst the puffins or taking the dinghy inside the mystical Fingal’s cave are very special experiences to remember. Then we will be pointing our bows towards the sunset and making the passage to the Outer Hebrides, an exciting crossing with the rewards of stunning deserted white sand beaches and hidden castles at the end. Throughout you will have the chance to get as involved as you like in sailing as well as our ocean research projects such as microplastics sampling and wildlife surveying. Most evenings we will choose one of the many sheltered and secluded anchorages allowing you time to enjoy other activities, including photography, hiking, fishing, joining us on a beach clean, maybe even trying your hand at paddleboarding or simply relaxing and enjoying the easy pace of life far from the hectic modern world. It is possible that we may make a longer passage on this expedition, with the chance to experience the magic of sailing through the night under a sky full of stars.

17th May: Arrival in Barra

We will spend our final day enjoying the Scottish scenery before heading into port in Castle Bay in Barra. We will moor up for the night in Barra and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.

18th May: Leaving the boat

Breakfast will be provided on board with the final chance to, swop stories, photos and contact details before either heading home or arranging your own extra days experiencing the Outer Hebrides. From Barra, you can catch the ferry back to Oban or take the only scheduled flight to take off from a beach back to the mainland.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas that we will visit on the expedition. The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper in order to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests onboard, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests. Where and when we are able to paddleboard will be dependent on the conditions. We will be looking for some safe sheltered areas to explore.

Base layer – 2x warm thermal tops + thermal leggings

Mid layer – 2x fleece type mid layers + mid layer trousers

Light waterproof shell (waterproof hiking type jacket and trousers) – for exploring ashore

Down jacket – a down (or synthetic alternative) jacket, the warmer the better

Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer, down or synthetic down are great

Hats – 2x warm wool hats, ear flaps are great

Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap (eg Sealskins)

Neck warmer – 2x ‘Buff’ style neck warmers

Gloves – one waterproof pair (ski or fishing type) + 2x thinner fleece liner / spare pairs

Socks – 2x pairs of warm socks for sailing + hiking socks for exploring ashore

Boots – Wellington type boots. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop into mid-calf depth water. They don’t need to be expensive or sailing specific, but they should be waterproof with good grip

Hiking shoes / boots – suitable for exploring on rough or wet terrain ashore

Rucsac – for on land exploring

Underwear – a couple of sets of comfortable underwear

Swimwear – you might not fancy a dip in the Arctic waters but a local hot tub can be a treat that you don’t want to miss out on

Camera, batteries, memory cards etc – it is possible to charge camera batteries onboard but it is a good idea to bring spare batteries and lots of memory card space

Entertainment – books, music etc for rest time

Toiletries – basic wash kit with travel-sized bottles

Eye mask and earplugs – can make sleeping easier in the midnight sun

Any personal medications that you need – ensure you have enough to last the whole trip

Dry bags – recommended for keeping any electrical kit in and for taking things ashore

Head torch – ideally with a red light function

Sunscreen – 24hr daylight can be relentless

Sunglasses

A set of ‘shore clothes’ for travelling in / rest days in town

Passport / visas

Credit/debit card for shore-based activities or travel emergencies

Kitbag – this must be squashy type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal