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29th May 2021 to 4th June 2021

Outer Hebrides Explorer

£1299 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
Explore bright white beaches, clear water, stunning landscapes, and curious wildlife on this Hebridean adventure, showcasing the best of the local culture.
Pay a 50% deposit per item
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
57ft Steel Expedition Yacht
Vessel length
57ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Twin (only 4 guest berths + 2 crew)
Insurance Required
Yes

Bright white beaches, clear water, stunning landscapes, and curious wildlife are just some of the highlights of this Hebridean adventure.

7 Nights: 29 May - 04 June 2021

£1,299 per person

This adventure allows you to explore some of the more remote islands of the Outer Hebrides, dotted with beautiful beaches, with vast sweeps of white sands and clear azure waters. Vatersay beach comes well recommended as it is reportedly the favourite of the Queen. On this trip, you will travel North from Barra towards to small settlement of Stornoway, made famous by the shipping forecast and centre of Gaelic culture. On route you'll have first-class views of nature and wildlife, keep your eyes peeled for minkie whales, harbour porpoise, dolphins and seals. This is a magical cruising ground, beyond the reach of the crowds every headland reveals unfamiliar, beautiful and exciting surroundings.

 

29th May: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Castle Bay on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides. A small town presided over by the ruined castle on an island that gives Castle Bay its name. You can get to Barra directly by ferry from Oban, a good opportunity to get a head start on your wildlife spotting. Alternatively, you can fly into the only airport to have it’s runway on the beach, flight times depend on the tides. 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.

30th May: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The local waters 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 Hebridean landscape as hidden coves and white sand beaches slip past. We might even undertake our first whale survey.

31st May – 2nd June: Expedition

The main part of the expedition will see us journeying north along the island chain if the Outer Hebrides. Passing the islands of North and South Uist, Benbecula, Harris and finally, Lewis, to complete our journey in Stornaway. Our exact itinerary each day will be determined by the weather. Sheltered from the prevailing winds by the island chain we can enjoy the stunning beauty and palpable seclusion that an adventure in the Outer Hebrides has to offer at our own pace. 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. Each evening 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.

3rd June: Arrival in Stornaway

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

4th June: 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 Stornaway you can catch the ferry to Ullapool on the mainland or take one of the many scheduled flights from Stornaway airport to destinations across the UK.

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.

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

Stornaway, Scotland. Direct ferries and flights are available back to Oban on the mainland.

29th May: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Castle Bay on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides. A small town presided over by the ruined castle on an island that gives Castle Bay its name. You can get to Barra directly by ferry from Oban, a good opportunity to get a head start on your wildlife spotting. Alternatively, you can fly into the only airport to have it’s runway on the beach, flight times depend on the tides. 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.

30th May: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The local waters 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 Hebridean landscape as hidden coves and white sand beaches slip past. We might even undertake our first whale survey.

31st May – 2nd June: Expedition

The main part of the expedition will see us journeying north along the island chain if the Outer Hebrides. Passing the islands of North and South Uist, Benbecula, Harris and finally, Lewis, to complete our journey in Stornaway. Our exact itinerary each day will be determined by the weather. Sheltered from the prevailing winds by the island chain we can enjoy the stunning beauty and palpable seclusion that an adventure in the Outer Hebrides has to offer at our own pace. 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. Each evening 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.

3rd June: Arrival in Stornaway

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

4th June: 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 Stornaway you can catch the ferry to Ullapool on the mainland or take one of the many scheduled flights from Stornaway airport to destinations across the UK.

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