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Scottish Islands and Loch Explorer

£899pp

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£899 per person

6  nights

On this incredible adventure, you’ll sail past rugged coastlines and wildlife-rich woodlands, where glacial sea lochs scythe into dramatic mountain scenery. This adventure will showcase the very best of Scotland, including the seafood capital of Scotland: Oban, and the colourful waterfront town of Tobermory. You weave between islands and glide through the sheltered lochs, whilst keeping an eye out for the local wildlife of dolphins, porpoise and seals.

You’ll have the opportunity to make the most of sea life by playing on paddleboards and kayaking in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Whereas on land, enjoy making yourself at home on beautiful beaches, foraging for seaweed, toasting marshmallows on beach fires, and the option to join in with ocean research, helping collect samples for our ocean microplastics monitoring project.

Trip Start: 23 Apr 2021

Trip End: 29 Apr 2021

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

57ft Steel Expedition Yacht

Vessel Length

57ft

Skipper

Yes

Berth

Twin (only 4 guest berths + 2 crew)

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

50% and strict

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • 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.

Additional

  • Travel costs to and from start/end point of trip
  • Any food ashore

Practical Info

Open to beginner sailors.

Extras

Experience level: There is no sailing experience required to join this expedition, we can show you all the ropes as we go. Our aim is to explore the secluded nooks and crannies of the coastline rather than take on extended crossings. Boards and paddles will be provided but you should bring your own wetsuit/drysuit and PFD if you have one.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Oban, Scotland

Getting back

Oban, Scotland

On this incredible adventure, you’ll sail past rugged coastlines and wildlife-rich woodlands, where glacial sea lochs scythe into dramatic mountain scenery. This adventure will showcase the very best of Scotland, including the seafood capital of Scotland: Oban, and the colourful waterfront town of Tobermory. You weave between islands and glide through the sheltered lochs, whilst keeping an eye out for the local wildlife of dolphins, porpoise and seals.

You’ll have the opportunity to make the most of sea life by playing on paddleboards and kayaking in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Whereas on land, enjoy making yourself at home on beautiful beaches, foraging for seaweed, toasting marshmallows on beach fires, and the option to join in with ocean research, helping collect samples for our ocean microplastics monitoring project.

ITINERARY

23rd April: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Oban. A bustling town considered to be Scotland’s seafood capital. Oban is about 2.5hrs drive from Glasgow. There is a regular train service from Glasgow and an airport a few miles to the north of the town. We will meet you onboard 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.

24th April: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and set sail for the first time. The sheltered waters around Oban and Mull provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat and introduction to 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.

25th – 27th April: Expedition

The main part of the expedition will see us enjoying the best sailing and scenery that this region has to offer. Exactly where we go each day will be determined by the weather conditions, some options include sailing up the Sound of Mull, visiting the Viking stronghold of Loch Aline or the picture-postcard town of Tobermory. Alternatively, we may head north, sailing along the dramatic Loch Long in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Wherever we go we will enjoy a front-row view of the scenery and wildlife. 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. In the afternoon 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.

28th April: Arrival in

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

29th April: 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 Scotland.

Please note that the itinerary provided above is provided to illustrate the general areas the 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 on board, 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.

KIT LIST

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

INSURANCE

Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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LOCATION

“Kraken put together an action-packed itinerary”

Neha

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