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12th September 2021 to 18th September 2021

Scottish Islands and Lochs

£899 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
Explore the best and most beautiful islands and lochs of rural Scotland, with stunning scenery and magical wildlife.
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

Discover the unfamiliar, towering mountains, rugged coastlines, castles and much more..

6  Nights: 12 - 18 September 2021

£899 per person

Sail through dramatic sea lochs cut into the wild mountain ridges, creating an intricate and rugged coastline dotted with white sand beaches and azure water, pass through the narrow Kyle Rhea with the mainland on one side and the mountains of Skye rising on the other. This stunning adventure takes you past breathtaking sights including the Eilean Donan castle whose images adorns many shortbread tins and even featured in a James Bond film.

On this trip, you'll have the opportunity to visit Britains most remote pub, the Old Forge, only accessible by boat have a go at ocean research, help collect samples for our ocean microplastics monitoring project, and watch beautiful marine animals such as dolphins and minkie whales in their natural habitat. This is a discovery journey with unfamiliar, beautiful and exciting anchorages, so sit back, relax, and toast the sunset with a wee dram on deck.

12th September: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Ullapool, located on the dramatic Loch Broom. Ullapool has good public transport and taxi links with Aberdeen and Inverness airports. When you arrive 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 September: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The sheltered waters of Loch Broom provide a great 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 even undertake a first whale survey.

14th -16th September: Exploring

The main part of the expedition will see us working our way south along the highland coast of Scotland, enjoying the best sailing and scenery that the wonderful west coast has to offer. Our exact itinerary will be determined by the weather but we may visit dramatic lochs, the impressive gardens at Inverewe or the famous Eilean Donan castle. These waters are some of the most prolific in Scotland for sightings of dolphins, we are regularly joined by pods of dolphins riding Narwhal’s bow wave as we sail this part of the coast. 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 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.

17th September: Arrival in Mallaig

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

18th September: 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. Mallaig has good rail links to Glasgow including the option to travel by steam train.

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 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.

  • 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.

Ullapool, Scotland

Mallaig, Scotland

12th September: Joining the expedition

You will join our expedition yacht in Ullapool, located on the dramatic Loch Broom. Ullapool has good public transport and taxi links with Aberdeen and Inverness airports. When you arrive 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 September: Setting sail

Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and setting sail for the first time. The sheltered waters of Loch Broom provide a great 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 even undertake a first whale survey.

14th -16th September: Exploring

The main part of the expedition will see us working our way south along the highland coast of Scotland, enjoying the best sailing and scenery that the wonderful west coast has to offer. Our exact itinerary will be determined by the weather but we may visit dramatic lochs, the impressive gardens at Inverewe or the famous Eilean Donan castle. These waters are some of the most prolific in Scotland for sightings of dolphins, we are regularly joined by pods of dolphins riding Narwhal’s bow wave as we sail this part of the coast. 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 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.

17th September: Arrival in Mallaig

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

18th September: 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. Mallaig has good rail links to Glasgow including the option to travel by steam train.

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 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.

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