Standard cabin: €1,485/£1,335pp Standard+ cabin: €1,585/£1,425pp Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: add €500/£450
*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.
If there is still untouched nature somewhere in Europe, it certainly applies to the islands of the Scottish west coast: the Inner and Outer Hebrides.
The silence ofOutermountains, the indescribable views, the rugged coasts with hidden coves and their quiet fishing villages and the unique sight of the islands in the distance, is something that somebody has to see in his life. We will take you to these special islands, which can only be reached by ship.
All charges regarding port fees, tourists fees and fuel expenses.
Bed linen and towels
Full board, including coffee, tea, milk and juice at all meals.
The use of a zodiac for landings when we visit places without a harbour.
The crew: captain, cook and first mate.
Transport to and from the vessel
Personal expenses ashore
Fees for events that take place outside the ship.
Beverages besides the included drinks during the meals.
GETTING THERE (AND BACK)
The specified program is a guide. Changes due to the effects of weather, currents and wind are possible. Flexibility is required for this trip.
Day 1: Oban
Our Sailing trip Skye / Hebrides starts in Oban, a cosy fishing place with lots of things to do. You are welcomed on board at 18.00 and have the opportunity to meet the crew and the other guests. If everyone is settled we’ll have a welcome dinner and raise a glass to a wonderful trip.
Day 2: Tobermory
After a nice breakfast everyone has time enough to discover Oban or make a tour in the Oban whiskey distillery. After lunch we sail if possible to Mull and the crew will give you sailing instructions. On our way, we pass the impressive Duart Castle, which is a beautiful sight from the water. At the end of the day, we arrive in Tobermory, a beautiful place with its coloured houses and his small, but famous whiskey distillery.
Day 3: Barra
Today on our Sailing trip Skye / Hebrides, we go to Barra, where we moor in Castlebay. Here we visit Kisimul Castle, what is located in the bay. The stronghold of the MacNeils is the only surviving medieval castle of Barra.
Day 4 & 5: Lewis and Harris
Our Sailing trip Skye / Hebrides continues with a visit to the outer Hebrides Harris and Lewis. We arrive in Stornoway, the main port on Lewis. Its protected position convinced the Vikings, who founded the settlement Stornoway in the 9th century. There are good roads that run along the coast with their small villages and white sand beaches.
Isle of Harris is the southern part with deep bays and high mountains. Here you can see the landscape, where the inspiration for the beautiful Harris Tweed comes from. The west coast of the island of Harris has stunning beaches, all flanked by dunes and Machair (a unique plant). The islands are so remote that only a few tourists bother to come here. There are simple places that are connected by narrow streets. The signs on the streets are in Gaelic. And the supply of food depends on the amount of space available on board the supply vessel. The islands have a wealth of prehistoric monuments and nature reserves. The east is mainly mountainous and in the west, you can enjoy the sandy beaches. You can visit the whole island by bus.
Day 6: Skye
Today we sail to Skye, one of the biggest islands. Skye has impressive landscapes, a beautiful coastline and off course the famous Talisker distillery. We stay in the main town, Portree.
Day 7: Portree
A large part of the day we stay in Portree, a town with 2000 inhabitants. You will have the opportunity to discover Portree or another part of the island. At the end of the day we move on to Plockton, a wonderful little village on the banks of Loch Carron.
Day 8: Eigg
The Small Isles are an archipelago of four small islands south of Skye: Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna.Each island is different.During this Sailing trip Skye / Hebrides, we probably visit Eigg with its unique mountain. Between the islands, we hope to observe sharks, whales and dolphins.
Day 9: Scottish west coast and Oban
After a nice breakfast, we sail back to Oban. During the trip, we see the rugged coast of Mull with his pristine beauty, the mountains in the distance. In the evening, when we arrive in Oban, where we will have a nice dinner together and maybe you feel like going to a pub and enjoy some traditional live music.
Day 10: Oban
Unfortunately, the beautiful Sailing trip Skye / Hebrides has come to an end. After a good breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to the ship and its crew.
Base layer – 2x warm thermal tops + thermal leggings
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
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
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
It is the responsibility of each member of the voyage crew to ensure that they have sufficient cover for their needs.
You must be covered for tall ship sailing outside of coastal waters.
You will not be able to sail if you do not have adequate insurance.
We can recommend an appropriate insurer. Please enquire when booking.