Discover the Small Islands & Skye

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Standard cabin: £1,085
Standard+ cabin: £1,185
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: £1,595

8 Nights

 

We sail to the Small Islands (Muck-Rum-Eigg) and Skye. On the way, we can see many seabirds: gannets, parrot birds, carnivores. And we have good chances to see dolphins and whale sharks.

“The Small Isles” is still a completely unwritten page for many visitors to Scotland, as many international guests visit popular islands as Skye, Iona, Islay and Arran. But these four islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna have much to offer. If you are interested in breathtaking coastal landscapes, untouched nature, secluded sandy beaches and idyllic retreats, you will find your holiday in all the islands. In addition, each of these four islands has something special to offer to its guests. The island of Rum is a paradise for families, and the impressive Kinloch Castle, while the island of Eigg attracts archaeologists and ornithologists. The island of Muck is the smallest of the islands and can, therefore, be easily explored on foot or by bicycle. Canna is finally the westernmost of the Small Isles and is run by the National Trust for Scotland as a farm, but also offers a cafe-restaurant, an excellent meeting place for guests and inhabitants of the island.

Trip Start: 02 August 2019

Trip End: 10 August 2019

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

Tall Ship, built in 1903

Vessel Length

39.5 meters

Skipper

Yes

Berth

twin or quad cabins

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

25% deposit. STRICT.

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • 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.

Additional

  • Transport to and from the vessel
  • Personal expenses ashore
  • Food ashore
  • Fees for events that take place outside the ship.
  • Beverages besides the included drinks during the meals.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Oban, Scotland

Getting back

Oban, Scotland

We sail to the Small Islands (Muck-Rum-Eigg) and Skye. On the way, we can see many seabirds: gannets, parrot birds, carnivores. And we have good chances to see dolphins and whale sharks.

“The Small Isles” is still a completely unwritten page for many visitors to Scotland, as many international guests visit popular islands as Skye, Iona, Islay and Arran. But these four islands of Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna have much to offer. If you are interested in breathtaking coastal landscapes, untouched nature, secluded sandy beaches and idyllic retreats, you will find your holiday in all the islands. In addition, each of these four islands has something special to offer to its guests. The island of Rum is a paradise for families, and the impressive Kinloch Castle, while the island of Eigg attracts archaeologists and ornithologists. The island of Muck is the smallest of the islands and can, therefore, be easily explored on foot or by bicycle. Canna is finally the westernmost of the Small Isles and is run by the National Trust for Scotland as a farm, but also offers a cafe-restaurant, an excellent meeting place for guests and inhabitants of the island.

ITINERARY

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: Arrival to Oban  

You arrive in Oban, a cosy fishing village on a wonderful location in a beautiful bay. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage on board and have a look in the village.
Oban is also known as the Pearl of the West Highlands, with its winding alleys and a picturesque bay full of yachts, ferries and small fishing boats. High up is McCraigs Tower, an unfinished replica of the Coliseum in Rome, dating back to the late nineteenth century. The total scope of the buildings is over 192 meters and in some places, the walls are over fourteen meters high.

We are expected to be located at the North Pier, less than a hundred yards from the Oban whiskey distillery. In the evening you will be welcomed on board where you will get to know the crew and the other guests. Afterwards, there is a nice welcome dinner and we raise the glass on a beautiful trip in Scotland.

Day 2: Muck

After leaving Oban, we sail through the sound between Morvern and Mull, overlooking the rugged mountain landscape. On the way, we pass the magnificently restored Duart Castle, an imposing sight. The goal is Muck. The island of Muck is only 3 km long and 1.5 km wide and is the smallest of the “Small Isles” with 38 permanent residents. The isle can be easily manipulated and has a fertile hillside landscape with white sand beaches. The highest elevation is Beinn Airein with just under 138 meters and therefore quite easy to climb. But the challenge is much bigger when you climb the hill from the west side. Further interesting impressions can be found on hikes and by horse, at low water, as many water birds, as well as parrot birds, nest on the island. You can also visit Caisteal an Duin Bhain, a prehistoric fortress.

About 40 bird species regularly use Muck as a breeding ground, many more come at irregular intervals. Because of the Gulf Stream life in the water is particularly rich and varied. From time to time you can see some seals at the beaches, and in the late summer months, you can even see a huge shark. A popular motif is the Highland Ponies, which are bred here in small style.

Day 3: Island Rum – a natural diamond in the Atlantic

Rum is similar in its form to a rhombus and is the largest of the “Small Isles” with 12 sq km. Their seclusion and impressive silhouette exude a very special fascination to their visitors. The island offers a wide range of hiking trails, starting with short distances up to the summits of the Rum mountains, where you will meet a spectacular animal world with eagles, parrot dummies, deer and the hardened rum ponies. But also many other leisure activities like cycling, fishing, kayaking and canoeing are just as possible as the game and hunting. Rum inspires scientists worldwide with its unique geology, including the core of an ancient volcano that formed the now visible Rum mountains. In addition, Rum was appointed a national natural conservation area in 1957 as an important part of the natural heritage. Today, it is owned by “Scottish Natural Heritage”, the agency that has written the conservation of natural treasures in Scotland.
One of the most popular day trips is a guided tour of Kinloch Castle, giving visitors a fascinating insight into the life of the Bullough family who built the castle between 1897 and 1900. The castle houses an “orchestrion” made in Germany, which imitates the sound of a whole orchestra by scanning punched paper rolls. The instrument was made around 1900 by Imhof & Muckle of Vohrenbach near Baden and of the three still existing, this is the only still functional and still plays today for the audience. To the west of the island is the Harris Mausoleum, built by the Bullough family in the style of a Greek temple in column optics. The monument is located in the direction of the thundering Atlantic and offers a fantastic panorama view of the unique mountain landscape of the island.
Rum is also a shelter for many animals, and trained gamekeepers offer many activities, walks and talks that deal with the great variety of flora and fauna. Interested friends of nature even have the opportunity to work as volunteers during their stay. There is a small but lively community of 40 permanent residents. A trust is the owner of the country around Kinloch Village and has plans for further development. Next to the community center is a well-stocked small shop as well as a tea room, which during the summer month has homemade cakes, delicious lunch and other small refreshments on offer. On the island there is also a shop selling art and a small photo gallery.

Day 4 & 5: Skye

Skye is a truly magical place. It is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides and home to some of Scotland’s most famous landscapes. This island will inspire you in many ways, with its mountain chains, kilometers of breathtaking coastal lines.

We visit the famous Talisker brewery and by bus you can discover a large part of Skye.

Day 6: Eigg

We sail to Eigg, a Hebridean island off the Scottish coast. In the south, the Sgurr, 400 meters of rugged primary rock, rises into the sky. Birds trill in its green foothills. Dwarf yellow swallows weigh themselves in a gentle breeze. Every day, a dozen tourists come across from the mainland and walk four or five hours before the ferry leaves. The island is a place where one looks for a healing world; Just over 60 people live here.

Day 7: Tobermory

After a nice breakfast we set sail to Tobermory with its beautiful colored houses on the water and its famous whiskey distillery. In Tobermory you can visit the whiskey distillery where you can get a guided tour, the small Tobermory Museum and the Marine Exhibition where attention is paid to the local waters and the activities in the harbor.

Day 8: Oban

We’re sailing back to Oban. We enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the Scottish islands. The rugged beauty of Mull, the silence on the water, the indescribable landscape, the jagged coast with its surprising bays, the quiet fishing villages and the magnificent view of the islands in the distance.

Day 9: Oban

Unfortunately, our trip to the Small Islands  & Skye ends after an eventful week. After a good breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to the ship and its crew.

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 –

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

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

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.

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LOCATION

“This voyage has been one of my best experiences so far.”

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