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 located in a beautiful bay. If you arrive early, you can leave your luggage on board and visit Oban with some nice shops and pubs.
Oban is also known as the Pearl of the West Highlands, with its winding alleys and 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 famous Oban whiskey distillery. In the evening you will be welcomed on board and meet the crew and the other passengers. Afterwards, there is a nice welcome dinner and we raise the glass on a nice trip.
Day 2: Mull
After an extended breakfast, we go to the Isle of Mull is just opposite Oban. Mull, which stands in the Celtic for cliff or hill, is the third largest island of West-Scotland. The crew will give you some sailing instructions and if you like, you can help with setting the sails. On the way we pass the magnificently restored Duart Castle, an imposing sight. Our daily destination is the main town of Mull, the picturesque fishing village of Tobermory with its sociable centre and its beautiful pubs and restaurants. The lively port is the starting point for a small fishing fleet. If time permits, there is an opportunity to visit the local distillery.
Day 3: Iona and Staffa
On the southwestern tip of Mull lies the small island of Iona. This small island has a unique place in the history of Scotland and ignites the imagination of thousands who travel here each year dressed as monks, pilgrims, chieftains and kings.
The uninhabited Island of Staffa is famous for the Fingals cave. Awesome, a cathedral in the middle of the earth, about 70m long and 20m high, is helplessly exposed to the constant waves of the Atlantic. This place inspired Mendelssohn to compose the “Hebride Overture”.
Day 4: Jura
Our West coast Scotland trip continues. Today we go to Jura and visit the “Isle of Jura” -Distillery.
This is so remote that you have to take a lot of effort to get there and take part in one of the free guided tours. The island of Jura is a paradise of untouched nature and natural beauty. The name Jura comes from the Norwegian. It means “Deer Island”. And this still applies today with an estimated 5,500 deer and only around 180 inhabitants. At the pier of the whiskey distillery, we will anchor.
Day 5: Kintyre, Campbeltown
We continue to Tayinloan on the Kintyre peninsula. From there it is only half an hour by shuttle bus to Campbeltown, the former self-proclaimed “whiskey capital of the world.” But since the focus was on quantity and not on quality, most distilleries had to stop during American prohibition and subsequent depression conclude. Today there are only three distilleries in Campbeltown: the old Glen Scotia, the new Glengyle and the internationally renowned and renowned Springbank. All three distilleries we can visit.
Day 6: Crinan
Today we sail to a small, but beautiful piece of Scotland, to Crinan. Our goal is, when it is possible, the lock, which provides access to the Crinan Canal. In the lock chamber, we lock and then have our own waterfall, an absolutely unique experience. Here we spend the night.
Day 7: At sea back to Oban
The next morning we set sail after a good breakfast and go back to Oban. On the way, we enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the islands on the Scottish west coast. The rugged beauty of the island of Jura, the tranquillity on the water, the unspoiled countryside, the rugged coastline with its amazing bays and quiet fishing villages and the magnificent view of the islands in the distance.
Day 8: Departure from Oban.
Our West coast Scotland trip has unfortunately come to an end. After an extensive breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. You have experienced a varied week in which you have seen charming Scotland in a unique way and maybe even learned to love it.
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
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