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21st May 2022 to 29th May 2022

Voyage to Rockall

A true journey into the unknown to one of the UK's most remote outposts - Rockall.

Experience life on a tall ship and get your adrenaline pumping in this offshore adventure to the uninhabited islet of Rockall

7 nights: 21 - 29 May 2022* These are currently provisional

£1,745 per person 

Venture to where few have been before and climb Rockall, the small uninhabited rock in the North Atlantic Ocean. Sailing the 1903 tall ship "Flying Dutchman", you will venture along stunning coastlines and rugged archipelagos to reach and climb the famous islet.

Suited to
Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
Challenging - good level of fitness recommended for climbing the rock
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
1903 Tall Ship
Vessel length
39.5m
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Twin or quad cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

Situated 163 nautical miles west of Scotland, this granite islet is one of the most challenging places in the world to get ashore. Get to know your crew and immerse yourself in life on board as you experience the thrill of sailing a 1903 tall ship offshore, with practice in helming, trimming the sails, and navigation.

Sailing west from Oban, you will first land on the beaches below the towering sea cliffs of St Kilda. Here we will explore the island and practise some climbing skills before heading to Rockall.

Once off Rockall, we will in groups descend the ship onto the RIB and make our way over to the rock. Our experienced guide, Nick, as well as another climber, will land first and affix a wire mountaineering ladder to the rock to aid those landing in the process of scrambling up the slippery, rocky slopes.

Once everyone who wanted to step foot on Rockall has done so – or if the weather has stopped us from doing so – we’ll sail back through the stunning Hebredies to Oban.

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£1745 per person

Deposit £500. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
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  • 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
  • The crew: captain, cook, first mate and deckhands
  • 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.

Landing on Rockall is extremely tricky and will require you to be in good physical condition. To ensure that we have the best chance of scaling the rock, we have enlisted the guidance of professional mountaineer Nick Hancock for this trip. Nick currently holds the record for the longest time spent on Rockall, 43 consecutive days. He also holds the joint record for most number of landings on Rockall – this trip will give him the record. Nick is also a qualified Mountain Leader, something that will be useful in our attempt to scramble up the rock.

Disclaimer: This is not a trip where a landing can be guaranteed, weather and sea conditions play a big aspect in whether it will be possible to land or not. Many expeditions out to Rockall have failed or ended with people settling for swimming up to the rock in rough seas and making do by placing a hand on it. There is also the possibility that half of the group may be able to land, and some may not if there is a sudden change in conditions. In any of these situations, a refund will not be possible. In other words, this trip is an attempt to land, and not a guaranteed landing. If this doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, then we advise you not to join the trip. If, on the other hand, this all seems like a great adventure, even if we don’t make it, we’d love to have you aboard.

Arrive Oban, Scotland

Depart from Oban, Scotland

Situated 163 nautical miles west of Scotland, this granite islet is one of the most challenging places in the world to get ashore. Get to know your crew and immerse yourself in life on board as you experience the thrill of sailing a 1903 tall ship offshore, with practice in helming, trimming the sails, and navigation.

Sailing west from Oban, you will first land on the beaches below the towering sea cliffs of St Kilda. Here we will explore the island and practise some climbing skills before heading to Rockall.

Once off Rockall, we will in groups descend the ship onto the RIB and make our way over to the rock. Our experienced guide, Nick, as well as another climber, will land first and affix a wire mountaineering ladder to the rock to aid those landing in the process of scrambling up the slippery, rocky slopes.

Once everyone who wanted to step foot on Rockall has done so – or if the weather has stopped us from doing so – we’ll sail back through the stunning Hebredies to Oban.

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