Various dates available

Tall Ship: Hebridean Explorer

From £1365 per person

Deposit 25%. Final balance due 12 weeks before departure
Explore the Hebrides on a three-masted schooner
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
This trip is suitable for both beginner and advanced sailors
Vessel type
Topsail Schooner
Vessel length
32.7m
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
En suite bunk beds
Insurance Required
Yes

Explore the rugged scenery and hidden gems of the Inner Hebrides archipelago and Argyll on a tall ship.

Various dates available from April to June

Price: from £1365 per person

From our base in the picturesque port town of Oban, some of the places we hope to visit are the islands of Mull, Coll, and Tiree, Iona, and the Treshnish Archipelago for a spot of puffin watching!

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights describe, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. If the following voyage description is not fulfilled for any reason, Maybe Sailing and Maybe Sailing Youth Initiative cannot be held responsible.

Join the tall ship and her crew from her base of Oban as she explores the Inner Hebrides and Argyll from April to June 2022.

Some of the places we may visit:

Oban

Your adventure starts in the Gateway to the Scottish Isles; the picturesque port town of Oban. With a blend of fascinating ancient ruins and vibrant Scottish culture, the town has become known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland. There will be time to explore the town before departing the boat and making your way home.

Mull

The second largest of the Inner Hebrides. Tobermory, the main village is a waterfront of pretty coloured buildings and houses where you will find the island’s distillery and museum. Take a trip to the large sweeping bay at Calgary or visit one of the 6 Castles dotted around the island. For wildlife lovers, Mull is the best place in the UK to see white-tailed and golden eagles, along with otters, whales, dolphins and red deer to name a few. Take a walk up Ben More – the ‘great mountain’ or around some of the wildest coastal scenery in the UK.

Bike hire is also available from Tobermory including electric bikes.

Coll and Tiree

The most westerly of the Inner Hebridean Islands, Coll and Tiree are very different from each other.

Tiree known as the sunshine isle or ‘Hawaii of the North’! Tiree boasts the highest recordings of sunshine in the UK. Well known for being a surfers paradise with idyllic white sand beaches and turquoise water.

Neighbouring Coll in comparison is rugged with sandy coves and beaches without a soul in sight. Coll is a dark sky park being so far out in the Atlantic Ocean with no street light pollution and has some of the darkest skies in Europe. Climb Ben Hogh or Ben Feall for stunning views of the outer isles and take your binoculars to spot Corncrake.

Treshnish Isles and Staffa

For wildlife lovers this is a must! Walk along the cliffs of Lunga and meet the large colony of comical puffins.  Guillemots, Shags and Gulls can also be spotted along with whales and dolphins and eagles.

If the weather is favourable we hope to pass by Fingals Cave on Staffa with its basalt columns.

Iona

The small and tranquil Isle of Iona is known as being ‘The cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland. At only 1.5 x 3 miles its a lovely place to take a walk. Head to the ‘bay at the back of the ocean’ – next stop from here –  North America. You may be able to spot oyster catchers, sandpipers, redshanks, plovers, curlews and grey lag geese. The endangered corncrake (Crex crex) also inhabits the island.

  • All meals on board – including daily breakfast, lunch and evening meal
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Use of safety equipment
  • Accommodation in a twin en suite cabin
  • All instruction and lectures on board by fully qualified crew
  • Travel to and from the boat
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Any shore excursions and meals onshore (unless otherwise stated)
  • VISA fees

ABOUT THE SHIP

Blue Clipper is a three-masted gaff rig schooner. This means that the sails are rigged to run from forward to aft along the length of the ship. There are 10 sails, with an area of 675m2. She has a steel hull and teak deck, steel masts and wooden booms/topmasts.

Below deck Blue Clipper has three main compartments. Furthest forward is the forepeak, with 4 trainee berths and 2 crew bunks. In midships we have the guest accommodation with 6 twin ensuite cabins and a family cabin for 4-6.  Furthest aft there is the crew quarters, with 4 twin cabins and a shared bathroom. The engine room and lazarette are also located at the aft of the ship. At full capacity, the ship can accommodate 30 people. The deckhouses are home to the galley, the saloon and the wheelhouse.

The ship usually sails with 8 crew, made up of experienced permanent crew and eager volunteers, wanting to put their sailing knowledge and experience to good use.

MEALS

All meals are included in the price of your voyage along with tea and coffee. Breakfast, Lunch, cake in the afternoon and Dinner are prepared by our lovely chef and served in the comfortable saloon. Alcoholic drinks are available during meal times, at anchor and when the vessel is alongside in port.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

If your voyage is sailing in foreign waters, you will require a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the voyage. You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

INSURANCE

The vessel has Third Party Liability Insurance. All those sailing are required to take out relevant travel insurance to cover their voyage.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND SPECIAL DIETS

Please inform us in advance of any medical conditions you have and medication which you might need to bring with you. If you have any special dietary requirements it is essential you inform us prior to your voyage. We will make every effort to cater for all diets with prior notice.

Oban, Scotland

Oban, Scotland

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights describe, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. If the following voyage description is not fulfilled for any reason, Maybe Sailing and Maybe Sailing Youth Initiative cannot be held responsible.

Join the tall ship and her crew from her base of Oban as she explores the Inner Hebrides and Argyll from April to June 2022.

Some of the places we may visit:

Oban

Your adventure starts in the Gateway to the Scottish Isles; the picturesque port town of Oban. With a blend of fascinating ancient ruins and vibrant Scottish culture, the town has become known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland. There will be time to explore the town before departing the boat and making your way home.

Mull

The second largest of the Inner Hebrides. Tobermory, the main village is a waterfront of pretty coloured buildings and houses where you will find the island’s distillery and museum. Take a trip to the large sweeping bay at Calgary or visit one of the 6 Castles dotted around the island. For wildlife lovers, Mull is the best place in the UK to see white-tailed and golden eagles, along with otters, whales, dolphins and red deer to name a few. Take a walk up Ben More – the ‘great mountain’ or around some of the wildest coastal scenery in the UK.

Bike hire is also available from Tobermory including electric bikes.

Coll and Tiree

The most westerly of the Inner Hebridean Islands, Coll and Tiree are very different from each other.

Tiree known as the sunshine isle or ‘Hawaii of the North’! Tiree boasts the highest recordings of sunshine in the UK. Well known for being a surfers paradise with idyllic white sand beaches and turquoise water.

Neighbouring Coll in comparison is rugged with sandy coves and beaches without a soul in sight. Coll is a dark sky park being so far out in the Atlantic Ocean with no street light pollution and has some of the darkest skies in Europe. Climb Ben Hogh or Ben Feall for stunning views of the outer isles and take your binoculars to spot Corncrake.

Treshnish Isles and Staffa

For wildlife lovers this is a must! Walk along the cliffs of Lunga and meet the large colony of comical puffins.  Guillemots, Shags and Gulls can also be spotted along with whales and dolphins and eagles.

If the weather is favourable we hope to pass by Fingals Cave on Staffa with its basalt columns.

Iona

The small and tranquil Isle of Iona is known as being ‘The cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland. At only 1.5 x 3 miles its a lovely place to take a walk. Head to the ‘bay at the back of the ocean’ – next stop from here –  North America. You may be able to spot oyster catchers, sandpipers, redshanks, plovers, curlews and grey lag geese. The endangered corncrake (Crex crex) also inhabits the island.

Warm and waterproof clothing is very important, as it can get very cold during sailing, especially at night, even in the summer. A waterproof and windproof jacket is recommended to help keep warm and dry. Waterproof rubber-soled boots or shoes are also recommended to keep your feet dry and warm. Pack comfortable and practical clothing for all weather circumstances, the key is layers. It is recommended to pack in a soft bag that can be easily stored away as there is no room onboard for suitcases.

What we recommend you bring

  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Wet weather clothing – waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances (think layers!!)
  • Deck boots or Deck shoes
  • Adaptor for European socket
  • Trainers or pumps (think of your old school plimsolls!)
  • Swimming gear
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medication
  • Personal medication
  • Book
  • Camera
  • Valid passport (voyages outside the UK)
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