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Sailing Journeys – The Inner Hebrides

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Price from: £825

Next trip: 15th August

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Inner Hebrides including Skye

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 3

6 review(s)
  • Explore the finest sailing in Europe, sailing amidst the many beautiful islands which dot the West Highlands coastline
  • Take the wheel of our traditional 75-year old gaff-cutter yacht as you sail from island to island
  • Experience the extraordinary marine wildlife of Scotland in its most unspoilt wild locations

The yacht, Eda Frandsen, is a classic and beautifully converted 65-year old Gaff Cutter. She is extremely graceful and her rails and spars gleam with varnish. The rig is entirely traditional showing incredible workmanship. Down below, she is comfortable and well equipped. There is a spacious saloon and the 4 twin berths can comfortably sleep 8 guests. There are 2 bathrooms including shower facilities, which are available subject to the careful consumption of water.

Although we may be at sea, the food is a real highlight and you can expect creative and wholesome meals often prepared with fresh local produce, such as seafood or venison. On this trip, we can’t cater for all dietary requirements due to the limitations of the galley and of being at sea. Therefore, the only dietary requirements that can be fully accommodated are fish-eating vegetarians – please let us know when you book. Evening dinner is taken on board, gathered round the dining table over a glass of wine as we recall the day’s events and look forward to the morning. A range of wines, beers and spirits are available for purchase.

The trip begins in Mallaig harbour at 1500 on Day 1. Mallaig is a small village and the harbour is right in the centre, just yards from the railway station. Please make your own way to the harbour. The Eda Frandsen is easy to find – she has the highest mast in the harbour! The crew will be on board so just say hello and they will welcome you aboard. For full details on how to get to Mallaig, please see our website: Travel to Scotland

 

Customer Kudos

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Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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by Helen Smith 28/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Phone calls answered very promptly, very friendly and knowledgeable with a sense of humour, email contact answered promptly and with timely communications as departure time approached. All information accurate on website and in email communications
Trip Comments
Excellent crew, very knowledgeable and perfect approach to teaching novices like me and involving those who were sailors. Lovely food prepared in often very challenging weather conditions. Super whisky experience - learned a lot in this very friendly group with James' excellent knowledge. A surprise birthday cake for me from Mhairi - superb.
Accommodation and Food
Very compact sleeping bunks, no real spare space but worth it for the sailing experience. 6 days without a shower was better option than feeling seasick downstairs for me. Evening meals and lunches were superb and surprise home baking appeared in the most stormy conditions - Mhairi worked miracles in such a tiny space. Duvets, pillows and bunks very comfortable despite the limited space
Your Guide
James and Josh are very experienced sailors and James' local knowledge was superb. Even though we were not on guided walks there was always some helpful tips on options available from James before we went ashore.
The Bottom Line
As a non- sailor this was a week to prove to myself if I could enjoy sailing - it was excellent and I have come home with my fiancé talking about buying a keel boat of our own - fantastic week and prefect for a novice to find her sea legs, can't wait to get back on a boat

by Paul Grandy 22/06/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I have rated this as good only because of an administrative mistake when sending me my invoice. Otherwise the staff at WS were always polite and helpful.
Trip Comments
For me there were no low points on the trip. I went hoping to experience a week of sailing surrounded by magnificent scenery, in good company and with a good leader. I got exactly what I was hoping for. The members of the paying crew seemed to get on well together and James, Mel and Marie were excellent. The whole week went far too quickly.
Accommodation and Food
I have given this category an excellent because although the accommodation was tight, what else would you expect on a trip such as this. Similarly with the food, we ate very well due to Marie's creative cooking.
Your Guide
Both James and Mel were great. They were more than good at what they do and conducted the week with humour and understanding.
The Bottom Line
If, like me, you have little sailing experience but would like to experience what it is like to sail in a beautiful boat off the west coast of Scotland then look no further than a week on the Eda Frandsen. I will make every effort to return next year.

by Nick Ardley 21/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Informative and considerate to desires
Trip Comments
Although an experienced sailor myself my 'gaffer' experience was low and I found the attention to all ability levels given by the crew of the Eda Fransden exceptional - they instructed carefully and melded the company into a crew, quickly.
Accommodation and Food
Food was outstanding aboard the Eda Fransden. I would describe the sleeping accommodation cosy aboard the 58' vessel, a vessel described as '75 ft' by Wilderness Scotland - that she aint(!), especially compared to my own 24' vessel!

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Hi Nick, many thanks for your wonderful feedback, we are so pleased to hear that you had such a great time on your recent sailing holiday on board Eda Frandsen. Sorry for the confusion over the length of the yacht, the deck length is 58ft but the total length including the bowspirit is 75ft.
We hope to welcome you on another Wilderness adventure soon.
Regards,
Kirsty
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
If you love sailing, wildlife and enjoy a bit of wandering ashore then this is for you. As a 'Thames Estuary' man the experience was fabulous.

by Christobel Ardley 21/06/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
i felt well cared for and appreciated for the whole trip
Accommodation and Food
The cook Mharie produced some brilliant food, and even a cake for my husbands 60th on the last day. I alwways felt warm at bedtime and the washing facilities although basic were sufficient for the day!
Your Guide
James and Melissa were willing to take us ashore whenever possible and hgave us wondeful apportunities to explore the wildlife
The Bottom Line
I am an east coast sailor but have nevr worked anything the size of the Eda Fransden. The respectand care shown by the team was amazing. They gave us the freedom and tuition we needed at exactly the right time. Mistakes were made by the pasengers, but none of us were made to feel that wed noyt got thoings right. I can't fault the patience of the team, or their jo in sharing their sailing expertise. The whole holiday was to celebratemy husbands 60th. He was so very very happy and excited by his time on board. We will be back!

by Jeremy Scott 12/05/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
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by George Patterson 10/10/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
No lows - walking in torrents of rain was still great. Tacking down the Sound of Mull with a gale blowing was brilliant.
Accommodation and Food
Food on the boat was wonderful.. I don't know how Vonnie did it
Your Guide
Great walks, expert knowledge and leadership.
The Bottom Line

Prices and Departures

42 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
15th Aug - 21st Aug 2015
£825
Trip Full
30th Apr - 6th May 2016
£850
Places available
14th May - 20th May 2016
£850
Places available
18th Jun - 24th Jun 2016
£850
Places available
25th Jun - 1st Jul 2016
£850
Places available
16th Jul - 22nd Jul 2016
£850
6 place(s) left
23rd Jul - 29th Jul 2016
£850
Places available
30th Jul - 5th Aug 2016
£850
Places available
13th Aug - 19th Aug 2016
£850
Places available

Trip Details

Travelling by traditional yacht, we are able to explore the islands and fjord-like lochs which make the fissured coastline of the west of Scotland one of the most spectacular places to sail in the world.

Following the winds, we will journey through the Hebrides, setting anchor in tranquil and scenic spots where you can enjoy an evening dram amidst outstanding scenery.

In a coastal region renowned for its diversity of wildlife, we have every chance of seeing whales, basking sharks and dolphins, as well as a plethora of birdlife. Set against the backdrop of the islands’ fascinating history and culture, this maritime adventure makes for a truly unique and memorable sailing holiday based on board the finest traditional yacht in Scotland.

We offer sailing holidays of 6 or 9 nights, with fixed dates for each trip. You must join the trip for the duration of it as we will not return to Mallaig until the end of the trip.

The price includes live-aboard accommodation, all meals during the trip and the services of the skipper, first mate and skipper throughout the trip. There are a maximum of 8 clients on board.

It is possible to book the entire yacht privately for your group – please contact us for details if this is of interest. Early booking is highly recommended for private charters.

Please read the trip dossier for details of the yacht. Please note that, being a traditional yacht, this is a sailing adventure rather than a cruise. Therefore, you should familiarise yourself with what to expect from life on board. She is a wonderful yacht but you do need to be relatively fit and agile to get the most from life on board during this sailing holiday. While there is a shower on board, you will need to be conservative with water consumption as there are limited places where the yacht can re-supply.

Please do call our office if you have any questions about your suitability for this trip.

Our Sailing Journeys offer a different way to experience some of the finest scenery in the Scottish Highlands, and are open for individuals to join. Starting and finishing from the fishing village of Mallaig, located west of Fort William, this journey of no fixed itinerary is largely dictated by the wind and the best sailing conditions at the time.

Please note that, unlike our ‘Sailing & Walking’ trips, there is no walking guide on board the yacht. The emphasis is on sailing, although there will be time ashore on many islands and the crew may lead walks on request. The yacht is crewed by a skipper, first mate and chef, each of whom has an excellent knowledge of the islands.

The Sound of Sleat is renowned for being an excellent place to experience Scotland’s rich and diverse marine wildlife. This includes minke whales, basking sharks, dolphins, porpoises and seals, as well as a vast number of seabirds. Whatever route you take, you can be assured of a wonderful sailing experience set amidst some of Scotland’s finest scenery.

Trip Itinerary

Although the itineraries are not fixed, areas you may visit include:

Eilean Shona – translating as the beautiful island, it could not be better named

Eigg – one of the most distinctive skylines on the west coast and a charming island

Muck – the smallest of the Small Isles is a delightful place to explore on foot

Rum – a wild island boasting one of the most unusual castles in Scotland

Canna – one of the least visited islands in Scotland offers one of the finest viewpoints in the Hebrides from petite Compass Hill

Skye – Loch Scavaig offers one of the most dramatic anchorages in the world, with the Black Cuillin mountains rising directly from the shoreline

Knoydart – this remote peninsula is home to the most remote pub in Scotland

In addition to the above islands, there are many other smaller islands, sea-lochs and coves which it may be possible to visit during your trip. On longer trips, it may even be possible to reach the Outer Hebrides with its many magical islands.

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Prices and Departures

42 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
15th Aug - 21st Aug 2015
£825
Trip Full
30th Apr - 6th May 2016
£850
Places available
14th May - 20th May 2016
£850
Places available
18th Jun - 24th Jun 2016
£850
Places available
25th Jun - 1st Jul 2016
£850
Places available
16th Jul - 22nd Jul 2016
£850
6 place(s) left
23rd Jul - 29th Jul 2016
£850
Places available
30th Jul - 5th Aug 2016
£850
Places available
13th Aug - 19th Aug 2016
£850
Places available

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Customer Kudos
As a non- sailor this was a week to prove to myself if I could enjoy sailing - it was excellent and I have come home with my fiancé talking about buying a keel boat of our own - fantastic week and prefect for a novice to find her sea legs, can't wait to get back on a boat

Helen Smith
28/07/2015

5

If, like me, you have little sailing experience but would like to experience what it is like to sail in a beautiful boat off the west coast of Scotland then look no further than a week on the Eda Frandsen. I will make every effort to return next year.

Paul Grandy
22/06/2015

5

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