- 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
by George Patterson 10/10/2013
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
Great walks, expert knowledge and leadership.
The Bottom Line
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.
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.