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Sailing and Walking – Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles

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Price from: £1,195

Next trip: 9th May

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Inner Hebrides including Skye

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 5

23 review(s)
  • Explore the inaccessible rough bounds of Knoydart and some of the most beautiful Scottish Isles aboard a traditional yacht
  • Experience the extraordinary wildlife of Scotland in its most unspoilt wild locations
  • Enjoy some of Scotland’s finest walking, accessing rarely trodden routes from the yacht

Blue Graded Sailing Holidays in Scotland 4-6

Many people ask what the sailing conditions will be like and how they will be affected by sea sickness. The conditions will be varied from relaxing sailing in sheltered waters to some more challenging longer passages. In our experience, the worry of sickness is far greater than the reality.After a short while, most people begin to feel at home on the boat and are comfortable at sea. If you are particularly susceptible to motion-sickness, there are a range of medicines and natural remedies available, most of which are highly effective.

Sailing & Walking Holidays These trips are based aboard the yacht Eda Frandsen, so all of the factors mentioned with regards to the Sailing Journeys also apply to these trips. With regards to the walking element of these trips, you will experience a range of walks throughout the week. On some days, you may hike only for 2 or 3 hours, while on other days you might spend 6 hours hiking up one of the peaks on Rum or traversing the Knoydart peninsula via a mountain pass. The underfoot hiking conditions can vary from good tracks to rough or boggy ground. Some of the routes will involve ascents of up to 2000ft / 600m. You will need a good level of fitness for these hikes, although if you prefer, you can opt out of the hike.

However, if it is just the sailing which appeals to you, one of the Sailing Journeys or Private Yacht Charters would be more appropriate for you to join. Our sailing holidays involve guided walks and hikes on some of the islands that you visit.

Sailing Only Holidays Sailing Journeys are based aboard a variety of yachts and are all about exploring the Inner and Outer Hebrides from the sea. Generally you can take as much to do with the sailing as you like, either grab the rigging or relax on deck with a sundowner. So in light of the above, you will need a reasonable level of fitness and agility to join one of these trips if you want to get involved with the sailing. Trips last 4-10 days, and longer trips are obviously more challenging as you will spend longer at sea and visit more remote island groups.

 

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 we 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. The only dietary requirements that can be fully accommodated are fish-eating vegetarians – please let us know in advance. 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.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide on the platform at Mallaig Railway Station at 1750 on Day 1. For full details on how to get to Mallaig, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

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by Bettina Kaufmann 27/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Our lugagge was held up in Heathrow and only arrived in Glasgow after we finished the sailing and walking holiday. Thanks to everybody from Wilderness for all the support.
Trip Comments
Ideal combination of sailing and walking even for a first-time sailer like me.
Accommodation and Food
Our lugagge was held up in Heathrow and only arrived in Glasgow after we finished the sailing and walking holiday. Thanks to everybody from Wilderness for all the support.
Your Guide
Thanks to John with his profound knowledge of nature etc., James & Melissa for my first time sailing experience and big compliment to Peggy who performed magic cuisine in the tiny galley.
The Bottom Line
An unforgettable holiday in every sense. Never had such fresh and delicate crabs before on such a wonderful sailing boat in such good company. Thanks to all of you!

by Sarah Deas 22/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Just the right amount of info. Kit list was extremely helpful.
Trip Comments
Eda Frandsen is a lovely yacht ... a very special experience in a most scenic area. Wonderful. Thank you James and Mel.
Accommodation and Food
Just the right amount of info. Kit list was extremely helpful.
Your Guide
John was great - very knowledgeable. Having a guide really does add to the holiday.
The Bottom Line
It was fantastic! The photos will keep the wonderful memories alive.

by Barbara Crompton 19/06/2014

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Eda Frandsen sailed like a dream. The high point for me was helming the boat when we were sailing downwind with the sails in the goose wing position..
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
John had a wealth of local knowledge and was keen to share this and to entertain us with a variety of stories and anecdotes.
It would have been helpful if after a rest or lunch stop he said, "Let's go in 2 minutes " or words to that effect. Sometimes he set off before we'd all got our daypacks on etc.
The Bottom Line
The balance of sailing and walking was really good - we were able to do plenty of both and both the skipper James and guide John were keen that we should visit as many islands as possible in the week. Thank you to all involved.

by Kate Holterman 29/05/2014

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Would be helpful to know that fine to wear dark soled footwear on the boot. Had to buy special light soled wellies, and skipper was in black soled wellies and said this wasn't a problem.
Trip Comments
Beautiful boat, great itinerary, with some flexibility to allow for the weather. Skipper, crew, chef and mountain guide all excellent. Scenery spectacular. Enjoyed the walking and sailing. Highlight, one of many, was catching crabs in the lobster pots. Low point, the rain!
Accommodation and Food
Would be helpful to know that fine to wear dark soled footwear on the boot. Had to buy special light soled wellies, and skipper was in black soled wellies and said this wasn't a problem.
Your Guide
Professional skipper, crew and walking guide. Good fun and good natured. Felt they were all very experienced without being heavy handed. We were shown the route each day and everyone was happy to answer questions about the boat, the Islands etc. Very patient even with the inexperienced sailor! Appreciated Graham taking photos on the walks and posting them on Dropbox, along with some from James and Mel. Nice to have, as I am a lazy photographer.
The Bottom Line
Great trip, good mix of walking and sailing, fantastic food, good company. Really enjoyed the walk across the knoydart penisula and the pub at the end. I have done many walking trips but was v impressed. I will be back!

by Andrew Baird 12/05/2014

3Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Queries dealt with however responses were slow.
Trip Comments
Low point- sick at start of trip.
High point- helming during "sporting winds", catching crabs, the walk on isle of skye and knoydart
Accommodation and Food
Queries dealt with however responses were slow.
Your Guide
Very easy going and knowledgeable, catered to the group well
The Bottom Line
I wish it was longer, the time went so quickly!

by Caroline Taylor 11/10/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
All walks were well paced. Cory was gently very helpful in giviung me the confidence for the ridge walk.
The Bottom Line
Overall well up to Wilderness Scotland's high sstandards.

by Alan Watson 20/08/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I made a mistake in the dates when booking but was able to switch to the ones I wanted when I belatedly realised.
Trip Comments
Sailing on the Eda Fransen was a wonderful experience. The crew were great and got everyone involved which made the whole trip very enjoyable
Accommodation and Food
I made a mistake in the dates when booking but was able to switch to the ones I wanted when I belatedly realised.
Your Guide
Always helpful, and the activities were well matched to the age and abilities of the group.
The Bottom Line
When is the next one?!

by Patricia Douglas 19/08/2013

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

3Your Guide

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by Joanna Bullard 12/08/2013

4Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

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by John Farmery 12/08/2013

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Your Website is well designed and easy to navigate, and the pre-trip paper-work was comprehensive (and, in the event, accurate)
Trip Comments
The combination of sailing and walking worked out well above expectations.I had been anticipating a compromise that might detract from one or other of the activities. Needless worry!!
Accommodation and Food
Your Website is well designed and easy to navigate, and the pre-trip paper-work was comprehensive (and, in the event, accurate)
Your Guide
The walks selected by Graham were very good, and his local knowledge had much to do with the success of the sail-walk interface without the feared compromises.
The Bottom Line
It's not 5* accommodation, and you don't have to "dress" for dinner, but for those who love sailing and walking, I can think of no better way to spend an activity holiday.

Prices and Departures

28 people viewed this trip in the last week1 Booking in the last 72 hours

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
9th May - 15th May 2015
£1,195
Places available
13th Jun - 19th Jun 2015
£1,195
Places available
8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,195
Places available

Trip Details

Sailing on a traditional yacht, you’ll explore the islands and fjord-like lochs which make the fissured coastline of the west of Scotland so famous.

From the remote peninsula of Knoydart, often referred to as Scotland’s last wilderness, to the Isles of Skye and Rum with their dramatic rocky ridges, we will hike to otherwise hidden vantage points and enjoy superb walks accessed from beautiful white sandy beaches.

In coastal waters renowned for its diversity of wildlife, we have every chance of seeing whales, dolphins and 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 holiday.

These memorable journeys are based aboard our yacht, Eda Frandsen. Eda is a classic and beautifully converted 70-year old Gaff Cutter. Lovingly restored by the skipper himself, 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, with a spacious saloon where we enjoy meals of the highest quality.

This trip offers a unique chance to explore these beautiful Scottish islands in style, guided by our skipper, first-mate and a walking guide. The set-up of the boat is equally suited to experienced and novice sailors.

Please note that private charters, with or without walking guide, are also available – please contact us as early as possible to discuss dates.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – The Sailing and Walking Holiday begins
On arrival in the port of Mallaig for your sailing and walking holiday, you will be welcomed aboard the yacht for this sailing and walking adventure. Following a trip briefing over afternoon tea, we set sail, perhaps the Point of Sleat on Skye or to another nearby anchorage, for the first night aboard. An excellent way to travel to Mallaig is via the spectacular West Highland Railway – one of the most celebrated train journeys in the world.

Day 2 – Sail to the Isle of Rum and afternoon ashore

Following a relaxing breakfast we set sail for the mysterious and fascinating Isle of Rum. This stretch of water is excellent for whale spotting and we are likely to see porpoises and dolphins as we sail. After lunch in Loch Scresort, we head ashore to explore Rum and its famous Kinloch Castle. 8km, 3hrs.

Day 3 – Walking on Rum and Sailing to the Isle of Canna

We head into the hills to explore the majestic Rum Cuillin. One possible ascent might be Hallival, populated by Europe’s largest colony of Manx Shearwater which nest in burrows high up on the mountain. Returning to the yacht amidst incredible views of Eigg and Skye, we set sail for Canna. 12km, 6hrs.

Day 4 – Walking on Canna, Sail to Loch Scavaig, Skye

We spend the morning ashore on the stunning Isle of Canna, enjoying the short walk to the summit of Compass Hill with its fantastic panoramic viewpoint. From here we can see the route to our evening’s destination, Loch Scavaig, spectacularly situated at the foot of the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye. 5km, 2 hrs.

Day 5 – Walking on Skye and Sailing to Knoydart

Loch Scavaig must be one of the most dramatic anchorages anywhere in the world. Following breakfast, we head ashore to enjoy a walk round the hauntingly beautiful Loch Coruisk. Returning to the yacht for lunch, we then sail to the magnificent, fjord-like Loch Hourn on the mainland peninsula of Knoydart. 8km, 4hrs.

Day 6 – Hiking in Knoydart – The Mam Barrisdale Pass

Our aim for the day is to traverse the pristine wilderness of Knoydart on foot. Leaving Loch Hourn, we follow an ancient deer stalker’s path, crossing the Mam Barrisdale pass on our way to the village of Inverie on the shores of Loch Nevis. Here, we visit The Old Forge, the remotest pub in Britain before enjoying a celebratory final dinner aboard the yacht. 12km, 5hrs.

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Prices and Departures

28 people viewed this trip in the last week1 Booking in the last 72 hours

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
9th May - 15th May 2015
£1,195
Places available
13th Jun - 19th Jun 2015
£1,195
Places available
8th Aug - 14th Aug 2015
£1,195
Places available

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An unforgettable holiday in every sense. Never had such fresh and delicate crabs before on such a wonderful sailing boat in such good company. Thanks to all of you!

Bettina Kaufmann
27/06/2014

5

It was fantastic! The photos will keep the wonderful memories alive.

Sarah Deas
22/06/2014

5

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