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Sailing and Walking – Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles

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Price from: £1,250

Next trip: 7th May

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Inner Hebrides including Skye

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 5

37 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.

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 Barbara Duncan 28/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Great pre-trip information, equipment list was really helpful.
Trip Comments
The crew on Eda Frandsen were friendly, helpful and fun! Great and varied walking amongst stunning scenery and the sailing was very exciting once we had the boat under sail. We had great views of the wildlife, the highlight being a pod of dolphins swimming in the bow waves of the boat on the way Canna.
Accommodation and Food
Food was absolutely fabulous, there is no other word for it! Every boat should have an Ellie! The hardest part was being force fed delicious homemade cakes everyday.
Your Guide
Graham was great fun, he was really flexible with the different interests of the group and adapted routes to suit the weather conditions. He was very relaxed and made everyone feel at ease straight away.
The Bottom Line
The trip was relaxing and fun, I found I was able to switch off for the week. Everything was completely taken care of, you just have to turn up and have a great time.

by John Guild 22/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Your advisor, Rachael, was able to clarify a few details of the trip over the phone and from there on the booking was easy and the advice re what to bring was spot on
Trip Comments
The highlights for us were the crossing from Moidart to Rum under sail in strong winds (when you can truly appreciate Eda at her best), the school of dolphins putting on a show swimming ahead of the boat as we approached Canna, the spectacular views as we climbed the slopes above Loch Coruisk, and the culinary miracles Ellie baked/cooked/concocted 3 times a day in her tiny galley to keep us all very well fed and watered
Accommodation and Food
Once you know to expect limited space on the boat, and pack accordingly, the sleeping space and storage is adequate. It's all part of the experience. The food served up daily was exceptional
Your Guide
Melissa skippered the boat with lots of enthusiasm and made sure everyone felt very welcome. She engaged the "crew" with our daily tasks of up hauling and sheeting the ropes etc, a taking the wheel, to make sure we all felt part of the sailing experience. Graham skilfully tailored the days walking to the desires of the group whilst taking us to beautiful and interesting places. His relaxed persona rubbed off on everyone, on and off the boat, and helped ensure everyone enjoyed the holiday. Together, Melissa and Graham adapted their plans each day to make the best of the wind and weather conditions. By the end of the trip we had done the itinerary, just in a different order.
The Bottom Line
One of the best holidays we've had - a perfect balance of activity and relaxation, very well looked after, and with a great bunch of people.

by Rodger Lorraine 01/07/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I found the trip most rewarding, all that I expected. John was a fantastic very helpful and full of knowledge of the areas we hiked and was a great assistance while sailing. Mellisa captained well her seamanship knowledge and ability enabled us to get the most out of the sailing, well done. Just a negative having to leave the dock so quickly on the first day I felt caught us unprepared particularly in the rough windy conditions. A few more minutes to put wet weather on would have been more acceptable.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Great job John your experience and knowledge made for a fantastic experience.
The Bottom Line
The experiance was certainly very rewarding tougher than I thought it would be but great to be challenged. I would certainly recommend it to any one looking for adventure.

by Stuart Gardner 22/06/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Expectations and accommodations were not what I found.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Sleeping arrangement are laughable, food very good.

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Hi Stuart, many thanks for taking the time to fill in the survey, I am really glad you enjoyed your trip as I know you were looking froward to your adventure in Scotland.
With regards to the accommodation on board, the yacht is 75 years old and the sleeping arrangements are reflective of this, we do express in the trip dossier that the accommodation is compact and functional, I hope this did not deter from the experience too much.
Your Guide
John is the definition of the perfect guide. In every dimension he exceeds all expectations. Clone this guy!
The Bottom Line
A real adventure not available any other way.

by Tricia McPherson 22/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The food was outstanding! The accommodation on the boat was a little bit tighter than expected and a few more hooks to hang things would be appreciated.
Your Guide
Our guide was knowledgable and extremely accommodating.
The Bottom Line
The crew and the guide made the holiday a huge success despite very Scottish weather. Many many thanks .

by Mary Pat Monteith 22/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All communication was promp and thorough.
Trip Comments
Well thought out. Crew was ready for any changes that needed to be done due to weather.
Accommodation and Food
The accommodations were basic but that was to be expected given we were on an older sailboat. The food was very good, again given the area she had to cook in.
Your Guide
John was just excellent! So very knowledgeable about so many aspects of our walks. Geology, botany, history, and not to mention scotch! His presence made all the difference in the world!
The Bottom Line
My son and I were so pleased with the entire experience. I would not suggest this trip for those unaccustomed to long hikes and wet weather. Proper gear is a must to ensure enjoyment of the experience.

by Pearce Herchenrader 22/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The level of detail regarding the equipment we would need and the trip itinerary was fantastic. We were very well prepared for any weather that we would experience thanks to that information.
Trip Comments
Everything about the trip was fantastic. The ship's crew were incredibly friendly, the guide was astoundingly knowledgeable about almost every aspect of Scotland, the food was excellent, and the scenery was even better. Can't say enough good things about this trip.
Accommodation and Food
Given the tight quarters, the accommodations were quite comfortable. The food was way beyond my expectations, I was very impressed with what the cook was able to come up with out of that tiny kitchen.
Your Guide
John sets the bar for what a good guide should be. His broad depth of knowledge allowed him to answer almost any question we had (from flora/fauna to geology to history), and his demeanor made him very easy to speak to and get along with. Definitely the best wilderness guide I have ever had. If I ever become a wilderness guide in the future, I'll aspire to be like John.
The Bottom Line
Everything about this trip was amazing. It is definitely not one that should be missed.

by James McPherson 22/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Office team - whenever we rang up got prompt answer to our questions and in very friendly and courteous manner.
Website - excellent covered everything and a very nicely laid out equipment list
Trip Comments
Really enjoyed the walk through the Mam Barrisdale pass, only disappointment was the weather stopped us ending walk in the most remote pub in Britain.
Accommodation and Food
Fantastic food - menus so variable and meals always spot on time whatever the weather.
Bunks a bit cramped but luckily am not a large person. Few more hooks if it's possible.
Your Guide
Very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about geology and wild life not to mention some Scottish history and folklore.
Very aware of peoples limitations and problems and able to accommodate them without detriment to anyone's enjoyment
The Bottom Line
Excellent covered everything in the itinerary, fed us extremely well and all the crew very friendly. If there had been less rain and more sunshine it would be very close to perfection.

by Ruth Jacka 15/06/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The proccess for paying the final payment could have been easier. the list of things to bring was over the top and most things were not required and I didn't need to drag them all the way from Australia.
Trip Comments
Sailing with an fantastic crew - this was my introduction to sailing and I loved it. The company was great and made it wonderful time. The rough seas and freezing weather made it more exciting and challenged me. Low point probably was not being able to go to Skye. But no-one can control nature and the crew handled the conditions very professionally
Accommodation and Food
Food amazing.
3 course meal every evening out of that small kitchen who would have thought
Your Guide
Everything was fantastic. Mel and James could not have been better hosts and patient beyond belief. John with his depth of knowledge and generosity and of course the food that Maree produced every day out of the kitchen was amazing.
The Bottom Line
Even if you have never sailed before but you love an adventure and a challenge you have to try this. However it is not for the fainthearted. Some days are really tough and you need to dig really deep. Age is not a restriction but an attitude.

by Peter Norton 25/05/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
perhaps modify equipmant list to essentials only
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The boat was a great experince and food excellent
Your Guide
I did send you an email in praise of John
The Bottom Line
recommended

Prices and Departures

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Trip Date
Price
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7th May - 13th May 2016
£1,250
Places available
11th Jun - 17th Jun 2016
£1,250
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

36 people viewed this trip in the last week

Trip Date
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7th May - 13th May 2016
£1,250
Places available
11th Jun - 17th Jun 2016
£1,250
Places available

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Customer Kudos
The trip was relaxing and fun, I found I was able to switch off for the week. Everything was completely taken care of, you just have to turn up and have a great time.

Barbara Duncan
28/08/2015

5

One of the best holidays we've had - a perfect balance of activity and relaxation, very well looked after, and with a great bunch of people.

John Guild
22/08/2015

5

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