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Scottish Sailing Holidays

Discover the joys of sailing holidays in Scotland as you explore the west coast and islands by yacht.

We sail and explore by day and stay on the yachts overnight, often moored in remote wilderness anchorages.

These trips combine sailing and gentle walking as a great way to explore Scotland’s islands and coast. Although we have outline itineraries, these are flexible, allowing you to follow the best weather and winds.

Our classic sailing yacht is a beautifully restored traditional wooden gaff cutter, so provides a memorable way to island hop. Our expert skipper will have you at the helm in no time, while the first mate / chef will soon be your best friend! On trips which involve walking on the islands, we also have an expert and qualified walking guide on board.

We also arrange private charters so you can build the perfect sailing journey. We have access to a wide range of yachts for private charter, including a luxury Swan 68 for the ultimate sailing charter in Scotland. Visit our tailor made page for details and to contact us for a private charter.

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Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

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.

Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles
A different enjoyable experience

Roger Fox
11/07/2017

5

Sailing Journeys - The Inner Hebrides
Wonderful experience. Had everything we could have wanted. Beautiful boat. Fantastic food. Knowledgeable, helpful, patient crew. And exceptional views and wildlife - so lucky. Will be back on Eda and will use Wilderness Scotland again - definitely.

Susan Mackenzie
03/08/2015

5

Sailing Journeys - The Inner Hebrides
We would highly recommend sailing the Inner Hebrides on the Eda Fransen. It was the trip of a lifetime.

Kristin Beneski
31/07/2017

5

Rated 4.85 out of 5 based on 114 reviews of Sailing

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Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles

Next available trip: 11th May        Duration: 6 night(s)
Location: Inner Hebrides including Skye    
Comfort: Basic
Difficulty: 5
  • Enjoy a combined sailing and walking holiday, exploring the Hebrides on a traditional yacht.
  • Experience the extraordinary wildlife of Scotland in its most unspoiled wild locations.
  • Discover some of Scotland's finest walking, accessing rarely-trodden routes from the yacht.
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Sailing Journeys - The Inner Hebrides

Next available trip: 4th May        Duration: 6 night(s)
Location: Inner Hebrides including Skye    
Comfort: Basic
Difficulty: 3
  • 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
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Outstanding Customer Service

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As a 5 Star tour operator this is how we see customer service.

For example, we can’t say we will get back to you within 3 hours because sometimes we won’t and we can’t say we endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible, because that’s just wishy washy and everyone says that.

Great customer service isn’t tangible.

It’s tone of voice, and relationship building.

And going that wee bit further to make someone’s day and it can’t be quantified.

It’s how we make you feel…

and we feel that it’s the following things that go towards making the difference between a holiday, and an amazing, memorable experience.

Our Network
We have fantastic relationships and in many cases personal friendships with our trusted team of suppliers.
A Growing Team
Our team of 35 travel professionals in the office and over 60+ expert guides mean we're small enough to care about every detail but big enough to deal with any curveballs, meaning your holiday experience will be seamless.
We Know Scotland
Being outdoors people, we have an unrivalled depth and breadth of knowledge when it comes to Scotland's wild places. We've been there and can recommend locations and activities from our own experience.

Our holidays reviewed in your words

Thoroughly recommend this trip. I felt very happy at all times, frequently excited and always safe on board boat and when hiking. Probably my best holiday ever. The flexibility offered to fellow travellers was another example of the experience and confidence or our guides and leaders on board and on land. The skipper and first mate were superb at encouraging and teaching us to take part as much as we wanted with crewing Eda Framsden.

Judith Hedges
Sailing and Walking - Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles

Customer Rating: 5

The trip was everything I had hoped it would be and much more. The weather certainly helped and enabled us to visit a large part of the outer Hebrides and also Rum, Canna and Skye, but the boat, the crew and the food as well as the others on board all made for a fantastic week, everybody including the crew so obviously enjoying it. Well done Wilderness Scotland and Eda Frandsen, the star of the show.

Martin Charlesworth
Sailing Journeys - The Inner Hebrides

Customer Rating: 5

Rated 4.85 out of 5 based on 114 reviews of Sailing

by Paul Williams 21/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Do not hesitate to book this trip. The combination of vintage sailing, world quality hiking, Chloe’s cooking and the knowledge of the crew make for an exceptional experience.

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by Ethel Hickton 21/05/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

An excellent company which meets expectations on all fronts

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by Eric Brown 13/08/2018

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Wilderness Scotland will be the first place I point friends and family who might be looking for a different vacation experience in a beautiful part of the world.

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