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    The Inner Hebrides

    46 reviews

    Next Trip: 17th - 23rd Aug 2024 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

    From: £1,350 View Prices & Dates

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    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Trip Type: Sailing
    Accommodation: Basic
    Max Group Size: 8
    Confirmed: When 4 Travellers Book
    Deposit From: £348

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    Join the small crew of Eda Frandsen, a 75-year-old beautifully restored gaff cutter, for an adventure around the enchanting, wild islands of the Inner Hebrides. Uniquely, this trip has no fixed itinerary, as there are many beautiful routes to choose from.

    Discover the distinctive beauty of the Small Isles as you explore coastline renowned for its wildlife. Look out for porpoises, dolphins and seals as you explore hidden coves, sweeping sandy beaches and towering sea cliffs. Where the Scottish culture has been distilled to its most vivid, venture ashore to explore standing stones and ancient archaeological sites.

    Immerse yourself in life on board, embracing the working nature of the yacht while also sitting back and relaxing as the stunning scenery unfurls beyond the bow. Enjoy delicious fresh seafood, good company and the beautiful wilderness of the Inner Hebrides.

    It is also valuable to note that a trip on Eda Frandsen is a sailing adventure rather than a cruise. As such, there is no fixed itinerary, as we choose to sail where the wind blows. Further, while Eda is perfectly organised, it is important to be aware that space is naturally limited. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    Trip Highlights

    • Enjoy spending time on a stunning traditional gaff-cutter, gliding up the captivating coastline
    • In the company of a small, extremely knowledgeable crew look out for dolphins, eagles, seals and coastal birds
    • Journey ashore to stretch your legs, exploring pristine beaches and ancient ruins

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Welcome Aboard

    Begin your adventure in Mallaig, a working fishing port on the northwest coast. Upon arrival, be welcomed on board Eda Frandsen (easy to spot with the highest mast in the harbour) and settle in on this beautiful yacht. Before leaving Mallaig, have a chat about the week ahead. It is necessary to react to the weather while sailing, so please be aware that the itinerary may change depending on the forecast. Meet your lovely, small crew, perhaps enjoying a warm drink before looking seawards and setting sail on your west coast adventure.

    Day 2 to Day 5 – Explore the Inner Hebrides

    For the next five days, enjoy the freedom of sailing around the wild coast, soaking up the spectacular beauty of the Inner Hebrides. Perhaps visit one or two of the Small Isles – an archipelago of islands which include Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck. As you sail, keep an eye out for dolphins riding the swell and an eclectic mix of coastal birds, including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and great skuas. Depending on the weather, sail west to Vatersay – the southernmost isle of the Outer Hebrides, where the turquoise waters of the Atlantic lap stunning sandy beaches. As dusk falls, enjoy delicious meals in the cosy warmth of the galley before sitting up on deck, drink in hand, to enjoy the overwhelming beauty of the night sky.

    Day 6 – Loch Nevis

    Today, haul anchor and set sail for Loch Nevis. Located in Lochaber, this sea loch snakes inland from the Sound of Sleat and is bounded on the north by the peninsula of Knoydart. There may be the opportunity to go ashore, perhaps to visit the community-owned Old Forge at Inverie – the most remote pub on mainland Scotland. This area is also an excellent place to spot golden and white-tailed eagles (the latter known in Gaelic as iolaire sùil na grèineas –  the eagle with the sunlit eye). Enjoy another lovely meal in wonderful company this evening, toasting a week of salty, sea-soaked adventure in a stunning part of Scotland.

    Day 7 – All Ashore

    As the dawn mist recedes across the water, step up on deck into the gentle morning breeze and begin your journey back to Mallaig. With the aim of arriving back at harbour for 9.00 am, enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the sea as you cruise across the white-flecked water. As you sail, keep an eye out for seals lounging on rocks and birds wheeling in the bright blue sky above. Back in Mallaig, shake off your sea legs and bid farewell to your lovely crew and fellow sailors before heading ashore to begin your journey home.

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    Trip Dates for 2024AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    17th Aug - 23rd Aug 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £1,350
    Trip Dates for 2025AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    7th Jun - 13th Jun 20251 place leftAvailable £1,440Book Now
    26th Jul - 1st Aug 2025Trip FullFULLY BOOKED £1,440

    Trip Details

    Accommodation Read More

    Eda Frandsen is a beautifully restored 75-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, but please understand that personal space is still limited. There is a comfortable saloon and 4 cabins’ with twin sleeping berths in a bunk arrangement. The cabins are separated from the saloon by privacy curtains. Each berth has its own locker storage. Please ensure that you bring your personal belongings in a soft holdall that can be compressed to fit into the locker. There are 2 “heads” or bathrooms including one with a shower facility.

    Meals Read More

    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. Included dinners are two courses as standard.

    Special dietary requirements

    Due to the small size of the galley and being at sea, we are not able to accommodate as wide a range of diets on this trip. If you have any dietary requirements please discuss this with us before you book so we can check with the skipper to see if this can be accommodated. If we are not aware of your dietary needs at the time of booking we cannot guarantee we will be able to cater for them. Please note – Unfortunately we’re not able to accommodate people with nut allergies on any of our sailing trips.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation on the traditional sailing yacht Eda Frandsen.
    • All meals during the trip, starting with an evening meal on the arrival day and finishing with breakfast on the final day. (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All specialist group sailing equipment.
    • The services of a highly experienced skipper, first mate and cook.
    Trip Grading Read More

    Green Graded 3

    This Sailing Journey is suitable for people with no previous sailing experience however a reasonable level of fitness is required.

    We are based aboard Eda Frandsen – a beautiful 70 year old traditional yacht. Sailing aboard Eda is a hands-on experience as there are no winches on board to help raise the sail, so everyone is needed to help out on deck. You will be asked to help hoist sails and help sail the yacht, which is fun but can be challenging so you must be physically able to cope with this.

    The areas below deck for sleeping/eating etc are compact but functional so you should also be comfortable with the idea of having limited personal space for the duration of the trip, as expected when living on a boat.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    The trip begins at the entrance to Mallaig Marina at 3:00pm on Day 1. Mallaig is a small village and the marina is right in the centre, just yards from the railway station. Please make your own way to the marina entrance. Eda Frandsen is easy to find – she has the highest wooden mast in the harbour! If you arrive early, do feel free to leave your bag with the crew as they’ll be on board already, finishing off the last bits of preparation for the trip.

    We aim to have you back in Mallaig for 9:00am on the final day.

    For advice on getting to and from Scotland please see our travel advice page on our website:

    www.wildernessscotland.com/faq/travel-to-scotland/

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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Our Green graded Sailing Journeys are suitable for people with no previous sailing experience however a reasonable level of fitness is required.

    We are based aboard Eda Frandsen – a beautiful 70 year old traditional yacht. Sailing aboard Eda is a hands-on experience as there are no winches on board to help raise sail, so everyone is needed to help out on deck. You will be asked to help hoist sails and help sail the yacht, which is fun but can be challenging so you must be physically able to cope with this.

    The areas below deck for sleeping/eating etc are compact but functional so you should also be comfortable with the idea of having limited personal space for the duration of the trip, as expected when living on a boat!

    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.98 out of 5 based on 46 reviews of Sailing Journeys – The Inner Hebrides

     

    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.

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    Renee Lynch

    Reviewed on 09/08/2022

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: Netherlands
    Trip Date: 30/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    The trip exceeded our expectations. We had some very nice sailing journeys and the Eda Frandsen crew did an outstanding job. Thank you Mungo, Stella and Mo, you are the best.

    CM

    Claire Mackenzie

    Reviewed on 08/08/2022

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: Scotland
    Trip Date: 30/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Very happy to recommend

    MB

    Maggie Bartlett

    Reviewed on 08/08/2022

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United Kingdom
    Trip Date: 30/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 7

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I have been on several trips with Wilderness Scotland and have always been impressed with the attention to detail and the commitment of everyone involved to ensure that things go well. I will have no hesitation in booking more trips in the future.

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