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      Sailing Journeys
      The Inner Hebrides

      43 review(s)

      Next Trip(s): 2nd May | 9th May Duration: 6 night(s)

      From £985 View Prices & Departures

      Trip Details & Highlights

      Trip created by Stevie Christie
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      Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
      Trip Type: Sailing
      Comfort: Basic
      Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
      Deposit From N/A £246.25


      All you need to know about your trip, this essential document is a must for all adventures.

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      Trip Details

      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 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 is 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.

      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.

      Although the itineraries are not fixed, areas you may visit can be seen below in our Day to Day Example Itinerary.

      Trip Highlights

      • 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.

      Day by Day Itinerary

      Day 1 – Eilean Shona

      Translating as the beautiful island, it could not be better named.

      Day 2 – Isle of Eigg

      One of the most distinctive skylines on the west coast and a charming island.

      Day 3 – Isle of Muck

      The smallest of the Small Isles is a delightful place to explore on foot.

      Day 4 – Isle of Rum

      A wild island boasting one of the most unusual castles in Scotland.

      Day 5 – Isle of Canna

      One of the least visited islands in Scotland offers one of the finest viewpoints in the Hebrides from petite Compass Hill.

      Day 6 – Isle of Skye

      Loch Scavaig offers one of the most dramatic anchorages in the world, with the Black Cuillin mountains rising directly from the shoreline.

      Day 7 – 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.

      The above itinerary is an example only as there is no fixed itinerary for the trip, but the above are likely locations that you could visit.

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      The Inner Hebrides

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      What's Included

      Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels 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. Download our dossier to see the layout of the boat.

      Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) 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.

      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.

      Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

      The trip begins in Mallaig harbour at 3:00pm 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. We aim to have you back to Mallaig for 10:00am in the morning on the last day. 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 advice on getting to and from Scotland please our travel advice page on our website:

      Trip Dates & Prices

      Trip Dates for 2020 Availability Status Price Book
      2nd May - 8th May 2020 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £985
      9th May - 15th May 2020 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £985
      16th May - 22nd May 2020 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £985
      6th Jun - 12th Jun 2020 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £985
      13th Jun - 19th Jun 2020 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £985
      20th Jun - 26th Jun 2020 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £985
      15th Aug - 21st Aug 2020 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £985
      22nd Aug - 28th Aug 2020 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED £985

      Make This Trip Private

      Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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      As an avid adventurer, Stevie has life-long experience in Scotland’s outdoors. He’s Co-Owner and Head of Adventure with Wilderness and been with us for over 15 years in a variety of roles, with innovative trip design being both a passion and a specialty. In his spare time Stevie runs the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival, bringing the world’s most inspiring adventure filmmakers and athletes to an audience of over 1,500 each year.

      - Stevie Christie

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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 43 review(s) 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.


      Penny Hogg

      Reviewed on 11/08/2019

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: England
      Trip Date: 27/07/2019
      Trips Taken: 3

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      All things combined to make it a fantastic once in a lifetime experience. TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: "Once in a lifetime" is high praise indeed and we're really glad you had such a fantastic time aboard Eda.


      Christopher Emery

      Reviewed on 10/06/2019

      Age: 60 - 70
      Trip Date: 01/06/2019
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Cannot fault the package. It was a pity that we were unable to book better weather for the week. Having said that, this holiday was a true adventure.


      Wendy Somerville

      Reviewed on 21/08/2018

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      It was everything and more than I expected.

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