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Sailing Journeys – The Inner Hebrides

  • 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

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 you 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. Therefore, the only dietary requirements that can be fully accommodated are fish-eating vegetarians – please let us know when you book. 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.

The trip begins in Mallaig harbour at 1500 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. The 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 full details on how to get to Mallaig, please see our website: Travel to Scotland

 

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by Paul Grandy 16/05/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
This is a great way to see north west Scotland and Skye. Spending a week on Eda is an experience not to be missed, even in bad weather there is always something interesting to do. Chloe's cooking was amazing.
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by John Scott 09/05/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The ability of the Eda Frandsen skipper and crew once again made our weeks holiday a happy event to remember. Despite truly awful weather conditions they were as usual amazing all week. Thank you hardly covers the dedication.
Trip Comments
On an afternoon's sail into our evenings mooring we watched sea eagles fly up from their nest. Sadly , as I was on the helm I missed much of the great excitment. The following morn we motored out from the loch so that everyone would get a chance to see these wonderful birds, which we did with red deer on the hill behind. With a start to the day like that the clouds that might follow are of little account, whilst the cocoa on deck was memorable.
Accommodation and Food
Food outstanding. How the cook presents guests with the variety and quality of dishes amazed us all.
Your Guide
James McKenzie would be embarrassed to hear all the accolades thrown on his easy going seamanship. He is undoubtedly a skipper of huge ability, humour, and kindness. 'You will remain embarrassed for a while longer James'.
The Bottom Line
A wonderful boat crewed by extraordinary people . Foul weather on the season's first week didn't mar the pleasure. The booking experience with Wilderness Scotland flawless from start to finish.

by Margaret Smith 26/09/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Mhairi's meals were amazing - both planning and execution, and despite some very rough condidtions
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by Iain Mackenzie 11/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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by Jon Meeten 10/08/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Good website and questions all answered when asked
Trip Comments
Enjoyed sailing round Skye - had a completeness to it. Weather was mixed - but that gave a good range of experiences. Good mix / balance of people. Food was excellent. There wasn't any "teaching" - but it wasn't asked for - so more of an observation. Might be worth asking up front what people want in terms of "learning" element. Rebekah had never been sailing before - so my main requirement was finding something she would enjoy - she loved it and wants to do another sailing trip!
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is what it is on a boat! Food was really excellent (Mhairi)
Your Guide
James and Mel were both excellent - good fun but also clearly very competent at sailing - so reassuring for beginners. As said earlier, there wasn't really much in the way of teaching - or we were generally just told what do do in terms of helping sail - which wasn't a problem - just reflecting after the event whether I should have asked "why" more - and also used opportunity to learn from their experience. I could of course have asked - and didn't - but might be worth asking up front what people want out of the week.
The Bottom Line
Excellent. Great way of experiencing sailing on the west coast of Scotland on a beautiful boat - with fantastic food thrown in. We are already planning our next trip!

by Susan Mackenzie 03/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Any emails were responded to quickly. Phone call enquiries were helpful
Trip Comments
Couldn't fault it. Beautiful boat, fantastic food and great crew.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was as expected - snug! Bunks were comfortable. Food was varied, plentiful, impressive and delicious. Very impressed at what was prepared each day in the very small galley area. Always enough for big eaters. Good variety of menu with allergies accounted for. Cake treats each day most enjoyable. Were not aware we could have taken our own alcohol with us and would have taken some if we had known.
Your Guide
Crew were excellent. Extremely skilled in what they do. Patient with those who knew nothing! Gave as much instruction as was required and more if wanted. They were informative and knowledgeable about area. Crew were great company and intent on making our experience a good one.
The Bottom Line
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.

by Glenn Halstead 30/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Fast, friendly communications
Trip Comments
James and the crew on Eda were fantastic. We had a bit of 'adventurous' weather crossing the Minch.
Accommodation and Food
There are obvious limitations on the accommodation on board Eda; it's part of this type of trip. Mhairi created some wonderful food in the tiny Galley. The food highlight were the crabs that James and Josh caught when we spent the night anchored at Canna.
Your Guide
James was a very competent and experienced skipper and a welcoming host. Josh, the mate, was patient, helpful and able to lend a welcome strong arm when hoisting the sails. Mhairi the cook worked very hard to keep us fed from the tiny galley.
The Bottom Line
The trip was fantastic. I presume Wilderness Scotland were acting as an agent for the Eda trip as others had booked through different agents.

by Helen Smith 28/07/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Phone calls answered very promptly, very friendly and knowledgeable with a sense of humour, email contact answered promptly and with timely communications as departure time approached. All information accurate on website and in email communications
Trip Comments
Excellent crew, very knowledgeable and perfect approach to teaching novices like me and involving those who were sailors. Lovely food prepared in often very challenging weather conditions. Super whisky experience - learned a lot in this very friendly group with James' excellent knowledge. A surprise birthday cake for me from Mhairi - superb.
Accommodation and Food
Very compact sleeping bunks, no real spare space but worth it for the sailing experience. 6 days without a shower was better option than feeling seasick downstairs for me. Evening meals and lunches were superb and surprise home baking appeared in the most stormy conditions - Mhairi worked miracles in such a tiny space. Duvets, pillows and bunks very comfortable despite the limited space
Your Guide
James and Josh are very experienced sailors and James' local knowledge was superb. Even though we were not on guided walks there was always some helpful tips on options available from James before we went ashore.
The Bottom Line
As a non- sailor this was a week to prove to myself if I could enjoy sailing - it was excellent and I have come home with my fiancé talking about buying a keel boat of our own - fantastic week and prefect for a novice to find her sea legs, can't wait to get back on a boat

by Paul Grandy 22/06/2015

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I have rated this as good only because of an administrative mistake when sending me my invoice. Otherwise the staff at WS were always polite and helpful.
Trip Comments
For me there were no low points on the trip. I went hoping to experience a week of sailing surrounded by magnificent scenery, in good company and with a good leader. I got exactly what I was hoping for. The members of the paying crew seemed to get on well together and James, Mel and Marie were excellent. The whole week went far too quickly.
Accommodation and Food
I have given this category an excellent because although the accommodation was tight, what else would you expect on a trip such as this. Similarly with the food, we ate very well due to Marie's creative cooking.
Your Guide
Both James and Mel were great. They were more than good at what they do and conducted the week with humour and understanding.
The Bottom Line
If, like me, you have little sailing experience but would like to experience what it is like to sail in a beautiful boat off the west coast of Scotland then look no further than a week on the Eda Frandsen. I will make every effort to return next year.

by Nick Ardley 21/06/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Informative and considerate to desires
Trip Comments
Although an experienced sailor myself my 'gaffer' experience was low and I found the attention to all ability levels given by the crew of the Eda Fransden exceptional - they instructed carefully and melded the company into a crew, quickly.
Accommodation and Food
Food was outstanding aboard the Eda Fransden. I would describe the sleeping accommodation cosy aboard the 58' vessel, a vessel described as '75 ft' by Wilderness Scotland - that she aint(!), especially compared to my own 24' vessel!

TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE:
Hi Nick, many thanks for your wonderful feedback, we are so pleased to hear that you had such a great time on your recent sailing holiday on board Eda Frandsen. Sorry for the confusion over the length of the yacht, the deck length is 58ft but the total length including the bowspirit is 75ft.
We hope to welcome you on another Wilderness adventure soon.
Regards,
Kirsty
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
If you love sailing, wildlife and enjoy a bit of wandering ashore then this is for you. As a 'Thames Estuary' man the experience was fabulous.

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30th Jul - 5th Aug 2016
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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 are 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.

Trip Itinerary

Although the itineraries are not fixed, areas you may visit include:

Eilean Shona – translating as the beautiful island, it could not be better named

Eigg – one of the most distinctive skylines on the west coast and a charming island

Muck – the smallest of the Small Isles is a delightful place to explore on foot

Rum – a wild island boasting one of the most unusual castles in Scotland

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

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

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.

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50 people viewed this trip in the last week

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Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
30th Jul - 5th Aug 2016
£850
Trip Full
6th Aug - 12th Aug 2016
£850
Trip Full
13th Aug - 19th Aug 2016
£850
Trip Full
29th Apr - 5th May 2017
£850
Places available
13th May - 19th May 2017
£850
Places available
20th May - 26th May 2017
£850
4 place(s) left
24th Jun - 30th Jun 2017
£850
4 place(s) left
15th Jul - 21st Jul 2017
£850
6 place(s) left
22nd Jul - 28th Jul 2017
£850
Places available
29th Jul - 4th Aug 2017
£850
Places available
12th Aug - 18th Aug 2017
£850
Places available
19th Aug - 25th Aug 2017
£850
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Next trip: 30th July

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Inner Hebrides including Skye

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 3

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Paul Grandy
16/05/2016

5

A wonderful boat crewed by extraordinary people . Foul weather on the season's first week didn't mar the pleasure. The booking experience with Wilderness Scotland flawless from start to finish.

John Scott
09/05/2016

5

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