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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.
Please note the following locations for the start and end points of our 2021 dates, as not all run in the same direction.
14 – 20 August 2021 – Starting 3pm Oban – Ending 9am Mallaig
4 – 10 September 2021 – Starting 3pm Mallaig – Ending 9am Oban
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/Oban 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. 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 area 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.
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 to 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.
One of the least visited islands in Scotland offers one of the finest viewpoints in the Hebrides from petite Compass Hill.
A wild island boasting one of the most unusual castles in Scotland.
One of the most distinctive skylines on the west coast and a charming island.
The smallest of the Small Isles is a delightful place to explore on foot.
A wild and remote peninsula on the mainland’s west coast famous for being very unspoilt and undisturbed.
The colourful port of Tobermory is one highlight of this island and is known for its wildlife including whales, dolphins, and sea eagles.
Morning drop off at Oban.
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.
IMPORTANT – Some dates will be run in reverse, sailing Oban to Mallaig. Please refer to the trip description at the top of the page to check which direction your trip will be operating. The start/finish times will remain the same.
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.
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.
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.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
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 at Oban Harbour for 9:00am 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.
IMPORTANT – Some dates will be run in reverse, sailing Oban to Mallaig. Please refer to the trip description at the top of the page to check which direction your trip will be operating. The start/finish times remain the same for both directions.
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|Trip Dates for 2021||Availability||Status||Price||Book|
|14th Aug - 20th Aug 2021||Trip Full||FULLY BOOKED||£1,020|
|4th Sep - 10th Sep 2021||Trip Full||FULLY BOOKED||£1,020|
Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.
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.Ask Stevie a Question
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!
Rated 4.98 out of 5 based on 43 review(s) of Sailing Journeys – The Inner Hebrides
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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.
Reviewed on 11/08/2019
Age: 60 - 70
Trip Date: 27/07/2019
Trips Taken: 3
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
Very good and prompt service though I am not sure why suddenly I got a weird email telling me I would be taken off the WS's mailing list as I hadn't looked at the posts they sent?? I always read them all but no matter I can always be proactive! TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: We did send an email out to our mailing asking people if they wanted to stay on it. If we didn't get a response to this then you would have received the notification that we were taking you off the list. If this was a mistake or you missed the email (spam folder maybe?) then we're more than happy to put you back on - we're delighted you would still like to hear our updates.
The trip on the beautiful Eda Fransden was one of the best holidays I have ever had. The crew James, Chloe and Jasper were lovely and the other passengers were great company, we all got on so well. The Hebrides were as gorgeous as ever including the weather. Also the recommended Spring Bank guest house in Mallaig where I spent two night was very good. The landlady Sandra was kind and welcoming and the rooms were very clean with wonderful breakfasts.
Please see last comments. Chloe was a brilliant cook so the food on the Eda was marvellous.
Very friendly and helpful. We were told which ropes to pull on and I was allowed to swim if i wanted to.
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.
Reviewed on 10/06/2019
Age: 60 - 70
Trip Date: 01/06/2019
Trips Taken: 1
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
The food was consistently high quality. The atmosphere allowed you to get as involved in sailing as much, or as little as you wished.
The trip was about experiencing the company, the friendly atmosphere and being able to access such remote, special locations. The accommodation was adequate, but quite cramped. This contributed to the experience.
The skipper was most knowledgable. Guidance was given on things to see upon going ashore.
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.
Reviewed on 21/08/2018
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
We not only saw dolphins, we also were very lucky to see an orca.
Always had information and knowledge about where we were.
It was everything and more than I expected.