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    The Inner Hebrides

    46 reviews

    Next Trip: 10th - 16th Jun 2023 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

    From £1,320 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: £330.00 £330.00

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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 with 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

    • Journey ashore to explore pristine beaches, ancient ruins and lofty mountain peaks
    • Hike the beautiful shores of remote islands, spotting coastal plants, birds and wildlife
    • Enjoy time spent on the stunning traditional gaff-cutter, gliding up the captivating coastline

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Isle of Canna

    Begin your adventure in Mallaig, a working fishing port on the northwest coast. Upon arrival, be welcomed on board Eda Frandsen and get settled on this beautiful yacht. Before leaving the harbour, 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. Sail over to the Isle of Canna, the westernmost of the Small Isles archipelago and hike to the summit of Compass Hill to enjoy beautiful panoramic views.

    Day 2 – Isle of Rum

    Today, sail to the largest of the Small Isles – the fascinating and beautiful Isle of Rum. Forged by fire and scoured by ice, Rum has a rich and interesting history. Cross the island to visit the gorgeous Rum ponies, native to the Isle and with manes the colour of sand dune and smoke. Wander into the tiny hamlet of Kinloch to explore and learn about the bizarre history of one of Scotland’s most unusual castles. This evening, anchor in the sheltered bay and enjoy another peaceful night on the water.

    Day 3 – Isle of Eigg

    With one of the most distinctive skylines on the west coast, the Isle of Eigg has been community owned since 1997 and was the first place in the world to provide constant electricity from renewable energy sources. Today, take the time to explore the island, known for its wildflowers and fantastic bird-watching. With a current bird list of 212 species, on average about 130 species are recorded yearly, so keep your eyes out for eagles, red-throated divers and stonechats. With a small, vibrant community, learn about life on an island whose history stretches back over 8000 years.

    Day 4 – Isle of Muck

    After a relaxed breakfast and perhaps a coffee in the morning sunshine, sail to the Isle of Muck, the dinkiest of the Small Isles, measuring just 2.5 miles from east to west. Small but perfectly formed, walk around the island’s edge, discovering its secrets as the landscape changes underfoot. Stop for lunch on a white sandy beach, where the water shifts from turquoise to deep, inky blue. Keep an eye out for porpoises, dolphins and seals as you walk before returning to Eda for a delicious dinner of fresh seafood.

    Day 5 – Ardnamurchan

    Wake refreshed after a mellow night on the water and, after breakfast, set sail to Ardnamurchan – one of the most remote West Highland Peninsulas. Take the dingy ashore to the powdery white sands of a sweeping beach. Choose to relax or take a bracing dip in the salty water. Warm up with a lovely walk which winds through the dunes and the machair before arriving on the sweeping moor. Return to Eda, and as the wind fills your sails and white caps wave in the distance, spend the afternoon exploring this wild landscape.

    Day 6 – Glenuig

    After another evening spent chatting, eating and relaxing under a star-strewn sky, this morning set sail to the tiny, friendly community of Glenuig. The area surrounding the bay has been inhabited for thousands of years, and the surrounding coast is home to clear water, sandy coves and a rich Highland history. From sea to sky, boat ashore to walk up one of the coastal corbetts, looking out for the red deer and golden eagles. This evening, celebrate your last night on Eda and your Scottish sailing adventure.

    Day 7 – All Ashore

    As the dawn mist recedes across the water, step up on deck into the gentle morning breeze. Begin your journey back to port, looking out for seals and dolphins as you sail. Shake off your sea legs and head ashore to begin your journey home.

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    The Inner Hebrides

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    Trip Dates & Prices

    Trip Dates for 2023AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
    10th Jun - 16th Jun 2023Trip FullFULLY BOOKED£1,320
    1st Jul - 7th Jul 2023Trip FullFULLY BOOKED£1,320
    26th Aug - 1st Sep 2023Trip FullFULLY BOOKED£1,320

    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. Download our dossier to see the layout of the boat.

    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 Day 1 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 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.

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

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

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    Make This Trip Private

    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.

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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: 50 - 60
    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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