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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.
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.
Although the itineraries are not fixed, areas you may visit can be seen below in our Day to Day Example Itinerary.
Translating as the beautiful island, it could not be better named.
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 island boasting one of the most unusual castles in Scotland.
One of the least visited islands in Scotland offers one of the finest viewpoints in the Hebrides from petite Compass Hill.
Loch Scavaig offers one of the most dramatic anchorages in the world, with the Black Cuillin mountains rising directly from the shoreline.
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.
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.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
The trip begins in Mallaig harbour at 3:00 pm 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 at 10:00 am 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.
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|4th May - 10th May 2019||Trip Full||FULLY BOOKED||£925|
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|1st Jun - 7th Jun 2019||Trip Full||FULLY BOOKED||£925|
|22nd Jun - 28th Jun 2019||Trip Full||FULLY BOOKED||£925|
|27th Jul - 2nd Aug 2019||Trip Full||FULLY BOOKED||£925|
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|10th Aug - 16th Aug 2019||Trip Full||FULLY BOOKED||£925|
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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.
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.
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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 41 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.
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.
Reviewed on 20/08/2018
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
I was well informed and any questions answered quickly
The trip on the Eda Fransden was pure joy from start to finish. The friendly welcoming staff and the food was superb
The ship accomodation was as described, cramped but wholly expected
The guides were very informative and allowed us plenty of time for off-shore trekking
This was my first time on board a working sailing ship. I thoroughly enjoyed every day, loved being part of the crew and learning about the history of the boat and the Scottish Hebrides. The crew were informative, entertaining, and thoroughly wonderful people. I would do it again in a heartbeat
Reviewed on 06/06/2018
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
Chloe, Gabriel and James were a brilliant team. Chloe's cooking was out of this world, How does she do it? Gabriel was a great skipper and so knowledgeable about the sailing area and the wildlife, James was superb in managing us with the rigging as well as being good fun to be around. Thanks to the three of them for making the trip so enjoyable. The weather was fantastic and allowed us to get to the Outer Hebrides - an unexpected and wonderful bonus, even though it meant motoring more than sailing. But lack of wind can't be helped, and it didn't seem to matter given the gorgeous scenery and anchorage locations we visited. Also, a great mix of people on the trip - good company. Overall, a trip of a lifetime. Hope to repeat the experience sometime. Thank you
Comments made earlier - simply put - they were a brilliant team.
Difficult to think how the trip could have been bettered. A wonderful experience.
Reviewed on 04/06/2018
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
Everything very smooth and professional; the only thing was that the list of equipment seemed to be for both the sailing and sailing/walking holidays and had items not really required for the sailing trip.
Cannot praise too highly. The boat is superb, a real pleasure to be aboard. The crew were excellent, knowledgeable, efficient and patient with the added bonus of being great fun. The food was better than first class, I don't think any of us will forget eating homemade Cornish pasties on a white sand beach on the uninhabited island of Pabbay, just one of the many memories we bring away from the trip. Finally the weather was perfect which allowed us to visit places we would not otherwise have reached.
Obviously space below is limited but the berths although tight are very comfortable. We had no problems with the 2 heads and 1 shower and there is masses of space on deck. We ate quite a few meals out on deck but also had some very convivial evenings around the saloon table.
The crew were outstanding. Gabe, the skipper kept us informed of the plans for the day and if correction was required to any jobs we were doing let us know tactfully and explained why. James, the mate was absolutely on top of the job, did what he needed to do but allowed us to get on with jobs he had assigned, only helping if we were doing something wrong; as a result I think we all learned a lot. Also he was great fun and so obviously enjoying his job. Finally Chloe, the magician in the galley who provided a nearly constant supply of home cooked food throughout the week. It is testimony to the quality of the food and the thought that has gone into menus that despite the amount of cake eaten I had still lost weight when I got home.
The trip was everything I had hoped it would be and much more. The weather certainly helped and enabled us to visit a large part of the outer Hebrides and also Rum, Canna and Skye, but the boat, the crew and the food as well as the others on board all made for a fantastic week, everybody including the crew so obviously enjoying it. Well done Wilderness Scotland and Eda Frandsen, the star of the show.
Reviewed on 14/05/2018
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
Very responsive, thorough, and patient.
Unbelievable! Beyond my wildest imagination. The crew was phenomenal. They all had the rare talent of making what must be taxing jobs seem as if they were effortless, never breaking stride from their respective responsibilities but creating an atmosphere as if we were all old friends.
It’s a small boat, but perfectly equipped. Every space serves at least two purposes. The guests quickly adapted to moving around in close quarters.
The skipper reviewed each days sail after dinner and outlined what we could expect the following day. He also kept us regularly updated on weather and pointed out landmarks and sea life along the way.
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