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Sailing and Walking – Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles

  • Explore the inaccessible rough bounds of Knoydart and some of the most beautiful Scottish Isles aboard a traditional yacht
  • Experience the extraordinary wildlife of Scotland in its most unspoilt wild locations
  • Enjoy some of Scotland’s finest walking, accessing rarely trodden routes from the yacht

Blue Graded Sailing Holidays in Scotland 4-6

Many people ask what the sailing conditions will be like and how they will be affected by sea sickness. The conditions will be varied from relaxing sailing in sheltered waters to some more challenging longer passages. In our experience, the worry of sickness is far greater than the reality.After a short while, most people begin to feel at home on the boat and are comfortable at sea. If you are particularly susceptible to motion-sickness, there are a range of medicines and natural remedies available, most of which are highly effective.

Sailing & Walking Holidays These trips are based aboard the yacht Eda Frandsen, so all of the factors mentioned with regards to the Sailing Journeys also apply to these trips. With regards to the walking element of these trips, you will experience a range of walks throughout the week. On some days, you may hike only for 2 or 3 hours, while on other days you might spend 6 hours hiking up one of the peaks on Rum or traversing the Knoydart peninsula via a mountain pass. The underfoot hiking conditions can vary from good tracks to rough or boggy ground. Some of the routes will involve ascents of up to 2000ft / 600m. You will need a good level of fitness for these hikes, although if you prefer, you can opt out of the hike.

However, if it is just the sailing which appeals to you, one of the Sailing Journeys or Private Yacht Charters would be more appropriate for you to join. Our sailing holidays involve guided walks and hikes on some of the islands that you visit.

Sailing Only Holidays Sailing Journeys are based aboard a variety of yachts and are all about exploring the Inner and Outer Hebrides from the sea. Generally you can take as much to do with the sailing as you like, either grab the rigging or relax on deck with a sundowner. So in light of the above, you will need a reasonable level of fitness and agility to join one of these trips if you want to get involved with the sailing. Trips last 4-10 days, and longer trips are obviously more challenging as you will spend longer at sea and visit more remote island groups.

 

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 we 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. The only dietary requirements that can be fully accommodated are fish-eating vegetarians – please let us know in advance. 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.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide on the platform at Mallaig Railway Station at 5:50pm on Day 1. For full details on how to get to Mallaig, please see our website: Travel to Scotland.

Customer Kudos

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by Michelle Fannon 12/07/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Whenever I called or emailed with a question I received a timely response.
Trip Comments
The crew of the Eda Frandsen were friendly and patient with the sailing newbies and the food was fantastic! I would have appreciated photos of the interior of the boat before the trip, especially the sleeping quarters and storage areas.
Pete, the hiking guide, was very knowledgeable and prepared for anything. We loved his stories. However, he sometimes let the group get quite spread out which felt bad to those of us bringing up the rear.
Accommodation and Food
The food was amazing. Kudos to Chloe for surpassing what I thought possible in the close quarters of the boat's galley. The sleeping quarters were even more cramped than I anticipated. I've been on sail boats before, but since the Eda Frandsen was designed as a fishing boat, the sleeping quarters were retro-fitted. The uneven ceiling offered many opportunities to bump my head. Again, some more specific language in the description of the boat (or some photos) would have been helpful.
Your Guide
Overall the guide was excellent. The pace of the hiking was sometimes quite fast and precluded even enjoying the scenery, needing to watch every foot step.
The Bottom Line
The Sailing and Walking trip was great fun and quite challenging. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip that we will remember fondly.

by Stef van den Hoek 27/06/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
All was great. Great service and very efficient and thorough.
Trip Comments
The trip was a fantastic combination of both sailing and walking; Pete was a total nutter yet very safe and thorough and with a super dry sence of humour, and the Eda Frandsen crew where excellent , very professional yet still approachable and friendly and again very safe and thorough with sailing briefings. A great combo all round.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation was very cosy, but you're living in a traditional sailing boat, so to be expected. The food and Chloe's cockling was fabulous. Five star!!
Your Guide
Pete was super safe and thorough. And a total nutter with his dry sense of humour.
Fun yet very professional.
The Bottom Line
Great trip. I wish it was longer.

by Sabine Löser 27/06/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Die Segel- und Wanderreise war ein großartiges Erlebnis. Von der Besatzung incl. exzellenter Köchin bis zum Wanderführer waren alle sehr kompetent, freundlich und auf ihre unvergleichliche Art speziell. Besonders in Erinnerung geblieben ist mir die Aufholjagd bei windigem Wetter zwischen Sky und Egg. Wir überholten den Zweimaster, der am Vorabend auf Canna das Nachbarschiff war.
In den Bergen begeisterte uns Peet mit seinen lyrischen Einlagen und hoch oben auf Rum's zugigen Bergen mit dem Zeltüberwurf, den er aus seinem Rucksack zauberte und der uns mit unseren leckeren Lunchbroten eine windstille Pause bot.
Danke an alle 4!
Accommodation and Food
Was unsere Köchin in der winzigen Kombüse an frischen, leckeren Speisen zauberte, war wunderbar! Eine Gourmetreise!
Your Guide
Thank you to the crew of Eda Frandsen and thank you very much, Peet!
The Bottom Line

by Roger Pescod 20/06/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Final trip details arrived a little early. But better early than late.
Trip Comments
Great sailing and walking with a great team.
Accommodation and Food
Era Frandsen was a bit of a shock at first but we soon go used to the bunks and cabin. Food prepared by Chole was marvellous.
Your Guide
Peter looked after us on all our Walks. He provided knowledgable information about the natural environment we encounter. The walks usually included a relevant poem.
Sometimes we could not work out if he was being funny or serious but it was all done in a good natured way.
The Bottom Line
Great sailing, great walking in a beautiful part of Scotland made accessible by classic sailing ship Eda Frandsen providing both transport and accommodation. Plus an experienced Wilderness Scotland guide to boot.

by Valerijan Cokonaj 21/05/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
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Your Guide
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by Jacqueline Halliwell 19/05/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Don't think I'll ever have another trip as good. Everything (the food, the boat, the walking, the people, the craik) just went together so well and as for the weather......
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Thanks to Kirsty for making the trip so well run.
The Bottom Line
A well organised trip that also had the flexibility that a sailing trip requires.

by Kathleen Shevelan 18/05/2016

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Your Guide
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by Dennis Shevelan 16/05/2016

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Meeting point and parking details could have been clearer but not a serious matter.
Trip Comments
We are past our fittest and found the flexibility of the trip suited us fine. Fortunately although growing old is compulsory growing up isn't so we still enjoy the things we did sixty years ago albeit a lot slower. We felt neither pressurised nor patronised, so could join in at our own level and fully enjoy it all.
Accommodation and Food
Food was excellent. Space on any boat is restricted so we knew what to expect.
As the weather was dry and warm we didn't experience having to dry wet gear.
Your Guide
Guide very knowledgeable and capable. As a retired National park walk leader I was impressed.
The Bottom Line
Excellent all round. Although we may not be back due to age and commitments members of our family will be clients in the future. I will send a link to photographs to our guide and boat crew in due course.

by Martin Wade 21/09/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
We had some specific questions that it seemed would be easier to ask by way of a phone call than by email. Even though we were calling from Toronto, Canada (a 5-hour time difference), the customer service person we spoke with was terrific. She offered to look into some of our questions and had the full answers when we called back the next day. She was very helpful in suggesting where to store some of our luggage that we weren't going to need on our sailing trip (at the Fort William Train Station).
Trip Comments
One of the highlights was the day we sailed to Skye and hiked for a few hours. As we ascended the hill, we noticed that a wedding, complete with a piper, was taking place in the distance across from us! We stopped to take it in and when the ceremony was finished we continued our climb accompanied by the wonderful sound of the bagpipe echoing over the hills. The rest of the day was equally magical. We had a great wind for the afternoon sail and enjoyed full sun on a very warm day (shorts, T-shirts and sandals were all that we needed). We ate an amazing dinner on deck in full sunshine, then visited with the boat that had moored beside us, taking in traditional Scottish songs played on the fiddle, guitar and flute. To top it all off, the evening ended with shooting stars until well past midnight!
Accommodation and Food
The food was absolutely amazing. Thank you Ellie!!! I don't know how you produced such gourmet meals for a group of 10 from the extremely small galley on board the Eda Frandsen. The food far surpassed our expectations. The sleeping accommodations and space for personal gear were certainly a bit on the tight side. If I were going again, I would try to pare down what I take as much as possible.
Your Guide
Graham was a terrific and knowledgeable hiking guide. He obviously knows a lot about the flora and fauna and clearly has a passion for his work. He has a terrific, quirky sense of humour which made everything really enjoyable.
Mel, our skipper, was wonderful! She is a warm, caring person and was very patient (as was Graham) with those of us who were new to sailing. We all managed to take part and help in our own way. The Mel / Graham / Ellie team could not have been better. Thank you for making our trip so enjoyable and memorable.
The Bottom Line
We were expecting a good trip ... maybe even a great one. What we experienced far exceeded our expectations. The entire Wilderness Scotland team should be very proud of what they are doing and the level of service they give to their customers.

by Barbara Duncan 28/08/2015

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Great pre-trip information, equipment list was really helpful.
Trip Comments
The crew on Eda Frandsen were friendly, helpful and fun! Great and varied walking amongst stunning scenery and the sailing was very exciting once we had the boat under sail. We had great views of the wildlife, the highlight being a pod of dolphins swimming in the bow waves of the boat on the way Canna.
Accommodation and Food
Food was absolutely fabulous, there is no other word for it! Every boat should have an Ellie! The hardest part was being force fed delicious homemade cakes everyday.
Your Guide
Graham was great fun, he was really flexible with the different interests of the group and adapted routes to suit the weather conditions. He was very relaxed and made everyone feel at ease straight away.
The Bottom Line
The trip was relaxing and fun, I found I was able to switch off for the week. Everything was completely taken care of, you just have to turn up and have a great time.

Prices and Departures

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6th May - 12th May 2017
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Trip Details

Sailing on a traditional yacht, you’ll explore the islands and fjord-like lochs which make the fissured coastline of the west of Scotland so famous.

From the remote peninsula of Knoydart, often referred to as Scotland’s last wilderness, to the Isles of Skye and Rum with their dramatic rocky ridges, we will hike to otherwise hidden vantage points and enjoy superb walks accessed from beautiful white sandy beaches.

In coastal waters renowned for its diversity of wildlife, we have every chance of seeing whales, dolphins and 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 holiday.

These memorable journeys are based aboard our yacht, Eda Frandsen. Eda is a classic and beautifully converted 70-year old Gaff Cutter. Lovingly restored by the skipper himself, 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, with a spacious saloon where we enjoy meals of the highest quality.

This trip offers a unique chance to explore these beautiful Scottish islands in style, guided by our skipper, first-mate and a walking guide. The set-up of the boat is equally suited to experienced and novice sailors.

Please note that private charters, with or without walking guide, are also available – please contact us as early as possible to discuss dates.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – The Sailing and Walking Holiday begins
On arrival in the port of Mallaig for your sailing and walking holiday, you will be welcomed aboard the yacht for this sailing and walking adventure. Following a trip briefing over afternoon tea, we set sail, perhaps the Point of Sleat on Skye or to another nearby anchorage, for the first night aboard. An excellent way to travel to Mallaig is via the spectacular West Highland Railway – one of the most celebrated train journeys in the world.

Day 2 – Sail to the Isle of Rum and afternoon ashore

Following a relaxing breakfast we set sail for the mysterious and fascinating Isle of Rum. This stretch of water is excellent for whale spotting and we are likely to see porpoises and dolphins as we sail. After lunch in Loch Scresort, we head ashore to explore Rum and its famous Kinloch Castle. 8km, 3hrs.

Day 3 – Walking on Rum and Sailing to the Isle of Canna

We head into the hills to explore the majestic Rum Cuillin. One possible ascent might be Hallival, populated by Europe’s largest colony of Manx Shearwater which nest in burrows high up on the mountain. Returning to the yacht amidst incredible views of Eigg and Skye, we set sail for Canna. 12km, 6hrs.

Day 4 – Walking on Canna, Sail to Loch Scavaig, Skye

We spend the morning ashore on the stunning Isle of Canna, enjoying the short walk to the summit of Compass Hill with its fantastic panoramic viewpoint. From here we can see the route to our evening’s destination, Loch Scavaig, spectacularly situated at the foot of the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye. 5km, 2 hrs.

Day 5 – Walking on Skye and Sailing to Knoydart

Loch Scavaig must be one of the most dramatic anchorages anywhere in the world. Following breakfast, we head ashore to enjoy a walk round the hauntingly beautiful Loch Coruisk. Returning to the yacht for lunch, we then sail to the magnificent, fjord-like Loch Hourn on the mainland peninsula of Knoydart. 8km, 4hrs.

Day 6 – Hiking in Knoydart – The Mam Barrisdale Pass

Our aim for the day is to traverse the pristine wilderness of Knoydart on foot. Leaving Loch Hourn, we follow an ancient deer stalker’s path, crossing the Mam Barrisdale pass on our way to the village of Inverie on the shores of Loch Nevis. Here, we visit The Old Forge, the remotest pub in Britain before enjoying a celebratory final dinner aboard the yacht. 12km, 5hrs.

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5th Aug - 11th Aug 2017
£1,295
6 place(s) left

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Next trip: 6th May

Duration: 6 night(s)

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Location: Inner Hebrides including Skye

Comfort: Basic

Difficulty: 5

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Customer Kudos
The Sailing and Walking trip was great fun and quite challenging. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip that we will remember fondly.

Michelle Fannon
12/07/2016

4

Great trip. I wish it was longer.

Stef van den Hoek
27/06/2016

5

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