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    Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles

    77 review(s)

    Next Trip(s): 28th Aug | 7th May Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Trip Type: Sailing
    Comfort: Basic
    Max Group Size: 8
    Confirmed: When 4 Traveller(s) Book
    Deposit From: £462.50 £462.50

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    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.

    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 to them. Please note – Unfortunately we’re not able to accommodate people with nut allergies on any of our sailing trips.

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

    Trip Highlights

    • Enjoy a combined sailing and walking holiday, exploring the Hebrides on a traditional yacht.
    • Experience the extraordinary wildlife of Scotland in its most unspoiled wild locations.
    • Discover some of Scotland's finest walking, accessing rarely-trodden routes from the yacht.

    Day by Day 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. (D)

    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. (B, L, D).

    Walk details: 8km, approx 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. (B, L, D).

    Walk details: 12km, approx 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. (B, L, D).

    Walk details: approx 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 around 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. (B, L, D).

    Walk details: 8km, approx 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. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 12km, approx 5hrs.

    Day 7 – Short passage to Mallaig, travel home

    Following breakfast, you’ll make the short trip back to Mallaig to connect with the morning train south. (B)

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    28th Aug - 3rd Sep 2021 3 place(s) left CONFIRMED £1,850 Book Now
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    7th May - 13th May 2022 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED £1,895 Book Now
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    What's Included

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    ACCOMMODATION
    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 shower facility. Download our dossier to see the layout plan of the boat.

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    MEALS
    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.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation on the traditional sailing yacht “Eda Frandsen.”
    • All meals during the trip. (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Mallaig.
    • All specialist group sailing equipment.
    • The services of a highly experienced skipper and walking guide.
    Travel Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide on the platform at Mallaig Railway Station at 13:40 on Day 1. We will return to Mallaig and you will be dropped there for 10:00 in the morning on the final day of the trip.

    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.

    Speak to an Expert

    Stevie Christie

    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 speciality. 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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    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Blue Graded Sailing Holidays in Scotland 4-6

    Our Blue graded Sailing and Walking trip is suitable for people with no previous sailing experience, however a good level of fitness and hiking experience is needed.

    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.

    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!

    When hiking we walk at a good pace and you can expect to be out for 3-6 hours at a time. You will not always be on a path and the terrain underfoot can be rough and boggy, including boulder fields and mountain tops. Some of the daily walks will involve a mountain ascent of over 2000ft / 600m high.

     

    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.86 out of 5 based on 77 review(s) of Sailing and Walking – Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles

     

    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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    Laura Fitch

    Reviewed on 06/08/2019

    Age: 60 - 70
    Trip Date: 20/07/2019
    Trips Taken: 1

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    on a scale of 1-5 it was actually a 10! One of the best vacations ever!

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    Carrie West

    Reviewed on 05/08/2019

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 20/07/2019
    Trips Taken: 1

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    Tony Bradshaw

    Reviewed on 05/08/2019

    Age: 50 - 60
    Trip Date: 20/07/2019
    Trips Taken: 1

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