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Sailing and Walking – Knoydart, Skye & The Small Isles

  • 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.

u2022 6 nights accommodation on the traditional sailing yacht u2018Eda Frandsen’

u2022 All meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

u2022 All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Mallaig

u2022 All specialist group sailing equipment

u2022 The services of a highly experienced skipper and walking guide.

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.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

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 u2018cabins’ 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 u201cheadsu201d or bathrooms including one with shower facility. The layout of the boat can be seen on the plan below.

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.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide on the platform at Mallaig Railway Station at 1:30pm on Day 1. We will return to Mallaig and you will be dropped there for 10:00am 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/

Customer Kudos

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by Richard Brown 22/08/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

3Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Good group, good food, good scenery
Accommodation and Food
Food was good, boat has character and bunk was comfy but space is very tight and washroom facilities are tiny
Your Guide
The Bottom Line
Enjoyable despite the weather

by Ginnie Van Kesteren 21/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Appreciate local number in US
Trip Comments
This trip took us to truly remote and lovely parts of the planet. The boat crew, James and Chloe, were competent and efficient but also very relaxed which made getting hands-on with the sailing fun, regardless of prior experience. Accommodations have been described as "cosy" which is true but they are also comfortable in a way that allowed the group to coalesce quickly. The meals were simply stellar, Michelin would definitely give Chloe's galley five stars. Kirsty's quiet confidence as a hiking guide allowed everyone to reach every goal, even those past their comfort zone.
Accommodation and Food
It helps to understand the limitations of a working sail boat before hand. There are no private cabins and storage space is minuscule. Paradoxically, the limitations fostered a camaraderie that was unique and totally wonderful. The food, which just kept coming, was out of this world.
Your Guide
The sailing crew and walking guide were professional and personable.
The Bottom Line
This trip was unique in that we actually put the canvas up, hiked to remote and lovely vistas, laughed and ate like kings. The best part was traveling from hike to hike over the water instead of loading into a van each time. I am already planning my next trip with Wilderness Scotland.

by Karen White 14/08/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Really helpful team discussing options available
Trip Comments
Brilliant trip - Chloe James and Kirsty were amazing
Accommodation and Food
Chloe is an amazing cook and fuelled us so well for all the walking - nothing was too much trouble

Be aware that sleeping on a boat is a small experience - comfortable clean and my roomy was fun - but it's a tiny space!!
Your Guide
Kirsty managed all the different abilities and paces really well so everyone got the experience they wanted from the walking
The Bottom Line
It was a wonderful life reaffirming trip which I thoroughly enjoyed - couldn't think of one thing which would have made it better.

by Roger Fox 11/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Very informative.
My only suggestions would be as follows.
I think the cramped sleeping conditions on the boat should be made clearer. I didnt mind but I think some customers would struggle.
The fact that couples may be expected to seperate to accommodate single people who are of different sexes and their sleeping arrangements needs to be made a lot clearer. I think that this would come as a surprise to some customers.
Trip Comments
Good communication
The sailing exerience just great
Hosts lovely, welcoming, supportive,
Billy the walking guide just wonderful. Very human, funny, knew his stuff, left the walks open as to what we did, interesting, and suportive without being pushy.
Food out of this world
Accommodation and Food
Already commented on accommodation. Expect to be cramped but think info should be clearer.
Food excellent all week and every meal a very pleasant experience.
Your Guide
Billy just the very best. Just fitted in. Knew his stuff. Walking knowledge of area very extensive. Funny, relaxed. Not pushy and just lovely to have around.
The Bottom Line
A different enjoyable experience

by Steven Morgan 04/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Our group included 2 singles of opposite sex- they kindly agreed to share- but if they had not then one of the three couples would have had to split- which we think we should have been warned about/discussed pre trip so as not to cause unnecessary embarrassment on joining the boat.
Trip Comments
Overall a great and varied experience.
A planning session the night before would have been helpful- and provide discussion after supper .
Accommodation and Food
Food was outstanding, Chloes meals were fantastic without exception.
Accommodation was even more cramped than we had expected! but we managed.
Your Guide
James was great as a relaxed skipper. He was good at encouraging participation.
Billy was enthusiastic and friendly .
The Bottom Line
A great way of experiencing the Scottish isles from the water,on a wonderful old boat with great food- so long as you can cope with cramped conditions and little privacy !

by Judith Jones 28/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Jane Gilles was most helpful and patient with the emails I sent prior to the trip answering all my questions in a timely manner.
Trip Comments
just a beautiful area to be in, it was all a highlight
Accommodation and Food
Food outstanding, accommodations very tight..but then that was outlined and described in trip info..so no complaints
Your Guide
Billy was fantastic, I bruised or twisted my ankle the second day out so it became a bit sore...he frequently checked on me and made sure I still enjoyed the trip, which I did. In general I was also impressed with his guiding skills and general knowledge. He quickly assessed that the group hiked at different paces and instead of making us stay together allowed us freedom of movement while still keeping tabs on all. Enthusiastic, witty and very helpful.

James and Cloe were also excellent explaining how to sail, the workings of the boat and local information. Also enthusiastic, witty and very helpful
The Bottom Line
Boats can be rocky if the weather is poor and sleeping/hygiene arrangements are tight which may not suit all, but the sailing, hiking, people and food are amazing and I highly recommend the trip.

by Debra Schaffer 26/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
The site was easy to navigate and gave a nice detailed summary of the available trips
Trip Comments
The sailing trip to the small isles and the Knoydart peninsula was awesome. Other that the sleeping accommodations on the boat being a bit cramped (we knew this going into the trip). Everything was as good as can be.
Accommodation and Food
The food was very good. Our host o the boat, Chloe, was very accommodating to our special dietary needs, and made some very delicious meals. The accommodations on the boat are small bunks. If you are taller than 6 feet you might have trouble fitting in them. However, other than the size they are comfortable, but if you are claustrophobic, you will have issues. The boat overall is a beautiful. James, the owner and captain can be proud of his work on restoring and maintaining the Eda Frandsen. James is a great host and captain. He is very knowledgeable about the area, and does a good job getting everyone to help sail the boat.
Your Guide
Billy was awesome. We loved talking to him and getting to know him. He taught us a lot about the areas we hiked in. The combination of Billy, and James and Chloe gave us a wealth of knowledge to draw on. During the hikes, Billy was great at pacing the hikes and also letting us explore on our own when it was okay to do so. I also felt that Billy did a great job of sizing up the group and determining the capabilities of each hiker and tayloring the hikes to our abilities. We throughly enjoyed hiking with Billy.
The Bottom Line
Loved the trip. The itinerary was perfect. Just know ahead of time that the sleeping accommodations are tight.

by Alan McIvor 26/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Good communication, liked the fact that there was a US toll free number
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Food was great, Chloe put together a great menu of hearty meals.
Your Guide
John's knowledge and passion for Scotland was obvious at every stop.
The Bottom Line
Excellent trip, skilled crew, passionate guides, excellent food, great sites. What isn't to recommend.

by Michael McCauley 22/05/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Cosy as expected. Food was extraordinary
Your Guide
John was very knowledgeable and good company
The Bottom Line

by Nicola Wassell 17/05/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Attentive and responsive.
Trip Comments
Sailing walking trip was an ideal combination aboard the Eda Frandsen. Our crew and guide were personable and knowledgeable, encouraging and relaxed. The scenery of course was stunning with 6 days on gentle breezes and clear skies. The food on board was especially good.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation for 12 people on a 56' yacht is necessarily compact! The boat was beautifully maintained and everything worked well. The food, as mentioned earlier, was excellent and a real highlight.
Your Guide
Our walking guide John was great company and very knowledgeable.
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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.

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. (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 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. (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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Enjoyable despite the weather

Richard Brown
22/08/2017

4

This trip was unique in that we actually put the canvas up, hiked to remote and lovely vistas, laughed and ate like kings. The best part was traveling from hike to hike over the water instead of loading into a van each time. I am already planning my next trip with Wilderness Scotland.

Ginnie Van Kesteren
21/08/2017

5

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