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    Knoydart, Skye and The Small Isles

    93 reviews

    Next Trip: 3rd - 9th Jun 2023 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: Inner Hebrides including Skye
    Trip Type: Sailing
    Accommodation: Basic
    Max Group Size: 8
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    Experience adventure under sail on the 75-year-old, 60ft traditional gaff cutter, Eda Frandsen. Join the small crew and your Wilderness Guide to explore the remote peninsula of Knoydart, the magical Isle of Skye and the distinctive beauty of the Small Isles.

    Sail through quiet coastal waters, keeping an eye out for marine wildlife and seabirds. Step from polished deck to sandy shore and hike into the rugged wilderness with your expert guide. Discover hidden lochs, pristine white beaches and panoramic clifftop views. Where history and folklore are entwined in the topography of the land, visit ancient sites and learn about the captivating coastal history. Spend your evenings in peaceful anchorages under star-strewn skies in the salty wilds of the west coast.

    On this unique trip, explore the beautiful Inner Hebrides in style, guided by your skipper, first-mate and wilderness walking guide. Suitable for experienced and novice sailors alike, take the opportunity to discover Scotland from both the land and the sea.

    Trip Highlights

    • Enjoy the perfect blend of sailing and walking as you explore the Inner Hebrides
    • Discover Scotland's wonderful wildlife in the most pristine and remote locations
    • Explore Scotland from the bow of a boat on the beautiful gaff-cutter Eda Frandsen

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – The Sailing and Walking Holiday begins

    Begin your adventure in Mallaig. Upon arrival, be welcomed on board Eda Frandsen by the crew and your wilderness guide. Following a trip briefing over afternoon tea, set sail towards your first anchorage. It is necessary to react to the weather while sailing, so please be aware that the itinerary may change depending on the forecast. Overnight off the Isle of Skye, enjoying a delicious dinner to celebrate your first evening on board.

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

    Today, sail to the largest of the Small Isles, the fascinating and beautiful Isle of Rum. With a rich and incredibly diverse history, the memories of what once was linger in the topography of the land. Enjoy lunch in the sheltered Loch Scresort before wandering into the tiny hamlet of Kinloch to explore. Tonight anchor in the sweeping bay, enjoying the view of the impressive Rum Cullin pressed against the sky. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 8km, approx 3hrs.

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

    After a relaxing breakfast, journey ashore for a hike. With towering peaks that plunge down into deep glacial glens, beaches of powdery white sand and imposing sea cliffs – Rum is a wonderful place to explore on foot. Having been declared a National Nature Reserve in 1957, many of Rum’s features are considered to be of international importance, including its geology, habitats and seabirds. Hike up the hill of Hallival, populated by Europe’s largest colony of manx shearwaters; later this afternoon, set sail for Canna. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 12km, approx 6hrs

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

    Spend the morning hiking on the stunning Isle of Canna, the westernmost of the Small Isles archipelago. Apart from inland pasture, Canna is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest for its geographical and biological importance. Hike to the summit of Compass Hill to enjoy beautiful panoramic views. From the top, you can look over to Loch Scavaig, our destination for this evening’s anchorage. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: approx 5km, 2 hrs

    Day 5 – Walking on Skye and Sailing to Knoydart

    Wake up in what must be one of the most dramatic anchorages anywhere on the west coast. After breakfast, we will head ashore to enjoy a walk around the stunning Loch Coruisk nestled below the Black Cullin. Fabled to be home to a kelpie, ask your guide about the folklore that twists its way around this mystical, magical Isle. Return to Eda for lunch before sailing to the magnificent 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, nestled on the shores of Loch Nevis. Enjoy a visit to the community-owned Old Forge, the most remote pub in Britain, for a well-deserved pint. Return to Eda for a delicious dinner to celebrate your final evening on your Scottish sailing adventure. (B, L, D)

    Walk details: 12km, approx 5hrs

    Day 7 – Short passage to Mallaig, travel home

    After a morning swim (perhaps), bring your adventure to a close, arriving back in the pretty harbour of Mallaig this morning. Say goodbye to your crew and the beautiful Eda Frandsen, shaking off your sea legs and heading ashore towards home or your next adventure. (B)

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    Sailing and Walking
    Knoydart, Skye and The Small Isles

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    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 shower facility. Download our dossier to see the layout plan 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.

    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.
    Trip Grading Read More

    Blue Graded 5

    This 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 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.

    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.

    Travel – Arrival and Departure Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide on the platform at Mallaig Railway Station at 1:40pm on Day 1. On the final day, we will return to Mallaig by 10:00am.

    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

    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 4.88 out of 5 based on 93 reviews of Sailing and Walking – Knoydart, Skye and 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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    Annelie Grundius

    Reviewed on 18/07/2022

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: Sweden
    Trip Date: 02/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

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    Mats Grundius

    Reviewed on 18/07/2022

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: Sweden
    Trip Date: 02/07/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

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    Anita Holser

    Reviewed on 26/06/2022

    Age: 70 - 80
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 04/06/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

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    The Bottom Line

    Hiking on this trip was aimed at reaching overlooks, in remote areas otherwise difficult to reach. The weather was much warmer than expected, which I was unprepared for. The sailing was amazing with dolphins, minke whales, jellies and abundant bird life. The captains were very convivial and experienced. I fully intend on repeating the experience in the future.

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