- 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.
- 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.
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.
11th May - 17th May 2019
Mike BrianA former School teacher. Learn more about Mike's thrill for the outdoors and read an interesting story about the Firth of Forth!
20th Jul - 26th Jul 2019
Kirsty ChuchlaJoin the effervescent Kirsty as she leads groups to Scotland's beautiful wild places.
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/
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.
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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by Jürgen Klingelhöfer 14/08/2018
Lovely trips with nice views.
Qualified guide and crew on the boat and wonderful good tasting food
by Eric Brown 13/08/2018
Very responsive to all questions we had before trip. I was a little unclear on which trains were appropriate to take in and out of Mallaig. Wilderness Scotland should consider recommending specific train times for the sailing and hiking trip.
Accommodation and Food
The boat was a bit tight for 12 people, but we expected that going into the trip. It was comfortable overall. The food was incredible, and a highlight of the trip.
Lorraine was very easy to get along with all week. She was clearly knowledgeable of the area, and did a great job managing a group that had vary degrees of walking experience.
The Bottom Line
Wilderness Scotland will be the first place I point friends and family who might be looking for a different vacation experience in a beautiful part of the world.
by Birgit Niebisch 13/08/2018
The customer service is always there for you and helps with all questions.
It was the 2nd trip to Wilderness scotland and it was great! Every trip is unique and always with little adventures.
Accommodation and Food
Not much space on the boat, but still enough space for everything ... a unique experience
Lorraine is doing a great job. She herself enjoys what she does. In the rain and sunshine ... no matter if somebody gets hurt, or somebody is cold, if the terrain is simple or as demanding, she can handle all situations.
The Bottom Line
It's just fun to go wild with Wilderness Scotland! Gladly again!
by Christine Campbell 13/08/2018