Skye and the Small Isles sailing holiday

“A week of sailing or cruising on around the glorious Small Isles and then onto the splendours of Skye and Mull. Sleeping on board, all meals included. ”

Highlights

Sailing around the Small Isles | Isle of Oronsay | Isle of Eigg | Rum Island | Isle of Skye | Loch Scavaig | Black Cuillins Mountains | Isle of Canna | Isle of Mull | Loch Spelve, | Whale and dolphin watching

Description of Skye and the Small Isles sailing holiday

This Skye and Small Isles sailing holiday starts in Oban where you board one of two vessels:

St Hilda is a stunning, wooden 54ft ketch and former tall ship used for training where our guests can still enjoy learning sail skills. With room for only six guests, this beautiful boat has a really spacious feel to it, having originally been crewed by twenty people when she was a working boat. There is a mix of cabin sizes, some but not all ensuite.

Seahorse II is a small ship rather than sailing boat, originally built to cruise Norway’s fjords and so ideal to cope with the unpredictable conditions around Scotland’s west coast. At 82ft she is small enough to navigate the waters and narrow channels of the Small Isles, but also strong enough to head into more open water so that we can visit some of the remote headlands, dramatic sea stacks and sea lochs. Both boats have been built and restored to the highest of standards. We have room for eight passengers on Seahorse II, with a mix of cabins and shared bathrooms.

Starting in Oban, we head north towards the Isle of Eigg and other Small Isles of Canna, Rum and Muck. This is a wonderful sea odyssey for wildlife lovers, where you will hopefully see a cornucopia of cetaceans, including minke and humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises and even a killer whale if you are lucky. The waters are also home to basking sharks, otters and many species of rare sea birds, including sea eagles. We then move on to the famous Isle of Skye, the largest Inner Hebridean Island and home not only to stunning lochs and mountains but also the famous Taliskar Whisky Distillery.

There is plenty of room on deck for wildlife watching but also, for those who enjoy being a little bit more active, to store your wind surfers, bikes, diving equipment or even a dinghy on Seahorse. We will have plenty of time to explore the island landscapes, dropping anchor in some of the most tranquil sea lochs or sea shores, enabling you to go explore cliffs, coastal or mountain walks, or take your kayak into hidden bays. One of our most popular anchorages on this holiday is in the wild environs of Loch Scavaig on Skye at the foot of Black Cuillins Mountains.

The itinerary on this sailing holiday is, of course, dependent on weather and tidal conditions. What is always dependable however, is the professional expertise of our skipper, and also that of our chef, who produces fine local fare with all meals included in the price of the holiday.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Check dates, prices & availability

Date
Price
Basis
11 May 2018
£ 900
excluding flights
Full
 
10 Aug 2018
£ 900
excluding flights
4 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 10 Aug 2018 departure
12 Aug 2018
£ 1200
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 12 Aug 2018 departure
05 Sep 2018
£ 900
excluding flights
1 space left
Click here to enquire about or book the 05 Sep 2018 departure
07 Sep 2018
£ 1200
excluding flights
6 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 07 Sep 2018 departure
27 Sep 2018
£ 900
excluding flights
6 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 27 Sep 2018 departure
29 Sep 2018
£ 1200
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 29 Sep 2018 departure
18 Apr 2019
£ 900
excluding flights
6 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 18 Apr 2019 departure
20 Apr 2019
£ 1200
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 20 Apr 2019 departure
11 May 2019
£ 900
excluding flights
6 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 11 May 2019 departure
13 May 2019
£ 1200
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 13 May 2019 departure
10 Aug 2019
£ 900
excluding flights
6 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 10 Aug 2019 departure
12 Aug 2019
£ 1200
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 12 Aug 2019 departure
05 Sep 2019
£ 900
excluding flights
6 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 05 Sep 2019 departure
07 Sep 2019
£ 1200
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 07 Sep 2019 departure
27 Sep 2019
£ 900
excluding flights
6 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 27 Sep 2019 departure
29 Sep 2019
£ 1200
excluding flights
8 spaces left
Click here to enquire about or book the 29 Sep 2019 departure
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

This holiday is designed for families, small group and solo travellers

The accommodation is a traditional roomy 54 ft ketch with accommodation for six, consisting of 1 double cabin with en-suite and one shared cabin (4 berths) with shared bathroom. It is especially suited to families, solos or groups of friends. Children from 7 years old to the most demanding teenager love the experience. Included in the price are all meals and your onboard skipper and chef who will provide an unforgettable holiday for everyone on board. This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. If possible they will tailor-make your holiday to suit your requirements including length and start date of trip.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Skye and the Small Isles sailing holiday

Environment

We are committed to excellence in offering holidays to people who have a feel for the sea and its wildlife, both below and above the waves, as well as ashore. Our holidays operate on a strict “leave only a wake” policy. Our aim is to respect the sea and the local marine and shore-based environment. To leave everything as we find it is our motto, respecting the delicate eco-system balance of sky, sea and shore. Our “leave only a wake” policy is explained by the skipper at the start of every trip and practiced by guests and crew throughout the trip. Sailing is, of course, a very sustainable mode of travel. To achieve this “Leave Only a Wake” policy we have a series of aims:

Our aim is to create sustainable tourism by respecting the local sea and shore-based environment. Our aim is to provide a safe ship and responsible tourism. Our aim is to adhere to high standards of economic, environmental and social policy and practice in our interactions with clients, staff, core suppliers and partners as well as the wider social and ecological environment. Our aim is to look after our clients to the best of our ability and supporting them on the vessel in personnel safety and creating a respect for the marine environment. Our on board skills training aims to develop confidence and competence and we have extensive briefing of our safety procedures. Our aim is to have responsible standards of staff recruitment and development. At all times there are always two team members available. The fully qualified skipper has sailed many thousands of sea miles. All activities in the water are monitored to protect both humans and the marine life.

We offer training in sailing and how to behave in a responsible manner to the animals (seal colonies) and birds (especially breeding colonies) that we encounter. Our onboard policy is that all rubbish is brought ashore and we have a strict recycling policy of all non-organic waste. Our skipper and other professionals discuss the local shore and marine environment, wildlife and ecosystems. Clients are able to visit local places of beauty such as the local Botanical gardens. Historical sites, such as castles and pre-history sites, can be visited. We also help clients gain an awareness of local marine environment by encouraging them to study the nautical charts of the region as well making them aware of the ever changing Scottish weather patterns. The skipper keeps the clients regularly informed of local meteorological reports.

Community

We only employ the services of the local marina, shops, services, restaurants and guides. These suppliers all employ local staff. We encourage our guests to visit locally important heritage sites, visit local Botanical Gardens, craft shops, restaurants and participate in cultural events. Tourism is increasingly a vital part of the income for the local residents of this somewhat remote, isolated but beautiful region of the Cowal peninsular and many of the more remote islands in Western Scotland. Thus we use all local products and local services with the intention of helping to support local businesses, create employment and contribute to the overall sustainable development of not only our starting point of our voyage the Sandbank/Dunoon region but also in the islands and communities of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. We aim to create a good relationship with tourism and the local communities and at all times are aware and try to bring awareness to the fragile marine ecosystems through which we sail.

1 Reviews of Skye and the Small Isles sailing holiday

5 out of 5 stars
SHOW
1
0
0
0
0

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I was very happy that we found the puffins rock (Dún Mòr) on Sanday. With another traveller I surrounded the peninsula with the help of a map with only a few details like some walls, the church and the silhouette of the island - no paths! But the puffins were exactly where they had been indicated on the map, and we had a wonderful, long walk. But I also enjoyed the boat trips - plenty of time to watch the sea, the sky, the birds, the seals, even some dolphins...

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Enjoy a wake-up-swimming from the boat in the morning - I wish I could continue to start my days like this! I brought several different shoes, but I found my waterproof sandals most practical for most purposes except for the longer walks.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We had mostly local (and very delicious!) food and bought souvenirs in the local shops and didn't leave any garbage on the islands.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I spent a wonderful, varied, exciting, relaxing and to my surprise even culinary week in Scotland with very nice people (travellers and crew). Of course none of us is used to share his room with three strangers, but everybody was very flexible and considerate and so we had a great time very close to nature. Thank you very much!

Popular similar holidays

Sounds of the Hebrides cruise in Scotland

Sounds of the Hebrides cruise in Scotland

Cruise the Sounds of the Hebrides: Mull, Luing, Jura, Shuna

From £750 - £1000 6 days excluding flights

St Kilda, an Outer Hebrides Cruise, Scotland

St Kilda, an Outer Hebrides Cruise, Scotland

Cruise to St Kilda, Monachs, Outer Hebrides and Small Isles

From £1650 - £2200 12 days excluding flights

Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland

Skye and the Inner Hebrides cruise, Scotland

A unique cruise to the Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides

From £2190 7 days excluding flights

Argyll Sea Lochs & Crinan canal cruise, Scotland

Argyll Sea Lochs & Crinan canal cruise, Scotland

Unique wildlife cruise: sea lochs of Argyll and Crinan Canal

From £1050 8 days excluding flights

Convert currencies