Photography and sailing holiday in Scotland

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Photography and sailing holiday in Scotland

Environment

Our photo-sail group will be led with the aim of minimising disturbance to wildlife uppermost in our minds. Similarly, routes will be chosen that avoid easily eroded ground and delicate vegetation.

Selkie follows a safe wildlife watching code and has WiSe accreditation. The WiSe Scheme is about watching marine wildlife the wildlife-safe way.
Our aim is to promote responsible wildlife-watching, through training, accreditation and raising awareness. The WiSe Scheme is a simple modular training course aimed primarily at wildlife cruise operators, dive and service boats and yacht skippers. These people are most likely to come into contact with marine wildlife, as they are out on the water on a regular basis. But we also seek to educate the general public who are keen to minimise their impact whilst out on or near the water.

Participants will be required to recycle rubbish appropriately onboard and when we return to port. We will undertake to minimise our use of plastic packaging.

Our sailing partner is part of the Slow adventure Community who inspire connections with the outdoors offering a chance to explore and engage with wild, open and natural places. Participants offer a journey through breath-taking landscapes at a slower and more mindful pace thus creating memories through meaningful experiences as you invest time in a place. This allows participants to surrender to the natural forces of the environment as you reflect, reconnect and become closer to nature.

Community

Volunteering for the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust offers a variety of different opportunities working with the community to improve the islandís natural environment, complete essential conservation tasks, monitoring and practical projects. Volunteers make an enormous contribution to the island of which residents are eternally grateful. We welcome and support volunteers on Eigg to work with the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust or with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Slow adventure also brings together people who enjoy sharing their sense of place with visitors by sharing traditional skills, local knowledge, storytelling and spending time together in nature. The slow adventure community has been crafted to offer unique experiences by working with carefully selected people and businesses. Slow adventure represents a responsible travel choice, where core elements are green forms of transport, a desire to learn about other cultures and environments, the interaction with and understanding of local cultural and natural rhythms, and an appreciation of both place and oneís place.

To encapsulate this ethic of care in tourism products, we have created, and trademarked, a quality label which will provide a structured approach for business creation of new slow adventure experiences.† This label has been designed to guide the travel choices of visitors who seek to exercise their responsibility through high quality guided slow adventure experiences.

Food is a big part of the Selkie Experience. Our sailing trip is fully catered and we serve up delicious home made, locally sourced food from the skipper's croft on Eigg. Vegetables are grown on the croft, eggs from Selkie chickens and home raised lamb. You will find yourself eating award winning Scottish cheeses, pheasant from the Isle of Muck, organic salmon from the fish merchants in Mallaig and venison from Glenfinnan Estate.

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