8. Hebridean exploring around Mull & the Isles 2024
Sailing in the Hebrides boasts some of the most scenic and atmospheric landscapes for sailing in the UK and you’ll quickly see why guests return here year on year. Steady’s route will entirely depend on the weather and wind so there is no set itinerary but will either see you sailing North towards the Small Isles or South around the Isle of Mull and through the Treshnish Isles.
- Island hopping
- Perfect for couples and solo travellers
- All-inclusive on board
Embarkation: Wednesday 05.06.24 at 2 pm in Oban
Disembarkation: Tuesday 11.06.24 at 10 am in Oban
From panoramic mountain landscapes to ancient castle ruins on the waters edge and sea eagles soaring the coastline, sailing in the Hebrides has something to offer everyone.
There is just so much to take in and experience with a sailing holiday in the Hebrides that Steady does not run to specific itineraries. From bustling harbour towns to remote anchorages off the beaten track, from long stretches of sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife, you won’t be short of things to do or see.
Tacking the ship westward through the Sound Of Mull, you could head out beyond Ardnamurchan Point and alter course to the North or South depending on the weather. Taking the Southerly heading, follow the majestic coastline of Mull down past Treshnish and on to Staffa. A visit to Fingal’s cave is a must, but landing is very much dependant on the swell.
Beyond lies the sacred isle of Iona where the resonance of Columba lives on. Onwards, the ship will pass Torrans Rocks where Davy Balfour was wrecked in a tremendous storm, finally being washed ashore on Erraid. Heading on south to Colonsay, stop for the night alongside the pier and walk through the crew’s favourite islands for its gentle beauty and of course to taste some great ales from smallest island brewery in the world.
If the wind takes you North, Steady will sail out to the more remote Hebridean islands. Part of the Small Isles, Rum, by far the largest island, possesses a cluster of formidable volcanic peaks, Askival (Ash Mountain) the highest peak, dominates the landscape, and the name itself tells of the Vikings that once settled here.
If we are fortunate with settled weather, we will take you to one of the most awesome anchorages in the world. Nestling at the foot of the Skye Cuillins lies Loch Scavaig, a sea loch with the waters of Loch Corusk pouring magnificently in. Following the trail, you will feel like you have walked right into middle earth.
Eigg, which measures just 5 by 3 miles, is by far the most vibrant, populous and welcoming of the Small Isles. There are wonderful views of Muck and Rum from An Sgurr. Canna, in many ways, is the prettiest of the isles with its high basalt cliffs which are home to a colony of Puffins. Spend time lying on the cliff edge as they hover a few inches away before darting off to catch more eels.
Sightings of seabirds such as Black Guillemots can be seen in their hundreds and white-tailed eagles soar along the rugged coastline. Sailing on Steady is often rewarded with widespread sightings of birds of prey like Buzzards, Kestrels, Sparrow hawks and Peregrines and, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot the diminutive Merlin. The sound is magnificently overwhelming, with the call of seabird colonies, Puffins, Guillemots & Razorbills, echoing off the cliffs.
There are frequent encounters with Common, Bottlenose & Whitebeak dolphins on board these trips, and Risso & White-sided dolphins are also occasionally sighted. There are plenty of whales in this part of the world too. Our most common encounters are with Minke – Humpbacks are a less frequent visitor, while the real star of the show is the resident pod of Orca if you’re lucky enough to see them gliding through the water. So keep your eyes peeled and have your binoculars at the ready!
- Age from 16 years
- You are in good health
- Sailing experience not required
- You enjoy going on active trips
CATERING ON BOARD
All meals on board are included in the price, including accompanying drinks (tea, coffee, milk, orange juice, etc.) A glass of wine will be served with dinner. No alcohol is served during sailing for safety reasons. Other drinks are not included and will be charged at the end of the trip.
Our meals are healthy and varied but above all tasty! We can also accommodate dietary requirements such as gluten-free – lactose-free – veg – low-carb.
€ 1550,- p.p. based on shared cabin
We charge 50% supplement for single use of a double cabin
- Crew: captain, mate/cook
- All meals are included in the price (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and wash towel
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Musto sailing waterproofs whilst on the boat
- Use of eco-friendly shower gel + hair shampoo
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Alcohol and soft drinks
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel and/or cancellation insurance
- Personal expenses
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