Sail a yacht 

Yachts are fantastic. They provide a truly self-contained adventure machine . It is amazing to think as we cruise around the islands that it is only a change in steering direction that could have us  sailng clean across the Atlantic. There is no safety fence or barrier to a yacht to prevent it from sailing anywhere in the world, barring land locked countries.  

No need to be a Sailing guru  

In fact there is no need to have sailed before. One of the great things is new crew are useful and part of the team minutes after stepping aboard. 

Cruise through the amazing landscape 

Think you’ve seen Scotland?  We believe you haven't fully experienced it unless you have seen it from the water silently slicing along. 

Scotland is a world class sailing venue 

With over 100 islands and huge island populations, boats and sailing are part of Scotlands DNA.  There is so much to explore and so many wonderful communities to visit.

Self-sufficiency - wonderful simplicity 

Like all great adventures, living and travelling simply allows you to relax into the journey and enjoy  the moment. 

Great food 

We love good food so our trips are always well catered.  We work on a we buy and everyone mucks in principal. 

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Sail the Inner Hebridies

A yacht is a home, vehicle, and adventure.
A crew is a family, team and friendship. 

The inner hedbrides or Isles of Nether Lorn are wild, beautiful and remote. 

The landscape is a sailor's dream with isolated anchorages, remote distilleries and unbelievable deep sunsets. 

We have a wonderful boat chartered out of Croabh Haven looking out over the islands.   There are great calm waters to get to grips with the boat, right outside the marina before setting out further and jumping on the tidal flows that carry us Noth, South, East or West.  

We explore the essential sights and venues made famous by song, legend and are in every sailors dream list of cruising destinations (in my humble opinion). Mull, Jura, the Corryvreckan and Cuan Sound are all legendary sailing destinations which you can drop into a sailor's conversation up and down this land and they will know where you have been. 

Roles for everyone

One of the great things about sailing is that every function needs many co-ordinated hands. 

The role of a crewmember on a yacht is varied and challenging. One minute someone is needed to steer, while another changes the tension of a rope, while another watches the other boat, while another is making tea, while yet another is plotting our position on the chart. All this action is co-ordinated by the Skippers John or Chris,  supporting people to run the boat. 

There are roles for everyone, for any ability, additional needs or confidence level. 

The ambulant edition

An Ittineray more remote and challenging

In some adventures the decisions you make favour one group more than others so to make a sailing trip work really well and meet our Anyone Can philosophy we made 3 trips!  This trip emphasises remote ancorages and exploration of challenging terrain most night will be onboard the boat and most land visits will be by virtue of rowing ashore. 

 Those with sensory impairments would probably prefer this trip over the mobilty  version (unless you would like to see or do a yachtmaster assesment). Our third trip is an intense learning to sail weekend where the focus is on the skills of quickly becoming a useful crew member and discovering whether coastal sailing is for you. The intense sailing weekend is directly ahead of this trip and can be combined to create a 7 day adventure. 

Life on Board

What to expect

First and foremost this is an adventure sailing trip which means it is hard to say exactly what we will do and how days are organised as planning the itinerary is driven by the needs, abilities and goals of the crew team. We are pitching this at the level of adventure that people would like to travel far and do lots. 

Expect to sail in shifts, cook and eat while heeled over and sleep very well when we get there. Also to have a great laugh , drink a dram and create some amazing memories. 

When we wake up and where we go depends on the weather, tides and end goal but be prepared that we may choose to sail throught the night or get up early to make a destination. If you would prefer day sailing and regular breaks from the boat consider either our intense sailing weekend (and possiby choose to stay on if there is space) or the moblity edition which will mostly be daylight sailing and regular timings. 

Important Scotland by Sail Info

Dates and Costs 

  • 5 days adventure and 5 nights accommodation

  • Pickup: Oban train Station 11 October 20:00

  • Drop off: Oban train station 16 october 19:00

  • £828 per person in a shared cabin

  • Private cabin suppliment £50

What is included?

  • Accommodation in a shared cabin

  • All meals from Monday evening to Friday  breakfast 

  • All technical equipment

  • British qualified sailing instructors

  • Transport from and to the train stations

  • Travel light - we provide all you need

What do we actually do

  • Sail the Scottish Coast

  • Teach you to manage the boat

  • Dock, Undock, Use the radio, Start the engine, Get the sails up, Anchor, Walk the plank (not really) 

  • Go for a pint, have a laugh and relax.

  • Visit remote islands, anchorages and moorings

  • Feel the boat lift and rush on the breezes

  • Understand the charts, make a passage plan and use the navigation equipment 

Sail Scotland Ambulant Edition Accessibliity Information

Vision

  • Suitable for all people able to manage own travel to the pickup point

  • Suitable for all those who do not need a dedicated guide or can bring their own

  • We are well staffed for this trip, a lot of help is available for support both on and off travel time

  • The boat is a great option for visually impaired people to explore without having to constantly relearn the accomodation layout

  • Great sailing is as much about the other senses than sight - you can feel, hear and sense the boats reactions to make adjustments to sail well. 

Cognition

  • Suitable for those able to self manage without dedicated support or who bring a dedicated helper

  • Fantastic way to integrate into a team with jobs for all cognitive ability levels

  • We will help with meals, reminding about medications etc 

  • Participants should be capable of understanding and able to follow rules consistantly - most sailing safety comes from some core rules. If not please bring a dedicated helper.

Mobility  

  • We have a boat, itinerary and systems to meet most mobility needs on our Mobiliy edition sailing trip

  • This is not a purpose built mobility access yacht - systems and equipment are adapted.

  • This design of boat requires the abilty to climb down steep open steps and over a wire guard rail about a metre above the ground with a foot hold half way up

  • You do not need to be able to manoeuvre quickly or dash around 

  • Access to the lower levels, and between cockpit deck areas requires some unassisted walking and could be slippery. 

  • A majority of nights are likely to be under anchor with no shore access

  • Access to visit land will sometimes be by small inflatable boat.

Auditory 

  • Suitable for people with most auditory impairments that do not require signing to communicate or please  bring an interpreter. 

  • A BSL assistant instructor is occasionally available.

  • We have radios and T-loop transmission  units to aid hearing when seperated or the winds hinder hearing. 

Booking is easy and straight forward 

Just pop some details down and we will make contact, answer any questions and sort out the money. 

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Anyone Can: Connecting Transport Hubs to Lake Shores - Accessible Canoeing

Purchase of an accessible powered support and rescue vessel, and a mobile fleet of canoes with trailer

It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development 

Supported by the Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group