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.
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.
Think you’ve seen Scotland? We believe you haven't fully experienced it unless you have seen it from the water silently slicing along.
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.
Like all great adventures, living and travelling simply allows you to relax into the journey and enjoy the moment.
We love good food so our trips are always well catered. We work on a we buy and everyone mucks in principal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just pop some details down and we will make contact, answer any questions and sort out the money.