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Sail in Scotland in the Hebrides out of Oban on a traditional sailing boat.

Enjoy a six night sailing holiday exploring the Western Isles and the Hebrides in Scotland. Starting on the 29th June in Oban, your traditional sailing trawler will be your floating home as you learn the ropes and help to sail the ship between the islands. 

Embark
Sat, 29-06-2019 - 13:00
Oban
Disembark
Fri, 05-07-2019 - 13:00
Oban
Duration
6 Nights
Vessel

Voyage No.
LD290619

Berths and voyage availability

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Leader - Oban - Six Nights Exploring the Western Isles and the Hebrides

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Those looking to explore the Hebrides and the breathtaking scenery of the Western Isles on a beautiful traditional sailing boat. You will discover remote locations not often visited. Explores the beautiful inner Hebrides, the small isles and the Isles of Skye and if the weather allows make the journey across the Minch to the Southern part of the Outer Hebrides.

There are plenty of opportunities for walks ashore, expect great sailing and rarely reached locations, which would not normally be achieved on a shorter voyage. 

As with many Scottish voyages, the warm, rich waters of the Gulf Stream will often reward sailors in these waters with regular sightings of dolphins, seals, whales and basking sharks. When ashore, keep an eye for soaring Gold and white-tailed eagles around the cliffs, deer and otters. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Expert Tuition from your Skipper and permanent crew.
  • A great adventure with the possibility of night sailing. 
  • Home Cooked Food with Permanent onboard Chef.
  • Breath taking scenery 
  • Great Wildlife spotting potential 
Island of Staffa in Scotland and the Hebrides, Looking North

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Leader has been visiting Scotland for many years and her crew have built up a great knowledge of all the hidden gems, small lochs and secluded anchorages that can be visited to make your voyage to the West coast of Scotland unforgettable. 

Starting on the West Coast of Scotland, this voyage promises to be a fantastic mix of island hopping, passage making and coastal cruising. 

A Boat as Your Bothy

Any wilderness lover or dedicated hill walker will tell you that you have to climb a mountain and walk over moorlands to appreciate Scotland.... but there is another deeply civilised way of soaking up the scenery, understanding the locals way of life and surrounding yourself with tranquillity, wildlife and mountain majesty. Making a characterful and self sufficient ship your floating base offers 360 degree views, 3 meals a day, and a Brixham trawler hauling your luggage effortlessly from island to island.

Leader under sail with skipper Toni Knights in the Scottish Hebrides

"Sailing in the Western Isles of Scotland is one of the best ways of exploring these remote islands. You do not have to worry about accommodation, it’s close to nature but cosier than camping!"

Juray, Islay, Sound of Luing, & Corryvreckan

The passage between Islay and Jura is memorable, and you will pass some of the most famous peaty whisky distilleries in the world....or then again, you might stop. At the tip of Jura is the infamous tidal race of Corryvreckan. You can avoid its whirlpools but getting the tides right in this area is an interesting navigational exercise to learn about. Cuan Sound is an interesting inland route if the weather is wild, or you may sail outside Jura and up past the Garvellachs. Further North the magical anchorage of Puilladobhrain takes some spelling in the ships logbook but this long, thin inlet translates as 'pool of the otter.'  You need to get up early or be last to leave the deck as the sun finally dips to maybe catch a sight of these playful creatures. Otters can be found throughout Scotland but are hard to spot along the shoreline. The widest sound to pass through, travelling North is the Sound of Luing

Western Mull & Iona

There any many idyllic anchorages in the West of Mull if the weather is settled. Iona is a pilgrimage for many and famous for its Monastery in a stunning remote location. Once beyond Iona you can either head out towards Tiree and Coll or explore the Atlantic facing side of Mull with its long headlands and the little islands in between like Inch Kenneth, Little Colonsay, Lunga and Ulva where there are many magical bays and anchorages. Here are a few possibilities to whet your appetite.

Leader's Stern and wheel in Ross of Mull.

Sound of Mull & Loch Sunart

The Sound of Mull offers flat water and winds from all directions. Tobermory sits in a small sheltered bay and is an ideal stopping place, apart from the sea plane which spectacularly lands in the same anchorage ! Ashore are multi coloured houses and famous Mish Nish Inn - stocking almost every whisky ever made. A more tranquil option is Loch Sunart which has several bays like the temptingly named Loch Drambuie.

The Small Isles -Rum, Eigg & Muck

 Rum and Canna are famous for White Tailed Sea Eagles and on Rum there are three of four breeding pairs of Golden Eagles. A stone roofed chapel, orchids amongst the grass, a lovely sandy beach and sheer sea cliffs teeming with breeding birds at nesting season are some of Canna's many charms.

Leader on the island of Staffa.
Leader on the Island of Staffa.

Wild Playground.....

Western Scotland is a rich marine ecosystem which offers fantastic seafood and wildlife watching from the Sea Eagles on Mull to the dolphins and Minke Whales that cruise the deep sounds between the islands. Due to the prolific life under the surface and hundreds of miles of remote coastlines, the Western Isles, Inner and Outer Hebrides and mainland lochs are great places to spot seals, otters, minke and larger whales, basking sharks and dolphins.

The mountains provide inaccessible eyries for sea eagles, golden eagles, choughs, peregrine falcons and the cliffs are homes to many large breeding colonies of seabirds like gannets and puffins.

Leader Deck view in Scotland

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

The weather in Scotland can vary from shimmering heat haze on white sand beaches to dramatic rain storms, sleet and snow in spring or white capped waves and vivd blue skies. It changes ...and it changes fast. Great for photography, and usually plenty of wind for sailing with relatively flat seas due to protecting high ground, it can still be challenging, but then the many moods of Scotland are its main attraction.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

Leader sailing along with people on deck

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance
  • Hire of Waterproofs, upon request

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Personal Travel Insurance
     

 

Oban, Scotland

Latest port updates

For joining your vessel in Oban, the North Pier in the map shown below will be the best place to meet the crew. Your vessel will either be tied up alongside the wall, or out at anchor. Make sure you take a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day. 

How to get here

Getting to Oban

By Train
ScotRail has trains for Oban that also leave from Buchanan Street Station.

By Road:

Head up the A82 from Glasgow and keep going all the way past Loch Lomond. When you get to Tyndrum turn to port (left) onto the A85 for Oban. Find the North Quay and then further into Town and near Tesco you will find secure parking at Oban Car Hire which does have to be paid for. Please call 01631 566476 for opening times and charges.

Other Parking Options:

Since 2018 there is now no long stay Council Parking or free car parking. Please let us know if you find anywhere that might be suitable for sailors on an Oban to Oban voyage

There are private secure car parks for a fee.

For larger vehicles like motor homes, the Visitor Centre suggests contacting the following companies for parking:

Stoddards Campsite - offers parking

Hazel Bank Motors (otherwise known as Oban Car Hire) - offers car parking  www.obancarhire.co.uk

McQueen's Self Storage - offers car parking

By Coach

CityLink offer connections from Glasgow Buchanan Street train and Bus Station and Glasgow Airport.

 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Oban has been described as one of the most scenic travel destinations. The sheltered port of Oban (“little bay” in Gaelic) is surrounded by views of earth, sea and sky, which have enthralled artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries.

Known as the gateway to Argyll and the Western Isles, Oban is the perfect origin for your own journey to discover the enchantment of the west coast of Scotland. Oban has always been known as the traveller’s rest. As a small town with a resident population of 8,500 this unofficial capital of the West Highlands often swells with large numbers of visitors.

Oban is renowned for its glorious gardens, its fabulous views, the ocean promenade, islands all around, ancient monuments and castles, and outdoor activities such as diving, hiking, fishing, bird-watching – even whale spotting - especially from pilot cutters and tall ships. Queen Victoria visited the town and gave it the royal seal of approval when she described it as "one of the finest spots we have seen".

Accommodation
There are lots of places to stay in Oban, The Official Oban Tourist Office has the best local directory.

Oban, Scotland

Latest port updates

For joining your vessel in Oban, the North Pier in the map shown below will be the best place to meet the crew. Your vessel will either be tied up alongside the wall, or out at anchor. Make sure you take a note of the ship's number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day. 

How to get here

Getting to Oban

By Train
ScotRail has trains for Oban that also leave from Buchanan Street Station.

By Road:

Head up the A82 from Glasgow and keep going all the way past Loch Lomond. When you get to Tyndrum turn to port (left) onto the A85 for Oban. Find the North Quay and then further into Town and near Tesco you will find secure parking at Oban Car Hire which does have to be paid for. Please call 01631 566476 for opening times and charges.

Other Parking Options:

Since 2018 there is now no long stay Council Parking or free car parking. Please let us know if you find anywhere that might be suitable for sailors on an Oban to Oban voyage

There are private secure car parks for a fee.

For larger vehicles like motor homes, the Visitor Centre suggests contacting the following companies for parking:

Stoddards Campsite - offers parking

Hazel Bank Motors (otherwise known as Oban Car Hire) - offers car parking  www.obancarhire.co.uk

McQueen's Self Storage - offers car parking

By Coach

CityLink offer connections from Glasgow Buchanan Street train and Bus Station and Glasgow Airport.

 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Oban has been described as one of the most scenic travel destinations. The sheltered port of Oban (“little bay” in Gaelic) is surrounded by views of earth, sea and sky, which have enthralled artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries.

Known as the gateway to Argyll and the Western Isles, Oban is the perfect origin for your own journey to discover the enchantment of the west coast of Scotland. Oban has always been known as the traveller’s rest. As a small town with a resident population of 8,500 this unofficial capital of the West Highlands often swells with large numbers of visitors.

Oban is renowned for its glorious gardens, its fabulous views, the ocean promenade, islands all around, ancient monuments and castles, and outdoor activities such as diving, hiking, fishing, bird-watching – even whale spotting - especially from pilot cutters and tall ships. Queen Victoria visited the town and gave it the royal seal of approval when she described it as "one of the finest spots we have seen".

Accommodation
There are lots of places to stay in Oban, The Official Oban Tourist Office has the best local directory.

Itinerary

On a sailing voyage, we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her.

Visas and Vaccinations

Classic sailing is unable to be an expert for advice on visas and vaccinations for customers traveling outside their own country.

Please seek advice relating to your nationality traveling to the countries of your voyage from the country you will be setting off from and returning to.

Passports

In most instances, you will need a passport that expires six months or more after your return to your home country.

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