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OFFER - Save £200 Sailing around the Hebrides in a Traditional boat, Explore the Beauty of the Western Isles

Explore the Outer and Inner Hebrides on a traditional sailing boat out of Oban in Scotland. Starting on the 15th June, 2019 this 8 night sailing cruise will take you on a journey around the Western Isles of Scotland. All food included and the expert professional crew will show you the ropes so you can sail this historic ship just like they used to, handle the sails, take the helm and learn to sail in the UK's most magical sailing grounds. 

Embark
Sat, 15-06-2019 - 13:00
Oban
Disembark
Sun, 23-06-2019 - 13:00
Oban
Duration
8 Nights
Vessel

Voyage No.
LD150619

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Limited places. PRICE:
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  1,095 GBP  895 GBP. BOOK NOW

Leader- 9 Day voyage to Outer and Inner Hebrides

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Those looking to explore the Outer Hebrides on a beautiful traditional sailing boat and reach 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 
Isle of Oronsay with Jura in the distance
Isle of Oronsay with Jura in the distance

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Leader is a perfect vessel to join for a 9 day extended voyage to explore the inner and outer Hebrides. She 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. 

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 below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. 

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 you appetite.

Scotland Iona
Scotland Iona

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 ! A more tranquil option is Loch Sunart which has several bays like the temptingly named Loch Drambuie.

The Small Isles -Rum, Canna, 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 and ships wheel, in Scotland looking out onto the Ross of Mull
looking out onto the Ross of Mull

Outer Hebrides—Mingulay to Benbecula

Across the shimmering sea lies the Southern tip of the Outer Hebrides which lures you across the Minch, which can be a challenging but enjoyable day sail of over 30 miles depending on where you set off from. Leader, a regular visitor to Scotland always sets out to reach the remote but friendly island communities from Mingulay to Benbecula, all of which are achievable within a week voyage from Oban. The long midsummer days extend the sailing day and give more options to travel further  and explore more of this fascinating chain of islands.

Beaches from 'Local Hero' Movie

Canusdarach - the Beach from Local Hero. The beaches on the mainland coast between Point and Mallaig are stunning and you might find a tranquil day to anchor off the beach made famous in the movie 'Local Hero' (remember Dire Straits soundtrack, Mermaid like marine biologist, village fighting over fictional oil refinery on stunning beach).

Sunset over Ardnamurchan
Sunset over Ardnamurchan

Loch Nevis & Knoydart Peninsula

The isolated Loch Nevis has the remotest pub on the mainland of Great Britain. The Old Forge sits at the centre of the tiny hamlet of Inverie which is not connected by road to anywhere else. The Knoydart Peninsula and vast tracts of uninhabited moorland and mountain lie behind the hamlet so transport to and from Inverie is solely by water craft.

Over the Sea to Skye

Dominating the skyline for miles is the island of Skye with the mighty Cullin Ridge and the Red Cullins forming the mountainous backbone of the island. Skye also has over 400 miles of coastline and deep sea lochs.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye

Wildlife in a 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.

Sea Eagle

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

Where you sail and which islands you visit will always depend on the wind and weather at the time. Whichever way the wind blows, you are sure to visit some fantastic island, experience superb sailing, expert sailing guidance and hospitality.

hands on sailing holidays
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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.

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.

Leader under sail

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
  • Waterproofs when requested

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.

 

 

 

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