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Poole to Oban Milebuilder and Celtic Adventure, visit the Dublin Port River Festival

Join Lord Nelson for this mile-building UK and Irish adventure, passage making to the stunning Western Isles of Scotland. Work in a watch system, handle the sails, climb the rigging if you dare and learn about navigation at sea. Lord Nelson welcomes those of all abilities onboard and allows everyone to sail side by side as equals. 


***Currently there are only berths available for non disabled crew members***

Tue, 28-05-2019 - 13:00
Poole Harbour
Thu, 06-06-2019 - 10:00
10 Days

Voyage No.

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Lord Nelson - Poole to Oban


Those looking for a mile-building coastal sailing adventure where you will journey along the stunning Jurassic Coast,  around Land's End and up the Celtic coast with a possible visit to the Dublin Port River Festival. Make your way to Scotland onboard an unusual tall ship, where disabled and able bodied crew sail side by side. End your voyage in the stunning gateway to Scotland's Western Isles, a breathtaking sail playground full of incredible landscapes to explore. 


  • Mile-building voyage from Poole
  • Explore the Jurassic Coast
  • Visit to the Dublin Port River Festival
  • Enter the gateway to Scotland's Western Isles 
  • Tall Ship sailing up the Celtic coast 
Lord Nelson people aloft


Join Lord Nelson in Poole for the start of a 10 day adventure that begins along the stunning Jurassic Coast and around Land's End. If the weather and winds are with you, there will be the chance to stop at the Dublin Port River Festival and add a drop of Irish "craic" to our voyage. 

Your final destination will be Oban, the gateway to Scotland's Western Isles - a breathtaking sailing playground full of incredible landscapes to explore. You'll be in for a warm welcome on arrival to Oban, a port town packed with culture and has become known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland. 

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

Leader in Oban

Qualifying Passages over 60 miles

Towards your RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate.

Whatever your experience, this is a great training voyage at a decent time of year for those wanting to learn some coastal navigation or get some watch keeping experience as there are many fishing boats to avoid and tidal streams to help work out, all whilst being well looked after by the onboard cook and deckhands. 

 However distant the idea of doing a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam might seem, you will need 2500 tidal miles logged and 5 passages over 60 miles from port to port before you can apply for an RYA /MCA Yachtmaster exam.  This voyage would give you 2-4 coastal passages over 60 miles and plenty of night hours towards that goal.

Keen Novice, Competent Crew or Day Skipper ?

Even if you have only just started sailing you can still notch up some valuable experience that you can log in your internationally recognised RYA Cruising Logbook

The Irish Sea has ferries and fishing boats to look out for, so these voyages are excellent for gaining watch keeping experience.  It is always an exciting challenge to learn to cope with sail handling at night on a sailing ship. In day time this route has some dramatic coastal scenery from Penwith to Pembroke National Park or Snowdonia's Llyn Peninsula.

Lord Nelson into the sunset under sail


The entire trip will involve working in a watch system with typically 4 hours on and 8 hours off. Whilst we cannot control the weather, this voyage does have the potential for some bumpy water. All part of the fun of travelling under sail though! Get into the rhythm of passage making under sail with opportunity and time to explore ashore in each port. 


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.


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.

The safety of everyone is top priority and so every activity is conducted at a pace comfortable for all. The forces of nature show no compromise and Lord Nelson is still a powerful square rigger so with main course, and topsails traditionally rigged so there is still considerable challenge in every voyage. Perhaps going aloft (climbing the rigging is optional) will be the biggest adrenaline buzz or simply the challenge and rewards of being part of a very special floating community.


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.

Lord Nelson operates a buddy system, which pairs able bodied and physically disabled people together. Everyone is there to help one another and share the experience, so the buddy system works both ways! You’ll get the chance to share skills and life experiences and, as many of our crew have found, make friendships that can last a lifetime. (On the booking form able bodied crew are asked if they are happy to buddy a mildly disabled crew member or a severely disabled crew member.)


  • 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


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


Lord Nelson

Poole, UK

Poole Harbour
Latest port updates

Poole Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world and was recently described as the Cote d'Azur of the south coast. It is a haven for watersports enthusiasts, from windsurfers, kite surfers, sailors and those joining one of the cross channel ferries.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Driving to Poole, Dorset is a popular destination and clearly signposted from most areas of the UK

From the east Dorset is primarily reached by the M3 and M27 and journey times from the M25 and the home counties are in the region of 2 – 2.5 hours.

The west of Dorset is well served by the M5 from Bristol.

Rail & transfers

Poole Station is situated in the town centre - Daily services to all major cities including London Waterloo, Edinburgh, York, Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton.

National Rail Enquires Tel: 0845 7484950
Rail Bookings tel: 0845 6000650

South West Trains Tel: 0845 6000650  

Arriving by train? Ask for a Plusbus ticket. If you are arriving in Poole by train, for an extra £3 on the price of your rail ticket (£1.50 for children) you can enjoy unlimited travel for the day on most local bus services. Wilts & Dorset, Yellow Buses, First and the majority of smaller bus operators are included and you can hop on and off the buses all day with your rail plusbus ticket. Passengers can travel over a wide area including not just Poole but also neighbouring towns of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Wimborne. Ask at your local train station for details of Plusbus.

Air & transfers

Bournemouth International Airport, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6SE
Situated approximately 9.5 miles from Poole with regular services to Ireland and the Mediterranean.
See below for details of the  shuttle service to the airport.

Booking Hotline Tel: 01202 578515,
Information Hotline Tel: 01202 364000
Fax: 01202 364109  
Offers flights direct to Bournemouth Airport
Tel: 0871 2314787   

Operate a daily service to/from Glasgow, Dublin, Barcelona, Madrid, Pisa, Shannon and the Marseille Provence. For more information please visit   or call 0871 2460000


Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

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

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".

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


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.


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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