Sail all the way down the UK coast from Scotland to the South West, Cornwall. Starting on the 7th July, this 9 night sailing holiday down the Celtic coast and towards Cornwall. Lots of sailing miles to cover and plenty of places to stop along the way.
Berths and voyage availability
Leader - Scotland to Cornwall, Passage Making and Journey South Ending with Falmouth Week Celebrations
IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...
This is a perfect trip for those who enjoy extended time at sea, who may want to build up their sea miles, or just see a wide-variety of locations in one fantastic voyage.
Great scenery and famous landmarks all the way as you sail from the islands of SW Scotland, down the Irish Sea and into the Western Approaches and Scillies..
- Mile-making passage from Scotland to Cornwall
- 600 Miles of Celtic Coastline
- Sunsets and night sailing
- Plentiful Wildlife and Rich Marine Ecosytem
- Excellent Introduction to Longer Ocean Crossings
FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION
Leader may visit Northern or Southern Ireland, the Isle of Man, or Wales on route and many quirky little ports and anchorages you may not of heard of, but in their day were bustling fishing ports or coastal trade ports for ships like Leader.
The route is very variable.
This is a long trip and the exact amount of sailing and the places visited will depend on the weather. The skipper will be bearing in mind that they have to get Leader to the final destination and sometimes the wind can make this difficult.
Please note that 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 in the voyage description but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The voyage description is based on what we and the ship think might be possible based on past trips, or experience and nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.
Mountains and Eagles of Mull
Leaving Leaders Summer home of Oban you sail South West down the Firth of Lorne with the Mountains of Mull to starboard. It is not goodbye to Scotland as there are still some great lochs and islands to anchor off as you start your nine day journey. There are Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles on Mull and on her wild side, the coast has many offshore islands like Iona with its famous ruined abbey, Gometra, or Staffa and Fingals Cave.
Whirlpools and Whisky
The whirlpools of the Corryvreken are not the only tidal races as you weave your way down the side of Jura or perhaps through the Sound of Islay.. Islay and Jura both have whiskey distilleries and a walk on the Paps of Jura will stretch your sea legs. Further off is Oronsay and Colonsay with their remoter communities.
Heading More Offshore
The North Channel between Scotland and Northern Ireland is a bit notorious for steep seas but if you keep well clear of the overfalls and white horses around the Mull of Kintyre or the strong tides around Rathlin Island, then this is just the kind of sailing that Leader was built for. There are a few quirky places you could stop in the outer reaches of the Firth of Clyde like Sanda Island with its pub for visiting summer yachtsmen and no permanent residents.
Lure of the Guinness
All the way down the Irish Sea the black stuff is calling at you. Stangford Loch would be quite a tricky diversion with its narrow entrance. Bangor is a welcoming rest port, but Dublin or its fishing port of Howth would be the favourite for a well poured pint of Guinness.
Isle of Man & Phosphoresence
The Isle of Man has alternatives to the capital Douglas like port St Mary or Peel with its Castle, and the waters around this surprisingly rugged island are rich in marine wildlife. In summer the Gulf Stream and warming seas bring plankton blooms and all the sealife that comes with it so it is a great offshore voyage to see Basking shark or dolphins. On calm nights you may see phosphorescence in the bow wave or ships wake. We have even seen the glowing trails of dolphins going under the ship at night.
Anglesey & Llyn Peninsula
Anglesey is steeped in ancient history and you can sail under huge sea cliffs near Holyhead with world class climbing routes like 'dream of white horses' or anchor in remote bays like Porth Wenn with its ruined copper mine. There are awesome unspoilt beaches on the Llyn Peninsula if you run out of wind.
The coast of Pembrokeshire is a UK National Park, so if your route passes close you have more landmarks to admire. Milford Haven is like a huge fjord where outgoing and incoming oil tankers look strangely out of place in the vast natural harbour.
Lands End & Scilly
If the ship has made good time, you might pay a visit to the Isles of Scilly, but you need the right combination of wind and swell for a sheltered spot. Leader has explored the islands before so there are several options.
Arrive in Falmouth slap bang in the middle of the biggest sailing event of the summer - 'Falmouth Week' and weave your way through sailing vessels of all sizes racing around the cans. Ashore everyone is in summer mood with jazz and blues bands on the quay side and a real sailors buzz in the evening.The Red Arrows are usually mid week, but the date is not confirmed yet, but would make an interesting finale to your voyage.
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.
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.
- 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 upon request
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Travel to Joining Port
- Travel from end port
- Alcoholic Drinks
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.
Getting to Oban
ScotRail has trains for Oban that also leave from Buchanan Street Station.
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
CityLink offer connections from Glasgow Buchanan Street train and Bus Station and Glasgow Airport.
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.
We now have several vessels that use Falmouth as a joining or leaving port. As every vessel is different, and we do not have our own pontoon there, all joining instructions are slightly different. Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date.
This is a list of the likely joining locations for each vessel, but sometimes they can also be at anchor. It is always best to call the ship's phone on the day.
Custom House Quay next to the Chain Locker is the usual place for joining Grayhound, Irene and Eda Frandsen.
Pendennis Marina behind the Maritime museum is the usual place for joining Agnes, Leader, Provident and Pilgrim.
Click on the two Blue Pins for more information on the joining locations on the map below:
Port Pendennis is the small marina behind the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the nearest rail station is 'Falmouth Town' (3 mins walk). The Maritime Museum has a big tower like a lighthouse so aim for that and at the entrance, turn right and walk down the side of the museum. The gate to the marina is behind the museum building.
Custom House Quay is a stone quay enclosing a small wet dock in the Centre of Falmouth Town. It is used for some of the foot ferries to St Mawes in the peak summer. Only 5 minutes walk from Falmouth Town Station if you head towards the town centre. Situated at the Maritime Museum end of the high street and has its own short stay car park between Trago Mills Store and the Chain Locker Pub if you are driving (see long term parking below) and want to drop your bags first.
Falmouth Visitors Yacht Haven is about 100 yards beyond Custom House Quay but if walking from the rail station towards town it is best if you walk accross Custom House Quay short term car park and nip through the alley tunnel through the Chain Locker Pub. The yacht haven is a small marina only yards from Falmouth main shopping street (Arwenack St), tucked away down the bottom of Quay Street.
By Road & Parking
The A30 is the best route into Cornwall for Falmouth.
There are short stay car parks at Custom House Quay for the Yacht Haven to drop your bags.
Likewise for Port Pendennis there is a short stay car park by the Maritime Museum event square.
Once you have dropped your bags you can normally find free parking within ten minutes walk of any harbour point in Falmouth by just parking in local residential streets.
Long stay parking
There is a small, private, car park owned by Port Pendennis Marina, off Tinners Walk (TR11 3YL). You can pay for a week, using change at the pay and display ticket machine, for £35 approx. (No credit card facility YOU MUST HAVE CHANGE)
There is a long stay car park with a daily fee of £3 or a weekly fee of £18 (pay and display machine so bring change) off Tinner Walk close to the Falmouth Docks entrance and the RNLI station. This is a private car park owned by Port Pendennis Marina but you will still be expected to pay - even if the vessel is in the marina. Please do not risk the free berth holders car park next to the tennis courts.
Rail & transfers
Train to the Falmouth Town Station which is on the branch line from Truro (or next halt is Falmouth Docks if joining a vessel in the docks). Trains come into Cornwall to Truro from many parts of the UK. http://www.raileasy.co.uk
Air & transfers
Newquay Airport (NQY) is about 40 miles away and about £55 taxi fare, or you could get a taxi to Truro for about £30 and jump on the train to Falmouth from there.
The Chain Locker pub in Falmouth is right on the water's edge and a perfect place to stay for joining your vessel, no matter which pontoon.
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)
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 https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
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’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations
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 http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-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.