Hebridean Highlights

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE040818 Sat 4 Aug (15.00) Fri 10 Aug (10.00) Oban Oban 7 £850 Book voyage »

Please note: all of Bessie Ellen’s bookings are now handled by Nikki’s own agency, VentureSail Holidays. By clicking ‘Book voyage’ you will be taken to a VentureSail booking form in order to secure your berths.


Sailing is the ideal way to visit the spectacular Scottish Western Isles and the birds and marine life here are second to none. Our voyage will use the wind to sail out beyond Mull to explore the dramatic Small Isles or the more sheltered Hebridean Isles of Iona and Colonsay among others.

  • cows in the Scottish highlands
  • freshly made food on board Bessie Ellen
  • puffin on the Scottish isles
  • Church in the Highlands
  • Walking over granite
  • Corran narrows

Voyage Description

Aboard your home, Bessie Ellen you will spend a week wandering under sail, seeking out the best wildlife locations to achieve the best chance of spotting whales, dolphins, eagles and hopefully otter. You will explore tiny uninhabited islands and forage for food on the rocky shores.

Along with the exceptional scenery, I will show you the ropes and encourage you to enjoy sailing as it should be – no pressure, just sheer enjoyment of working a wind driven ship.

And of course the entertainment is as you make it – we have a fantastic chef who conjures up dishes using local ingredients and after dinner you can play one of the ships instruments ( guitar or tambourine!), sing songs or play a hand of cards. A really simple way to achieve a 100% relaxing holiday.


From my past experience, May to September are the definitive months for the most sightings, this includes Minke and Orca as well as basking sharks, but all depend on the weather at the time.

Sea birds have come in to the coasts to breed and the most popular is the Puffin – we will endeavour to get you ashore to walk among them as they collect sand eels and prepare for nesting in their burrows.

Rum and Mull are certainly eagle country and out at sea there should be both Atlantic common and bottlenose dolphin.

  • Puffins credit Clare Kendall
  • seal relaxing in Scotland

Useful Information

How to get there:

By Rail: Queen Street Station, Glasgow. Train links from all over UK. Glasgow – Oban runs 4 scheduled trains a day in summer.

By Air: From Bristol, London Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton, BirminghamUnited Kingdom Belfast City Cardiff East Midland Exeter Leeds Bradford Manchester Norwich and Southampton.

There is parking space in Oban if you arrive by car.

Please note that you will need to arrange your own travel insurance, which covers you for the duration of your voyage. We recommend Topsail Insurance, which offers single policies from about £20.


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Where to Stay:

Oban and the surrounding area has many reasonably priced B&B’s.  Alternatively, depending on your travel plans, it may be more convenient to overnight in Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Visitor Attractions:

McCaigs Folly, Oban

Oban whisky distillery

Highland shopping

Lunch at the Seafood Bar for the best shellfish and sandwiches.

Walk the gorgeous Kerrera to stretch your legs.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a few common enquiries that we receive.