Skye &the Small Isles – The Remote West
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|BE080521||Sat 8 May (15.00)||Fri 14 May (10.00)||Oban, North Pier||Oban, North Pier||7||£1020||Book voyage »|
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The sea around the West coast of Scotland offers some of the most stunning cruising grounds found anywhere int he world. . Our departure from the highland town of Oban opens up a world of spectacular cruising and adventures, never lacking in great sailing whatever the weather.
This hands on adventure will take you where the wind blows , visiting unique islands, hidden lochs and the amazing array of wildlife there is up here inner seas and skies. There is just so much to take in, and to make best use of the wind and enjoy the full experience of sailing , we do not run to specific itineraries.
Tacking westward through the Sound Of Mull we head out beyond Ardnamurchan Point and alter course to the North where the landscape opens up offering far reaching views up to the Small Isles and Skye with Torridon away on the horizon.
The Small Isles are made up of a group of volcanic islands close to the mainland with the seas sheltered by the Outer Hebrides. Rum is by far the largest island, possesses a cluster of formidable volcanic peaks, Askival (Ash Mountain) the highest peak dominates the landscape, and the name itself tells of the Viking settlers here.
Eigg, which measures just 5 by 3 miles, is by far the most vibrant, populous and welcoming of the Small Isles and it is worth the trek though the island to the top of An Sgurr just for the views over the Hebridean seas.
Muck, tiny but perfect is always a favourite stop. This privately owned island is home to only 12 people who live here year round. Enjoy the peace and quiet in a walk across the island before heading home for a lobster lunch acquired from Sandy the gentle crofter.
Canna, in many ways is the prettiest of the isles with its high basalt cliffs which are home to a colony of Puffins. Spend time lying on the cliff edge as they hover a few inches away before darting off to catch more eels. After anchoring for the night we succumb to the tranquility of the island knowing there is little to do but walk, watch birds and take in the scenery and the hospitality of this island community.
If we are fortunate with settled weather, we would like to take you to one of the most awesome anchorages in the world. Nestling at the foot of the Skye Cuillins lies Loch Scavaig the sea loch with the waters of Loch Corusk pouring in. Follow the trail and you feel like you have walked right into middle earth. Just unbelievable! Deep into Skye on the other side of the mountains lies Loch Harport, famous for Talisker whisky and also the hospitality of the pub at Carbost where few nights are without a singsong and a ceilidh.
Whatever the weather there is always plenty to see and do, and I extend my warm wishes to welcoming you on board to share the experience.
Wildlife is guaranteed at this time of year and not a week passes without seeing at least 3 of the big 5. Red Deer, Otter, Seal, Golden Eagle and of course the Red Squirrel.
The Treshnish Isles will provide us with seals and eagles fly close by. Lunga is designated a SSSI for its abundant plant life. Many of the rare and endangered plants are native to the island.
Grey seals inhabit the waters , while birdlife includes storm petrels, kittiwakes, puffins and razorbills. It is possible to stand amongst the puffin burrows whilst watching the toing and froing of the parent birds as they feed their young with mouths full of eels.
Whales and dolphins are often seen out to theNorth of Colonsay and Canna, mostly Minke but Orca have been known to visit these waters.
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.
Fly: 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.
Where to Stay:
Oban has many hotels and B&B .
McCaigs Folly, Oban
Oban whisky distillery
Lunch at the Seafood Bar for the best shellfish and sandwiches.
Walk Kerrera to stretch your legs.
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