Sailing Voyage from Cornwall to Scotland incl. Watch Keeping
|Voyage No.||Start date||End date||Start port||End port||Days||Price|
|BE170420||Fri 17 April (15.00)||Mon 27 April (10.00)||Fowey, Cornwall||Oban, North Pier||11||£FULL||Book voyage »|
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As the days lengthen we set off northwards, leaving behind our home county of Cornwall to sail a sea voyage bordered by our Celtic countries. This is a fantastic opportunity to really get to grips with life aboard a sailing ship and we hope that you will join in with watches and helping with navigation and other ship’s duties on deck, but it is not compulsory, you may prefer to enjoy the days watching the world slip by at a gentle rate.
Before sailing up through St George’s Channel, it may be possible to make a stop in wonderful St Mary’s, on the Isles of Scilly to see the spring flowers and magic of these isles before standing our night watches to make the mileage northwards towards the Welsh coast.
Night sailing offers a sense of peace as the ship settles down for the night, leaving a handful of sailors on deck to watch the stars, while billowing canvas and the gentle creaking of blocks takes you back in time. Take time to reflect on the many years that Bessie Ellen plied her trade in these waters between Wales and Ireland and the men and boys that sailed them.
Again, as with sailing ships the weather will have a huge influence on our passage plan and ports of call.
On leaving St George’s Channel we continue heading north west towards the Isle Of Man and the harbour at Peel. This is an ideal first stop on the route to Scotland. One of the purposes of our visit will be to stock up on kippers. Kippers have been produced in Peel since at least the 19th Century and my choice is Devereau’s.
As ‘Man’ slips astern we will head on up the North Channel past the mountains of Mourne to one of our favourite locations, Islay (pronounced “eye la”).
Islay is the historic meeting place for the Scottish clan leaders and with an amazing eight whisky distilleries nestling on the shores around the island it would be silly to miss the opportunity of a tour, culminating with the obligatory tasting! After a sumptuous dinner on board it’s time to light the candles, dim the lights and retell the old tales of Islay’s grim and battle-torn past whilst sampling a wee dram of the local produce.
In the closing stages of the voyage, our ship will call in at Colonsay or Jura and of course pass the infamous Coryvrekkan. Then the gateway to the isles is open and we are free to explore the Sea of Hebrides.
There is a variety of wildlife that you may spot en route including the Common Dolphin, Minke Whales, Puffin, Razorbill & Guillemot, Eagles, both the White- tailed & Golden.
Wildlife can be hard to spot out at sea, but often, dolphins find us and play under the bowsprit. They seem to love Bessie Ellen’s graceful motion and can stay with us for hours.
Don’t forget your camera to capture an amazing experience.
How to get there:
Fowey: Meet a crew member on Town Quay. We will then take you out to the vessels berth on the river.
By Rail: First Great Western to Par. A bus runs regularly for about £2.50 or you can take a taxi. 15 mins.
By Road: From Exeter 97 miles, 2 hrs.A30 via Launceston & Bodmin, then A39. www.theaa/route-planner
Where to Stay:
If you are travelling earlier than the joining date we can suggest:
The Old Ferry Inn, Boddinick where owner, Pascal from Brittany runs an excellent pub and hotel with amazing food and I am sure he will look after you extremely well.
The Galleon, Fowey
Plenty of B&B’s
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.
To contact the ship: 07800 825 382