See & Discover our Scotland Under Sail

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE160618 Sat 16 June (15.00) Fri 22 June (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 perfect way for you to to experience first hand the spectacular Western Isles. As the days get longer, birds and marine life start to  welcome summer in the sheltered waters of the Minch.

Your voyage will use the wind to sail out beyond Mull to explore the dramatic Small Isles or the more sheltered Hebridean Isles of Iona,Colonsay and Treshnish and see whales and dolphin in their natural habitat, walk among ancient ruins as well as learning the ropes aboard our tall ship.

  • Dolphin jumping out of water
  • Puffin on a rock
  • Seals on rocks
  • Cross at Iona
  • Scottish beach and sea
  • Stacks in Scotland

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.


Last summer saw many different whales in the area. This includes the regular Minke and Orca along with some humpback and a rare bowhead whale. Perhaps a basking shark but will 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, both white tailed and golden. Out at sea there should be both Atlantic common and bottlenose dolphin.

  • Seal on a rock
  • Bessie Ellen off Falmouth
  • Map reading
  • Preparing dinner
  • Guest at the helm
  • Chess on board

Useful Information

How to get there:

By Air: Regular flights from most parts of UK fly to Glasgow.

By Rail: Trains to Oban leave from Glasgow Queen Street and takes about 4 hrs

By Car: Motorway to Glasgow then A82 & A83 then A816 from Lochgilphead.

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 hosts either B& B or hotels.

Visitor Attractions:

McCaigs Folly

Walking Kerrera

Oban Shopping


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