Sailing the Minch – From Barra to Skye Discover Perfect Wilderness
|Voyage No.||Start date||End date||Start port||End port||Days||Price|
|BE220619||Sat 22 June (15.00)||Fri 28 June ( 10.00)||Oban, North Pier||Oban, North Pier||7||£890||Book voyage »|
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The sea around the West coast of Scotland offers some of the most stunning cruising grounds in the world. Our departure from Oban opens up a world of spectacular cruising and adventures, never lacking in great sailing whatever the weather.
Your hands on adventure will take you where the wind blows and some of the most stunning landscape in the world. There is just so much to take in, and to make best use of the wind and enjoy the full experience, we do not run to specific itineraries.
Here is a flavour of what you may experience.
Heading westward through the Sound Of Mull we may beat out beyond Ardnamurchan Point and alter course to the North or South or Westwards to Barra and beyond.
Taking the Southerly heading, follow the majestic coastline of Mull down past Treshnish and on to Staffa. A visit to Fingal’s cave is a must, but landing is very much dependant on swell. Beyond lies the sacred isle of Iona where the resonance of Columba lives on. Onwards, we pass Torrans Rocks where Davy Balfour was wrecked in a tremendous storm, finally being washed ashore on Erraid. Heading on south to Colonsay, stop for the night alongside the pier and walk through one of our favourite islands for its gentle beauty and of course the taste some great ales from smallest island brewery in the world.
The Northern route takes us on and out to the more remote Hebridean Isles. Rhum, 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.
Oh how Bessie Ellen loves to take you beyond the mountains and onwards across the foamy waves. 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!
Eigg, which measures just 5 by 3 miles, is by far the most vibrant, populous and welcoming of the Small Isles. There are wonderful views of Muck and Rhum from An Sgurr.
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.
Westward lie the Outer Hebrides, remote and utterly enchanting. The land here features the oldest rock in the world and is made up of hundreds of islands, both small and large, inhabited and uninhabited. The east side of the islands is made up of islets and sea lochs running deep inland, while out west where the Atlantic pounds the shore, untouched white sand beaches stretch for miles and crystal clear waters just waiting to be explored by you!
How to get there:
Bessie Ellen will be berthed at the North pier in Oban, just a short walk along the seafront from the station. However, sometimes if the pier is very busy, your ship will be anchored in the bay so look for a crew member with a Bessie Ellen navy sweatshirt and they will bring you by ZODAIC to the ship. See maps below for details.
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.
The Ship: 07800 825 382