Voyage to Cornwall, Delivering Bessie Ellen Home

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE160917 Sat 16 Sept (16.00) Mon 25 Sept (10.00) Oban Fowey 10 £900 Book voyage »

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As the days start to get shorter, we set sail back to Cornwall, Bessie Ellen’s home. Sailing down through St George’s Channel, past the Irish and Welsh coat, there will be the opportunity for everyone to get involved with night watches as we make the mileage southwards towards the Cornish 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. You can ponder the many years that Bessie Ellen plied her trade in these waters between Wales and Ireland. Again, as with sailing ships the weather will have a huge influence on our passage plan and ports of call.

Voyage Details

Voyage Description

On leaving the Hebrides, our ship may call in at Colonsay or Jura, passing the infamous Coryvrekkan. From here, perhaps to Islay, the historic meeting place for Scottish clan leaders and with an amazing eight 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.

From here, we set off towards the Isle of Man, south through the Irish sea and into the St George’s channel, sandwiched between the Irish and Welsh coasts. From here, we head on to the Westcountry, round the Land’s End peninsula – the most southernly point of the British Isles, before sailing into the historic port of Fowey, a popular destination with mariners for hundreds of years.



  • Common Dolphin
  • Minke Whales
  • Puffin, Razorbill & Guillemot
  • Eagles, White- tailed & GoldenWildlife 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!


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.

Fly: From Bristol, London Gatwick, Stanstead, Luton, Birmingham, Belfast City, Cardiff East Midlands, 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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Visitor Attractions:

Visitor Attractions:
McCaigs Folly, Oban

Oban whisky distillery

Highland shopping

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

Walk Kerrera to stretch your legs.

National Maritime Museum, Falmouth


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