Participate in an enjoyable trip afloat exploring Scotland’s West Highland and Island Shores while learning a range of sailing skills. Visit islands, secluded anchorages and view wild life in its natural environment while making passage in a luxurious ocean going sailing yacht. The Skippers are professional seafarers and fully qualified RYA Offshore Yachtmasters. Cruise Ecosse Ltd have been providing sailing holidays in Scotland since 1993 and really know how to get everyone involved while maintaining a relaxed social atmosphere. The Skippers also prepare the meals but needs help with the washing up.
From our secure and sheltered base in Tobermory it allows us a variety of destinations that can be explored in a week.
North around Adnarmurchan Point (the most westerly point on the British mainland), and head for the Small Isles. Within this group of islands a visit to Rhum and Canna is recommended. Another place well worth a visit is Loch Moidart, located at the east end of the sound of Arisaig, either via the north or south entrance. Another wonderful place is Loch Scavaig nestling at the foot of the 4000′ plus Cuillin mountains at the South end of Skye. Turner, the artist, has captured the sole of the place on canvas. This anchorage allows easy access by foot to the fresh water Loch Coriusk a few metres above sea level.
South we should try and visit the islands of Coll, Lunga, Staffa (where the basalt columns and Fingals cave inspired Mendelssohn to compose the Hebrides Overture), Iona (where St Columba first landed in Scotland) and do some rock hopping into Tinker’s Hole or Rubh Ardlanish on the Ross of Mull. This may be followed by a sail across to Colonsay and on to remote anchorages on Jura. If weather and tide dictate we can anchor in a bay on the south side of the notorious Gulf of Corryvreckan. A tidal whirlpool called “The Great Race” one of only five similar places in the world.
During the first evening you meet the Skipper and get to know your sailing colleagues. Then it’s time for a safety briefing followed by a demonstration of the yacht’s equipment and, if possible, a short practice sail in sheltered waters of Loch Sunart where the Skipper will show you how to steer the yacht and handle the sails. A home cooked evening meal can be taken before, after (or instead of!) the evening sail.
All too soon it will be Friday morning and passage will be made back to Tobermory where you disembark.
The price includes tuition to Coastal skipper level and the use of all safety equipment, meals and snacks. If you have a favourite nibble or tipple you are welcome to bring it along. You will have to bring waterproofs (some help can be given with those), warm clothes, a hat, sleeping bag, soft soled non-slip shoes and wellington boots.
Cars may be parked free of charge at Tobermory, Ledaig Car Park next to the Marina. Ferries run frequently between Oban and Mull (50mins). If travelling as a foot passenger then we can pick up by minibus at the Craignure ferry terminal at a pre-arranged time. Scotrail run 3 trains a day between Glasgow Queen Street station and Oban. Citylink run 3 express coaches a day between Glasgow and Oban and once a day between Edinburgh and Oban.
If you fancy a bit of luxury before or after your cruise then I would recommend Linndhu House on the outskirts of Tobermory where a discount is available for Cruise Ecosse customers. Visit their web site here: www.linndhuhouse.com