Eda Frandsen is our NW Scotland Specialist. Based in Mallaig every Spring and Summer, she is well known locally and works with many local food suppliers and fishermen to give you a real taste of coastal life here.
This seaworthy gaff cutter and crew of 3 are well versed at making best use of Scotland’s famous fast moving weather. Skipper James reckons there is always a sheltered anchorage for every wind direction, and revels in discovering new places to ‘drop the hook.’
Eda Frandsen offers her classic 6 day voyages described here, but you might also want to look at her 9 day voyages exploring more of the Outer Hebrides island chain and beyond to St Kilda if the weather allows. Daylight hours are long here in midsummer so you can pack a lot in to each day, both sailing and exploring ashore.
Starting that little bit further north from the fishing village of Mallaig, the choices of places to visit are endless. The Small Isles of Rum, Canna, Muck and Eigg can be seen across the water, Skye is a few miles to the west, the remote Knoydart peninsula is on our doorstep and the beautiful Outer Hebrides are only a few hours sail away. Smaller and manoeuvrable, Eda can navigate into the smallest lochs and islets that larger boats can’t reach yet she is incredibly seaworthy and sizeable enough to ensure an enjoyable smooth voyage around longer stretches of waters.
Eda Frandsen has graced the West coast of Scotland as a charter vessel for 15 years. James and crew will greet you with a warm welcome as you step aboard. Before we set sail, you’ll receive a full safety brief and a refreshing cup of tea. Our itinerary is not fixed, so that we can make the most of the wind and weather at the time. With so many places to explore, we will venture to a new anchorage every night. You can be assured of a relaxed, friendly and professional atmosphere on board and a truly hands on sailing voyage.
Words cannot express how lovely this voyage has been – Crew wonderful – helpful, good explanations, felt included and made to feel useful. Chloe’s food was to die for. Scenery wild and stunningly gorgeous. thank you all and see you next year.” Helen August 2013
Rum is the largest of this group and is a national nature reserve, famous for bird life. Sea Eagles and Golden Eagles live amongst the high mountains on Rum.
From our anchorage we often see deer, seabirds and Golden Eagles as well as the famous Kinloch Castle. Canna has many sites of archeological interest as well as being a bird sanctuary since 1938. Between the isles we regularly see dolphins, sun fish and basking sharks.
Eda can head around the west coast to experience spectacular rugged landscapes, view the striking Cullin Ridge, anchor in beautiful Loch Scavaig or perhaps make a stop at the famous Talisker Distillery. Head east up the Sound of Sleat past Doune, a small dwelling where Eda was restored. This beautiful island is full of inlets, bays, tiny villages and mountains that literally meet the sea. A place where time means nothing and beneath every footstep lies 500 million years of history.
On the last night we may visit Loch Nevis, encased by the simply beautiful wilderness of the Knoydart Peninsula, also home to Britain’s most remote mainland pub. With no road access, all transport links are by sea to this small community. Alternatively, Arisaig or Loch Moidart provide beautiful anchorages and a sense of seclusion.
Thirty miles off the North West coast of Scotland lie the Outer Hebrides, an idyllic chain of over 40 islands that offers spectacular coastline, stunning mountain scenery, abundant wildlife and a rich and vibrant culture. Each holds its own individual charm and rich history. The Atlantic facing coast is home to some of the finest white sandy beaches while the east coast is deeply indented with a maze of impressive lochs and anchorages.
Visit the mountainous landscape of Harris or North Uist famous for its stunning beaches and rich birdlife. One of our favourite locations in Loch Eport provides a striking backdrop for the evening sunset. South Uist offers impressive lochs, dispersed crofts and endless beaches.
Lewis has a captivating history and rich in culture and traditions, with many small lochs and moorlands. The Shiant Islands are rich in birdlife, with thousands arriving in summer to breed. Barra and Vatesay lie on the southern tip and are famous for beautiful beaches. A special place to visit by boat, it has become a favourite of many sailors. The impressive anchorage between Helisay and Gighay is a great location to arrive on Eda. The secluded entrance opens up to reveal fantastic mountain vistas.
Sailing in the Western Isles of Scotland is one of the best ways of exploring these remote islands. You do not have to worry about accommodation, it’s close to nature but cosier than camping!” Deborah M 2015