|Sat 17-08-2024, 19:00Oban, Scotland
|Sat 24-08-2024, 10:00Inverness, Scotland
|Eye of the Wind
This voyage from Oban to Inverness is a splendid exploration of Scotland’s natural wonders and historical landmarks. Sail through the picturesque Sound of Mull, witness the grandeur of Ben Nevis, and experience the engineering marvel of Neptune’s Staircase. The journey combines serene canal sailing with the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, making it an unforgettable experience for both sailing aficionados and nature lovers.
Embarking on our journey from Oban, a quaint harbour town nestled in the Scottish Western Highlands, we set our sights on an adventure steeped in natural beauty and maritime charm. Known as the ‘Seafood Capital of Scotland’, Oban offers a tantalising glimpse into Scottish coastal life. As we sail away, you’ll witness the town’s iconic features like McCaig’s Tower, a Colosseum-like structure overlooking the bay.
Navigating through the mesmerising Sound of Mull, we’re treated to a panorama of rugged coastlines and the silhouette of the Isle of Mull. The area is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts; keep your eyes peeled for seals, otters, and even eagles soaring above. We’ll glide past the majestic Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, offering a spectacular backdrop. The journey through the Great Glen, a geological fault line known for its dramatic landscapes, is a highlight not to be missed. The Caledonian Canal, flanked by lush greenery and serene waters, guides us through a series of locks including Neptune’s Staircase, the longest lock staircase in Britain. This stretch of the journey is a perfect blend of tranquillity and awe-inspiring views.
Our voyage culminates in Inverness, a city rich in history and culture. Should you choose to extend your stay, explore the historic Inverness Castle, stroll along the River Ness, or delve into the mysteries of the famous Loch Ness. For a taste of local life, the Victorian Market offers a myriad of shops and cafes, perfect for a leisurely day.
August in Scotland brings mild to warm temperatures and generally stable weather, ideal for sailing. Expect calm seas in the sheltered waters of the Caledonian Canal, with occasional breezes providing perfect sailing conditions. While the Scottish weather can be unpredictable, this time of year typically offers clear skies and comfortable temperatures, ideal for enjoying the breathtaking landscapes.
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice.
Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.
We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.
For joining your vessel in Oban, the North Pier in the map shown below will be the best place to meet the crew. Your vessel will either be tied up alongside the wall, or out at anchor. Make sure you take a note of the ship’s number found in your confirmation in case of any problems on the day.
Oban: Gateway to the Highlands and Isles
Situated on the west coast of Scotland, Oban is a vibrant seaside town known as the “Gateway to the Highlands and Isles.” With its stunning landscapes, rich history, and renowned seafood, Oban offers a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage that attracts visitors from all over the world.
As you arrive in Oban, you’ll be greeted by the town’s iconic landmark, McCaig’s Tower, perched on a hilltop and offering panoramic views of the surrounding islands and mountains. Explore the charming streets lined with colourful buildings, browse the local shops for unique crafts and souvenirs, and indulge in the freshest seafood at one of the many excellent restaurants.
Oban is the perfect base for exploring the breathtaking Scottish Highlands. Take a scenic drive along the stunning coastal roads, visit the historic castles such as Dunollie Castle and Dunstaffnage Castle, or embark on a hiking adventure in Glen Coe, one of Scotland’s most dramatic and awe-inspiring glens.
Getting to Oban is convenient, with various transportation options available. From Scotland, you can travel by train on the West Highland Line, which offers a picturesque journey from Glasgow to Oban. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning views of lochs, mountains, and charming villages along the way.
If you’re coming from southern England, you can reach Oban by car via the A82 and A85 roads. The drive takes you through breathtaking landscapes, including the enchanting Loch Lomond and the majestic Rannoch Moor.
For those preferring to fly, the nearest airports to Oban are Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a train to complete your journey to Oban.
By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to your voyage, where an unforgettable adventure awaits you.
The exact location for joining your vessel isn’t likely to be known until closer to the time, make sure you have a copy of the ship’s phone number to find them on the day.
Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.
All the power to your plug sockets comes from the ship's generator which runs on deisel. The less the generators have to run to top up power, the nicer it is for the guests on board and also greener for the planet. Please don't bring loads of hairdriers, electric devices to charge.
There is no internet on board whilst at sea.
A fabulous adventure! Words cannot convey the experience.John, Tortola to Bermuda
Tortola to the Azores! What a great time. Thanks to Captain Pit and the crew. An awesome adventure with awesome people!"F Coutreau
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Thanks again for this wonderful experience. I miss you guys!Andrea
Now that was a voyage! The EYE crew - all 10 - five women and five men - embody two words:
COMPETENT and KIND
And such a beautiful ship. Thank you beyond measureSusan
With red sails against a blue sky, Eye of the Wind is a photogenic ship. If you have any new images we would love to see them since Eye of the Wind has only recently returned to our website.
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