|Sat 10-08-2024, 19:00Oban, Scotland
|Sat 17-08-2024, 10:00Oban, Scotland
|Eye of the Wind
This unforgettable voyage aboard Eye of the Wind offers an intimate exploration of Scotland’s maritime heritage and natural beauty. From the historic port of Oban to the mystical Isle of Skye, you’ll journey through landscapes of myth and legend, encountering wildlife and centuries-old culture. It’s a sailing experience that combines adventure with tranquility, perfect for those seeking to immerse themselves in the essence of Scotland.
Embarking on a journey from the charming port of Oban, you’ll be greeted by the serene Scottish landscape. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’, Oban is a bustling harbor nestled in a bay on the west coast of Scotland. Before you set sail, take a moment to soak in the town’s rich maritime history and admire the stunning views of the surrounding hills and the Isle of Mull.
As Eye of the Wind cuts through the emerald waters, prepare to be awed by Scotland’s rugged beauty. Your voyage will be graced with sights of the Isle of Skye, renowned for its natural grandeur. The island’s dramatic mountain ranges, such as the Cuillin Hills, paint a majestic backdrop. Marvel at the Old Man of Storr, a towering rock formation steeped in myth. The journey through these waters isn’t just about the landscapes; it’s a voyage through history. Ancient castles and prehistoric sites dot the coast, whispering tales of bygone eras. Keep your eyes peeled for Scottish wildlife, from soaring sea eagles to playful dolphins that often accompany our ships. And, of course, the region’s famed malt whiskey is a tantalizing prospect for those inclined.
Returning to Oban, you might want to extend your stay to explore this captivating town further. Visit McCaig’s Tower, an iconic landmark offering panoramic views of the town and the islands beyond. For history enthusiasts, the Oban War and Peace Museum presents a fascinating glimpse into the town’s past. And no visit to Oban is complete without sampling the local seafood, celebrated for its freshness and flavor.
In August, the waters around the Scottish coast are typically calm, with mild temperatures and moderate breezes – ideal conditions for sailing. While the Scottish weather can be unpredictable, you can expect a mix of sun and clouds, with occasional rain. We recommend dressing in layers and being prepared for all weathers.
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.
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
What a wonderful, lovely, great, awesome trip we've had from Malaga to Lanzarote! I loved and enjoyed every minute.
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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