|Thu 22-08-2024, 14:00Mallaig, Scotland||Tue 27-08-2024, 11:00Mallaig, Scotland||Grayhound||5 Nights||GR220824|
Prepare for a captivating voyage to the Isle of Skye, where nature’s beauty unfolds in all its splendor. Skye’s allure is undeniable. The Cuillin Ridge, an imposing presence on the horizon, is a sight to behold, its grandeur visible for miles. Yet, Skye is a land of contrasts, where the same ridge can take on an imposing, jagged form, cutting through the clouds.
GRAYHOUND is one of the largest sailing luggers in the world today. She was built in Cornwall in 2012 and has a 20m long hull, is 33m overall and a canvas area of 470 square meters. The original plans were those of a three masted lugger from 1776. Luggers from that time were built for speed and swiftness ideal for privateering, smuggling…or for hunting the latter! “Pirate hand-break turns” and cannon firing is always on the menu on Grayhound!
As voyage crew you do not have to have any prior sailing experience or knowledge to join on Grayhound. A positive attitude and a wish for adventure is all! Our experienced crew will make sure that you comfortably and eagerly hoist the sails, make fast the ropes, participate in the manoeuvres, steer the ship and ready the anchor. It is all hands-on and you will be a crucial part of getting to our desired destination. You will learn fast while enjoying the feeling of freedom the ship offers as you get humbled by the sea.
You join (and later, leave) Grayhound in Mallaig. This bustling port town welcomes travellers with open arms, encapsulating the warmth and rugged beauty of Scotland’s west coast. If you’re able to, we recommend arriving a day early in Mallaig to explore the area. For those yearning for an added touch of the wild, the ferry to the remote Knoydart Peninsula beckons. Inverie, home to the UK mainland’s most secluded pub, The Old Forge, awaits – where a pint of ale isn’t just a drink, but a toast to adventures to come!
After joining the ship and getting acquainted with Grayhound, her crew and your fellow sailing guests, you set sail! Grayhound’s crew, warm-hearted and experienced, will be your guides throughout this adventure. They are not only skilled sailors but also passionate about teaching you the art of sailing a Cornish Lugger. Expect an engaging sailing experience, with opportunities to hone your traditional sailing skills as you navigate the inlets and bays. You’ll gain valuable insights into the winds and tides, all while enjoying delicious vegetarian cuisine against the backdrop of awe-inspiring views.
The weather will determine the route to the Isle of Skye, guiding you west or northwest. Should you head west, you’ll have the chance to visit the island of Rum, a natural wonder. Depending on the conditions, you might also reach Talisker Bay Beach or even consider a road trip to Dunvegan Castle.
If your path leads you northeast, you’ll traverse Kyle Rhea and Loch Alsh, passing beneath the Skye Bridge to reach the Inner Sound. Here, you’ll find the isles of Scalpay and Raasay, along with the intriguing ‘Old Man of Storr’ rock formation, visible from the sea.
Once you drop anchor at Skye, we hope you’ll have a day or so to explore. Between sips of Talisker whisky straight from the distillery and hikes through the Tolkien-esque landscapes of the Quiraing, there’s no end to Skye’s allure. The town of Portree provides a quaint counterpoint, perfect for a seafood lunch and perhaps even catching a local ceilidh tune wafting across the harbour.
Come evening, being anchored near Skye is an experience in itself—sunset turning the ocean into molten gold, and maybe the distant strum of a fiddle tying the whole experience together. Whether you’re hoisting sails or clinking glasses, you’ll feel an indelible connection to the island and a lineage of sailors stretching back centuries. Skye leaves you with windswept hair, a full heart, and a thirst for further adventures on the open sea.
In August, the sea around Mallaig typically enjoys temperate and relatively stable weather conditions, with daytime temperatures ranging between 15°C and 20°C. While summer showers can occasionally grace the journey, clear days often prevail, presenting a mix of sun and cloud. The seas around the islands are generally moderate during this month. However, sailors should remain vigilant for the occasional brisk wind and changing tides, which can produce choppy waters. The combination of summer warmth and the unpredictable charm of the Scottish seas ensures both a pleasant and invigorating sailing experience.
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.
Mallaig: A Captivating Coastal Retreat
Nestled on the picturesque shores of the West Highlands in Scotland, Mallaig is a charming coastal village that offers a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality, Mallaig is an idyllic destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.
As you arrive in Mallaig, you’ll be greeted by stunning vistas of rugged mountains, pristine beaches, and sparkling azure waters. The village itself is a quaint and welcoming place, known for its colourful fishing boats and charming harbour. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, soak in the tranquil atmosphere, and savour the freshest seafood delights at one of the local eateries.
Explore the surrounding area and discover the natural wonders that Mallaig has to offer. Hike through the majestic Glenfinnan Viaduct, famous for its appearance in the Harry Potter films, or embark on a boat trip to the remote and breathtakingly beautiful Knoydart Peninsula. Wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled to spot seals, dolphins, and a variety of seabirds on their excursions.
Getting to Mallaig is a breeze, with various transportation options available. From Scotland, you can travel by train on the scenic West Highland Line, which connects Mallaig to Glasgow and Fort William. The train journey itself is a treat, offering spectacular views of mountains, lochs, and glens along the way. You can also have some fun on the Hogwarts Express from Fort William to Mallaig, properly known as the Jacobite Steam train.
If you’re coming from southern England, you can reach Mallaig by car via the A82 and A830 roads. The drive takes you through some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes, including the majestic Loch Lomond and the awe-inspiring Glen Coe.
For those preferring to fly, the nearest airports to Mallaig are Inverness Airport and Glasgow Airport. From there, you can hire a car or take a train to complete your journey to Mallaig.
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. So pack your bags, get ready to travel and join your adventure in Mallaig.
Thank you so much to all the Grayhound crew for an unforgettable adventure. I cannot imagine a kinder and better crew with which to sail.Caroline
Thanks all for a great time, I really enjoyed it. Fastest Channel crossing I have managed!Barney
An unforgettable experienceJonathon
We've had two idyllic sailing trips. One particularly fantastic day scrambling over big volcanic rocks down a deep craggy valley to a black sand beach with dramatically high cliffs. Grayhound was waiting, attracting attention because she's so beautiful and unique. Swimming out to her in the clear waters o the Atlantic rates as one of life's highlights.Grayhound Guest
Fantastic, exhilarating and an honour to be on such a ship.Des
Excellent company of genuine all round sailors. The wind in my face and the swell beneath. 5 stars for welcome, accommodation on board, safety, quality of sailing, food, skipper and crew.Barry
Outstanding and unforgettable experience. Loved learning the lug rig, meeting the crew and other guests, playing an active role on board.Charlie
Brilliant sail on an interesting boat with friendly and knowledgeable people.Steve
Three masted lugger Grayhound is a unique sight and a joy to take photos of. Not only does she look very unusual as it is a rig not seen much now, she has a mission to deliver cargoes under sail, so she is the darling of the press. Photos from Classic Sailing customers, ships crew and professional photographers. We hope it gives a flavour of her sailing, life on board, the people that come, her beautiful sailing grounds and what it is like to live below decks.
Grayhound Mallaig to Skye - GR220824
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