|Thu 27-05-2021, 17:00Oban, Scotland||Fri 04-06-2021, 09:00Aberdeen, Scotland||Oosterschelde||8 Nights||OS27052021|
Step on board of the Oosterschelde for a voyage almost all the way around Scotland. This almost rugged coast has rocky landscapes, lochs and island interspersed with abundant wildlife.
Wild and remote places, small communities, and great opportunities for wildlife spotting. Be prepared for four season and stunning scenery.
Isles of Lewis
Isle of Harris
The Orkney Islands
When we are at sea and sailing and you will be part of the crew and participate in the watches. Everyone will help with setting the sails, steering, navigating and watch keeping (of course all to your ability). There is a lot to see along the way. We can expect visits from dolphins and maybe we will even spot the fin of a sunfish. There will also be many seabirds.
Leaving Oban the Captain has two main choices for the start of the voyage, outside and to the west of Mull or up the sound of Mull and maybe visit Tobermory and famous Mishnish Inn. Not that I’ve been there, sampled the whisky and got safely back onboard!
As you round Ardnamurchan Lighthouse yu pass the most westerly point in mainland Britain and head up towards the astoundingly different islands of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Skye. Unfortunately you ahve to go west of Skye due to the ships masts being to tall to pass under the Kyle of Lochalsh Bridge to Skye.
But the bonus is you are getting closer to the Outer Hebrides and some amazing tiny Islands and remote anchorages with unspoilt white sand beaches.
So many possibilities to choose from, but one of the best is to visit the Callanish Standing Stones on the isles of Harris. Unlike Stonehenge you can get close to these tall rugged standing stones. Don’t worry if this is not possible there are more on Orkney at Stenness not far from Kirkwall where you are stopping.
To get to Kirkwall you have to pass John O’Groats and sail through the Pentland Firth with strong tidal flows between the Atlantic and the North Sea turn north and into Scapa Flow for Kitkwall.
The Orkneys has its one distinctive character and a lot of history with early prehistoric settlements, standing stones and a graveyard of German First World War battleships sunk in Scarpa Flow.
You will have a chance to explore the island see many of visitor attractions.
Heading South down the East Coast of Scotland you are in area of intense fishing and oil collection. Arriving in Scotland’s third city of Aberdeen renown for is granite architecture and nowadays as a centre for the offshore oil industry.
Sailing from Oban to Aberdeen will expose you to all sorts of winds, tides and weather, best be prepared for cold and wet and enjoy the sunshine. The thing about the weather up here is it changes very quickly, even dramatically on many occasions.
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.
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.
Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 00326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.
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.
Aberdeen is a large historic port nowadays much used for the North Sea Oil support and supply vessels. It is famous for its large granite buildings. It is a busy city with plenty of accommodation arts and culture.
Please make a note of the ship’s phone number found in your confirmation for details on where the exact joining location will be.
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.
Together with my husband Bert we were on the trip around the Cape Verde on the Oosterschelde and had a great time. The crew was fantastic and very friendly. They showed us what has to be done to sail a beautiful ship like this. Made some new friends among the passengers and it was a trip I will not forget for a long while. And who knows when we will meet again. Thanks" Jenny H E. from NL Mar 2018
I've just completed my fourth voyage in four years and it was like a big family holiday! Familiar faces welcomed us aboard, we met up with guests and friends from previous voyages and the islands that we visited in the French West Indies were beautiful. The best part of the voyage was our last sailing day when the "lunatics took over the asylum". Maarten let the guest crew sail the Oosterschelde from St Lucia to Martinique (while keeping an eye on us to make sure that neither we or the ship were in danger) It was hard work but safe to say that I learned a lot more on that day, having to think about what I was doing, rather than just being told what to do. We are just about to book our next voyage" Richard D. British Columbia
What was the best bit?
Variety of sailing and the islands visited.
What was the worst bit?
One rough passage.
Why do you sail?
We enjoy the technicalities of sailing a large vessel and the passage planning involved. We generally enjoy off-shore sailing.
Any other comments
The skipper and crew were very friendly, helpful and informative. Accommodation and food was very good.- Phillip B - Cape Verde
What was the best bit?
A genuine feel for a bit of a longer ocean voyage with great people.
What was the worst bit?
Somewhat cramped cabins if sharing
Why do you sail?
Comraderie; understanding historical sailing voyages; seeing interesting parts of the world" Robbin C: Ocean Crossings
So happy to have sailed from Miramichi to Quebec! So good to be on this beautiful grand old lady with only nice and funny people. Miss you all! And for this moment especially Richards' breakfast. Thank you so much Jenny Edward Richard Jan-Willem Jurriaan and Maarten, and all the other guests for this wonderful and amazing time. Love and hugs xxx Ernst and Ellen V.
The dream come true! What a georgous trip I had between Québec and Halifax! A part of me will be onboard forever... Il will be back to you, most beautiful ship of the world! I will be back, Oosterschelde! What a crew! What a captain! Marteen, I could write a novel with you as the major character! You are an amazing guy, a good, a great man! Your team is fantastic! I am now back ashore but... "I must go down to sea again... "
" C'est pas l'homme qui prend la mer
C'est la mer qui prend l'homme "
Now is the hour that I must say goodbye, soon you'll be sailing far across the sea. We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when. Maybe in the south pacific or around Cape Horn. Captain Arian, I would sail anywhere in the world with you, your crew and Oosterschelde. Warren C. New Zealand
Just sailed on the Oosterschelde across the North Sea to the Netherlands! Great taste of sailing would recommend to anyone who is thinking of dipping their toe in. Loved every second of it, hauling ropes out in the elements (mainly with the Sun on my back) rolling around in the middle of the North Sea on the deck of an authentic lovely Dutch schooner brilliant! A life changing experience of the open sea, next stop RYA competent crew! Many thanks to Adam and Classic Sailing for all the arrangements at such short notice and thanks too to all the crew for looking after me and feeding me so well. Be warned though life ashore afterwards can seem very hum-drum." Rex aka Steve W
I want to thank the crew for the three magnificent days passed on board, between "Golfe du Morbihan" and "Le Havre". I sailed on numerous occasions on about ten different ships, and this sailing on Oosterschelde is the best experience I ever had. I was impressed by the good performances of the ship, and by the way the crew adjusts sails permanently so that the ship always gives the best ; it was an immense pleasure to participate of my best in all these operations. I regret that our different languages did not allow us to communicate more, because all the crew members were really very nice and very thoughtful with us. I have now only an envy: to embark again on Oosterschelde, to be on the deck to participate in the laborers of sails, to climb on the mast to help the crew, and to share again these excellent moments given by sailing on Oosterschelde !!! " Excuse my bad English, Gilbert P. Vernon, France
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