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Mon 04-09-2023, 14:00Oban, Scotland Tue 12-09-2023, 10:00Oban, Scotland Provident 8 NightsPV040923

Two distinctive Islands – Jura and Islay 
Jura. You can recognise the Paps of Jura from a long way off and they make an interesting walk once ashore.
Craighouse is a delightful port and is the main settlement and capital of the Jura complete with its own distillery. From Kinuachdrachd Harbour, more a sheltered bay than a harbour, on the north east of the island you can walk up to see the Corryvreckan whirlpools. 

Islay is more fertile with cattle farming but mostly famous for its whiskys distilleries, there are eight distilleries; two are close to a good anchorage in the Sound of Islay. Other nearby islands include Oransay, joined to Colansay at low tide. There is a wonderful anchorage Provident can use as both islands have beautiful sandy beaches and easy coastal walks.

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Ideal Voyage for …..

Explorers who enjoy hard-to-reach and little-known places

Birdwatchers and wildlife lovers

Anyone keen for some traditional sailing in relatively sheltered waters


  • Stunning scenery
  • Visiting Jura and Islay, with their distilleries.
  • Exploring ashore
  • Easy travel planning, with a round trip and great transport links to Oban


Vessel type / Rig Gaff Ketch
Guest Berths 8
Beam 18ft
Draft 9.2ft
Deck Length 70ft
Overall Length 92ft
Tonnage 85 tons
Year Built 1924
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Voyage Description

oban area for sailing
oban harbour and the firth of lorn


Embarking in Oban

The unofficial capital of the West Highlands, Oban’s transport links make travel planning nice and straightforward, and there are some glorious landscapes to travel through en route to join the ship. We’d recommend arriving early to explore the town, perhaps visiting McCaig’s Folly with its stunning views across the bay, or nip into the distillery for a bottle to share with your fellow sailors.

Once on board you’ll enjoy a familiarisation from the crew before setting sail.

Provident Morag crew smile steer
helming between islands

Lots to Explore

The whole southern stretch of the Inner Hebrides will be your playground for this voyage, and the possibilities are endless. 

Beautiful unspoilt beaches, abundant wildlife and wild landscapes greet you. Great anchorages and beautiful sailing grounds through the Sound of Mull and down towards Islay.

You’ll appreciate the differences between the landscapes of these islands. Jura with its rugged landscape and hills, including the prominent ‘Paps’. There are some beautiful ports and harbours, and the must-see Corryvreckan whirlpools. Islay is more fertile, with famous water quality and the accompanying eight whisky distilleries.

Oransay and Colansay, joined at low tide, boat wonderful anchorages and lovely exploring ashore. If you miss the tide on your wanderings and can no longer cross from one island to the other, fear not. You can radio the ship and one of the crew will come and pick you up in the rib. There are many advantages to travelling by boat!

adjusting the headsails


Mostly flat seas between the islands with some more exposed stretches. Expect a real mixture of conditions, as things can change quickly, but the crew are incredibly knowledgeable and familiar with all the sheltered anchorages and hiding places around the islands. The itinerary is kept loose to make the most of the conditions at the time, and the focus is on enjoyment, rather than ticking off any particular destinations. 


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 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

Start & End Port

Oban, Scotland

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.

Kit List

Provident - Kit List

What is Included:

  • Bedding
  • All meals and soft drinks aboard.
  • All safety equipment, including lifejackets
  • Fantastic sailing

What is Not Included:

  • Travel to and from your voyage
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Alcohol (although reasonably priced wine, beer and whisky will be available to purchase on board). Consumption of alcohol is always at the discretion of the skipper
  • Waterproofs - If this is your first voyage good walking waterproofs will be fine. We only recommend buying sailing waterproofs if you are frequent sailors.
    • You will find exploring ashore in walking gear much better than struggling around in sailing kit!

What to Bring

  • Enthusiasm!
  • Waterproofs - see above.
  • Your own towel.
  • Hats for sun and cold weather.
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - layers e.g. tracksuit bottoms, shirts, fleece jacket, wool jumpers, thick socks, and neck scarf. It can get cold at sea even in mid summer.
  • Swim suit, towel, and suntan lotion.
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. Sailing boots or wellies are also helpful.
  • (An alterative to boots in summer is to bring another pair of flat shoes with a good grip in case the first pair get wet).
  • All terrain type Sandals are great for dinghy trips ashore – but you do need shoes which protect your toes for sailing.
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasickness tablets or pressure-point wrist bands (talk to your pharmacist)
  • Your own logbook if you'd like to keep track of your sea miles
  • Tech chargers (USB sockets are available in all the cabins) and waterproof cases for anything valuable


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