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Guided Wild Swimming Adventure around the West Coast of Scotland

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Wed 11-09-2024, 14:00Oban, Scotland Tue 17-09-2024, 10:00Oban, Scotland Provident 6 NightsPV110924

Anna Crampin, open water coach and swimming teacher and Morag and Steve – owners of the beautiful classic ship Provident, have joined forces to offer a unique outdoor adventure where we explore the seas around the west coast of Scotland. Aiming to go everywhere under sail, we will seek out swimming adventures around our coasts. With Provident as the “mothership” we can anchor close to remote islands and pick you up as you swim through an interesting strait, around a skerry or maybe do a morning lap around the boat.

Provident is a comfortable, heavy boat There is a wide open deck with plenty of space to relax and although the crew might like it if you lend a hand pulling up a sail or two there is no pressure to do so. There is a glazed deckhouse, heating below decks and a warm shower. All meals are provided with lots of soups and hot chocolate to welcome you when you come back on board.

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Ideal Voyage for …..

  • Adventurers keen on a wild holiday with great support
  • Wild swimmers who want to increase their confidence
  • Sailors and wildlife lovers
  • Mer-people of all sorts!


  • Stunning scenery
  • Benefit for Morag and Steve’s local knowledge.
  • 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

Scenic Swimming


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.

You’ll also be joined by Anna Crampin, open water coach and swimming teacher, who, along with Provident’s proud owners, Morag and Steve are excited to offer a unique outdoor adventure, exploring the seas around the west coast of Scotland. Aiming to go everywhere under sail, you’ll  seek out interesting swimming spots around the Hebridean coasts. With Provident as the “mothership”, you can anchor close to remote islands. Jump in for a guided swim with Anna, and Provident will pick you up again, ready with a hot drink! Swim through an interesting strait, around a skerry or maybe do a morning lap around the boat.

Look out for otters and sea eagles, the perfect way to wrap up your days on board!

Jump in!

Lots to Explore, and Lots of Support

So much to see, and yet still close to Oban in Sheltered waters. Whether you’d like to finally learn front crawl in the sea, take your swimming to the next level with efficient stroke / open water skills, or simply be guided for relaxed swims in idyllic wild locations, Anna is there to support you with a wealth of experience, a holistic approach and a smile.


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.

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.

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Provident

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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