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Mon 03-07-2023, 14:00Mallaig, Scotland Sun 09-07-2023, 10:00Mallaig, Scotland Provident 6 NightsPV030723

On the 3 July 2023 Provident will be sailing from Mallaig on a hillwalking adventure amongst the remote peninsulas and islands of the west coast of Scotland.  With Abacus Mountain guides there will be hill climbs by day and sailing into the long summer evenings, making the most of the land and the sea. Whatever the weather you’ll have a great adventure!

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Ideal Voyage for …..

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

Experienced hill walkers who like the idea of approaching mountains from the sea.

Anyone who enjoys celebrating a successful day with cake and whisky!

Please Note:

You will need to bring your own hillwalking gear, including a good pair of walking boots.


  • Stunning scenery
  • Comfort and great food at the end of exhilarating physical days
  • Avoiding the tourist trail
  • Easy travel planning, with great transport links to Mallaig


    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

    dramatic coastline of skye


    Embarking in Mallaig

    Mallaig is wonderfully situated to explore the dramatic east coast of Skye and some of the Northern sea lochs.

    Just opposite is Loch Nevis, and the Knoydart peninsula one of Scotland’s great wilderness areas. Accessible only by foot or boat is the hamlet of Inverie with the most remote pub in Britain – the Old Forge. We will sail through Kyle Rhea, known for its strong tidal race, and under the Skye bridge.

    You’ll have a great mix of time sailing Provident, and hiking ashore with the help of Abacus Mountain Guides. 

    Each day the skipper and guide will make a plan for the next day’s hike, depending on conditions for both sailing and walking. Some of the potential mountain highlights include:

     – Sgurr na Ciche

     – Garbh Chioch Mor

     – Beinn Sgritheall

     – Meall Buidhe

     – Ladhar Bheinn

     – Luinne Bheinn

     – Askival & the Rum Cuillin

     – Sgurr na Stri from Loch Coruisk

    Treats on this trip could also include the pretty Isle Oransay or anchoring in Bearreraig bay with a walk up to see the Old Man of Storr, a large pinnacle that is part of the Trotternish ridge. There are also interesting walks all over the Isle of Raasay.

    sea eagle territory near mull
    sea eagle

    Glorious Skye

    The largest and furthest North of the Inner Hebrides, Skye is a popular destination for hikers, historians and wildlife lovers alike. Famous for its stunning scenery and 12 munros (peaks above 3000 ft), the island offers fantastic walking, and the chance to spot otters, seals, whales, dolphins, red deer, sea eagles and more.

    Sailing to and around Skye allows you to experience the wild beauty of the island, straying off the tourist trail and finding seclusion in hard to reach places.

    Skye’s history is there for all to see, stretching back to ancient times. From the dinosaur footprints on the shore at Staffin, to Pictish round towers built over 2000 years ago, and the 12th century clan stronghold of Dunvegan Castle (the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland).

    refreshing sea swims


    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.


    For this voyage you must be fit enough to spend the whole day on a hill (from a boat you always start the walk from sea level!).

    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

    Mallaig, Scotland

    Mallaig is easy to get to by train. (Many fans of Harry Potter may be on the train!) It is a very scenic train line and the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter series, Glenfinnan Viaduct, is in fact the first mass concrete bridge constructed in the UK by Robert McAlpine & Sons and opened in 1901.

    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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