|Mon 03-07-2023, 14:00Mallaig, Scotland||Sun 09-07-2023, 10:00Mallaig, Scotland||Provident||6 Nights||PV030723|
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!
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!
You will need to bring your own hillwalking gear, including a good pair of walking boots.
|Vessel type / Rig||Gaff Ketch|
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.
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).
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.
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.
N.B. BOATS HAVE LIMITED STORAGE SPACE SO PLEASE LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONE SOFT BAG OR RUCKSACK (NOT SUITCASES)
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