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Wild Swimming Adventure around the West Coast of Scotland, with Dan the Merman as your Guide

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Wed 19-07-2023, 14:00Mallaig, Scotland Tue 25-07-2023, 10:00Mallaig, Scotland Provident 6 NightsPV190723

A unique outdoor adventure exploring the seas around the west coast of Scotland. Provident aims to go everywhere under sail, seeking out swimming adventures and beautiful anchorages. Your swimming guide Dan ‘the Merman’ is an experienced wild swim coach and guide who is there to support you in the water, ensuring safety at all times.

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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 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


Embarking in Mallaig

Mallaig is wonderfully situated to explore the 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.

One of our favourite lochs is Loch Kishorn. There is a lovely small island there owned by Morag’s family. It’s a perfect place for beach fire and picnic- we will try and get there on a good day.

Once on board you’ll enjoy a familiarisation from the crew before setting sail. It is only a few miles of open water before you are sailing in the Sound of Mull which has high mountains on either side and mostly flat water. 

There are some stunning anchorages on the Atlantic side if conditions allow. Look out for otters and sea eagles, the perfect way to wrap up your first day on board!

Dan the Merman will plan in swimming sessions according to the conditions and experience of the group. With Provident as ‘mothership’, we can anchor close to remote islands to pick you up as you swim through interesting straits, around skerries or maybe you’ll prefer a morning lap of the boat!

Provident Morag crew smile steer
helming between islands

Lots to Explore, and Lots of Support

So much to see, and yet still close to Oban in Sheltered waters.

For this voyage Provident will stick to the sea lochs and explore some of the smaller islands, finding stunning swimming spots wherever she goes..

Dan is a professionally accredited wild swim coach and guide who is there to support you in the water. Whether you’d like to finally learn front crawl in teh 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, Dan is there to support you with a wealth of experience, a holistic approach and a smile.

Total stillness for the mind, total movement for the body- you’re only one swim away from contentment.

Dan the Merman


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

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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