|Mon 03-07-2023, 14:00Mallaig, Scotland||Sun 09-07-2023, 10:00Mallaig, Scotland||Provident||6 Nights||PV030723|
Mallaig is a wonderfully situated base from which to explore the coast of Skye, Loch Nevis and the Knoydart peninsula, one of Scotland’s great wilderness areas. Sailing into Loch Kishorn has the added bonus of a small island owned by one of Provident’s owner-crew, Morag, There’s no better place for a beach fire and a picnic in perfect Hebridean seclusion.
Explorers who enjoy hard-to-reach and little-known places
Birdwatchers and wildlife lovers
Anyone keen for some traditional sailing in relatively sheltered waters
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.
Eilean Donan castle is in Loch Alsh – arriving there in a 98 year old boat will make us part of the attraction.
There is so much to see and enjoy on the east coast of Skye and the sea lochs.
Treats on this trip could 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 skipper will decide the best anchorage and it could be a good opportunity to walk across the island and get picked up in a different bay.
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).
Sailing voyages will always include opportunities to explore ashore and discover this history for yourself. As a means of visiting Skye, traditional sailing has the added advantage of complete immersion in the landscape, often out of site of human influence. This landscape was the same that was gazed upon by everyone from the Picts and forcibly cleared peasants to the chiefs of Clans MacLeod and MacDonald. Waking up to the rugged coastline each morning, you feel a newfound respect and kinship with the people who’ve been surviving up here for thousands of years.
Sailing around Skye often also provides the opportunity to visit some of the Northern sea lochs, such as Lochs Nevis and Hourn with their dramatic landscapes, and stretches of the mainland coast that are otherwise near impossible to reach. The Knoydart peninsula, one of Scotland’s great wildernesses, has no access roads at all, and so is only accessible by boat. If you’re lucky a sailing voyage may include a stop off at the Old Forge in Inverie, the most remote pub in Britain.
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.
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)
Skye and the Northern Sea Lochs PV190723
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