West Coast of Scotland and Northern Ireland
One of our spacious 4 or 5 cabin yachts will become your home for this adventure. All our yachts are commercially coded and perfect for offshore sailing, which makes even a choppy passage bearable. Our adventure sails are perfect for practising sailing skills and getting the necessary miles or night sailing hours into your logbook, which are especially welcomed for those who are aspiring for Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster licence.
Starting in Largs or Oban and returning to the opposite harbour, this trip combines a couple of longer passages and quite a few trips onshore for some exploring the beautiful towns, harbours and attractions that the West Coast of Scotland and Northern Ireland has to offer.
Leaving from Oban and, depending on the wind and tide, we will visit the Inner Hebrides. We are spoilt for choice in this area: there is the beautiful island of Mull, where we sometimes stop in Tobermory, otherwise known for the colourful houses of TV's "Balamory". You will be travelling down the Sound of Jura, which has the best views you can get of the Paps of Jura. If this is not impressive enough, then we sail by the famous Gulf of Corryvreckan, which sits between the islands of Jura and Scarba. Corryvreckan is a whirlpool that is created by the strong Atlantic currents and the underwater topography which together create a tidal race and whirlpool. The island of Islay is a regular stop for us - there is a lovely high street selling traditional Scottish products and we will find time to stop at Laphroaig Whisky Distillery for a tour and a dram! One of the favourite places for Go West to visit is Gigha. Gigha is a community owned island and is the most southerly of the Hebrides. It has a great seafood restaurant and the island produces its own ice cream.
For those who are aspiring Coastal Skippers or Yachtmasters we will make our way to Northern Ireland. This passage will help you towards the logged miles for your next qualification. We will stop at Ballycastle and visit Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, or the famous Old Bushmills Distillery. In the evening many of our crew like to sample a local delicacy – Guinness! The homeward journey will likely take you via the island of Arran, or Holy Island which is owned by a Buddhist Community.
Dates for Whisky Tour start & finish as below -
28th May 2023 - Oban to Largs - 7 days
2nd July 2023 - Oban to Largs -7 days
20th August 2023 - Oban to Largs - 7 days
17th September 2023 - Largs To Oban - 7 days
Price is £795.00 for an All Inclusive Sailing Adventure
Weather dependant, our trip takes you from:
1 - Starting in Oban or Largs
2 - Crinan or Tayvallich
3 - Jura (past Paps of Jura)
4 - Gigha
5 - Islay (Port Ellen) where we visit Laphroaig Distillery
6 - Cross to Ballycastle where we visit Giants Causeway
7 - Holy Island on Arran
8 - Returning to Oban or Largs
Included in the price:
- 7 nights accommodation on 4 or 5 cabin yacht
- all onboard meals and snacks
- fuel and gas
- skipper services
- all marina and harbour fees
Optional - not included in the price:
- Oilskins hire - £3 per item per day
- Final cleaning service at £10 per person
- Eating onshore
- Fees for onshore facilities or attractions
- travel to/from the yacht
Whisky Tour - select any date except 23 Jul and 30 Jul
Barra Sail/Fly Adventure
Sail onboard yacht Clipperton from Largs to the Hebridean island of Barra and then shortly after arrival, fly back (just over 1 hr duration) from Barra's beach runway *, the only tidal dependent air-service in the world, to Glasgow and then a short journey back to Largs to complete an exciting round-trip adventure over 7 days! Alternatively, you can choose the opposite route, and fly to Barra and then sail back to Largs. And that's not all. Between Largs and Barra, there are many of Scotland's most famous coastal landmarks and attractions that could be visited or passed by, depending on the weather and tides. View Ailsa Craig on the horizon, pass the stunning Mull of Kintyre and Paps of Jura and visit the beautiful island of Gigha. Depending on the tide, you will either pass by or transit through the awesome Gulf of Corryvrechan, with its infamous whirlpool. Iona's Abbey and the remote island of Staffa with Fingals Cave and the adorable puffins are on the route. Other sea life abounds in this wonderful area. The remote harbours of Gometra and Ulva await. Other places in this excellent cruising ground include the harbours of Oban, Lochaline and Tobermory. The Small Isles could be visited. Not all of these places can be reached in the 7 day adventure, but it's a wonderful list for the skipper and crew to choose from, weather depending.
The route will include at least one 60 mile RYA Yachtmaster qualifying passage.
* The yacht will anchor in the bay and, with the kind permission of the airport manager, our skipper will then transfer (by dinghy) our adventurers to/from the beach with a short walk to/from the terminal building.
Included in the price:
- 7 nights accommodation on yacht Clipperton.
- All onboard meals and snacks from Sunday evening to Sunday morning.
- Fuel and gas.
- Skipper services - although customer sailing experience is welcome, it is not essential.
- Bedding - Laundered bottom sheet and pillow with case and a laundered sleeping bag (reducing flight luggage).
- All marina and harbour fees.
Optional - not included in the price:
- Oilskins hire - £3 per item per day.
- Final cleaning service at £10 per person.
- Eating onshore.
- Fees for onshore facilities or attractions.
- Travel to/from the yacht - we can provide information on options - please use "MAKE AN ENQUIRY" button.
- We strongly advise customers to check for vacancies on the adventure before booking any other connecting travel requirements: Loganair. Calmac Ferry.
Dates for Barra Sail/Fly start & finish as below -
23rd July 6.30pm: embark at Largs. Sail to Barra - disembark 30 Jul at/before 10.00am in time for flights
30th July: embark at Barra mid-afternoon after flights. Sail to Largs - disembark 6 Aug at/before noon
Price is £845.00 for an All Inclusive Sailing Adventure
Weather dependant, our trip takes you on this approximate route:
Starting in Largs:
1 - Around the Mull of Kintyre to the Sound of Jura
2 - Along the coast of the Ross of Mull
3 - Iona and Staffa
4 - Coll and Tiree, or the Small Isles
5 - Across the Minch to Barra
You choose how you return, if required, to Largs. Options include flying to Glasgow then rail to Largs (if required), a ferry to Oban then rail to Largs via Glasgow, or remaining in the Outer Hebrides for an extended adventure....
Starting in Barra is the reverse route
Barra Sail/Fly - select only 23 Jul and 30 Jul
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