Adventure sailing holidays: Scotland’s magical western isles
A magical holiday sailing, training and exploring the beautiful west coast of Scotland and its world famous islandsSailing and exploring the fabulously beautiful west coast of Scotland means a truly special sailing holiday. Sailing between islands such as Mull, Jura, Eigg and Muck, we'll be anchoring in beautiful bays, able to head ashore for some great walks, a visit to a world famous whisky distillery or two. And we'll have more top class sailing to look forward to each day. This is undoubtedly one of the great sailing areas
These are the available dates and routes. To book your place, please select the dates from the drop-down above the ‘Add to Cart’ button.
TRIP CODE: OTO250421
- Start date / place: April 25 2021. Oban, UK
- End date / place: May 01 2021. Oban, UK
- Full price: £799
- Deposit: £320
TRIP CODE: OTO020521
- Start date / place: May 02 2021. Oban, UK
- End date / place: May 08 2021. Oban, UK
- Full price: £799
- Deposit: £320
- TRIP CODE: OTO050921
- Start date / place: September 05 2021. Oban, UK
- End date / place: September 11. Oban, UK
- Full price: £799
- Deposit: £320
TRAVEL TO / FROM OBAN
ON THE START AND END DATES, A RUBICON 3 COACH WILL CONNECT GLASGOW RAIL STATION WITH OBAN MARINA. PICK UP IS 0800hrs AND YOU WILL ARRIVE AT 1100hrs.
TICKETS ARE £30 EACH WAY AND CAN BE BOOKED HERE.
This is 40% of the trip price and is non-refundable. On making payment, your berth is guaranteed.
Paying the balance
The balance of the invoice can be paid at any time. It must be received by Rubicon 3 90 days before the trip start date or your place will automatically be cancelled. We will remind you of the date nearer the time.
Cancellations and moving trips
Our expedition sailing yachts only have between 7 and 10 berths on them. When you book, you are committing to take one of these places. Due to these very limited numbers, we will often have turned away someone else who would have liked the berth. Unlike many other holidays, please understand this gives us little if any flexibility to make changes or to move trips. We will always endeavour to assist you (& the earlier you tell us the better), but unless we can find someone else to take your place, we usually cannot move your booking.
Explore the beautiful small isles on the west coast of Scotland and experience a fantastic mixture of sailing, exploring and wildlife. The exact itinerary will always be dependent on the wind and weather we get at the time, but this is a standard plan to give you an idea of what to expect.
Join the boat in Oban, with its famous whisky distillery. We’ll soon have the sails up and we’ll spend a pleasant afternoon training, learning and generally getting to grips with the boat. We’ll likely spend the evening in the beautiful Tobermory. Over the next seven days we’ll sail and explore the islands of Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck. Every day, we’ll pull into somewhere new and there’ll be the chance to explore ashore. Some days we’ll be in picturesque harbours, other days we’ll be in sheltered anchorages, watching wonderful sunsets and seeing equally wonderful starscapes emerge.
Wildlife you may see
Scotland is of course famous for its seabirds, and you can expect to see kestrels, sparrowhawks, black guillemots, white-tailed eagles and fulmars. The island of Rum is famous for the size of its Manx shearwater colony and they make an extraordinary sight as they circle the cliffs. You also have a good chance of seeing common, bottlenose & whitebeak dolphins. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see a basking shark or minke whale!
The Small Isles
Rum is a National Nature Reserve and is the largest island, home to the architecturally remarkable Kinloch Castle, and of course some wonderful wildlife. The island’s most famous residents are sea eagles (re-introduced in the 1980s), red deer and the hardy Rum ponies. There is plenty of exploring to be had on the Isle of Rum, taking in the stunning mountain and coastal scenery.
Eigg is the most populated but still only has fewer than 100 residents and is the most welcoming of the Small Isles. Offering Britain’s largest pitchstone ridge, eagles soaring over stunning white beaches and the world’s first fully renewably-powered electricity grid, we’re sure you’ll love Eigg as much as its locals.
Muck is the smallest and most southerly island. Its low-lying, mostly treeless landscape offers dramatic perspectives and panoramic views of sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. Watch out for golden eagles!
Canna, looked after by the National Trust since 1981, is one of the prettier islands. With its high basalt cliffs and dramatic volcanic landscapes, the views here are breathtaking. You might even be lucky enough to see minke whales from the high cliffs, soaring sea eagles and nesting puffins.
JOINING AND LEAVING THE BOAT
- You should join the boat at 1100hrs on the start day. It is important you are not late.
- You will disembark between 0700 and 1200hrs on the end day.
- For the exact start and end locations, please see the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab
INFORMATION TO HELP GET TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
- A Rubicon 3 coach will run between Glasgow railway station and Oban marina at 0800 on the start and end date. It is scheduled to arrive by 1100hrs. Tickets are £30 and can be booked here.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. No previous sailing experience is required for this route
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
FITNESS TO SAIL
We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board. Ability to complete the five exercises below is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member. They are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark. If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.
Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions. At this time you will be asked to complete our medical declaration. At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.
- All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance as soon as you book. This ideally will cover you for any mishaps, medical or otherwise, in the build-up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
- Please note we will not refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues that disqualify you from joining your trip.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: COASTAL SAILING
For a full explanation of what to expect with the various trip ratings please click here.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Your travel to and from the start and end points.
- Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
- Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
- Any meals you eat ashore.
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and Trip Notes before booking.
- The charming whisky distillery town of Oban
- Explore the magical island of Mull
- Perfect introductory sailing
- Earn your RYA Competent Crew certificate
Usual crew profile
- 90% join solo
- 50:50 male and female
- All ages welcome
- All food and accommodation aboard
- Foul weather and safety equipment
- Expert instruction throughout
What’s not included
- Flights to or from start and end points
- Travel insurance