Adventure sailing: west coast of Scotland to the Faroes
Explore some of the North Atlantic’s most mysterious and enchanting islands as we sail from Scotland to the Faroe Islands. Wind-swept beaches, towering cliffs and remote island communities are the hallmarks of this stunning route. There’s time to pull on your hiking boots and explore ashore, as well as a fantastic 48h offshore passage to the Faroes, so this is a great trip for those wanting to develop offshore sailing skills and also have a true adventure holiday.
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TRIP CODE: OTT03052021
- Start date / place: May 03 2021.Oban, Scotland
- End date / place: May 14 2021. Torshavn, Faroes
- Full price: £2,199
- Deposit: £880
Please see ‘TRAVEL – GETTING TO & FROM YOUR TRIP’ tab for advice on start and end points.
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.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. FULL TUITION GIVEN
This is a typical itinerary for one of our adventure sailing holidays in Svalbard. What makes expedition sailing so special, however, is that there can be no fixed itinerary and so no part of this is guaranteed. It is indicative of a typical sailing expedition to this region.
Joining the boat in the colourful town of Oban where we’ll spend the first day learning the ropes – literally! There’s a lot to cover but your two skilled instructors will set the pace so that everyone feels confident being part of the crew of a powerful, 60’ expedition yacht. We’ll end the day with Man Overboard drills, before heading into one of the many gorgeous anchorages near the Sound of Mull.
The picture-postcard fishing port of Tobermory is a short sail up the Sound of Mull. We need to catch the tides right as they run hard between the mainland and the island, but it’s a stunning stretch of water to navigate. Tobermory has a whiskey distillery which is open for visitors and several great pubs serving up seafood and live music.
Just north of Mull, the Small Isles are an undiscovered jewel of the Hebrides: think castles, windswept beaches, rocky inlets and thousands of seabirds. We’ll likely anchor off one of the white beaches on Coll, just west of the Ardnamurchan peninsular.
One of Scotland’s best anchorages, this sheltered pool sits beneath the dramatic Cullin ridge on the Isle of Skye. It’s a really special place to spend an evening and if the weather’s good we’ll pull on some boots and hike ashore.
We need a 48-hour weather window for the passage to the Faeroes so we’ll be watching the forecasts closely. You’ll learn how to make a simple offshore passage plan, and how to use weather forecasts to interpret the bigger picture of what’s going on around you. We’ll likely have a brief stop in Stornoway for a night in a marina before setting off.
Settling into a watch system we head north through the Hebridean Sea, past the islets of Sula and Rona bound for the southern-most island of the Faeroes: Suðuroy. You’ll be in a watch pattern of 3 hours on, 6 hours off, with one meal to prepare between your watch each day. There won’t be night watches as such, we’re so far north that it doesn’t get fully dark, the sun just sets for a couple of hours.
The Faroes are one of our all-time favourite places to make landfall. Often shrouded in mist (Faroes has 40 different words for fog!), when they finally come into view they are a really remarkable sight: steep, sweeping cliffs, black rocks and green slopes. We’ll tie up in one of the sheltered fishing harbours of Tvøroyri or Vágur for the night and clear in before investigating one of the cosy local pubs. The western side of the island has huge, vertical cliffs, so you can head off and explore the dramatic scenery.
Heading northwest from Suðuroy we pass the strangely shaped islands of Hestur and Koltur – the horse and colt. We’ll aim to explore the wild west coast of the Faroes, home to the renowned Vestmanna bird cliffs. The coastline here is otherworldly: pinnacle rocks, cliffs which stretch hundreds of metres up into the mist, and clouds of seabirds swirling in the thermals above. Quite simply it’s a breath-taking place.
After a few days touring the northern islands and exploring the narrow channels between them, we’ll head down to the capital – Torshavn. Surrounded by the old turf-roofed houses of the original parliament, the harbour is both a busy fishing port and attractive heart of the town. It’s a lovely place to tie up at the end of the trip. With its quirky bars and some top-class local restaurants around, we’ll be able to celebrate the end of the trip in style.
The last day is spent putting the boat back to how we found her, swapping email addresses and photos and heading off by 1200h. Soon we have to say goodbye to this magical land and our new-found friends. The Faroes are an addictive place though, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself pulled back there some time…
Join the boat promptly at 0900hrs on the start day.
It is important you are not late as the pre-trip briefing will start promptly at that time. You will probably need to arrive at your start point the day before your trip begins and get a hotel or B&B.
Disembark by 1200hrs on the end day.
We ask you to stay on board until then if possible to help with packing away the boat but recognise sometimes due to flights you may need to leave earlier that day. Please just let the skipper know in advance.
For exact start and end locations, please see the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab
INFORMATION TO HELP GET TO AND FROM THE START AND END POINTS
- Longyearbjen airport (IATA code: LYR) is well served by Norwegian and SAS. You will nearly always have to change somewhere in Norway first, so allow a full day for the travel and flights often arrive and depart at 0100 or 0200hrs (it’s 24 daylight here!)
- A taxi will connect you between the airport and Longyearbjen harbour
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 your 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
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INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- 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 can be earned 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.