• Wave icon Trip Type: Coastal
  • Speech bubble icon Instructors: 2
  • People icon Crew Size: Max 9
  • Cake icon Ages: 18-75
  • Pin icon Region: UK & Ireland
Intermediate

Adventure Rating:
Intermediate

None

Experience Required:
None

12 Days from £2,499

Dates, Prices & Travel

Sailing in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides and St Kilda

Get ready for sailing and exploring the magical beauty and rugged archipelago of Scotland’s West Coast and the Outer Hebrides, along with an attempt on the dramatic and elusive St Kilda. The iconic coastline, magical island destinations, and secluded sea lochs of the western isles are the perfect setting for sailing trips. The region has the deepest coastal waters in the British Isles. Its rich history, castles, mountains, and wildlife make these remote islands a blend of magical sailing, world-class natural beauty, and historical intrigue. These are undoubtedly the finest sailing waters for thousands of miles and the setting for a magical sailing holiday.

Ready for the trip of a lifetime with Europe’s #1-rated adventure sailors?

Rubicon 3 expeditions are genuine sailing adventures rather than luxury sailing holidays. Depending on your chosen route, you will be off the beaten track, possibly out on the open ocean, and sailing to and exploring remote and beautiful places. The expert Rubicon 3 instructors will train you and ensure you are fully involved in all aspects of the experience, including navigating, helming, trimming sails, cooking, and looking after the yacht. As a true sailing adventure, it is much less predictable (& much better!) than a packaged experience, with itineraries planned day by day and shaped by local circumstances and weather. To participate in the adventure, the crew must have the right attitude, an open mind, and a desire to be fully involved.

Want to join?

Go to the Dates & Prices button to see this trip’s dates. It will also give you information on connecting travel, including where to fly and when and where to join the boat.

 

Sailing Area

scotland sailing area
Mull sailing route
The Yachts
Key Information
What’s included
  • All food and accommodation on board

  • All fuel & berthing fees

  • Your own bunk and storage area

  • Use of oilskins

  • Use of lifejacket

  • Sailing tuition

  • RYA Competent Crew (supplementary fee)

What’s Not included
  • Your connecting travel to & from boat

  • Sailing & travel insurance

  • Meals you choose to eat ashore

  • Alcohol

  • Visas where required

  • Discretionary tip

Interested in dates & availability?

To see when this trip runs, its start and end locations, price to join the crew and availability, click on the ‘Dates, Prices & Travel’ button up top.

Discretionary tipping of the Rubicon 3 crew

The trip price is 5% less than we would normally charge. This is to allow you at the end of your adventure to offer a combined 5-10% tip to the Rubicon 3 skipper and mate if you feel they have delivered exceptional performance. This tip is entirely discretionary. See our FAQs here.

Got some questions?

Joining a big sailing adventure is a big thing, so don’t be surprised if you have lots of questions before you book. Who else joins, what to expect, and so many more queries are entirely normal. The home page has loads of info on this (scroll to the bottom), there are our FAQs and never hesitate to contact us by email, phone or live chat. The team are here to have a chat, discuss options, answer questions and help make sure you get on the exact right sailing trip for you.

The exact itinerary and where we visit and when is all weather dependant. We will make the route up each day in discussion with you the crew. We will make every effort to make it to St Kilda, but its wild, exposed position in the Atlantic are what make it so elusive, so it cannot be guaranteed. Here are some of the highlights of the region.

Duart Castle

 

The Isle of Mull

Perhaps the most iconic image of Mull, Tobermory, on its north coast, is known for its colorful waterfront buildings. This charming town is a lovely place to wander around and explore and has the Tobermory Distillery, producing one of Scotland’s famous single malt Scotch whiskies. Duart Castle stands majestically on a clifftop and dates back to the 13th century. As well as a real taste of Scotland’s cultural heritage, it has panoramic views of the surrounding sea. Meanwhile, visiting the Isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave with its remarkable basalt columns would be a real highlight if we could fit it in. The cave’s natural acoustics and unique rock formations have inspired many people, including the composer Mendelssohn. The island and its surrounding waters are home to various wildlife, including whales, dolphins, eagles, and otters.

The Isles of Coll & Tiree

The historic, partially ruined Breacachadh Castle is one of Coll’s treasures. The community heartbeat is found in An Cridhe, while the island is also famous for its pristine, unspoiled beaches like Crossapol and Feall Beach, perfect for tranquil walks and wildlife watching. Coll’s status as a ‘Dark Sky Island‘ makes it an exceptional spot for stargazing, with its skies free from light pollution. Nearby, the Isle of Tiree has Balephuil Bay, with its stunning beach and sand dunes. The island is often called the ‘Hawaii of the North.’

puffin

South Uist & Barra

South Uist and Barra, nestled in the Outer Hebrides, are steeped in natural beauty and cultural richness. South Uist’s west coast is adorned with long, sandy beaches that stretch for miles, offering beautiful walks and breathtaking sunsets. For wildlife enthusiasts, the Loch Druidibeg Nature Reserve is a treat. Meanwhile, Barra has a varied and beautiful landscape with mountains and spectacular beaches. It is famous for its airport, where scheduled planes land on the beach. The island’s centerpiece, the medieval Kisimul Castle, located in Castlebay, is a historic gem perched on a rock in the bay, accessible by a short boat ride.

Kisimul

Harris & Lewis

Harris and Lewis are the largest island in the Outer Hebrides. On Harris, the famous Luskentyre Beach stands out with its expansive white sand and turquoise waters, creating a beautiful contrast to the mountains. The island is renowned for its Harris Tweed, and visiting a local weaver provides a great insight into this traditional craft. Lewis has the ancient Callanish Standing Stones, a mysterious and awe-inspiring megalithic site that predates Stonehenge, drawing visitors worldwide.

Eigg

The Small Isles (Rum, Eigg, Muck, or Canna)

The Small Isles, comprising Rum, Eigg, Muck, and Canna, are a cluster of gorgeous islands, each with charm. On Rum, the Kinloch Castle stands as a testament to Victorian extravagance. The island is also a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, with its nature reserve hosting a variety of birds and mammals, including the famous Rum ponies. Eigg, known for its stunning landscapes, is dominated by the dramatic pitchstone ridge, An Sgurr, offering breathtaking views for those who climb it. Muck is the smallest of the isles. Canna is particularly rich in archaeological sites, including ancient Celtic crosses and a collection of early Christian and Norse monuments, making it a fascinating destination for history buffs.

seal

St Kilda

The archipelago’s remote location is 50 miles west of Scotland in the North Atlantic. It is a national nature reserve and a mesmerizing blend of natural and historical wonders. The main island, Hirta, houses the remains of a deserted village, offering a glimpse into the life of a community that survived in isolation for centuries. The island’s unique stone cleits, small, beehive-shaped storage huts, are scattered across the landscape, a testament to the St Kildans’ ingenuity in coping with their harsh environment. The cliffs of St Kilda, some of the highest in Europe, provide breathtaking views and are a famous haven for seabirds, including the UK’s largest colony of Atlantic puffins and gannets. The cliffs dramatically plunge deep into the Atlantic, rich with sea life below the surface. The St Kilda Church, although small and simple, holds a deep historical significance, symbolizing the religious life of the islanders. The Soay sheep, a rare breed native to the islands, roam freely, adding to the wild and unspoiled charm of the St. Kilda archipelago. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its dramatic landscapes and rich history, is a truly unique and unforgettable experience if the weather allows us to get there.

st kilda

This is so much more than an average boating holiday – it is a genuine sailing adventure.

The difference between Rubicon 3 and a yacht charter

This is not a luxury yacht charter vacation on a private yacht but a proper sailing adventure. 

  1. Tailored Experience: Unlike many yacht charters, the Rubicon 3 team works daily to tailor the experience to your interests and skill level. Whether you’re interested in learning advanced sailing techniques, exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations, or focusing on particular activities like snorkeling or fishing, we look to help you achieve it.
  2. Expert Knowledge: Yacht charter companies will send you off with minimal instruction. Rubicon 3 has extensive local knowledge and expertise. We can find hidden gems, secluded anchorages, and the best spots that might be off the radar of the charter companies. This insider knowledge significantly enhances the sailing adventure. Unlike other yacht charter destinations, the Grenadines allow you to explore islands much off the beaten track.
  3. Learning Opportunities: Sailing in Scotland with Rubicon 3, you don’t need any previous sailing experience. If you’re interested in learning about sailing, navigation, or seamanship, the expert Rubicon 3 instructors ensure a hands-on, educational experience. This is ideal if you see your sailing trip as a vacation and a learning opportunity.

 

Dates, Prices & Travel

Start Date & Location

June 3, 2024
Oban, Scotland

End Date & Location

June 14, 2024
Oban, Scotland

Price

£2,499

Deposit

£1,249

Availability

Available

Trip Information

Start Date: June 3, 2024

Start Time: 09:00

Start Country: Oban, Scotland

Start Port: Oban

Start Marina: Oban North Pier Pontoons

End Date: June 14, 2024

End Time: 10:00

End Country: Oban, Scotland

End Port: Oban

End Marina: Oban North Pier Pontoons

Find Flights For This Trip
Fly Into: Glasgow Airport (IATA Code: GLA)
Fly Out of: Glasgow Airport (IATA Code: GLA)

* Flights are not included in the trip price.

Important Notes
Joining the boat
  • You will join the boat in Oban, Scotland.
  • It is scheduled to be at Oban North Pier Pontoons.
  • The trip starts at 9:00 AM on June 03 2024, so you will need to be in Oban by June 02, 2024.
  • You have two options for accommodation on the night before the start date:
    • Stay in a hotel or AirBnB in Oban.
    • Alternatively, you can stay onboard the boat from 6:00 PM on a bed & breakfast basis. Select this option during your booking process.
Leaving the boat
  • You will leave the boat in Oban, Scotland.
  • The boat is scheduled to arrive into Oban on the evening of June 13, 2024, and you will need to disembark by 09:00 AM, June 14, 2024.
General Notes
  • We have a very strong track record of meeting the scheduled end date, with only a few exceptions over a decade of sailing and across hundreds of thousands of miles of sailing. However, given the nature and distance of ocean crossings, we can’t guarantee it and recommend booking flexible onward travel from Scotland or at least allowing an extra day in your itinerary as a precaution.
  • You cannot stay on the boat after the trip end date.
  • Once you have booked, we will connect you up with other crew so you can liaise re connecting travel, meet up in advance etc.
  • If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
5-Point Pre-Booking Checklist

Before you finalize your booking, we suggest you run through our pre-booking checklist:

  1. Check Flights: Make sure you have found the right flights for your trip. Book them as soon as you have booked your Rubicon 3 trip.
  2. Travel Insurance: Once you’ve booked your trip with us, buy some sailing travel insurance. Read our full guide here.
  3. Passport Validity: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date. Some countries require this for entry, so it’s crucial to check and renew your passport if necessary.
  4. Visas: Most sailors will not require any visas for this trip. However, if you are concerned, check any visa requirements for both your destination and any transit countries. If you do need a visa, processing times can vary, so it’s advisable to apply well in advance of your trip.
  5. Vaccinations and Health Checks: There are no vaccinations required for this trip. Make sure you have an acceptable level of fitness and agility. You can read our guide here. This is for the safety of all on board.
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Start Date & Location

August 19, 2024
Stornoway, Scotland

End Date & Location

August 30, 2024
Oban, Scotland

Price

£2,499

Deposit

£1,249

Availability

Available

Trip Information

Start Date: August 19, 2024

Start Time: 09:00

Start Country: Stornoway, Scotland

Start Port: Stornoway

Start Marina: Stornoway Marina

End Date: August 30, 2024

End Time: 10:00

End Country: Oban, Scotland

End Port: Oban

End Marina: Oban North Pier Pontoons

Find Flights For This Trip
Fly Into: Stornoway Airport (IATA Code: SYY)
Fly Out of: Glasgow Airport (IATA Code: GLA)

* Flights are not included in the trip price.

Important Notes
Joining the boat
  • You will join the boat in Stornoway, Scotland.
  • It is scheduled to be at Stornoway Marina.
  • The trip starts at 9:00 AM on August 19 2024, so you will need to be in Stornoway by Augsut 18, 2024.
  • You have two options for accommodation on the night before the start date:
    • Stay in a hotel or AirBnB in Stornoway.
    • Alternatively, you can stay onboard the boat from 6:00 PM on a bed & breakfast basis. Select this option during your booking process.
Leaving the boat
  • You will leave the boat in Oban, Scotland.
  • The boat is scheduled to arrive into Oban on the evening of August 29, 2024, and you will need to disembark by 09:00 AM, August 30, 2024.
General Notes
  • We have a very strong track record of meeting the scheduled end date, with only a few exceptions over a decade of sailing and across hundreds of thousands of miles of sailing. However, given the nature and distance of ocean crossings, we can’t guarantee it and recommend booking flexible onward travel from Scotland or at least allowing an extra day in your itinerary as a precaution.
  • You cannot stay on the boat after the trip end date.
  • Once you have booked, we will connect you up with other crew so you can liaise re connecting travel, meet up in advance etc.
  • If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
5-Point Pre-Booking Checklist

Before you finalize your booking, we suggest you run through our pre-booking checklist:

  1. Check Flights: Make sure you have found the right flights for your trip. Book them as soon as you have booked your Rubicon 3 trip.
  2. Travel Insurance: Once you’ve booked your trip with us, buy some sailing travel insurance. Read our full guide here.
  3. Passport Validity: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date. Some countries require this for entry, so it’s crucial to check and renew your passport if necessary.
  4. Visas: Most sailors will not require any visas for this trip. However, if you are concerned, check any visa requirements for both your destination and any transit countries. If you do need a visa, processing times can vary, so it’s advisable to apply well in advance of your trip.
  5. Vaccinations and Health Checks: There are no vaccinations required for this trip. Make sure you have an acceptable level of fitness and agility. You can read our guide here. This is for the safety of all on board.
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Start Date & Location

May 26, 2025
Oban, Scotland

End Date & Location

June 6, 2025
Oban, Scotland

Price

£2,499

Deposit

£1,249

Availability

Available

Trip Information

Start Date: May 26, 2025

Start Time: 09:00

Start Country: Oban, Scotland

Start Port: Oban

Start Marina: Oban North Pier Pontoons

End Date: June 6, 2025

End Time: 10:00

End Country: Oban, Scotland

End Port: Oban

End Marina: Oban North Pier Pontoons

Find Flights For This Trip
Fly Into: Glasgow Airport (IATA Code: GLA)
Fly Out of: Glasgow Airport (IATA Code: GLA)

* Flights are not included in the trip price.

Important Notes
Joining the boat
  • You will join the boat in Oban, Scotland.
  • It is scheduled to be at Oban North Pier Pontoons.
  • The trip starts at 9:00 AM on May 26 2025, so you will need to be in Oban by May 25, 2025.
  • You have two options for accommodation on the night before the start date:
    • Stay in a hotel or AirBnB in Oban.
    • Alternatively, you can stay onboard the boat from 6:00 PM on a bed & breakfast basis. Select this option during your booking process.
Leaving the boat
  • You will leave the boat in Oban, Scotland.
  • The boat is scheduled to arrive into Oban on the evening of June 05, 2025, and you will need to disembark by 09:00 AM, June 06, 2025.
General Notes
  • We have a very strong track record of meeting the scheduled end date, with only a few exceptions over a decade of sailing and across hundreds of thousands of miles of sailing. However, given the nature and distance of ocean crossings, we can’t guarantee it and recommend booking flexible onward travel from Scotland or at least allowing an extra day in your itinerary as a precaution.
  • You cannot stay on the boat after the trip end date.
  • Once you have booked, we will connect you up with other crew so you can liaise re connecting travel, meet up in advance etc.
  • If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
5-Point Pre-Booking Checklist

Before you finalize your booking, we suggest you run through our pre-booking checklist:

  1. Check Flights: Make sure you have found the right flights for your trip. Book them as soon as you have booked your Rubicon 3 trip.
  2. Travel Insurance: Once you’ve booked your trip with us, buy some sailing travel insurance. Read our full guide here.
  3. Passport Validity: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned return date. Some countries require this for entry, so it’s crucial to check and renew your passport if necessary.
  4. Visas: Most sailors will not require any visas for this trip. However, if you are concerned, check any visa requirements for both your destination and any transit countries. If you do need a visa, processing times can vary, so it’s advisable to apply well in advance of your trip.
  5. Vaccinations and Health Checks: There are no vaccinations required for this trip. Make sure you have an acceptable level of fitness and agility. You can read our guide here. This is for the safety of all on board.
Add Trip Extras

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