• Wave icon Trip Type: Coastal, Offshore
  • Speech bubble icon Instructors: 2
  • People icon Crew Size: Max 9
  • Cake icon Ages: 18-75
  • Pin icon Region: Europe & the Baltic
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12 Days from £2,499

Dates, Prices & Travel

Sailing between Scotland and the Faroe Islands

Discover some of the world’s wildest and most beautiful islands as we sail between the west coast of Scotland and the volcanic archipelago of the Faroe Islands. Scotland is a world of blissful anchorages, charming harbors, world-famous whisky distilleries, and thousands of years of history. The Faroe Islands, located between Scotland, Iceland, and Norway, are a visually breathtaking archipelago with towering cliffs surrounded by puffins, petrels, whales, and dolphins. Grass-covered houses sit side by side with iconic lighthouses and fascinating habitations. We have an exhilarating 36-hour offshore sail between the Faroes and Scotland, giving a unique insight into ocean passages.

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, 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.

The route can run in either direction, so please check the ‘Dates and Prices’ tab for specific information. This is a possible itinerary for the sail from Scotland to the Faroes. What makes expedition sailing so unique, however, is that due to the wind and weather, there can be no fixed itinerary, so no part of this is guaranteed. 

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 route can run in either direction, so please check the ‘Dates and Prices’ tab for specific information. This is a possible itinerary for the sail from Scotland to the Faroes. What makes expedition sailing so unique, however, is that due to the wind and weather, there can be no fixed itinerary, so no part of this is guaranteed. 

Where are the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands, an archipelago located in the North Atlantic Ocean, are a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark. Situated about halfway between Norway and Iceland, the islands are known for their rugged, rocky terrain, spectacular cliffs, and subpolar oceanic climate. The archipelago comprises 18 main islands. Historically, the Faroe Islands were settled by Irish monks in about the 6th century, although there is no conclusive evidence of their presence. The first known settlers were Norsemen, who arrived in the 9th century from northern Europe. Faroese belongs to the West Scandinavian group of the North Germanic languages and is closely related to Icelandic and other West Nordic languages. The islands became a part of the Kingdom of Norway in 1035. When Norway entered into a union with Denmark in the 14th century, the Faroe Islands came under Danish control.

drangarnir

The Isle of Mull

The picture-postcard fishing port of Tobermory is a short sail up the Sound of Mull. We need to catch the right tides as they run hard between the mainland and the island, and it’s a stunning stretch of water to navigate. Tobermory has a whiskey distillery open for visitors and several excellent pubs serving seafood and live music. We should have a lovely evening in port if we have made good time.

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Small Isles

Just north of Mull, the Small Isles is an undiscovered jewel of the Hebrides, think castles, windswept beaches, rocky inlets, and thousands of seabirds. It is terrific sailing here, and we will also round the Ardnamurchan peninsular of BBC shipping forecast fame.

Loch Scavaig

One of the highlights here is sailing past the Cullin Ridge on the Isle of Skye. If the plan has worked out differently, we might even anchor here. If we do, it’s an extraordinary place to spend an evening listening to the seals, and if the weather’s good, we could even pull on some boots and explore ashore.

seal

Passage to the Faroes

Settling into a watch system, we head north through the Hebridean Sea, past the islets of Sula and Rona, bound for the southernmost island of the Faroes, Suðuroy. You’ll likely be in a watch pattern of three hours on, six hours off, giving you a good rest period each night. There is something unforgettable about being on a yacht charging through the ocean waves as the Sun fades and darkness falls. We’re so far north that it doesn’t get fully dark, and the Sun only sets for a few hours.

ocean sailing

Suðuroy

It’s a magical feeling to see Suðuroy rise from the sea. The island is a world apart from the rest of the Faroes, with an easily accessible eastern side and a beaten, beautiful, rugged, unspoiled western side. Get ready for towering heights, breathtaking scenes, deep fjords, and warm and welcoming people. The island is particularly famous for its spellbinding, unbelievably steep bird cliffs.

If time and weather allow, we must try the walk to Hvannhagi from Tvøroyri. It is a steep and narrow path, with breathtaking scenery and Lítla Dímun in the middle of the picture. In the southern part of the island, the hike up to Rávuna is also lovely. It is an easy hike, but not for those afraid of heights since it is along the western edge!

Sandoy and Skúvoy

Set a short way south of Streymoy amidst the grey windswept sea, Sandoy is an island that can be overlooked – but it is a mistake to do so. It is a small island of charming gingerbread villages, glistening lakes, and sprawling black-sand beaches.

Skúvoy, just to the north, is much smaller still. It has wonderful bird life, and you will surely see it. For those willing to hike, iconic views over the vast cliffs and wild Atlantic Ocean exist. If available, we can sometimes hire a guide to open up even more of the island’s treasures.

Hestur

This small island is all about its incredible basalt caves, which we must try and explore if the weather permits. The sea has to be calm and the weather good, but if it is, we have the unique opportunity to enter the Klæmintsgjógv cave, the largest grotto in the world.

puffin

Koltur

The least inhabited of all the islands, the extraordinarily shaped Koltur only has two people living on it! It’s a hard place to get to; if the weather is calm, we may be able to.

Torshavn

We finish in Torshavn, the capital of the Faroes and named after the hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder. Surrounded by the old turf-roofed houses of the original parliament, the harbor is a busy fishing port and the heart of the town. It’s a lovely place to end the trip. With its quirky bars and some top-class local restaurants around, we should be able to celebrate the journey’s end in style.

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 Faroes mean you will explore islands much off the beaten track.
  3. Learning Opportunities: Sailing 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

July 1, 2024
Oban, Scotland

End Date & Location

July 12, 2024
Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Price

£2,499

Deposit

£1,249

Availability

Available

Trip Information

Start Date: July 1, 2024

Start Time: 09:00

Start Country: Oban, Scotland

Start Port: Oban

Start Marina: Oban North Pier Pontoons

End Date: July 12, 2024

End Time: 10:00

End Country: Torshavn, Faroe Islands

End Port: Torshavn

End Marina: Torshavn Marina

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

* 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.
  • There is a regular train service from Glasgow to Oban. The journey takes around three hours, with full details here.
  • The trip starts at 9:00 AM on July 01 2024, so you will need to be in Oban by June 30, 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 Torshavn, Faroe Islands
  • The boat is scheduled to arrive into Torshavn on the evening of July 11, 2024, and you will need to disembark by 09:00 AM, July 12, 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 The Faroes 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

July 15, 2024
Torshavn, Faroe Islands

End Date & Location

July 26, 2024
Stornoway, Scotland

Price

£2,499

Deposit

£1,249

Availability

Available

Trip Information

Start Date: July 15, 2024

Start Time: 09:00

Start Country: Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Start Port: Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Start Marina: Torshavn Marina

End Date: July 26, 2024

End Time: 10:00

End Country: Stornoway, Scotland

End Port: Stornoway, Scotland

End Marina: Stornoway Harbour

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

* Flights are not included in the trip price.

Important Notes
Joining the boat
  • You will join the boat in Torshavn, Faroe Islands
  • It is scheduled to be at Torshavn Marina.
  • The trip starts at 9:00 AM on July 15 2024, so you will need to be in Oban by July 14, 2024.
  • You have two options for accommodation on the night before the start date:
    • Stay in a hotel or AirBnB in Torshavn.
    • 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 Stornoway on the evening of July 25, 2024, and you will need to disembark by 09:00 AM, July 26, 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.
Add Trip Extras

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Start Date & Location

June 9, 2025
Oban, Scotland

End Date & Location

June 20, 2025
Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Price

£2,499

Deposit

£1,249

Availability

Available

Trip Information

Start Date: June 9, 2025

Start Time: 09:00

Start Country: Oban, Scotland

Start Port: Oban

Start Marina: Oban North Pier Pontoons

End Date: June 20, 2025

End Time: 10:00

End Country: Torshavn, Faroe Islands

End Port: Torshavn

End Marina: Torshavn Marina

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

* 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.
  • There is a regular train service from Glasgow to Oban. The journey takes around three hours, with full details here.
  • The trip starts at 9:00 AM on June 23 2025, so you will need to be in Oban by June 22, 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 Torshavn, Faroe Islands
  • The boat is scheduled to arrive into Torshavn on the evening of June 19, 2025, and you will need to disembark by 09:00 AM, June 20, 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 The Faroes 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

Sub total:

Start Date & Location

June 17, 2024
Oban, Scotland

End Date & Location

June 28, 2024
Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Price

£2,499

Deposit

£1,249

Availability

Join Waitlist

Trip Information

Start Date: June 17, 2024

Start Time: 09:00

Start Country: Oban, Scotland

Start Port: Oban

Start Marina: Oban North Pier Pontoons

End Date: June 28, 2024

End Time: 10:00

End Country: Torshavn, Faroe Islands

End Port: Torshavn

End Marina: Torshavn Marina

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

* 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.
  • There is a regular train service from Glasgow to Oban. The journey takes around three hours, with full details here.
  • The trip starts at 9:00 AM on June 17 2024, so you will need to be in Oban by June 16, 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 Torshavn, Faroe Islands
  • The boat is scheduled to arrive into Torshavn on the evening of June 27, 2024, and you will need to disembark by 09:00 AM, June 28, 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 The Faroes 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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