The Natural Beauty of the Inner Hebrides
- Vessel: Eye of the Wind
- Where: Scotland
- Duration: 8 days
- Embark: Kyle of Localsh - 7 September 2019, 19:00
- Disembark: Oban, Scotland - 14 September 2019, 11:00
This voyage will use the wind to sail around the inner Hebridean islands, with the west coast of Scotland offering some of the most spectacular sailing waters around.
Join Eye of the Wind in Kyle of Lochalsh on the peninsula between the Loch Alsh estuary and Loch Carron in the Scottish Highland district.
Around Lochalsh, you will experience the land of clans and castles in Scotland. Here you can meet the residents who still speak Gaelic and keep the traditional folklore of their ancestors alive. The rich history of the country and the former life of the Celts can be experienced in many places. Hiking trails lead you to wonderful landscapes and historic finds, for example the ten metres high and more than 2000-year-old stone towers from the Iron Age in Glenelg in the southern part of Lochalsh. These hollow-walled buildings can only be found in this part of Scotland.
From Kyle of Lochalsh Eye of the Winds route will depend on the winds but she intends to sail counterclockwise around the Isle of Skye at its northern end or between the strait at Kyle of Lochalsh, Tobermory, and our destination Oban.
All hands on deck or all laid back – the choice is yours! After receiving safety instructions and an introduction to sailing from the ship’s crew, you will soon be able to take part in the sailing yourself. Being at the helm, keeping a wind-powered tall ship on course, is a unique holiday experience – especially under a starry night sky! Your active assistance on deck and in the rigging is always voluntary, and our regular crew will explain everything you need to know. The reward of climbing to the top of the mast is an unforgettable view of the vast sea.
Your ticket price includes accommodation in comfortable, air-conditioned ensuite cabins, all freshly prepared meals, soft drinks, coffee & tea and even a lounge with TV/DVD and extensive onboard library! With all this to offer and beautiful locations to visit, what’s not to love?!
The Hebrides look like a natural fortress of rock, water, storms, fog and unusually clear light. Its magic and attraction are based on its cool, rough nature and its breathtaking beauty. Mighty cliffs, rock formations and highland peaks characterise this unspoiled, barren landscape. In the course of the trip, several stops with the opportunity to go on shore are planned. The decision on which port or mooring spot to call on in the evening is usually made by the captain on the same day, and depends on the wind and weather conditions and the current.
Here are a few examples of possible destinations…
Portree is the harbour and capital of the Isle of Skye and is sheltered in a deep bay, with its colourful houses a popular holiday destination. Make the most of your stay by exploring the island’s beautiful nature. Leisure activities include hiking, cycling, horse riding and guided tours of the pyramid-shaped Ben Tianavaig mountain. Portree is Skye’s cultural hub and the award-winning Aros Center hosts regular plays, concerts and film screenings. The city is also a popular starting point for exploring other parts of the island.
The island of Carbost cuts deeply into the coastline, is where the Talisker – the only single malt whisky on Skye – has been produced for over 180 years. The best way to try the “King of Drinks”, as Robert Louis Stevenson called the Talisker, is, of course, to sail to the whisky distillery. We can land on the jetty of the distillery with the dinghy.
Passing underwater rocks and seal banks, we reach Loch Scavaig, the most beautiful mooring spot of the coastline. Hiking trails lead to the well-protected interior of the island with views of rugged basalt cliffs of the Black Cuillin Hills. With its awe-inspiring silence and pristine nature, this solitary mountain world almost seems enchanted.
Continue southwards between the islands of Rum and Eigg to Tobermory, the capital of the third-largest Hebridean Isle of Mull. The harbour front – a landmark of the west coast – is a postcard-like idyll of colourful houses in a semicircular bay. Among the attractions of the pretty village are not only the many pubs, but also the distillery and the Isle of Mull Museum. For over 150 years, the iconic “Mishnish” bar in Tobermory has been a popular sailing club and the “best pub in town”.
Disembark Eye of the Wind in the harbour town of Oban, Scotland. This journey home takes us through the Sound of Mull, where Duart Castle lies enthroned on a steep cliff. This castle has been the seat of the Macleans clan for 700 years. Oban is a charming port town on the Scottish mainland. Inventions such as railways and steamboats once made the Victorian town the “gateway to the Hebrides”. A visit to the Isle of Oban is not complete without a visit to the whisky distillery. Above the town stands McCraig’s Tower, a replica of the Roman Colosseum, which is a curious landmark of the city.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|The Natural Beauty of the Inner Hebrides||7 September 2019||8||£1,590||Enquire now|
Eye of the Wind
Guest berths: 16 Rig: Brig
With incredible amounts of character, Eye of the Wind has all the modern amenities and an authentic interior, with a teak maritime décor. Oozing with maritime history, the opportunity to sail on Eye of the Wind is one in a lifetime. This beautiful ship is as eye-catching as they get and she has even featured in several movies, including White Squall, due to her breath-taking appearance as a 1911 brig.
This windjammer offers luxurious holidays on board, cruising some of the most stunning locations in the world.
Although the ship has a large, capable engine, traditional sailing is naturally the preferred mode of travel so there is plenty to get stuck into on deck. The crew are extremely experienced and ready to teach you the workings of a classic tall ship, so no prior knowledge is necessary. Join the crew at any number of the large maritime festivals they appear at, cruise the European coast, or relish some winter sun and climb aboard for their voyages in the Caribbean – including a transatlantic crossing back from the Caribbean to Portugal.
Thanks to the 6 luxurious cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms, Eye of the Wind can sleep a total of 16 guests ensuring ocean passages can be travelled in true comfort. A large dining area, library and sun deck offer a multitude of different spaces to unwind and to get to know your fellow guests and crew.
Deck planMore about Eye of the Wind
- Are all meals included?
Yes. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot and Soft drinks are included in your ticket price. Alcohol can be purchased as extra onboard
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
- What language is spoken on board?
English and German
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 6 cabins and a total of 16 guest bunks in the former cargo hold.
- How many bathrooms does she have?
Each cabin has its own ensuite.
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily reach 3/4G from the shore, just make sure your phone is set up for international roaming. There may be some locations that will not get good signal.
- Can I charge my phone/camera?
Yes, 12V sockets are available
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
No, please bring your own.
- Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like.
- Will I be seasick?
Everyone reacts differently but if you are unsure, we recommend taking tablets up to 24 hours travelling.
From: Kyle of Localsh
To: Oban, Scotland