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Tall Ship Sailing in the Hebrides

  • Vessel: Blue Clipper
  • Where: Oban, Scotland
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Embark: Oban - 15 May 2022, 14:00
  • Disembark: Oban - 21 May 2022, 10:00

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Explore the islands and coastlines of the inner Hebrides under sail with magnificent tall ship Blue Clipper.

Your sailing adventure on tall ship Blue Clipper begins in the Scottish port town of Oban. Sitting on the West Coast of Scotland, Oban is the perfect joining location to discover the breath-taking world of the Hebrides.

From island hopping to coastal exploration, remote anchorages and sleepy harbour villages, sailing in the West Coast of Scotland has something for everyone and is the perfect blend of ancient ruins, vibrant Celtic culture and wildlife watching galore.

  • Fully Crewed Tall Ship
  • Island Hopping & Exploration
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Great for Couples or Solo Travellers
  • En-suite Cabins
  • Suitable for Beginners
  • Traditional Tall Ship sailing experience

YOUR SAILING AREA

Hebrides, Scotland

The Hebrides offers some of the most breath-taking and fascinating sailing grounds in the UK. One of our most popular sailing holiday destinations, the coasts and islands that make up the West Coast of Scotland offer so much variation for ours boats and guests, you will quickly see why our guests return year on year. Think remote anchorages where mountains run straight into the sea, miles of atmospheric landscapes, secret coves and uninhabited islands for walking trails ashore.

Exactly which islands you explore during your tall ship sailing holiday will entirely depend on the wind and tides. Once you have boarded, your skipper will have the latest weather forecast and will have a better idea of what you can expect from your holiday. Blue Clipper’s crew and skipper have been sailing in the Hebrides for a number of years so they are all well-versed in the sailing areas and know all the best spots off the beaten track.

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Hebridean Sailing Highlights

The inner Hebrides alone are home to over 70 islands, both inhabited and uninhabited. Offering miles of coastline to shore and swathes of sea to sail, exploring this area by boat is the easiest and best way to see the Hebrides.

The Isle of Mull will likely be your first stop. One of the larger inhabited islands in the Hebrides, Mull is renowned for its abundance of wildlife. From dolphins, whales and sea eagles, endless walking trails and secluded anchorages, you could spend a week alone just exploring this beautiful island.

One of our personal favourite spots in the inner Hebrides, Iona boasts ultimate tranquility, blue lagoons and sandy beaches. At only 1.5 x 3 miles, it’s a lovely place to anchor and take a walk ashore. Keep your eyes peeled for oystercatchers, sandpipers, redshanks, plovers, curlews and greylag geese. The endangered corncrake also inhabits the island.

The Treshnish Isles

The Treshnish Isles are a small cluster of islands and skerries nestled off the West coast of Mull. An important area for marine animals and breeding seabirds, the islands are part of a Special Area of Conservation. The island of Lunga is home to a large puffin colony, where you can sit ashore within metres of the friendly faced creatures. The island of Staffa is home of the famous geological wonder of Fingal’s cave where guests can take the tender to get off and explore the impressive basalt columns.

Coll and Tiree

Tiree is known as the sunshine isle or ‘Hawaii of the North’ and boasts some of the highest recordings of sunshine in the UK with idyllic white sand beaches and turquoise water. Neighbouring Coll is more rugged with sandy coves and not a soul in sight. It is also known as a “dark sky park” as with no street light pollution, it has some of the darkest skies in Europe and is perfect for star watching.

The Small Isles

Depending on the wind direction, another choice for island hopping and sailing in the Hebrides is the archipelago of the Small Isles consisting of Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck. The Small Isles offer landscapes from high basalt cliffs and dramatic volcanic landscapes to rocky shorelines and sandy beaches. Each islands boasts a different personality and a multitude wildlife spotting opportunities from Golden eagles to red deer and hardy wild ponies on Rum.

Life onboard

Sailing with tall ship Blue Clipper is certainly an enjoyable, hands-on experience and guests are encouraged to get involved with all aspects of sailing this magnificent tall ship. From hoisting the sails to taking the helm, the friendly and knowledgable crew are always on hand to show you the ropes.

Blue Clipper has a dedicated chef onboard too so you don’t have to worry about cooking after a days sailing in the salty sea air. Think locally sourced produce, fresh fish and home-made bread with hearty home-cooked meals and plenty of tea, coffee and cake! Your ticket price includes one glass of wine with your evening meal too.

Rest up after a day of adventure in your  spacious private en-suite cabin. With twin bunks, sailing with Blue Clipper is certainly one of comfort and is the perfect choice for couples or solo travellers.

Read more about what to expect from a typical day and life onboard Blue Clipper.




As with all Blue Clipper’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, soft drinks and a glass of wine with your evening meal. There are six ensuite twin cabins with all bedding and towels provided per guest.

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Blue Clipper

Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff Schooner

Built-in Sweden in 1991, tall ship Blue Clipper is an impressive three-masted gaff rig schooner. With a clipper bow, original teak deck and elegant stern, she mixes a traditional tall ship feel with a relatively modern build giving guests an authentic experience with all the mod cons.

She has spent many years sailing all over the world from the Caribbean to the Arctic and is a frequent participant in the European Tall Ship regattas. Originally owned by the Brandy company Hennessy and named ‘Spirit of Hennessey, she appeared in many TV programmes and commercials before being privately bought in the late 90’s.

On deck, she boasts ample space for her guests to become fully immersed in hands-on sailing; heaving the ropes, hoisting the sails, learning ropes skills and even taking the helm. She has 3 kayaks and 3 paddle-boards for guest use while on anchor so you can explore even further inshore.

A spacious saloon, wheelhouse and galley also sit at deck level while below decks has been well-considered with six ensuite cabins a family cabin that sleeps six. All cabins have a porthole for natural light and heating/air conditioning.

Read more about Life on Board Blue Clipper here.

In 2016 she started her new life with her current owner and now spends her summers sailing Northern Europe and Scotland and the Hebrides and her winters chasing the Caribbean sunshine.

More about Blue Clipper

FAQ

  • What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Blue Clipper?

    There are currently no Test & Sail policies in place for the 2022 season.

  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Generally, alcohol is not included; *One glass of wine is included with your evening meal on leisure voyages (not expedition/crossings)

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please let us know when making your booking.

  • Do I need to tip the crew?

    Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!

  • What language is spoken onboard?

    English

  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    6x Twin Ensuite, 1x six-berth family cabin

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    9 in total. All Cabins are Ensuite aside from the six-berth that shares a bathroom.

  • Is there an age limit?

    Over 12's ideally but please check in the over for ages between 12-18 years.

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?

    Yes - please bring EU adaptors.

  • Are there life jackets provided?

    Yes.

  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    No

  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.

Locations

From: Oban

To: Oban

PARKING

There is ample parking in Oban if you arrive by car. Secure parking can be found at MacQueen Bros, or you could try the Tesco carpark and pay for 24 hour parking on arrival using the Your Parking Space app.

BY RAIL

Oban station is a 5-10 minute walk from North Pier. Trains run 6 times a day to Glasgow Queen Street Station where there are good travel links to the rest of the UK.

BY AIR:

Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport both require taking a train from Oban which takes approximately 2-3hours. Flights go direct to Stansted Airport.

STAY IN OBAN:

There are plenty of places to stay in Oban. Try Witchwood House, The Scot or Perle Hotels Oban.

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