Tall Ship Sailing Expedition to Orkney
- Vessel: Blue Clipper
- Where: Scotland
- Duration: 10 days
- Embark: Ullapool - 6 September 2023, 14:00
- Disembark: Newcastle - 15 September 2023, 10:00
Explore the North coast of Scotland and discover the beauty of the Orkney Islands under sail on tall ship Blue Clipper.
Join tall ship Blue Clipper for an unforgettable sailing adventure as she sails the North coast of Scotland from Ullapool visiting the Orkney islands along the way before finishing in Newcastle.
This hands-on sailing adventure is perfect for those wanting to experience life on a traditionally rigged tall ship, tuck some sea miles under their belt while visiting breathtakingly remote locations. The Orkney archipelago sits far north off the coast of Scotland and is home to some fascinating Neolithic sites and 12th century Viking carvings.
- Fully crewed tall ship
- Island hopping & exploration
- Wildlife watching
- Great for couples or solo travellers
- En-suite cabins
- Longer passages at sea
- Traditional tall ship sailing experience
- Sail area & highlights
- Life on board
- Sample menu
- Travel planning
- The boat
- What's included
- Boat schedule
YOUR SAILING AREA
Scotland, Orkneys & East Coast
From island hopping to coastal exploration to longer passages under sail as you become part of the crew, this sailing voyage with Blue Clipper is not for the faint hearted and is certainly best for those adventure travellers wishing to try something a little different.
As you sail from the West coast of Scotland, you head North for the fascinating archipelago of the Orkneys. The Orkney islands hold some of the UK’s most ancient archaeological finds, encompassing Neolithic sites the 5000 year old village of Skara Brae and the chambered burial tomb with 12th Viking carvings.
Spend a few days working your way across the islands and taking in the stunning landscapes ashore before setting the sails to work your way back down the East coast towards Newcastle. There will be a couple of stops along the way but these will be decided upon the weather at the time.
Discover beautiful anchorages, visit Scapa Flow – the deepest natural harbour in Northern Europe and immerse yourself into life on a traditionally rigged tall ship. Orkney is great place for wildlife and wildflowers, alpine flowers flourish here and you may spot the Orkney vole in the coastal grassland! From here we head down the North East coast to Newcastle.
During this trip, you will develop a love of sailing, and the best way to make a start on any boat is to feel you are a vital and competent part of the crew. We will teach you the seamanship skills of steering, setting sails, reefing, and tying knots with conviction! The skills you learn will be relevant for modern yachts, but you should also feel at home on traditional boats and tall ships with blocks and tackles.
There is a whole new language to learn and by the end of the week you won’t be fazed by terms like sheet, fender, windlass or ‘bear away’ and all the things that make going onboard a tall ship a bit bewildering and intimidating. This adventure will require some full days at sea and maybe some overnight sailing if the weather dictates. Ideally this adventure is for those with some previous time aboard a boat or those looking to increase their miles at sea.
All voyages for 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 Scotland and the Hebrides and her autumn months heading south to Spain and Portugal.
Deck planMore about Blue Clipper
Life on board Blue Clipper
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. Spending her summers exploring Scotland and the Hebrides and her winters sailing in the Caribbean, Blue Clipper is a luxury tall ship experience. Perfect for couples or solo travellers looking for that added touch of luxury with private en-suite cabins and top-notch all-inclusive food.
From hoisting the sails to taking the helm, the friendly and knowledgable crew are always on hand to show you the ropes. Part of the beauty of sailing with such a magnificent vessel is the opportunity to get involved in a safe and supported environment! The permanent crew are all professionally trained so as much as guest involvement is encouraged, if you just want to sit back and take in the view or are concerned about your physical ability to hoist ropes – there are plenty of other boat jobs such as coiling ropes, preparing lines and keeping watch!
Eating on board
Blue Clipper has a dedicated chef on board 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 and there is a cash bar on board too.
Sleeping and relaxation
Below decks, Blue Clipper has a large comfy saloon perfect for sharing sea-faring tales, hearty home-cooked meals or even a game of cards! 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.
Blue Clipper has two kayaks and paddleboards on board which guests are welcome to use to explore the nooks and crannies of the coast! There is no extra charge for this and buoyancy vests are also provided.
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.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Soft/hot drinks)
- One glass of wine with your evening meal
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Use of boats kayaks and stand-up paddle-boards
What’s not included
- All other alcohol
- Waterproof coat or trousers
- All flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
Please read more information on our Insurance guidelines page.
This voyage will be more than 12miles offshore.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks)
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?
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?
Are Waterproofs provided?
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.
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Garve is Ullapool’s closest station. Trains run 1 – 4 times a day from Inverness to Garve. Inverness has good rail and air links from the rest of the UK.
Inverness Airport is about 1 hour 30 minutes to Ullapool by taxi. There are direct flights to Inverness from the major London airports.
STAY IN ULLAPOOL:
There are plenty of places to stay in Ullapool. Try Creagan Guesthouse, Rosslyn Cottage or Harbour House.
Newcastle upon Tyne, Central Station is about a 20 minute drive to Newcastle Harbour. There are direct train routes to Inverness, Kings Cross, Liverpool Lime Street, Edinburgh, Carlisle, Aberdeen, Plymouth and Bristol Temple Meads.
The most convenient way of getting from Newcastle International Airport to Newcastle Harbour is by taxi, which will take about 25 minutes. Public transport could take in excess of an hour. Flights go direct from Newcastle International Airport to Bristol and London Heathrow.
STAY IN NEWCASTLE:
There are plenty of places to stay in Newcastle. Try The Little Haven Hotel, Guest House or The Clifton.