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Tall Ship Sailing Skye & the Small Isles

  • Vessel: Blue Clipper
  • Where: Mallaig, Scotland
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Embark: Mallaig - 18 August 2023, 14:00
  • Disembark: Mallaig - 24 August 2023, 10:00
TicketPriceDepositPassengers
Single berth in Twin Cabin Ensuite£1,760.00 £440.00
Twin Cabin Ensuite (single occupancy)£2,640.00 £660.00

Explore the West coast of Scotland, Skye and the Small Isles with tall ship Blue Clipper.

Join tall ship Blue Clipper in the port town of Mallaig – the perfect starting location for your sailing holiday on the West coast of Scotland as you explore the surrounding coastline of Skye and the Small Isles.

The harbour town is the portal to discovering a dramatic highland landscape, rich in its natural and historical heritage. As Blue Clipper sets sail from Mallaig, you’ll discover an ever-changing terrain of mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches. When it comes to heart-achingly beautiful scenery, the Isle of Skye and the archipelago of the Small Isles certainly deliver.

  • 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.

The main focus of this adventure sailing holiday is to discover the South coast of Skye and the islands that make up the Small Isles. 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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Skye and the Small Isles

Known for its picturesque fishing villages, rugged landscapes & castles, there’s an abundance of beautiful anchorages on Skye. Nestling at the foot of the Skye Cuillins lies Loch Scavaig, a sea loch with the waters of Loch Corusk pouring magnificently in. With plenty of secluded lochs and bays, Skye is an adventurer traveller’s paradise. Spend your days getting to grips with sailing a traditional tall ship before anchoring up and exploring Skye from the shore.

The Small Isles are made up of four main islands; Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck and each certainly has its own personality  and story to tell. All come with a multitude of remote anchorages and opportunities to explore the shorelines or walk into the hills for more breathtaking viewpoints and an abundance of wildlife watching.

Discover the sweet island of Canna where you anchor up and explore ashore with the resident puffin colony. These birds are fascinating to watch and it’s amazing how close you can get without alarming them.

Rum is a National Nature Reserve and is the largest island, home to the architecturally remarkable and now deserted Kinloch Castle, and of course some wonderful wildlife. The island’s most famous residents are sea eagles (re-introduced in the 1980s), red deer and the hardy Rum ponies. There is plenty of exploring to be had on the Isle of Rum, taking in the stunning mountain and coastal scenery.

Eigg is by far one of the most recognisable of the Small Isles with it’s distinctive ridge named the Sgùrr of Eigg. For those that like a good day of walking, the climb to the top of the ridge offers fantastic views over the Small Isles and across to Skye. Just 5 miles in length with one single road, Eigg boasts to be the only fully sustainable island in the Hebrides with its own electric grid! Not only is it a favourite for the birdwatchers, with over 200 species spotted, but also with no light pollution the stargazing at night is truly spectacular.

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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Orkney Sailing Adventure; Ullapool to Newcastle7 September 202210£1,996.00Enquire now
East Coast Sailing Adventure; Newcastle to Falmouth19 September 202210£1,996.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Sailing Adventure; Falmouth to Portugal1 October 202219£2,800.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Sailing in the Inner Hebrides21 April 20236£1,490.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Sailing in the Inner Hebrides28 April 20236£1,490.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Sailing in the Inner Hebrides5 May 20235£1,090.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Sailing in the Inner Hebrides11 May 20237£1,760.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Spring Sailing in the Hebrides21 May 202310£2,545.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Sailing the Outer Hebrides & St Kilda2 June 202310£2,545.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Taster Sailing in Scotland13 June 20234£870.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Sailing the Outer Hebrides & St Kilda18 June 202310£2,545.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Sailing in the Inner Hebrides30 June 20236£1,490.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Sailing the Outer Hebrides & St Kilda7 July 202310£2,545.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Summer Sailing in the Hebrides18 July 20236£1,490.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Summer Sailing in the Hebrides25 July 20236£1,490.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Sailing Skye & the Small Isles3 August 20236£1,490.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Sailing Skye & the Small Isles10 August 20237£1,760.00Enquire now
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Tall Ship Taster Sailing in Skye & the Small Isles1 September 20234£890.00Enquire now
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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: Mallaig

To: Mallaig

PARKING

Mallaig offers limited long stay parking in a car park to the left on the Train Station as you drive into Mallaig. Alternatively try another long stay spot at 24 East Bay, Mallaig.

BY RAIL

You can travel by rail overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston to Fort William. Once in Fort William you can take The Jacobite Steam Train or the electric train direct to Mallaig. Mallaig station is then only a 5-10 minute walk to the harbour pontoons.

BY AIR:

Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport are best placed for access to Mallaig. From either of them take a train onto For William and then onto Mallaig which takes approximately 2-3hours. There are good links direct from the airport to the train and bus terminals for onward travel to Fort William.

STAY IN MALLAIG:

There are plenty of places to stay in Mallaig. Try Chlachain Inn, Seaview Guesthouse or West Highland Hotel.

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