Experience the West Coast of Scotland with a tall ship taster sailing holiday. Perfect for those adventurers looking for something new and unique!
Your tall ship sailing taster on Blue Clipper begins in the Scottish port town of Oban. Sitting on the West Coast of Scotland, Oban is a sweet harbour and the perfect joining location to discover the Hebrides.
With remote anchorages in secluded bays, star-gazing on deck and vibrant Celtic history, this taster sailing holiday is the perfect mix of exploring this fascinating part of the world ashore and learning the ropes of a traditional tall ship.
- Fully crewed tall ship
- Island hopping & exploration
- Wildlife watching
- Great for couples or solo travellers
- En-suite cabins
- Perfect for beginners
- Traditional tall ship sailing
YOUR SAILING AREA
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.
This voyage is perfect for those wanting to experience tall ship sailing for the first time and are looking to try something new in a safe and supported environment. Sail from Oban to Mallaig exploring the Sound of Mull, the Small Isles and the South coast of Skye along the way. 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 taster sailing holiday in Scotland. 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. Below gives and idea of what you can expect depending on the weather!
The Sound of Mull
Mull is the fourth largest island on the West coast of Scotland and is certainly best seen from the water. Offering panoramic landscapes, breath-taking sunsets and plenty of locations away from the tourist hustle and bustle, Mull is renowned for its abundance of marine life. Its coastline and surrounding skerries and islands are important areas for marine animals and breeding seabirds, forming part of a Special Area of Conservation. From dolphins swimming in the wake of the bow, to whales breaking the horizon and sea eagles soaring in the jet streams; there’ll be something to spot around every corner so keep your binoculars ready.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
As with all Blue Clipper’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, hot/soft drinks. There are six ensuite twin cabins with all bedding and towels provided per guest.
- Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Soft/hot drinks)
- 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
- 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.
This voyage will be not 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mallaig station is only a 5-10 minute walk to the harbour pontoons. So if you need to get back to Oban, take a train to Fort William and change for the Oban connection. You can also travel by rail overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper to London Euston from Fort William.
Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport are best placed for access to/from Mallaig. You can take a train from Mallaig into Fort William and onto Glasgow or Edinburgh (approx journey time 2-3 hours). There are good links direct to the airport at the train and bus terminals.
STAY IN MALLAIG
There are plenty of places to stay in Mallaig. Try Chlachain Inn, Seaview Guesthouse or West Highland Hotel.