Family Friendly Sailing in the Outer Hebrides
- Vessel: Cherokee
- Where: Hebrides, Scotland
- Duration: 9 days
- Embark: Stornoway, Isle of Lewis - 10 August 2023, 18:30
- Disembark: Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland - 19 August 2023, 10:30
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Family friendly, relaxed island hopping and sailing around the Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye.
Join adventure yacht Cherokee in the Outer Hebrides off the West coast of Scotland as she takes guests on a relaxed island hopping adventure from the Isle of Lewis, to the remote islands of the Shiants and Rona, before heading for more sheltered waters around the Isle of Skye.
This voyage is perfect for those looking to experience the Outer Hebrides beautiful nature, serenity and tranquility, anchoring in secluded bays and exploring off the beaten track. This is a more relaxed, family friendly sailing voyage with plenty of time to explore ashore.
- Family friendly
- Relaxed sheltered sailing
- Island hopping
- Wildlife watching
- Time to explore ashore
YOUR SAILING AREA
From the pretty port of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, we sail south. Weather allowing, we can anchor off the impressive Shiant Islands, uninhabited but home to lots of Puffins. The next day we sail over to the pretty little harbour of Gairloch on the mainland, where you can go for a nice stroll in the forest. The cruising area ‘the Minch’ is full of marine life, chances are high that we will encounter dolphins this sailing trip.
We also sail to Rona, a very pretty island with a very secluded anchorage. The entrance is barely detectable, which is also why Vikings and smugglers made use of this beautiful bay. It is now a nature reserve and there are many deer, obviously we will make a nice walk over the island.
Portree, on the Isle of Skye is also on the programme. A lively little port with nice shops where we stay for the day to take a long walk to the impressive ‘Old mann off Storr’, from where we have beautiful views over the Isle of Sky, the sea and the surrounding islands. Alternatively, you could of course take a scenic bus tour of the island.
The second last day we sail to the picturesque town of Plockton, beautifully situated in a sheltered bay with forest and a castle. The next morning we can take a short forest walk and then have a coffee in the quaint village. We will end this sailing trip in Kyle, with beautiful views over Skye and where we will dine out to conclude the sailing trip.
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Call us in the Office on 01872 487288 or email [email protected], and we will be happy to help you find your next adventure!
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Cutter
In 2008, Jouke Lemmer purchased Cherokee after spending years sailing with his father’s ship amongst others. Cherokee was built in 2000 by award-winning boat builders J & J Design and a year after buying her, Jouke refitted Cherokee radically, transforming her into a truly comfortable charter vessel, giving her a cutter rig and space for a generator so as to offer his passengers power and hot showers!
She is a fast, 16m vessel with a stunning teak deck and spacious cockpit, and she operates with two crew members (her skipper and the bosun/chef). Cherokee is exceptionally good at what she was built to do – pure sailing. Read more about what to expect with life onboard here.
Jouke sails his ship all over the northern hemisphere, leaving Cherokee’s home port of Rotterdam in May and sailing anywhere from the Hebrides and the Channel Islands, the Faroe Islands and Ireland or even down to the North coast of Spain before making the journey back to Holland in October. Join him and his wonderful ship for the adventure of a lifetime – think exhilarating sailing, bucket list destinations and top-notch hospitality.
Deck planMore about Cherokee
LIFE ON BOARD
Perfect for the adventure traveller, Cherokee is a custom-fit charter vessel, designed to ensure her guests enjoy comfortable but exhilarating sailing.
Sailing with Cherokee certainly ticks the adventure travel boxes with a continuous A to B sailing schedule throughout the season. Skipper Jouke believes this is the best way to experience as many destinations off the beaten track as possible and loves to share his sense of adventure with guests.
Guests are actively encouraged to get involved with all aspects of sailing under the relaxed guidance of Jouke. Take the helm, help with the winching of the sails, anchoring and basic chart navigation. Skipper Jouke was born at sea, the son of a Baltic Sea Captain and a naval architect when he’s back on land – you could not be in safer hands!
Sleeping & relaxation
With four private guest cabins, comfortable bunks and two bathrooms at either end of the boat, Cherokee can easily cater for solo travellers, adventurous couples or groups of friends or family. A hot water boiler runs off the cooling water of the generator, so there is plenty of hot water for washing and showering!
Below decks, she offers a comfy and spacious saloon perfect for eating, playing cards or simply reading a book. You’ll find beautiful panelled mahogany interiors, giving the ship that classic feel. A well-equipped galley opposite the saloon provides a perfect social space, ready to bring you delicious food after an exhilarating day of sailing. Eat under the stars if the weather allows in the spacious cockpit, offering comfortable couches and a good-sized table.
Authentic Offshore sailing
The boat is owned and sailed by experienced skipper Jouke and there is a ‘bosun’ who also does the cooking. The bosun will be preparing dinner as you arrive and after breakfast on your first morning aboard Cherokee, you can be guaranteed a relaxed start to your sailing holiday.
Jouke and his crew try to use the engine as little as possible, sailing into port as much as they can. Cherokee only clocks up about 180 motoring hours every year, which is pretty impressive. Due to this, as with most of our vessels, the days of your holiday are subject to the weather, using the tide as your clock. Guests aren’t presented with a tight schedule or itinerary for this reason, and it makes the trip much more adventurous and flexible.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Soft/hot drinks)
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
What’s not included
- Offshore sailing suits are available for hire (please let us know if you need more information when booking)
- Any 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 soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
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 on board?
Dutch and English.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Cherokee has two twin berth cabins and two double berth cabins for guests.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Cherokee has two toilet/shower rooms.
Are bedding & towels provided?
Is there an age limit?
Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes charging facilities are available when the generator is running.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
You can hire Sailing suits for £35 for the week.
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.