Join Zuza and her crew for an incredible week of exciting sailing and whisky tasting around the Hebrides, Scotland.
There surely is no better way to spend your summer days than sailing on the fabulous yacht Zuza while exploring the wonders of the Hebrides in Scotland. Join Zuza for this incredible sailing cruise, experiencing the full glory of the breathtakingly beautiful Hebrides and even stop off at some of Scotlands most prestigious distilleries.
The land formation of the Hebrides features the oldest rock in the world and is made up of hundreds of islands, inhabited and uninhabited. The east side of the islands are composed of islets and sea lochs run whilst the exposed westerly side is pounded by the Atlantic and proffers vast stretches of untouched, white sand beaches, stretching for miles. There really is no better way to see this part of the world than by boat.
Wildlife in the Hebrides is a real treat; sightings of seabirds such as Black Guillemots can be seen in their hundreds and white-tailed eagles soar along the rugged coastline. Sailing on Zuza is often rewarded with widespread sightings of birds of prey like Buzzards, Kestrels, Sparrowhawks and Peregrines and, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot the diminutive Merlin. Scotland is also home to Fulmars, Hooded Crows, and snowstorms of Gannets diving for food on the open sea. The island of Rum has a massive Manx Shearwater colony that allows incredible views as they raft offshore around the Small Isles or shear the waves in feeding parties. Acrobatic Ravens give everything else in the sky a flying lesson. These sights are magnificently overwhelming, with the sound of seabird colonies, Puffins, Guillemots & Razorbills, it is like nothing else on earth.
There are frequent encounters with Common, Bottlenose & Whitebeak dolphins on board these trips, and Risso & Whitesided dolphins are also occasionally sighted. Basking sharks have been scarce the last few years but are still seen and seem to be returning – and we know the hot spots! There are plenty of whales in this part of the world too. Our most common encounters are with Minke – Humpbacks are a less frequent visitor, while the real star of the show is the resident pod of Orca if you’re lucky enough to see them gliding through the water. So keep your eyes peeled and have your binoculars at the ready!
This week of exciting sailing will also give the opportunity to visit some of the traditional distilleries dotted around the Hebridean whisky trail. After a day of sailing and exploring you’ll be mooring up in some of the most beautiful wilderness anchorages; feasting on delicious food while draining a dram (or two!) of Scotland’s finest malts.
Our itinerary is, of course, subject to change due to wind and weather, but you’ll have sailing guaranteed no matter what! All arrangements for your distillery visits will be done by your skipper Helen, some additional admission fees may apply. Here are a few places you could visit:
Established in 1798, this is the only distillery on the island of Mull and one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. It produces two different, but equally alluring, single malts: the fruity, unpeated Tobermory and the more robust and smoky Ledaig.
A remarkable location on the island of Jura, producing a complex single malt with subtle smoky notes and a sweet Sherry cask finish. Established in 1810 the distillery was reimagined in 1963 by the island community and still welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
This small island of Laphroaig, off the West Coast of Scotland, is renowned for being the world’s richest single malt Scotch. Laphroaig’s award-winning spirit is matured in a range of different woods and casks, and the product of a 200 year old tradition of unique whisky making.
Bowmore is Islay’s oldest distillery, and home to the world’s oldest whisky maturation warehouse, the No. 1 Vaults. It’s in this legendary warehouse that Bowmore whisky has been meticulously matured by master distillers for nearly 240 years.
Skipper Helen has been sailing these waters for years and you’ll definitely feel her love, appreciation and knowledge for these waters, whisky and wildlife. She knows all the secret spots and loves sharing these with her guests. Sometimes she will even spontaneously jump in to swim with the seals! Along with her first mate, there is also an onboard chef ready to cook you locally sourced and freshly prepared meals. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are all included in your ticket price and the crew will definitely indulge you. Wherever you explore with Zuza, be sure that the views will be breathtaking and the wildlife in abundance, so have your eyes peeled and your binoculars at the ready for a wonderful trip. With food included, private cabins and comfy social spaces, this is an adventure not to be missed!
As with all Zuza’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Soft Drinks. There are two twin cabins with a shared bathroom and two double cabins with ensuites. All cabins are available for single occupancy at a 30% surcharge. All cabins have bedding and towels provided.
Simply click “Enquire Now” to reserve your berth for five days whilst you sort your travel plans. No booking form or deposit is required until you are ready to book!
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Guest berths: 8 Rig: Bermudan Cutter
Built in 1998, Zuza already has plenty of history. After being launched in South Africa, the British Royal Geographical Society chose Zuza to be an offshore base for an international marine research project off the east coast of Africa, where her features and reliability helped to facilitate groundbreaking marine research.
This expedition yacht has a double hull and Bermudan Cutter rig, which makes her very smooth and steady on the water, and is easy for those that want to learn more about sailing or to just sit back and enjoy the ride in the comfort of the warm and dry wheelhouse.
Zuza has a super experienced crew, lead by skipper Helen Walker, and spends her season sailing around the inner and outer Hebrides in Scotland. With trips to St Kilda, Mull, Jura, Barra, The Small Isles and Skye, Zuza can sail to locations that are not accessible by the larger cruise boats in this area which make her perfect for sailing holidays in Scotland. Her quiet approach also stands her in good stead as to not scare off wildlife, which means she can get as close as is fair to the plethora of marine and wildlife that calls Scotland home.
She has a modern cutter rig and operates her sails with an easy and safe winch system. So if exploring hard to reach Scottish Islands and wildlife watching in comfort is the sort of experience you are seeking, then Zuza is the boat for you!
This vessel accommodates eight guests with plenty of living room both on and below deck. Unusually for a vessel of this size, she has two lovely private double ensuite cabins, which are often popular with guests travelling as couples. There are also another two, private twin-berth cabins with bunk-bed style accommodation that share a bathroom. Zuza’s versatile accommodation makes her a great fit for all party sizes whether you are smaller group, couple, solo traveller or are looking for a private charter. She has a comfortable saloon that is perfect for getting to know each other; trading sea-faring stories and enjoying some of the delicious food prepared by the chef. The saloon is adjacent to the well-equipped galley that serves as the chef’s workstation, and there are lots of windows throughout to make the most of long summer evenings and wildlife watching with a glass of chilled wine. Read more about Helen, the skipper and life on board Zuza as she cruises Scotland.
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Deck planMore about Zuza
- Is there an age limit?
There are no age limits but preferably no under 8's on scheduled voyages.
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes we can - please let us know in advance of your trip
- Can I charge my phone and camera?
Yes we have charging outlets onboard - although mobile signal can be intermittent
- What should a pack?
A mix of warm and light clothes with a good pair of walking boots for exploring. See our kit list in your joining pack information.
- What language is spoken on board?
- Will I get bitten by midges?
The summer in Scotland brings midges which mostly are not a problem for guests as we anchor offshore far enough away for them not to bother us. We recommend you bring SMIDGE repellant just in case.
- Do you have hairdryers on board?
No we do not - but if you'd like to bring one please make sure it's travel hairdryer.
- Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently on a boat. Zuza has a double hull so is very steady and smooth to sail - which helps with the motion of the boat. We recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
Zuza has 2 double ensuite bed cabins and 2 twin bunk cabins.
- How many toilets/showers does she have?
An ensuite with each double cabin and a shared bathroom for the twin cabins.
- Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals are included in the price unless you go ashore.(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
- Are life jackets provided?
- Are there waterproofs available?
Yes, Helen does have some aboard, but please bring your own if you can.