Join tall ship Lady of Avenel for five days of sailing and fabulous food as she explores the Firth of Clyde.
Join tall ship Lady of Avenel for five days sailing as she collaborates with Scottish restaurant Crofters Music Bar & Bistro‘ and welcomes guests aboard for a sailing holiday exploring the Firth of Clyde in West Scotland.
Crofters’, owned by Dónal Boyle, is a music bar & bistro on the Isle of Arran, specialising in authentic Scottish hospitality, quality local food and live, acoustic music. Having learned to sail in the Clyde, some 30 years ago, Dónal works regularly as a mate on Lady of Avenel. He has spent many hours with Skipper Stefan discussing the ideal format to offer the best possible combination of a sailing adventure, hospitality and music. The result is Crofters’ Cruises, where they have taken the bistro concept afloat to explore a truly magical part of the world, on an amazing boat, in great company!
Protected by the Kintyre peninsula with an archipelago of rugged islands, the Firth of Clyde is a fascinating area to sail in. With ancient castles, meandering lochs and an abundance of wildlife, this part of Scotland is definitely best explored under sail. The Kyles of Bute is said to be one of the prettiest sailing passages in Britain and with fjord-like lochs and heather-clad hills, these waters make for perfect sheltered sailing on board a tall ship.
There will be plenty of time to explore the many Lochs and waterways, as well as daily stops ashore. Discover hidden anchorages, explore castle ruins, enjoy the local acoustic music and even visit the well-known Lochranza Distillery on the Isle of Arran. The Lochranza Bay is said to be one of the most stunning anchorages on the Isle of Arran with its lush green hills rolling down to meet shingle shores lined by quaint cottages.
The itinerary is entirely dependant on the wind and tides but as you board, the skipper will have a good idea of what to expect. This part of Scotland provides great sailing ground for Lady of Avenel and guests can help hoist the sails or simply sit back, relax and enjoys the views. Along with the Skipper, first mate and deckhand, Lady of Avenel will also have a chef and waitress onboard.
Evenings are a relaxed affair, perhaps with the wood burner lit and the multi-skilled crew even picking up their acoustic instruments for some background music as you relax with a book or board game or just exchange seafaring tales with your fellow guests. This part of the world has a great love of Celtic music with many local villages, pubs and restaurants regularly playing an array of instruments from the infamous bagpipes to fiddles, guitars and even harps and accordions. Lady of Avenel’s crew will have a guitar and fiddle or two aboard, so if you fancy bringing yours to join in, you’re more than welcome
All food is sourced locally (as far as is possible) and is freshly cooked on board by Crofters’ very own gourmet chef every day. Drinks have been specially selected from the very best local distilleries and breweries such as:
- Wild Thyme Spirits Colonsay Gin
- Islay Gin Co. Nerabus Gin
- Beinn Na Tuirc Kintyre Gin
- Isle of Arran Gin
- Isle of Arran Distillery 10-year-old, Fingals Cut Sherry Cask Finish, Arran Gold
- Isle of Bute Gin Co. Oyster Gin
- Isle of Barra Distillery Barra Gin
- Colonsay The Scalasaig Island Hopper whisky
- Belhaven Craft beer range: Pilsner, Oat Stout, Speyside Finish Blonde, Scottish Ale
- Thistly Cross Traditional cider
- Bon Accord & Fentimans soft drinks ranges
- Crofters’ House Red & White wines
*** SAMPLE MENU ONLY ***
Loch Fyne Smoked Kippers or Apple Smoked Back Bacon
Served with scrambled eggs
Philly Cheese Steak
Shredded beef, mushrooms, bell peppers, onion & mature cheddar on ciabatta
Mediterranean Roast Vegetables
Mushrooms, courgettes, aubergine, bell peppers with feta and minted coconut yoghurt on ciabatta
Traditional Cullen Skink
Creamy potato, leek and smoked haddock soup
Pan-fried Fillet of Ling
Mussels, peas, courgette, new potatoes and cream
Arran Venison Bourguignon
Pearl onions, button mushrooms, pancetta and buttery mash potato
Homemade Sticky Toffee Pudding
Muscovado butterscotch sauce and Arran dairies Icecream
Arran Cheese Board
Arran Chutney and Wooley’s oaties
Please ask if you require information relating to allergens and dietary preferences. Vegan, dairy and gluten-free diets can be fully catered for. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard against cross-contamination, if you have a severe allergy, please advise us at point of booking.
All food and drink is included in your ticket price. Trips ashore to attractions and/or distilleries are not included in your ticket price.
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Lady of Avenel
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Brigantine square rigger
Lady of Avenel is a 102ft Brigantine square-rigger and was originally built in Russia in 1969 as a motor ship but was converted to a sailing ship in 1992. Her traditional tall ship rig means that she is sailed as she would have been 100 years ago.
Her generous size and layout both above and below decks make her an ideal adventure vessel to offer her guests beautiful sailing on Scottish adventures around the Hebrides in the summer and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the Autumn. Aside from her more traditional sailing holidays, Lady of Avenel also offers a variety of trips and expeditions combining tall ship sailing with adventure activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, wild swimming or even paramotoring.
Lady of Avenel is a spacious tall ship with a large saloon at deck level with 360degree windows offering shelter and great views if the weather takes a turn and a fabulous social space for evening meals and entertainment. Shelves are filled with topical books, cupboards with endless board games and a cosy woodburner is positioned for optimum ambience and warmth when needed. Downstairs there is no sleeping in shared spaces. There are six generous size twin cabins with an abundance of storage so even travelling light won’t be a worry.
There is also plenty of space out on the open deck too. From the upper weather deck at the stern with great views along the ship and up the rigging to the foredeck where you can take a seat, feel the seaspray on your face and the wind running through your hair.
Stefan, the owner and skipper, actively encourages all guests to get as involved as they would like. Whether that’s pulling one of the 74 ropes or simply enjoying a G&T with a view, you certainly won’t be short of things to do. Chart reading and helm taking are also firm favourites with the offer of climbing the rigging always open to those who are feeling brave enough! Stefan and his crew are fulling trained so they welcome all aboard, from complete novices to avid sailors, they are happy to quite literally, show you the ropes.
Deck planMore about Lady of Avenel
- Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
- What language is spoken onboard?
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
6x Twin cabins
- How many toilet/showers does she have?
3 toilets and 2 showers.
- Is there an age limit?
There is no limit on private charters but please check for scheduled voyages.
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
- Can I charge my phone/Camera?
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
No, but there are some for emergencies!
- 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.