Sail the North coast of Scotland with Grayhound
- Vessel: Grayhound
- Where: Ullapool, Scotland
- Duration: 11 days
- Embark: Ullapool - 31 August 2023, 14:00
- Disembark: Inverness - 10 September 2023, 11:00
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Sail with traditional lugger Grayhound from Ullapool to Inverness exploring the Orkney Islands along the way.
Your sailing adventure on classic boat Grayhound begins in the bustling harbour town of Ullapool. Experience traditional sailing at its finest as you explore the Orkney islands before finishing in Inverness in Scotland.
This voyage is perfect for those wanting to experience the very best of the Hebrides on the water and get to grips with a traditionally rigged tall ship under the guidance of a professional crew.
- Fully crewed
- Island hopping & exploration
- Wildlife watching
- Great for couples or solo travellers
- Suitable for beginners
- Traditional rig
- Orkney Islands
YOUR SAILING AREA
ORKNEY’S, OUTER HEBRIDES & SKYE – SCOTLAND
Sailing in the Orkney Islands offers some of the most breath-taking and fascinating sailing grounds in the UK. The landscape and islands that make up the 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 sailing holiday with Grayhound offers a spectacular journey along the Orkney Islands and the Scottish North and West coasts. Sail from Ullapool to Inverness as you can participate in the watch system and sail under the stars. During shore visits to various islands and ports you have an opportunity to explore places under you own steam. The main focus of this adventure sailing holiday is to reach the Orkney Islands. The wind and weather will determine your route and destination and the skipper and crew will have a better idea of what to expect from the weather as you board.
Set sail from Ullapool as we sail past the Summer Isles and enjoy the spectacular views of the peaks of Stac Pollaidh and Suilven to the north. In The Minch we will set our course for the North Atlantic, sailing day and night. We will need your help as we keep a 24-hour watch. Explore the unusual geology of the Coigach and Assynt peninsulas. Mmountains like Stac Pollaidh, Suilven and Cùl Beag rise steeply out of low ground, like mighty ships at sea. The view from Grayhound will be wonderful.
We will also see the sea cliffs at Reiff, and the famous sea stack, ‘The Old Man of Stoer’, which both attract rock climbers from all over the world. Further north we’ll pass the cliffs of Handa Island – an important bird sanctuary – before we make anchor at Kinlochbervie to prepare for Cape Wrath. ‘Wrath’ certainly sounds angry, though it comes from the Viking word, ‘Hvarf’, meaning ‘turning point’. Once we have rounded this famous promontory, we will lay a course for Hoy Mouth in Orkney.
Orkney was an extremely important power-base for the Vikings. Before that, it was home to the Mesolithic and Neolithic peoples and the Picts. Depending on the weather and time, we may go ashore to explore some of the world-famous archaeological sites. Then we must push south, down to Inverness for well-earned celebrations! This is such a big trip that you can be sure there will be surprises. You will become deeply confident in your fellow crew and in your skills. So, if rounding Scotland in big weather sounds like a dream for you, we can’t wait to see you!
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Guest berths: 12 Rig: Lugger
Grayhound is a three-masted, wooden tall ship Lugger who was first launched in 2012. She is a a 5/6th scale replica of the original “Grayhound” who was built in Cornwall in 1776 and used as a Customs Lugger. Under new ownership, she nows resides primarily in Douarnenez, France but certainly still loves to explore the seven seas.
True to her original ancestors, Grayhound has been traditionally built with her rigging the same as you’d find it back in 1776. Her owners relish the opportunity to give guests a true and exhilarating sailing experience, taking them back in time for a truly fascinating sailing holiday adventure. Sailing with Grayhound is a hands-on experience and guests are invited to get involved with all aspects of sailing this unique 18th century style Lugger.
The traditional fit out and use of timber continues but with considered spaces and a few more mod-cons! A communal saloon area sleeps 5 guests centred around an impressive oak table with a further five berths in the shared fore cabin. Each bunk has a privacy curtain. There is an eco toilet onboard and a shower for emergencies but guest showers are taken ashore as much as possible. Life on board is predominantly vegetarian unless meat and fish is caught sustainably whilst sailing!
The owners and crew of Grayhound are passionate about sustainable sailing and their impact on the natural world. By harnessing the power of wind, Grayhound reduces engine time, minimising carbon emissions and pollution. Sailing encourages a slower pace, allowing guests to appreciate the journey and the destinations without rushing. Grayhound believes in a promoting a deeper connection with nature, as the rhythmic movement of the boat and the sound of the wind create a sense of serenity with the landscapes around us.
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LIFE ON BOARD
One of traditional hands-on sailing and sustainable adventure travel. Sailing with Cornish Lugger Grayhound is perfect for those looking to get to grips with sailing a traditionally rigged, classic wooden vessel.
Grayhound is run and sailed as sustainably as possible, with a care for the environment and the natural marine world at the forefront of everything she does. From an adopted vegetarian menu (unless of course, it can be sustainably fished or hunted), to traditional tender gigs rowed by the crew, it’s clear to see that sustainable travel and adventure is an important part of sailing with Grayhound.
Sailed with a full time crew, Grayhound mixes her sailing season with sheltered coastal sailing, open water sailing and some aptly named “smugglers runs”. Although she has a permanent crew, guests are encouraged to get involved to hoist the sails by hand and to feel the power of the wind in the tiller. Learn basic rope and knot work or even learn to row in the gig tenders – another nod to the ship’s ancestral history!
SLEEPING AND RELAXATION
A pilot house at deck level gives a versatile space from chart navigation, daytime shelter if needed and the perfect place for a cosy night watch.
Below decks there is a collection of various berths tucked into the hull, with four bunks situated off the main saloon and a further six berth bunks in the fore. The spaces are generous and there are two toilets on board for guests. There is a shower for emergencies but guests are encouraged to use marina showers or even consider jumping in the sea – an invigorating, free bath!
There is a communal eating area with a wide hatch so guests can star-gaze while eating deliciously cooked food. In warmer climates, guests and crew can eat alfresco up on the generous deck.
The galley is at the heart of both Grayhound itself and her owners.
Designed to be an efficient and inspiring workspace for the chef making meals a highlight of the voyage. Grayhound has a great tradition of using fresh produce and of foraging, producing wholesome meals inspired by local cuisine and maritime traditions. She serves only healthy, organic, vegetarian food. For many good reasons the meals on the ship are mostly vegetarian (unless it is caught by line from the boat!). Everything is cooked onboard by our excellent chef using regional and organic produce wherever possible.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and soft/hot drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and a wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
What’s not included
- Wash and/or swim towel
- 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 more than 12miles offshore.
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?
We are primarily a vegetarian (not vegan) ship. Everything is cooked onboard by our excellent chef using regional and organic produce wherever possible. We have a well-equipped galley where we cook healthy, tasty and sustainable food.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
10x single berths in the saloon and the fore cabin. (some can be made into "doubles")
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
How many toilet/showers does she have?
2 toilets. There is a shower on board but we use it as little as possible because we have a limited water supply. We tend to use the showers ashore in the marinas that we visit. There is plenty of seawater for bucket-showers on deck or for a nice morning swim around the ship. Bring biodegradable wet wipes to keep clean. You will be amazed on how fresh you feel at sea!
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?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.
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.