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Hebridean Magic

  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Port: Oban
  • Where: Scotland
  • Departure: 4 August 2018, 15:00
  • Arrival: 10 August 2018, 10:00
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Cruising
  • Exploration
  • Wildlife
£850 ( Deposit: £213 )
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The sea around the West coast of Scotland offers some of the most stunning cruising grounds in the world – enjoy spectacular cruising and adventure.

Our departure from Oban opens up a world of spectacular cruising and adventures, never lacking in great sailing whatever the weather. This hands on adventure will take you where the wind blows and to some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. There is just so much to take in, and to make best use of the wind and enjoy the full experience, we do not run to specific itineraries.

Tacking westward through the Sound Of Mull we could head out beyond Ardnamurchan Point and alter course to the North or South or Westwards to Barra and beyond. Ahead, lie the Small Isles Eigg, Muck, Rhum and Canna and beyond on the far horizon the Southern Outer Hebrides beckon with the remote St Kilda lying on beyond into the Atlantic Ocean. Taking the Southerly heading, follow the majestic coastline of Mull down past Treshnish and on to Staffa. A visit to Fingal’s cave is a must, but landing is very much dependant on swell. Beyond lies the sacred isle of Iona where the resonance of Columba lives on. Onwards, we pass Torrans Rocks where Davy Balfour was wrecked in a tremendous storm, finally being washed ashore on Erraid. Heading on south to Colonsay, stop for the night alongside the pier and walk through one of our favourite islands for its gentle beauty and of course the taste some great ales from smallest island brewery in the world.

Aboard your home, Bessie Ellen, you will spend a week wandering under sail, seeking out the optimum wildlife locations to achieve the best chance of spotting whales, dolphins, eagles and hopefully otter. You will explore tiny uninhabited islands and forage for food on the rocky shores.

Along with the exceptional scenery, I will show you the ropes and encourage you to enjoy sailing as it should be – no pressure, just sheer enjoyment of working a wind driven ship.

And of course the entertainment is as you make it – we have a fantastic chef who conjures up dishes using local ingredients and after dinner you can play one of the ships instruments (guitar or tambourine!), sing songs or play a hand of cards. A really simple way to achieve a 100% relaxing holiday.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Hebridean Magic4 August 20187£850Enquire now
Hebridean Magic11 May 20197Was £890Now £846Enquire now
Hebridean Magic17 August 20197Was £890Now £846Enquire now

Bessie Ellen offers quality sailing holidays on board a classic tall ship with over 100 years of history, and is now one of the last West Country trading ketches.

This ship worked through both world wars during the last era of wind-powered trade, when ships like Bessie were seen all over England. She is featured on the National Historic Ships Register, which identifies her as a historic vessel that needs to be conserved.

Now, her working life is very different, and she spends her days cruising around British and Spanish waters, offering sailing holidays. With an experienced and hospitable crew, Bessie Ellen provides her guests with a comfortable and authentic tall ship experience. Skipper Nikki occasionally nods back to Bessie’s past by loading her up with cargo for ocean passages, transporting beer from Harbour Brewery and making the most out of the emission free transport that Bessie offers.

Sail with Bessie Ellen and Nikki, around Cornwall, the Hebrides, St. Kilda and the Canary Islands, and not only enjoy sailing aboard a tall ship, but experience unique coastlines, abundant wildlife, and excellent food. While enjoying all of this you will also be able to feel smug about having such an environmentally friendly holiday, as Nikki tries to be as green as possible in every aspect of her journeys – everything down to providing guests with toiletries that are microbead free, and so don’t harm the marine life.

Choose from weekend breaks, weeklong trips, or 10 day explorations for a truly unforgettable holiday.

  • Total number of berths : 20
  • Guest berths : 12
  • Day trips in sheltered waters : 60 (maximum)
  • Day trips offshore : 12
  • Reception/party on deck : 90
  • Luxury dinner in saloon : 32
  • Buffet in saloon : 40 (maximum)
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