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Island Hopping in The Hebrides

  • Vessel: Eye of the Wind
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Stornoway - 31 August 2019, 19:00
  • Disembark: Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland - 7 September 2019, 11:00

This voyage will use the wind to sail out into some of the remote Hebridean islands, with the west coast of Scotland offering some of the most spectacular sailing waters around.

This cruise on the Eye of the Wind will take you through sailing waters that spark enthusiasm in all Scotland lovers, creating a unique holiday experience.

Our crew will welcome you on board in Stornoway on the east coast of the Isle of Lewis. Stornoway offers a large variety of things to see and do. Take a stroll along the port’s quay where you can watch the fishermen landing the catch of the day with the unmistakable smell of peat from the smokehouses is in the air where seafood is made into delicious island specialities. To learn about the cultural heritage of the Outer Hebrides, you can visit the historic Lews Castle with its museum and archive or take a hike through the surrounding forests and visit the Woodland Centre with its restaurants and arts & crafts. If you want to go shopping in Stornoway, you will find many excellent opportunities at the Harris Tweed Hebrides Outlet and the Lewis Loom Centre where you can learn all about the traditional methods of the regional textile-weaving mills.

Eye of the Wind will explore the fabulous island world of the Hebrides. Its magic and attraction are based on its cool, rough nature and its breathtaking beauty. Mighty cliffs, rock formations and highland peaks characterise this unspoiled, barren landscape. Apart from the mountains, Skye has many prehistoric sites to visit, which make it popular with outdoor sports enthusiasts and hobby archaeologists alike. Those who immerse themselves in the solitude of the isles will soon fall in love with them … In the course of the cruise, several stops with the opportunity to go on shore are planned. The decision on which port or mooring spot to call on in the evening is usually made by the captain on the same day and will depend on the wind and weather conditions and the current tides.

Visit Portree the capital of the Isle of Skye, sheltered in a deep bay, the harbour with its colourful houses is a popular holiday destination. Make the most of your stay by exploring the island’s beautiful nature. Leisure activities include hiking, cycling, horse riding and guided tours of the pyramid-shaped Ben Tianavaig mountain. Portree is Skye’s cultural hub and the award-winning Aros Center regularly hosts plays, concerts and film screenings. The city is also a popular starting point for exploring other parts of the island.

You will disembark at Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland on the peninsula between the Loch Alsh estuary and Loch Carron in the Scottish Highland district. Around Lochalsh, you can experience the land of clans and castles, and meet the Gaelic-speaking residents who still keep the traditional folklore of their ancestors alive. The rich history of the country and the former life of the Celts can be experienced in numerous places. Hiking trails lead you to wonderful landscapes and historic finds, for example, the ten-metre-high and more than 2000-year-old stone towers from the Iron Age in Glenelg in the southern part of Lochalsh. These hollow-walled buildings can only be found in this part of Scotland.

All hands on deck or all laid back – the choice is yours! After receiving safety instructions and an introduction to sailing from the ship’s crew, you will soon be able to take part in the sailing yourself. Being at the helm, keeping a wind-powered tall ship on course, is a unique holiday experience – especially under a starry night sky! Your active assistance on deck and in the rigging is always voluntary, and our regular crew will explain everything you need to know. The reward of climbing to the top of the mast is an unforgettable view of the vast sea.

Your ticket price includes accommodation in comfortable, air-conditioned ensuite cabins, all freshly prepared meals, soft drinks, coffee & tea and even a lounge with TV/DVD and extensive onboard library! With all this to offer and beautiful locations to visit, what’s not to love?!

Schedule

VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Island Hopping in The Hebrides31 August 20198FULLFull

Eye of the Wind

Guest berths: 16 Rig: Brig

With incredible amounts of character, Eye of the Wind has all the modern amenities and an authentic interior, with a teak maritime décor. Oozing with maritime history, the opportunity to sail on Eye of the Wind is one in a lifetime. This beautiful ship is as eye-catching as they get and she has even featured in several movies, including White Squall, due to her breath-taking appearance as a 1911 brig.

This windjammer offers luxurious holidays on board, cruising some of the most stunning locations in the world.

Although the ship has a large, capable engine, traditional sailing is naturally the preferred mode of travel so there is plenty to get stuck into on deck. The crew are extremely experienced and ready to teach you the workings of a classic tall ship, so no prior knowledge is necessary. Join the crew at any number of the large maritime festivals they appear at, cruise the European coast, or relish some winter sun and climb aboard for their voyages in the Caribbean – including a transatlantic crossing back from the Caribbean to Portugal.

Thanks to the 6 luxurious cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms, Eye of the Wind can sleep a total of 16 guests ensuring ocean passages can be travelled in true comfort. A large dining area, library and sun deck offer a multitude of different spaces to unwind and to get to know your fellow guests and crew.

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FAQ

  • Are all meals included?

    Yes. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot and Soft drinks are included in your ticket price. Alcohol can be purchased as extra onboard

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please let us know when making your booking.

  • What language is spoken on board?

    English and German

  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    There are 6 cabins and a total of 16 guest bunks in the former cargo hold.

  • How many bathrooms does she have?

    Each cabin has its own ensuite.

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily reach 3/4G from the shore, just make sure your phone is set up for international roaming. There may be some locations that will not get good signal.

  • Can I charge my phone/camera?

    Yes, 12V sockets are available

  • Are there life jackets provided?

    Yes.

  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    No, please bring your own.

  • Do I need sailing experience?

    Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like.

  • Will I be seasick?

    Everyone reacts differently but if you are unsure, we recommend taking tablets up to 24 hours travelling.

Locations

From: Stornoway

To: Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland