Sailing around The Inner Hebrides
- Vessel: Cherokee
- Where: Scotland
- Duration: 8 days
- Embark: Kyle of Localsh - 7 July 2020, 18:00
- Disembark: Oban, Scotland - 15 August 2020, 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.
The islands that make up the Hebrides are a bucket list travel destination for many people, and we believe the best way to see them is by ship under sail. This voyage will see Cherokee leave Kyle of Lochalsh and head south for Kyle of Lochalsh.
On the first day of this holiday, Cherokee will sail a short distance and anchor in the beautiful Loch Duich, in front of the famous Eilean Donan Castle, which guests will be able to visit with the sailing the dinghy to reach land. Dating back to the 13th century, the castle is swamped in history – and make sure you’ve got your camera! The next day (or evening, depending on the tide), Cherokee will sail through an infamous tidal race, the Kyle Rhea, to one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland, where Jouke, the skipper, will drop anchor just off Skye.
Then the ship will sail to Mallaig, a pretty harbour with a new marina, luxurious facilities and a delicious bakery for fresh pastries! With a number of spectacular anchorages nearby, Cherokee will spend the remainder of the sailing holiday allowing her guests to explore the mainland and the neighbouring islands, visit a whiskey distillery on Tobermory before finally sailing through the Sound of Mull and arriving in Oban.
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 with Cherokee 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.
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Cutter
In 2008, Jouke Lemmer purchased Cherokee after spending years sailing with his father’s ship amongst others. Cherokee was built in 2000 by award-winning boat builders J & J Design and a year after buying her, Jouke refitted Cherokee radically, transforming her into a truly comfortable charter vessel, giving her a cutter rig and space for a generator so as to offer his passengers power and hot showers!
She is a fast, 16m vessel with a stunning teak deck and spacious cockpit, and she operates with two crew members (her skipper and the bosun/chef). Cherokee is exceptionally good at what she was built to do – pure sailing.
Jouke sails his ship all over the northern hemisphere, leaving Cherokee’s home port of Rotterdam in May and sailing over to the Channel Islands, the Faroe Islands and the Shetlands before making the journey back to Holland in October. Join him and his wonderful ship for the adventure of a lifetime – think exhilarating sailing, bucket list destinations and top-notch hospitality.More about Cherokee
- Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and soft/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 on board?
Dutch and English.
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
Cherokee has two twin berth cabins and two double berth cabins for guests.
- How many toilet/showers does she have?
Cherokee has two toilet/shower rooms.
- Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all. Some of Cherokee's voyages are more suited to sail training (i.e. less time for shore visits), but the majority are gentle sailing.
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
- Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes charging facilities are available when the generator is running.
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
You can hire Sailing suits for £35 for the week.
- 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.
From: Kyle of Localsh
To: Oban, Scotland