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Discover Hebridean Isles under sail

  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Embark: Oban - 25 May 2019, 15:00
  • Disembark: Oban - 31 May 2019, 10:00

As the days get longer, birds and marine life start to welcome summer in the sheltered waters of the Minch channel and sailing is the perfect way to soak up the sights.

This voyage will use the wind to sail out beyond Mull to explore the dramatic Small Isles or the more sheltered Hebridean Isles of Iona, Colonsay and Treshnish to view whales and dolphin in their natural habitat, walk among ancient ruins as well as delighting in the exceptional scenery. There will also be the chance to get hands on as skipper Nikki 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.

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

And of course the entertainment is as you make it – Bessie has 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
Discover Hebridean Isles under sail25 May 20197FULLFull
Discover Hebridean Isles under sail15 June 20197FULLFull

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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From: Oban

To: Oban