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The Irish Sea: from the Kerrera Sound to the Bay of Dublin

  • Vessel: Eye of the Wind
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Oban - 14 September 2019, 19:00
  • Disembark: Dublin, Ireland - 21 September 2019, 11:00
TicketPriceDepositPassengers
Single berth £1,590 £398

Join Eye of the Wind as she leaves Oban, past the Isles of Jura, Islay and the Isle of Man and into the Irish Sea where she’ll head for Dublin.

Join Eye of the Wind in Oban, a pretty harbour town in the middle of the Scottish Highlands and sail to one of the most attractive and vibrant European capitals, Dublin on the east coast of Ireland. Between the two contrasting ports of departure and arrival lies the Irish Sea. It is a sailing area that creates lasting holiday memories thanks to its beautiful coastal landscapes and impressive natural ocean world. Enjoy the quiet life onboard while you experience the ship as a place of tranquillity, where you can leave behind the flood of information and the hectic buzz of everyday life.

‘The Islands on the Edge of the Sea’ is the name the Vikings gave to the storm-tossed Hebrides, barren and wild paradises swept empty by the eternal wind. From Oban, you will sail along the island of Kerrera, taking in the beauty of the shores of the Scottish Highlands and Islands district with its captivating atmosphere. Waist-high ferns, moss-covered ruins and freely roaming sheep adorn the landscape.

At the height of the Kintyre Peninsula, we reach the North Channel, the northern entrance to the Irish Sea. The wind and tide squeeze the ocean between the land masses. The weather, the profile of the coast and the water depth influence the strength and effect of the mighty current, which creates an unusual wave pattern.

In this sailing area, the wind and weather are varied and moody. The locals speak of ‘four seasons in a single day’. Depending on the progress of the journey, there will be several opportunities to go on shore at some of the numerous ports along our route. However, due to the unpredictable weather conditions, the captain doesn’t plan the trip on a long-term basis, but from day to day – whenever possible, the passengers’ ideas and wishes will be taken into account. This ensures that you experience this cruise as a pleasant mix of adventure, relaxation, active participation and pure enjoyment. We can’t promise that we’ll be able to stop on the Isle of Man but we will if it’s possible. The most beautiful mooring spot of the independent island state is Port Erin. A historic steam train travels from there to the island’s capital Douglas. Traditional pubs, hiking trails through heather, seabird and seal sanctuaries, and a breathtaking view from the 620- metre high Mount Snaefell make a visit well worthwhile

With a sailor’s bag full of travel impressions, you will leave the Eye of the Wind in the Irish capital, Dublin. After your arrival, take time to immerse yourself in the Temple Bar cultural quarter, with its typical pubs and Irish music. Churches, historic buildings (the famous Half Penny Bridge pictured right), parks, museums, literature, whiskey distilleries and nightlife – you’ll need more than just one day to experience everything this metropolis has to offer.

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
The Irish Sea: from the Kerrera Sound to the Bay of Dublin14 September 20198£1,590Enquire now

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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More about Eye of the Wind

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: Oban

To: Dublin, Ireland