Island Hopping to the Small Isles
- Vessel: Steady
- Where: Scotland
- Duration: 7 days
- Embark: Oban - 13 July 2019, 15:00
- Disembark: Oban - 19 July 2019, 10:00
The sea around the West coast of Scotland offers some of the most stunning cruising grounds in the world. This hands on adventure will take you where the wind blows and some of the most stunning landscape in the world.
There is just so much to take in, and to make best use of the wind and enjoy the full experience, Steady does not run to specific itineraries on this voyage.
Tacking the ship westward through the Sound Of Mull, you could head out beyond Ardnamurchan Point and alter course to the North or South or Westwards to Barra and beyond. 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, the ship will 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 the crew’s favourite islands for its gentle beauty and of course to taste some great ales from smallest island brewery in the world.
The Northern route takes Steady on and out to the more remote Hebridean Isles. Rum, by far the largest island, possesses a cluster of formidable volcanic peaks, Askival (Ash Mountain) the highest peak, dominates the landscape, and the name itself tells of the Viking settlers here.
If you are fortunate with settled weather, the crew will want to take you to one of the most awesome anchorages in the world. Nestling at the foot of the Skye Cuillins lies Loch Scavaig, the sea loch with the waters of Loch Corusk pouring in. Follow the trail and you feel like you have walked right into middle earth. Eigg, which measures just 5 by 3 miles, is by far the most vibrant, populous and welcoming of the Small Isles.
There are wonderful views of Muck and Rhum from An Sgurr. Canna, in many ways, is the prettiest of the isles with its high basalt cliffs which are home to a colony of Puffins. Spend time lying on the cliff edge as they hover a few inches away before darting off to catch more eels. After anchoring for the night, allow yourself to succumb to the tranquillity of the island knowing there is little to do but walk, watch birds and take in the scenery and the hospitality of this island community.
Westward lie the Outer Hebrides, remote and utterly enchanting and a day’s sailing across the sea of Hebrides. The land here features the oldest rock in the world and is made up of hundreds of islands, both small and large, inhabited and uninhabited. The east side of the islands is made up of islets and sea lochs running deep inland, while out west where the Atlantic pounds the shore, untouched white sand beaches stretch for miles with crystal clear water just waiting to be explored by you. Everywhere Steady travels, you will find that each island provides some good short walks of about an hour before setting sail and heading towards a new anchorage.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Island Hopping to the Small Isles||6 July 2019||7||Was £900Now £810||Enquire now|
|Island Hopping to the Small Isles||13 July 2019||7||Was £900Now £810||Enquire now|
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Staysail Ketch
Join Jan-Willem and Mariëlle Kerkmeer aboard their 1993 Dutch ketch as they sail the seas of Scandinavia and Scotland.
Since she was built, Steady has been used as a charter vessel, so is fully kitted out with her guests comfort in mind. She sleeps eight people in four comfortable twin cabins, with two bathrooms and a spacious living area below deck.
There’s plenty of room on deck too to take in the surrounding views and if the weather should turn, Steady has Musto sailing suits available for her guests.
Mariëlle & Jan-Willem also make full use of the well-equipped kitchen, making varied meals for all the guests on board – these are all included in the price of your voyage. For seven-day voyages, you will also be able to enjoy one meal ashore, and longer voyages (ten and twelve-day) there will be two dinners ashore – (these meals ashore are not included in the price of your voyage)
Onboard Steady, most guests like to lend a hand with the sailing of this eye-catching vessel, and Jan-Willem and Mariëlle are excellent teachers if you do want to get involved. They will cater for all abilities, so if you’d rather sit back and relax with a book, then that’s fine too!
Steady’s voyages explore the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides and St Kilda; an area of unspoilt wilderness and breathtaking beauty in the Western Isles of Scotland. Her trips give you access to the most captivating and remote hidden secrets of this incredible and beautiful place. As you cruise through this stunning marine landscape you will likely be lucky enough to experience close encounters with rare wildlife and have time to soak up the unique and fascinating history and culture of the Hebrides and St Kilda.
Watch this short video of Steady sailing around Oban.
- Are all meals included in the price?
Yes - all meals (except the one or two meals that you may have ashore) are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Soft/Hot Drinks) Please note that Alcohol is not included.
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know at the time of booking.
- What language is spoken on board?
Jan-Willem and Mariëlle are Dutch, however they are fluent in English too.
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are four cosy twin bunk bed cabins. (Please remember that you're on a boat!)
- How many bathrooms/showers does she have?
Steady has 2 toilets and 2 showers.
- Is there WIFI aboard?
No, but you should easily reach 3/4G from the shore.
- Are there Life Jackets provided?
- Are there Waterproofs available?
Yes, Steady has Musto sailing suits available if needed.
- Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a love for adventure.
- Will I be seasick?
Everyone reacts differently but if you are unsure we recommend you take seasick tablets 24hours before you board.