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Sail to Islay Festival of Music & Malt

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

Join Steady for an incredible 7 days of exciting sailing and whisky tasting

For sailing & whisky lovers – often not mutually exclusive!

Join Steady for an incredible 7 days of exciting sailing and whisky tasting as we visit the distillery on Jura and then head down to Islay for an unforgettable Music and Whisky festival, where you’ll find no less than eight distilleries on this small island! With a mixture of lochs and open water sailing, there’ll be plenty for everyone to do – or not if the mood so takes you! The following itinerary is subject to change due to wind and weather, but you’ll have sailing and whisky guaranteed, no matter what.

Day 1 – Oban

We’ll welcome you aboard in Oban between 5-6pm. After getting acquainted with the ship and following a short safety brief, we will enjoy a home-cooked meal together and raise a glass to celebrate the beginning of your holiday!

Day 2 – Crinan

On your first full day, we sail to Crinan, a loch-side village on the West Coast. It’s an idyllic spot with breathtaking views over Loch Crinan and her surroundings.

Day 3 – Jura

In the morning we sail to Jura where we moor at the pier in Craighouse. Here is the famous distillery, which you’ll visit for a tasting.

Day 4 – Islay

We continue to Islay where there is a Festival of Music & Malt held at this time of year. You have time to visit your favourite whisky distilleries and listen to wonderful folk music on the coast – a real highlight of this trip.

Day 5 – Mull

We leave Islay under sail and head for Mull where we spend the night in Loch Spelve. Here we will pick up some delicious fresh Mull mussels at the fish farm and cook them on board for dinner; the taste is truly out of this world.

Day 6 – Easdale

In the morning we go to the island Easdale, formerly the centre of the British slate industry where you’ll learn about trade and heritage.

Day 7 – Oban

Our last morning sees us in Oban, where you’ll depart after breakfast for the journey homewards.




VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sail to Islay Festival of Music & Malt25 May 20197FULLFull

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.

  • Total number of berths : 10
  • Guest berths : 8
  • Bathrooms : 2
  • Smoking on board? :
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From: Oban

To: Oban