Discover the Firth of Clyde and the Hebrides as you sail with Maybe from Greenock to Oban.
Join classic tall ship Maybe in the harbour town of Greenock on the West Coast of Scotland. Greenock is the perfect joining location to set the sails and begin your sailing holiday to explore the Firth of Clyde and the Inner Hebrides.
- Fully Crewed Tall Ship
- Island Hopping & Exploration
- Wildlife Watching
- Great for Couples or Solo Travellers
- Private Cabins
- Suitable for Beginners
YOUR SAILING AREA
Sheltered from the Atlantic swell by the Kintyre peninsula with an archipelago of rugged islands, the Firth of Clyde is a fascinating area to start your sailing holiday. With ancient castles, meandering lochs and an abundance of wildlife, this part of Scotland is definitely best explored under sail. The Kyles of Bute are said to be one of the prettiest sailing passages in Britain and with fjord-like lochs and heather-clad hills, these waters make for perfect sheltered sailing on board a tall ship.
Over the next few days you’ll work your way North to the town of Oban, exploring the Firth of Clyde and the inner Hebrides along the way. Exactly where you’ll discover will be decided by the wind and weather as with all our sailing holidays but you’ll likely pass and explore the islands of Islay, Jura and Colonsay before departing the boat in Oban. The skipper and crew are familiar with the sailing area so know all the best spots to explore off the beaten track and spot the wondrous wildlife that the West Coast of Scotland has an abundance of.
The Firth of Clyde
The Isle of Arran
Often referred to as “Scotland in miniature” because of its obvious highland and lowland geography, the Isle of Arran is one of the larger and better known islands in the Clyde. Famous for its whisky distilleries set in picturesque bays. The Lochranza Bay is said to be one of the most stunning anchorages on the Isle of Arran with its lush green hills rolling down to meet shingle shores lined by quaint cottages. There’s also a wealth of history waiting to be explored ashore, from the standing stones on Machie moor to the ancient castle of Lochranza sitting on the waters edge.
The Isle of Bute
The Isle of Bute offers medieval ruins, Victorian architecture, botanical gardens and sandy shores. The perfect spot for walking and exploring ashore, it measures only 15×2.5 miles boasting a Victorian Fernery and Gothic Mansion at Rothesay. Its lush green rolling hills, heather covered moorland and sandy shores make the island a paradise for outdoor lovers.
Jura, Islay & Colonsay
The island of Jura was once the hideout for George Orwell to complete his famous 1984 and with only 200 inhabitants, its massively outnumbered by its wild deer population which has been counted at approximately 5000!
The Gulf of Corryvreckan joins Jura and Colonsay and is home to the worlds third-largest whirlpool, Scarba. Don’t worry though, Maybe will steer clear and if the weather permits, you can watch this natural wonder from the cliff on the coast of Jura.
The Isle of Colonsay is one of the smallest inhabited Hebridean islands and is known for its tranquillity and unspoilt natural beauty. Kiloran Bay is the most famous of many sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. From otters to seals to wild goats and a plethora of wild plants; Colonsay is rich in wild and unspoilt nature.
Islay is famous for its whisky distilleries dotted all over the island. There’s plenty to discover across the island with an ancient settlement, including a prehistoric fort and medieval tombstones near Loch Finlaggen.
Sailing with classic boat Maybe is certainly an enjoyable, hands-on experience and guests are encouraged to get involved with all aspects of sailing this magnificent tall ship. From hoisting the sails to taking the helm, the friendly and knowledgable crew are always on hand to show you the ropes.
Maybe has a dedicated chef onboard too so you don’t have to worry about cooking after a days sailing in the salty sea air. Think locally sourced produce, fresh fish and home-made bread with hearty home-cooked meals and plenty of tea, coffee and cake! Your ticket price includes one glass of wine with your evening meal too.
If you’re new to sailing, don’t worry – the crew will guide you in exactly what to do, even if you’ve never stepped foot on a boat before. Sailing with Maybe is an experience you won’t forget! A beautifully restored classic tall ship, get involved with hoisting sails and being on hand to tack and jibe.
Your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and soft drinks. Bedding is provided – you just need to bring your own towels.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Sailing the Firth of Clyde & the Inner Hebrides||10 June 2023||7||£1,455.00||Enquire now|
All voyages for Maybe
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Gaff Ketch
Built in 1929, classic boat Maybe is a beautifully shaped 28m gaff ketch. A strong sea-worthy vessel, she is built with extra strength using steel frames, a hardwood hull and teak decking.
She has a rather famous history, once being owned by Jan Jacob Van Rietschoten, father of the flying Dutchman, Cornelis ‘Conny’ Van Rietschoten. Having spent most of her life privately owned sailing around the world, she has been owned by her present owners since 1989.
After a complete overhaul in 2007 and a restoration to her original Gaff rig in 2011, she now spends her summers sailing Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and winters keeping warm in Spain and Portugal.
Guests are invited to get involved with all aspects of sailing Maybe, from hoisting the sails, taking the helm and even some basic navigation. An onboard chef provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, hot breads and cakes throughout voyages, ensuring you won’t be going hungry after a day on the water!
What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Maybe?
There are currently no Test & Sail policies in place for the 2022 season.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Generally, alcohol is not included; *One glass of wine is included with your evening meal on leisure voyages (not expedition/crossings)
Are bedding and towels provided?
Bedding is provided. Please bring your own towels for swimming and showering
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
4x Twin Cabins(& 1x 6berth Cabin for private charters if needed)
Are bedding and towels included?
All bedding is provided but towels are not so please bring your own for showering/swimming
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
How many toilet/showers does she have?
2 toilets/showers for guest use
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.
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.
Is there an age limit?
We recommend over 8+ years accompanied by an adult on a 1:1 ratio but please check in the office for any under 18's as it can vary from voyage to voyage.