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The Scottish North Coast: Orkneys and Outer Hebrides

  • Vessel: Eye of the Wind
  • Where: The Orkneys
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Kirkwall - 24 August 2019, 19:00
  • Disembark: Stornoway, The Outer Hebrides - 31 August 2019, 10:00
Single berth £1,590 £398

Join Eye of the Wind as she sets sail from Kirkwall south to Stornoway. This voyage will take you along the North Coast of Scotland and on to the island of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

On this cruise, you will be exploring the northern coast of Scotland and the legendary archipelagos of the Orkneys and the Hebrides marking the start point and destination of this cruise. Experience the nature of the wild, rugged coastal landscape and explore historic places from the time of the Vikings and other seafaring eras. With a fresh North Sea breeze and a comfortable cruising speed, relaxation on board is guaranteed – taking it slow is the quickest way to leave the hectic hustle of everyday life behind you!

Join Eye of the Wind in Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Island of Mainland. The landscape of this archipelago is characterised by a gentle, green, hilly landscape, traversed by blue fjords and bordered by sharp-edged cliffs and steeply sloping coasts. The bustling capital of Orkney has its origins in an old Norse settlement of the 11th century, with narrow main roads, mysterious lanes and only a few small houses around the port. Today, Kirkwall is a vibrant place with restaurants, museums, pubs and shops. The red sandstone cathedral of St Magnus, which is visible for miles around, is the impressive architectural centre of the city. Many historic sites invite you to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the island. Make the most of your stay and search for traces of centuries-old burial sites, stone circles and relics from the Viking Age.

Depending on the progress of our journey, there are a number of possibilities to go on shore and explore the natural wilderness of the Hebrides. The coastal town of Stromness on the island of Mainland used to be an important base for the British Navy and for the fleets of the East and West India trading companies. Famous seafarers such as Sir Francis Drake and Captain Bligh set foot on this island, too. The huge Scapa Flow natural harbour has been used as a safe haven and quiet anchorage since the Viking Age. This historic bay was once the main anchorage of the English Navy and seen as an impregnable fortress against submarine attacks. Almost the entire German fleet of the First World War lies sunk on the seabed here.

You will disembark at Stornoway, Outer Hebrides. Stornoway offers a large variety of things to see and do, take a stroll along the port’s quay you can watch the fishermen landing the catch of the day. The unmistakable smell of peat from the smokehouses is in the air where seafood is made into delicious island specialities. Learn more about the cultural heritage of the Outer Hebrides and visit the historic Lews Castle with its museum and archive. Or you could go hiking through the surrounding forests and visit the Woodland Centre with its restaurants and arts & crafts. If you want to go shopping in Stornoway, you will find many excellent opportunities at the Harris Tweed Hebrides Outlet and the Lewis Loom Centre. At the An Lanntair Art Centre, you can learn all about the traditional methods of the regional textile-weaving mills.

The decision on which port or mooring spot to call on in the evening is usually made by the captain on the same day, and depends on the wind and weather conditions and the current tides so an exact itinerary cannot be guaranteed.

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 crew will explain everything you need to know.

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?!


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
The Scottish North Coast: Orkneys and Outer Hebrides24 August 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.

Deck plan

More about Eye of the Wind


  • 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?


  • 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.


From: Kirkwall

To: Stornoway, The Outer Hebrides