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Sailing the Hebrides, Orkneys & Shetland Islands

  • Vessel: Valiente
  • Where: Oban, Scotland
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Embark: Oban, Scotland - 19 September 2022, 12:00
  • Disembark: Bergen, Norway - 3 October 2022, 10:00
Single berth in Twin Cabin£4,195.00 £1,048.75
Double Cabin (double occupancy)£4,195.00 £1,048.75

Follow in the footsteps of the vikings as Valiente sails from the West coast of Scotland, to the Orkney and Shetland islands before finishing in Bergen, Norway.

Just across the North Sea, west of Vestlandet, lies an a sailor’s paradise, waiting to be explored. Since the Viking Age our Norse ancestors have had close ties to and at times ruled over these archipelagos in the west. Shetland, the Orkney Islands, and other parts of Scotland were once part of the Norwegian Empire, and we will keep an eye out for traces of the Norse on this trip through these exciting places on the way home from Scotland to Norway.

Expedition Sailing

This expedition offers a sea of different experiences, literally. First we will take the boat on a mountain trip through the Caledonian Canal. At its highest point, we are 32 meters above sea level, still aboard our expedition sailboat. This may not sound like much, but here the tree line is low and we really get the feeling of sailing through the mountains. It’s like being on a sailboat trip in a national park!

Further from Inverness, the trip goes north towards the Orkney Islands, and we explore these 70+ islands with exciting rocky shores and chalk-white sandy beaches. Fair Isle and Shetland are also located along our route for this trip. Here we will get insight into both the history and the important coastal traditions of these more inaccessible islands. The historical ties between Norway and all these archipelagos are strong, and as modern Vikings from Norway, we are used to being well received along the way.

The Orkney Islands

It will take just under a day to sail from Inverness to the southernmost Orkney Islands. Once in this island archipelago, we spend a couple of days exploring both the historically interesting places, and the beautiful nature the archipelago offers. Among the “can’t miss” sights is Scapa Flow, the large, well-protected, and hidden natural harbor that the British used as a base for their invincible navy during both the First and Second World Wars. Of course we must also visit the capital of the archipelago; Kirkwall. Here we find Scotland’s northernmost single malt whiskey distillery; Highland Park, which requires a thorough visit!

Shetland Islands

Once in the fjords of Shetland, we will try to stop by the capital, Lerwick. We are not quite home yet so we of course need to adjust our plans according to the weather forecast. Here we again see the influence of our Norse ancestors, and the Shetlanders are clearly more Norse than other Scots. If time and weather allow, we will make a stop at the archeological excavations at Jarlshof, just south of the island Mainland. This is supposedly where men first made landfall in Shetland between 5000 and 6000 years ago.

On this trip we also get challenged with ocean crossing, with the longer crossing of the North Sea back to Norway being the highlight. Out here at this time of year we really get to feel the forces of nature. The feeling of master you will get when your team successfully sails the expedition ship across the sea is priceless. Nothing compares to surfing a real wave with the ship out on the ocean!

This trip offers a well-balanced mix between inland sailing, coastal sailing, and sea sailing. This is the trip for those of you who want to experience the Caledonian Canal by sailboat, and for those of you who have dreamed of visiting the Orkney Islands, Fair Isle or Shetland. The trip for those of you who want to learn a lot about sea sailing with a really solid expedition boat.


Your ticket price will include the skipper and first mate (co-skipper). Along the way, sailing or on motor, Valiente will include all participants in the sailing. Generally, she sails at all times of the day, and everyone onboard will be running watches of 4 hours on and 8 hours off. When on anchor, there will be rotation shifts with one anchor guard awake, so that the rest can sleep.

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Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff

Expedition boat Valiente is a 70 foot steel boat designed to withstand tough arctic conditions, but with comfort and high standards maintained along the way.

She sails very well with a simple rig and has a lot of space on deck for guests and crew. Valiente has ample space in the saloon and wheelhouse with 360degree views. Below decks there is a well equipped galley. The boat has six cabins, most of them with ensuite and shower.

Valiente is very well equipped for trips and expeditions including; RIB light boat, two folding kayaks, big tanks for both water and diesel, water-maker, generators, safety and rescue equipment and communication equipment.

She spends her summers sailing in Norway, Svalbard and offering expedition sailing adventures to Greenland, Iceland, Jan Mayen and the Faroe islands.

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  • What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Valiente?


  • Are all meals included?


  • Are there any added extra's?


  • Do I need to tip the crew?

    Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes - please specify at time of enquiry

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    6x private cabins

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?


  • Is there WIFI?


  • 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.

  • 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 bedding included?



From: Oban, Scotland

To: Bergen, Norway



Oban station is a 5-10 minute walk from North Pier. Trains run 6 times a day to Glasgow Queen Street Station where there are good travel links to the rest of the UK.


Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport both require taking a train from Oban which takes approximately 2-3hours. Flights go direct to Stansted Airport.


There are plenty of places to stay in Oban. Try Witchwood House, The Scot or Perle Hotels Oban.

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