Sail the Outer Hebrides from the Isle of Barra to Stornaway on yacht Narwhal as she explores this beautiful remote coastline.
Join Narwhal in Castle Bay on the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides. A small town presided over by the ruined castle on an island that gives Castle Bay its name. You can get to Barra directly by ferry from Oban, a good opportunity to get a head start on your wildlife spotting. Alternatively, you can fly into Barra with the only airport to have its runway on the beach.
Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and set sail for the first time. The Outer Hebrides are blessed with beautiful beaches, with vast sweeps of white sands and clear azure waters.
The main part of the expedition will see us journeying north along the island chain if the Outer Hebrides. Passing the islands of North and South Uist, Benbecula, Harris and finally, Lewis, to complete our journey in Stornoway. Our exact itinerary each day will be determined by the weather. Sheltered from the prevailing winds by the island chain we can enjoy the stunning beauty and palpable seclusion that an adventure in the Outer Hebrides has to offer at our own pace. Throughout you will have the chance to get as involved as you like in sailing as well as our ocean research projects such as microplastics sampling and wildlife surveying.
After a day’s good sailing we will choose one of the many sheltered and secluded anchorages dotted along these coasts, allowing you to enjoy time ashore and simply relax and enjoy the easy pace of life far from the hectic modern world. Perhaps fish for your dinner, take a stroll ashore or even try your hand with the boat toys; kayaks or paddleboards. Explore the coast, with evening beach fires and the chance to experience the magic of sailing through the night under a sky full of stars.
We will spend our final day enjoying the Scottish scenery before heading into port in Stornoway, made famous by the shipping forecast and centre of Gaelic culture. We will moor up for the night and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.
*The exact itinerary that we follow will be chosen each day by your skipper to make the best use of the weather conditions. Since we operate with just a small number of guests on board, we can tailor the areas that we explore based on your interests. All meals and hot/soft drinks and hire of a waterproof all in one are included in your ticket price.
Guest berths: 6 Rig: Sloop
Narwhal is a 50ft expedition yacht. Made of sturdy steel she is a real go-anywhere boat, ready for adventures to some of the wildest and most remote places on the planet.
A custom made expedition vessel, Narwhal’s interior offerings have been well thought out and she is well equipped to be as comfortable as she can be for guests and crew for long durations at sea. She has twin forward cabins, each with two bunks, and a large stern cabin, a galley, a communal saloon and an extra-cosy additional seating area. With a built-in diesel heater, even when she exploring some of the most remote and coldest locations on the planet, her guests are sure to be kept warm and toasty below decks.
The navigation station is well equipped for all eventualities with Narwhal’s computer system and her top of the range routing software set up for sailing in some of the toughest locations and conditions. She also has a satellite communication system which means we can keep in touch wherever we are in the world. From the necessary modern technologies to the paper charts, dividers and sextants, Narwhal still practices her navigation traditional skills.
Designed to be self-sufficient whilst sailing offshore for extended periods in remote locations, Narwhal has a water-maker as well as large freshwater and fuel tanks. With plenty of room to store food and equipment, Narwhal always has all the things necessary for adventuring in remote locations.
Protecting the environment is at the forefront of Narwhal’s ethos so she is equipped with solar panels and wind and hydro generators to generate power more sustainably. If the wind doesn’t blow however, she does have a 105hp Volvo engine to push along and a generator to keep the lights on.
Narwhal’s voyages are also often focused around the protection of the environment and she regularly runs trips involving beach cleans and marine research.
Narwhal also has kayaks, paddle-boards and fishing gear for guests to use!
Deck planMore about Narwhal
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes we can - please let us know in advance of your trip
- Can I charge my phone and camera?
Yes we have 12v charging in all bunks although mobile signal can be intermittent
- What language is spoken on board?
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
Narwhal has a double bed and 2 twin bunks
- How many toilets/showers does she have?
Two toilets, one shower
- Is there any age limit?
No under 18's
- Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals are included in the price unless you go ashore.(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
- Are sailing suits provided?
Yes, Narwhal provides all-in-one waterproof suits for all her guests. Please let us know your size when booking.
- Are life jackets provided?
- Are watersports included?
Narwhal has kayaks, paddleboards and fishing gear for guest use free of charge at the discretion of the Skipper.
- Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently on a boat. We recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.