Enjoy the magic of the Hebrides on comfy yacht Narwhal as she explores Scottish lochs and the islands of Mull.
Join Narwhal in the bustling town of Oban for a week spring sailing exploring the Islands of Mull and fascinating Scottish lochs. Sail past rugged coastlines and wildlife-rich woodlands, where glacial sea lochs scythe into dramatic mountain scenery savour sailing the protected but beautiful waters of the Loch Long and the Sound of Jura.
Following initial safety briefings, we will be heading out of port and set sail for the first time. The sheltered waters around Oban and Mull provide the perfect opportunity to get used to the boat and are a great introduction to the local wildlife. There will be plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of the Scottish landscape or undertake a first whale survey.
The main part of this sailing holiday will see us enjoying the best sailing and scenery that this region has to offer. Exactly where we go each day will be determined by the weather conditions but some options include sailing up the Sound of Mull, visiting the Viking stronghold of Loch Aline or the picture-postcard town of Tobermory.
Alternatively, we may head north, sailing along the dramatic Loch Long in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Wherever we go we will enjoy a front-row view of the scenery and wildlife. 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 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, seaweed foraging and toasting marshmallows over an evening beach fire.
We will spend our final day enjoying the Scottish scenery before heading into port in Oban. We will moor up for the night in Oban and enjoy our final evening on board with a nice dinner and time to swap stories, highlights and pictures from the expedition.
Wildlife here is also a real treat whilst sailing with playful dolphins and inquisitive seals regularly seen in the Clyde and Orca and other whales often frequent these waters. Mull is considered one of the best places to spot osprey and golden eagle. Dolphins, porpoise and seals are also common companions in this area. Look out for otters and deer at the water’s edge.
*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 onboard, 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.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|2021 Sailing the Lochs and Hebridean Islands||23 April 2021||7||£899||Enquire now|
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.