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2021 Sailing & Exploring the Hebrides

  • Vessel: Pellew
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Embark: Mallaig - 20 July 2021, 15:00
  • Disembark: Mallaig - 26 July 2021, 09:30
TicketPriceDepositPassengers
Single berth£1,020 £255.00

Sail the Hebrides on Pellew as she explores remote anchorages, secluded islands and wonderful wildlife locations.

Joining Pellew in Mallaig in Scotland is a great location to begin your sailing holiday. Situated on the West coast, Mallaig is a traditional working fishing harbour with perfect sailing access to the islands of the Hebrides.

Exactly where you sail and explore on Pellew, will be entirely dictated by the weather and tides so a rough idea of the itinerary will only be available when you board.

The Small Isles are a likely stopping point for Pellew with four main islands to discover. Rum is a National Nature Reserve and is the largest island, home to the architecturally remarkable Kinloch Castle, and of course some wonderful wildlife. The island’s most famous residents are sea eagles (re-introduced in the 1980s), red deer and the hardy Rum ponies. Eigg is the most populated but still only has under 100 residents and is the most welcoming of the Small Isles.  Muck is the smallest and most southerly island. Its low-lying mostly treeless landscape offers dramatic perspectives and panoramic views of sandy beaches and rocky shorelines.  Canna, looked after by the National Trust since 1981, is one of the prettier islands. With its high basalt cliffs and dramatic volcanic landscapes, the views here are breathtaking.

Skye is home to some of the most beautiful anchorages in Scotland. Nestling at the foot of the Skye Cuillins, Loch Scavaig is a sea loch set in dramatic surrounds. Guests will be able to head onto dry land and follow the trail along some of the wild and extraordinary scenery in Europe, emanating ‘middle earth’ and leaving visitors spellbound.

The Outer Hebrides are remote and utterly enchanting and a day’s sailing across the sea of Hebrides. The land here features the oldest rock in the world and is made up of hundreds of islands, both small and large, inhabited and uninhabited. The east side of the islands is made up of islets and sea lochs running deep inland, while out west where the Atlantic pounds the shore, untouched white sand beaches stretch for miles with crystal clear water just waiting to be explored.

Rest assured, wherever you sail in the Hebrides, there is always plenty to see and do. From remote anchorages off the beaten track to a plethora of wildlife both on land and in the surrounding sea, Pellew will take you on a Scottish sailing holiday you won’t forget.

 Wildlife

Wherever you sail on Pellew, wildlife in the Hebrides is always a real treat. Sightings of seabirds such as Black Guillemots can be seen in their hundreds and white-tailed eagles soar along the rugged coastline. Widespread sightings of birds of prey like Buzzards, Kestrels, Sparrowhawks and Peregrines and, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot the diminutive Merlin.

The island of Rum has a massive Manx Shearwater colony that allows incredible views as they raft offshore around the Small Isles or shear the waves in feeding parties. The sound is magnificently overwhelming, with the call of seabird colonies, Puffins, Guillemots & Razorbills, echoing off the cliffs.

There are frequent encounters with Common, Bottlenose & Whitebeak dolphins onboard these trips, and Risso & White-sided dolphins are also occasionally sighted. There are plenty of whales in this part of the world too. Our most common encounters are with Minke – Humpbacks are a less frequent visitor, while the real star of the show is the resident pod of Orca if you’re lucky enough to see them gliding through the water. So keep your eyes peeled and have your binoculars at the ready!

Pellew

Guest berths: 8 Rig: Pilot Cutter

Pellew! We are thrilled to welcome you aboard this unique new wooden charter ship due to be launched in spring 2020. This will be the culmination of an amazing project to build the largest traditional wooden boat that has been built for many a year and will be considerably the fastest traditional gaff cutter sailing in our waters.

Originally designed and built for speed and seaworthiness, these sturdy vessels would carry pilots out to sea, meeting ocean-going ships arriving with cargos bound for Europe. Whatever the weather and however rough the seas these courageous cutters were an integral part of maritime life in the south-west of England.

Pellew is a faithful recreation of the Falmouth Pilot Cutter Vincent, originally built in 1852 and based in St Mawes she was a familiar sight on the Fal estuary for 70 years, eventually retiring from service in 1922. Today, the spirit of tradition lives on and Pellew is strongly built to sail the oceans of the world with her guests travelling in utmost comfort and safety.

With her vast sail plan, think fast, invigorating sailing with the lee rail kissing the waves, Pellew will certainly not be for the faint-hearted. So if you are looking for that next adventure at sea on a beautifully powerful wooden vessel, then Pellew is the boat for you.

Below decks, you are welcomed into a cosy saloon with cushioned seating around a large table and a generous galley. Delectable home-cooked meals will be freshly-prepared on board by our dedicated cook using locally sourced produce wherever possible. The 8 guest berths are arranged around an open-plan cabin with a shower and two toilets for guest use.

She is oak framed throughout and planked with locally sourced Douglas fir mast and spars. Although she is tiller steered, she does have two large electric capstan winches to help get the sails up and in. Guests are welcomed and invited to get involved in the sailing of Pellew. In fact, it will be hard not to want to feel first hand, the power of this beautiful boat as glides seemingly effortlessly through the water.

She will usually sail with a skipper, mate and dedicated cook, with a fourth crew member joining for longer voyages. She will be spending her first sailing season exploring the coasts of Cornwall and Devon with voyages across to the Isles of Scilly, the Channel Islands and the Breton Coast.

More about Pellew

FAQ

  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please let us know when making your booking.

  • What language is spoken onboard?

    English

  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    8 berths in the open fore cabin

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    2 toilets, 1 shower for guests

  • Is there an age limit?

    Preferably over 12's accompanied by an adult on a 1:1 ratio but please check with us in the office as each voyage is different.

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?

    Yes, each bunk has a 12W USB charger

  • Are there life jackets provided?

    Yes

  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    No, please bring your own.

  • 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.

Locations

From: Mallaig

To: Mallaig

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