Join our VentureSail crew and Mammut Mountain guides on a bespoke trek and sail adventure in the Hebrides.
We have teamed up with Mammut Mountain School to bring our guests a unique opportunity – combining our sailing holidays with guided trekking in the Hebrides, Scotland.
Jump aboard luxury expedition yacht Zuza for this Trek & sail adventure giving guests the chance to learn the ropes of sailing and explore the remote locations and unmarked route in the Hebrides. Sail to places only accessible by boat and navigate paths determined by your Mammut hiking guide, trekking across naturally beautiful terrains around Scotland. Your route will be planned by your Mammut guide and will not be a marked path, offering a unique opportunity to explore where few people have had the chance to set foot. Your days’ trek will see you walk over Beinn Bhearnach, Sgurr Dearg (Graham) and Dun Da Ghaaoithe (Corbette) before meeting the yacht at the end of the day at Scallcastle Bay.
Aboard Zuza you will be provided with everything you need for your adventure away. Offering freshly prepared food, comfortable social spaces and private cabins with plenty of storage, this purpose built expedition yacht was made for trips like these. Meet new faces, discover new locations and spot an abundance of wildlife, all under the guidance of experienced professionals. The trip includes all meals and drinks (including a packed lunch for the treks & three-course evening meals), Mammut mountaineering equipment, Mammut hiking guide, and exclusive use of luxury yacht Zuza, sailed by a qualified skipper and crew. Guests need to be at a good level of fitness and bring with them 3 season walking boots.
Mammut Mountain School offers a rare opportunity to learn outdoor adventure skills in a stunning setting from some of the country’s most experienced mountaineers. It is run by Sam Sykes who has decades of experience leading expeditions across the globe. Sam climbed his first mountain aged three and now his knowledge and dedication to helping others achieve their adventure goals are helping him build the best expedition company in the world.
“Our goal is to challenge you, push you physically and mentally, help you to develop both body and mind whilst at the same time ensuring your safety, comfort and most of all, enjoyment.” – Sam Sykes.”
- Day 1
Join in Oban and depart on Zuza to arrive at Loch Spelve on Mull and anchor for the evening.
- Day 2
Morning drop off at the beach on Loch Spelve to walk over Beinn Bhearnach, Sgurr Dearg (Graham) and Dun Da Ghaaoithe (Corbette) down to Scallcastle Bay. Rejoin Zuza to sail to Loch Aline (mainland) or Salen (Mull) for the evening.
- Day 3
Up anchor in the morning to move to Lismore for the guided walk. (Sail return to Oban to depart for the 3-day trek).
- Day 4
Guided walk (Location TBC) and sail back to Oban to depart
*Please note that these trips will only operate and run with a minimum of four people.
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Bermudan Cutter
Built in 1998, Zuza already has plenty of history. After being launched in South Africa, the British Royal Geographical Society chose Zuza to be an offshore base for an international marine research project off the east coast of Africa, where her features and reliability helped to facilitate groundbreaking marine research.
This expedition yacht has a double hull and Bermudan Cutter rig, which makes her very smooth and steady on the water, and is easy for those that want to learn more about sailing or to just sit back and enjoy the ride in the comfort of the warm and dry wheelhouse.
Zuza has a super experienced crew, lead by skipper Helen Walker, and spends her season sailing around the inner and outer Hebrides in Scotland. With trips to St Kilda, Mull, Jura, Barra, The Small Isles and Skye, Zuza can sail to locations that are not accessible by the larger cruise boats in this area which make her perfect for sailing holidays in Scotland. Her quiet approach also stands her in good stead as to not scare off wildlife, which means she can get as close as is fair to the plethora of marine and wildlife that calls Scotland home.
She has a modern cutter rig and operates her sails with an easy and safe winch system. So if exploring hard to reach Scottish Islands and wildlife watching in comfort is the sort of experience you are seeking, then Zuza is the boat for you!
This vessel accommodates eight guests with plenty of living room both on and below deck. Unusually for a vessel of this size, she has two lovely private double ensuite cabins, which are often popular with guests travelling as couples. There are also another two, private twin-berth cabins with bunk-bed style accommodation that share a bathroom. Zuza’s versatile accommodation makes her a great fit for all party sizes whether you are smaller group, couple, solo traveller or are looking for a private charter. She has a comfortable saloon that is perfect for getting to know each other; trading sea-faring stories and enjoying some of the delicious food prepared by the chef. The saloon is adjacent to the well-equipped galley that serves as the chef’s workstation, and there are lots of windows throughout to make the most of long summer evenings and wildlife watching with a glass of chilled wine. Read more about Helen, the skipper and life on board Zuza as she cruises Scotland.
Take a look at this unique yacht and enjoy some big boat sailing!
Deck planMore about Zuza
Is there an age limit?
There are no age limits but preferably no under 8's on scheduled voyages.
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 charging outlets onboard - although mobile signal can be intermittent
What should a pack?
A mix of warm and light clothes with a good pair of walking boots for exploring. See our kit list in your joining pack information.
What language is spoken on board?
Will I get bitten by midges?
The summer in Scotland brings midges which mostly are not a problem for guests as we anchor offshore far enough away for them not to bother us. We recommend you bring SMIDGE repellant just in case.
Do you have hairdryers on board?
No we do not - but if you'd like to bring one please make sure it's travel hairdryer.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently on a boat. Zuza has a double hull so is very steady and smooth to sail - which helps with the motion of the boat. We recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Zuza has 2 double ensuite bed cabins and 2 twin bunk cabins.
How many toilets/showers does she have?
An ensuite with each double cabin and a shared bathroom for the twin cabins.
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 life jackets provided?
Are there waterproofs available?
Yes, Helen does have some aboard, but please bring your own if you can.