Sail and explore the Great Glen Way and the Caledonian Canal in Scotland aboard comfy yacht Steady.
Sail with Steady as she makes her way from Inverness to Oban, exploring the Great Glen Way and sailing the Caledonian Canal.
The Great Glen Way is a beautiful valley walk stretching 72 miles through Scotland, from Inverness to Fort William. Offering sheltered inland sailing, this voyage is a sailing holiday you won’t forget, with beautiful canals, traditional lochs and ancient castles.
Setting the sails
Join Steady in Inverness on the shores of the Loch Ness and begin your holiday on board with a hearty home-cooked meal and good wine where you’ll get the chance to meet your fellow travellers.
Steady will spend seven leisurely days sailing down past the Great Glen way and through the famous Caledonian Canal with plenty of chances to explore ashore or walk the Great Glen path and meet the boat later in the day. Below is a rough itinerary of what to expect but as with all our sailing holidays, changes can be subject to the weather and tides.
Day 1– Start in the historic city of Inverness, a beautiful Scottish city with a lot of sights to visit. Steady will be moored in the Caledonian Canal in Muirtown Marina.
Day 2– Set the sails and cross to Loch Ness till Fort Augustus. This cosy village with nice pubs is the number one hotspot to spot the mythical Loch Ness monster!
Day 3– Spend a longer day on the water with steady as you explore all the local lochs. Steady’s skippers think this is one of the most beautiful parts of this route and love to share their knowledge with guests. Anchor for the night in Gairlochy.
Day 4– One more day of sailing on the Caledonian Canal, we will get a sight of the Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. At the end of the day, we will be at Neptune’s staircase, an impressive array of locks that will take us down a whopping 19 meters!
Day 5– Time to set sail! As Steady leaves the canal, we will spend the night anchored in Loch a’Choir, located in Loch Linnhe. The surrounding hills invite you to thoroughly stretch your legs and explore ashore if you wish.
Day 6– On our last day, set sail to the island Kerrera. Compared to the hustle and bustle of the nearby centre of Oban, Kerrera is very quiet, rural, and provides a stunning view of the surrounding coastal areas. Cars are forbidden on the island, except for locals, making it a hiker’s paradise. There is plenty of time for a walk in the afternoon. In the evening we will enjoy the Captains dinner all together.
Day 7– After an extensive breakfast, we sail the last bit to the marina of Oban.
As with all Steady’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Hot Drinks. Soft drinks and alcohol can be purchased on board. There are four twin cabins with bunk beds and two shared bathrooms. One cabin per trip is available for single occupancy with a 50% surcharge. All cabins have bedding and towels provided.
There is an age limit on Steady’s trips so if you are over 75years old and are interested in sailing with Steady, please give us a call in the office.
Simply click “Enquire Now” to reserve your berth for five days whilst you sort your travel plans. No booking form or deposit is required until you are ready to book!
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Sailing the Caledonian Canal and Great Glen Way||4 May 2022||7||£1,030||Enquire now|
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Staysail Ketch
Join Jan-Willem and Mariëlle Kerkmeer aboard their 1993 Dutch ketch as they sail the seas of Scandinavia and Scotland.
Since she was built, Steady has been used as a charter vessel, so is fully kitted out with her guests comfort in mind. She sleeps eight guests in four comfortable twin cabins, with two bathrooms and a spacious living area below deck.
There’s plenty of room on deck too to take in the surrounding views and if the weather should turn, Steady has Musto sailing suits available for her guests.
Mariëlle & Jan-Willem also make full use of the well-equipped kitchen, making varied meals for all the guests onboard – these are all included in the price of your voyage.
Onboard Steady, most guests like to lend a hand with the sailing of this eye-catching vessel, and Jan-Willem and Mariëlle are excellent teachers if you do want to get involved. They will cater for all abilities, so if you’d rather sit back and relax with a book, then that’s fine too!
Steady’s voyages explore the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides and St Kilda; an area of unspoilt wilderness and breathtaking beauty in the Western Isles of Scotland. Her trips give you access to the most captivating and remote hidden secrets of this incredible and beautiful place. As you cruise through this stunning marine landscape you will likely be lucky enough to experience close encounters with rare wildlife and have time to soak up the unique and fascinating history and culture of the Hebrides and St Kilda.
Watch this short video of Steady sailing around Oban.
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Are all meals included in the price?
Yes - meals* are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Drinks) Please note that Alcohol/soft drinks are not included. *On a 7 day trip, there will be one dinner ashore at your own expense. On a 10-12 day trip, there will be two dinners ashore at your own expense.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know at the time of booking.
What language is spoken on board?
Jan-Willem and Mariëlle are Dutch, however they are fluent in English too.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
4x twin bunk bed cabins.
Are bedding and towels provided?
All bedding and shower towels are provided but please bring Swimming towels if you wish to swim in the sea!
Is there an age limit for Steady's guests?
Yes, her maximum age limit is 75 years. Please check if you have any under 18's.
How many bathrooms/showers does she have?
Steady has 2 toilets and 2 showers.
Is there WIFI aboard?
No, but you should reach 3/4G from the shore.
Are there Life Jackets provided?
Are there Waterproofs available?
Yes, Steady has Musto sailing suits available if needed.
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a love for adventure.
Will I be seasick?
Everyone reacts differently but if you are unsure we recommend you take seasick tablets 24hours before you board.