Adventure Sailing from Ireland to Scotland
- Vessel: Steady
- Where: Ireland/Scotland
- Duration: 8 days
- Embark: Belfast, Ireland - 8 May 2024, 14:00
- Disembark: Oban, Scotland - 15 May 2024, 10:00
Sail from Belfast to Scotland with adventure yacht Steady as she island hops through the inner Hebrides.
Join Steady in the Irish city of Belfast – a great city with easy transport links from the UK and Europe. Spend eight days sailing north through the Hebrides to reach the Scottish port town of Oban on the West coast of Scotland.
This voyage is great for those looking to enjoy some offshore sailing experiences, island hopping and wonderful wildlife watching opportunities. Stop over on Rathlin Island to visit the iconic puffins and enjoy the famous whisky distilleries on the Scottish islands of Jura and Islay.
- Rathlin Island & Puffins
- Whisky distilleries
- Skippered sailing
- Wildlife Watching
- Private Cabins
- Walking ashore
- Full board
- Sail area & highlights
- Life on board
- Sample menu
- Travel planning
- The boat
- What's included
- Boat schedule
YOUR SAILING AREA
Celtic Sailing – Ireland to Scotland
The Irish city of Belfast is a great starting point for your adventure sailing holiday. Once you’ve joined the boat, sail through the Belfast Lough and find a sheltered anchorage for the evening before making way for Rathlin Island in the morning. It’s approximately 45 miles along the coast with the island home to one of the UK’s largest seabird colonies, including hundreds of puffins. During summer, the puffins share the cliffs near the island’s western lighthouse with thousands of other seabirds, from kittiwakes to petrels, but they are undoubtedly the star of the show.
From Rathlin Island, we’ll set course north towards the Scottish isles making best use of the wind. Our plan is to island hop from Islay to Jura, Crinan to Kerrera but this will be subject to the weather!
Sailing from Rathlin to the island of Islay, pass many well-known whisky distilleries along the way. We’ll spend the night in Ardbeg and spend the next day exploring Islay with fascinating rock formations, and pletny of seals. Whisky lovers can take a tour of one of the many distilleries on the island!
We swap Islay for the island of Jura after a shorter sail with plenty of time to explore ashore. George Orwell famously lived on the island and wrote the famous book “1984” here. The island is home to only 190 human residents to its 6000 strong deer population and the famous Jura distillery is at the heart of the island. There’s plenty of walking trails through the dramatic Hebridean landscape.
We’ll likely make a quick stop in the small Scottish town of Crinan, enjoying a leafy Canal stroll before continuing north towards the island of Kerrera. This little island sits just off the mainland from Oban and its green paradise provides much local produce for the area. We’ll spend our last evening her on anchor with a Captains dinner before disembarking in Oban the next morning.
All voyages for Steady
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Staysail Ketch
Join husband and wife team, Jan-Willem and Mariëlle Kerkmeer aboard their 1993 Dutch ketch as they take guests on sailing holidays exploring the wonders of the Hebrides in Scotland.
Steady is true to her name with a sturdy steel hull and was originally built as a charter vessel giving a considered layout below decks. Fitted with all the mod-cons and keeping guests comfort at the forefront, she sleeps eight guests in four comfortable twin cabins sharing two bathrooms with a generous shower. Newly re-fitted for 2022, the galley and saloon area live at the heart of the boat with a peninsula galley and plenty of seating alongside the cosy multi-fuel stove.
On deck level there’s a spacious cockpit with a navigation station and more seating, perfect for breakfast and morning coffee as the sun rises. There’s plenty of room on deck too to take in the surrounding views and learn the ropes alongside Jan-Willem and Mariëlle who love sharing their passion for Scotland and sailing with their guests.
Onboard Steady, most guests like to lend a hand with the sailing of this eye-catching vessel, and Jan-Willem and Mariëlle are excellent guides if you do want to get involved. They cater for all abilities and ages, 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 sailing adventures give you access to the most captivating and remote hidden secrets of this incredible and beautiful place. As you sail 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.
Steady Deck Plan
Deck planMore about Steady
Life on board
Steady has been sailed by Dutch husband and wife team Jan-Willem and Marielle for over 10 years. Their love for Scotland, sailing and the natural world are clear for guests to see and they are well versed in all the secret hot spots.
Steady is true to her name with her simple rig and winch system easy to navigate, providing a great base for guests to learn the ropes. Jan-Willem and Marielle can sail Steady comfortably on their own but they invite and encourage guests to take part in all aspects of sailing. From taking the helm, sorting and setting the sails, basic navigation and rope work, Jan-Willem and Marielle provide a safe and supported environment for guests.
Sleeping and Relaxation
The main deck is well designed with plenty of open spaces and a cockpit for alfresco dining. The undercover deckhouse has 360degree windows so is great for morning coffee while watching the sunrise or some shelter if the Scottish weather takes a turn!
Below decks gives way for a
beautifully appointed galley kitchen and generous, comfortable saloon which has been recently re-fitted to a really high standard. The fore leads along a small corridor where there are four well-considered twin bunk cabins with a toilet and separate shower for guests. The crew quarters are situated in the stern so have their own facilities.
Read more about what to expect from life on board Steady here.
- All meals are included in the price (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks) *includes one glass of wine with dinner
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Musto sailing waterproof suits whilst on the boat (standard sizing)
What’s not included
- All other alcohol and soft drinks
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
Please read more information on our Insurance guidelines page.
This voyage will be more than 12miles offshore.
Are all meals included in the price?
Yes - meals are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Drinks)
Can you cater for dietary needs?
We can cater for vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free diets.
What language is spoken on board?
Jan-Willem and Mariëlle are Dutch, however they are fluent in English & Mariëlle can speak German.
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
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 a guide of 75 years for most voyages. Some of her expedition adventures vary so please check each voyage or give us a call in the office. Please check if you have any under 18's.
How many bathrooms/showers does she have?
Steady has a separate toilet and shower.
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 sailing jackets for each guest in average sizing while sailing.
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.
From: Belfast, Ireland
To: Oban, Scotland
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Belfast has an international airport so there are daily flights available from most UK airports. For help with travel planning, try the Rome to Rio website.
If you are on the west coast of the UK, there are ferries running from Liverpool via the Isle of Man OR to Dublin with onward travel to Belfast by train.
Glasgow OR Edinburgh Airport both require taking a train from Oban which takes approximately 2-3hours. Flights go direct to Stansted Airport. There are good links direct at the airport to the train and bus terminals for onward travel from Oban.
Oban station is only a 5-10 minute walk from North Pier. Trains run 6 times a day to Glasgow Queen Street Station. Visit First Scotrail for times and fares.
If you are travelling by coach from Oban you can visit the Citylink website for timetables or call 08705505050.