Sailing & Exploring the Hebrides
- Vessel: Steady
- Where: Oban, Scotland
- Duration: 7 days
- Embark: North Pier, Oban - 13 May 2023, 14:00
- Disembark: North Pier, Oban - 19 May 2023, 10:00
Sail with Steady in the West coast of Scotland offering some of the most stunning cruising grounds in the world.
Join yacht Steady on the West coast of Scotland for an adventure sailing holiday exploring the Hebrides. Set sail from the port town of Oban as you make the most of the wind and sail to discover the islands and miles of coastline that make up the inner Hebrides.
Steady will show you the beauty of the islands from the water but you will also have the chance to explore ashore on foot. Relax in sheltered anchorages and watch picturesque sunsets, and if we are blessed with dark skies, the stargazing from the deck is breathtaking. With little pollution, sailing in the Hebrides has some of the best opportunities for star gazing in the country.
- Skippered sailing
- Island hopping & coastal exploration
- Private cabins
- Great for couples & solo travellers
- All-inclusive sailing
Your Sailing Area
Sailing in the Hebrides boasts some of the most scenic and atmospheric landscapes for sailing in the UK and you’ll quickly see why guests return here year on year. Steady’s route will entirely depend on the weather and wind so there is no set itinerary but will either see you sailing North towards the Small Isles or South around the Isle of Mull and through the Treshnish Isles.
From panoramic mountain landscapes to ancient castle ruins on the waters edge and sea eagles soaring the coastline, sailing in the Hebrides has something to offer everyone.
There is just so much to take in and experience with a sailing holiday in the Hebrides that Steady does not run to specific itineraries. From bustling harbour towns to remote anchorages off the beaten track, from long stretches of sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife, you won’t be short of things to do or see.
Tacking the ship westward through the Sound Of Mull, you could head out beyond Ardnamurchan Point and alter course to the North or South depending on the weather. Taking the Southerly heading, follow the majestic coastline of Mull down past Treshnish and on to Staffa. A visit to Fingal’s cave is a must, but landing is very much dependant on the swell.
Beyond lies the sacred isle of Iona where the resonance of Columba lives on. Onwards, the ship will pass Torrans Rocks where Davy Balfour was wrecked in a tremendous storm, finally being washed ashore on Erraid. Heading on south to Colonsay, stop for the night alongside the pier and walk through the crew’s favourite islands for its gentle beauty and of course to taste some great ales from smallest island brewery in the world.
If the wind takes you North, Steady will sail out to the more remote Hebridean islands. Part of the Small Isles, Rum, by far the largest island, possesses a cluster of formidable volcanic peaks, Askival (Ash Mountain) the highest peak, dominates the landscape, and the name itself tells of the Vikings that once settled here.
If we are fortunate with settled weather, the crew will take you to one of the most awesome anchorages in the world. Nestling at the foot of the Skye Cuillins lies Loch Scavaig, a sea loch with the waters of Loch Corusk pouring magnificently in. Following the trail, you will feel like you have walked right into middle earth.
Eigg, which measures just 5 by 3 miles, is by far the most vibrant, populous and welcoming of the Small Isles. There are wonderful views of Muck and Rum from An Sgurr. Canna, in many ways, is the prettiest of the isles with its high basalt cliffs which are home to a colony of Puffins. Spend time lying on the cliff edge as they hover a few inches away before darting off to catch more eels.
Sightings of seabirds such as Black Guillemots can be seen in their hundreds and white-tailed eagles soar along the rugged coastline. Sailing on Steady is often rewarded with widespread sightings of birds of prey like Buzzards, Kestrels, Sparrow hawks and Peregrines and, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot the diminutive Merlin. 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 on board 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!
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 in Scotland 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.
A Typical Day
Set the sails after a hearty breakfast with the aim (depending on the weather of course!) to sail for 4-7 hours before finding a secluded anchorage away from the tourist hustle and bustle to settle down for the night. Lunch will either be served under sail or on anchor, made by Jan-Willem and Marielle in the spacious galley.
Spend a few hours exploring ashore in the afternoon before sharing a delicious freshly prepared meal aboard while sharing sea-faring tales and star-gazing on deck.
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.
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. Single occupancy is available with a 50% surcharge. All cabins have bedding and towels provided. There is a suggested age limit on Steady’s trips so if you are over 75 years old and are interested in sailing with Steady, please give us a call in the office.
- All meals* are included in the price (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks) *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
- 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 waterproofs whilst on the boat
What’s not included
- Alcohol and soft drinks
- *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
- 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
What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Steady?
There are currently no Test & Sail policies in place for the 2022 season.
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?
A vegan diet cannot be catered for, but lactose-free and gluten-free diets are catered for.
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 75 years. 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: North Pier, Oban
To: North Pier, Oban
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
There is ample parking in Oban if you arrive by car. Secure parking can be found at MacQueen Bros, or you could try the Tesco carpark and pay for 24 hour parking on arrival using the Your Parking Space app.
Oban station is a 5-10 minute walk from North Pier. Trains run 6 times a day to Glasgow Queen Street Station where there are good travel links to the rest of the UK.
Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport both require taking a train from Oban which takes approximately 2-3hours. Flights go direct to Stansted Airport.
STAY IN OBAN:
There are plenty of places to stay in Oban. Try Witchwood House, The Scot or Perle Hotels Oban.