The Inner Hebrides are rich in history, wildlife and unique coastlines and Steady will take you to all the best parts.
Joining Steady in Oban, Scotland, the main focus of this trip will be the Islands of Mull, Jura and Colonsay; each with their own unique, fascinating personality and dramatic landscapes.
The Gulf of Corryvreckan lies between the islands and is home to the worlds third-largest whirlpool, Scarba. Don’t worry though, we will steer clear by boat and instead you can witness this natural wonder on foot from the cliff on the coast of Jura! Jura, once the hideout for George Orwell to complete his famous 1984, has only 200 inhabitants, massively outnumbered by its wild deer population which has been counted at approximately 5000.
The Isle of Colonsay is one of the smallest inhabited Hebridean islands and is known for its tranquillity and unspoilt natural beauty. Kiloran Bay is the most famous of many sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. From otters to seals to wild goats and a plethora of wild plants; Colonsay is rich in wild and unspoilt nature.
Over half of the islands that comprise the Inner Hebrides are uninhabited, giving way for a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna, taking over several of the islands. Many of these islands are home to fascinating ruins and have evidence of diverse clans and communities who once inhabited these remote lands – much of this is viewed easily from the sea, however, once Zuza is anchored you will be free to explore the islands and their history on foot.
The itinerary is, of course, dependent on the wind and tides but our crew know all the hotspots off the beaten track and the best places to anchor. We will show you the beauty of the islands from the water but you will also have the chance to explore 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 – you may even spot the northern lights.
This cruise requires no previous sailing experience so you can sit back and enjoy the views, however, if you wish, the crew are more than happy to show you the ropes and even give you the helm!
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, Sparrowhawks 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 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!
Wherever you sail with Steady, be sure that the views will be breathtaking and the wildlife in abundance, so have your eyes peeled and your binoculars at the ready for a wonderful trip. With food included, private cabins and comfy social spaces, this is an adventure not to be missed!
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 three 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!
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.
For long stay secure parking, you can pre brook with Stoddarts of Oban. Ring Sally on 01631 564176 or try MacQueen Bros 01631 564848 for about £40/week. The other option is to take your chance in an unmetered residential area – but Oban is a busy little town so this is not guaranteed!
Oban station is right in the town centre and is about a 10-minute walk to Oban North Pier where Steady will be located. Trains run 6 times a day from Glasgow Queen Street station (only twice on Sundays) and run along the famous West Highland line. For times and prices visit the First Scotrail site. Glasgow main train stations can be reached from all UK mainline trains.
Although Glasgow Airport is marginally closer, Edinburgh Airport isn’t much further. Both take between 3 & 4 hours by train to Oban, and flights go direct from Stanstead. There are good links from the airport to the train and bus terminals for onward travel to Oban.