Spend 10 days sailing and walking the Small Isles in the Hebrides with comfortable yacht Steady.
Join Steady and her owners as they take guests on a 10 day sailing and guided walking holiday exploring the beautiful Hebrides.
DAY 1 – OBAN
Join Steady in the sweet bustling harbour town of Oban, Scotland. Spend some time settling in to the boat, meeting your crew and fellow guests before setting the sails to a nice quiet anchorage in the bay. After the evening meal, you will be informed about the upcoming voyage.
DAY 2 – SAIL DAY TO TOBERMORY, Isle of MULL
Get familiar with the boat and set the sails from Oban to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Tobermory is a colourful waterside town with plenty to explore in the afternoon.
DAY 3 – ‘THE FOSSIL TREE AND BURG WALK’ ON THE ISLAND OF MULL 18 KM | 5-7 HOURS
A taxi will arrive ashore after breakfast to take you to the start point of your first walk while you leave the boat in Tobermory for the day.
DAY 4 – SAILING TO THE ISLAND OF CANNA
Set sail to Canna – the most remote island of the Small Isles, hidden from the mainland by the great mountains of Rum. It is an island of great beauty and variety, with green meadows and forests, wild moors and dramatic cliffs. There are two fascinating churches, an ancient cross, an inaccessible ‘castle’ atop a large rock and Canna House – the former home of folklorist and Gaelic scholar, John Lorne Campbell.
DAY 5 – CANNA, HIKE TO THE ISLAND OF SANDAY AND THE PUFFLS 12 KM| 3.5 HOURS
After the walk along the coastline to see the puffins on Canna, head back to the boat and sail to the island of Rum in the afternoon.
Isle of Rum is the largest of the Small Isles with wild and rugged landscapes dominated by the towering mountains of the Rum Cuillin – a miniature version of Skye’s Cuillin. The area around Kinloch Village is owned by the locals, while the remaining land is owned by Scottish Natural Heritage.
DAY 6 – RUM, NORTH SIDE TRAIL (5.5 KM | 1.5 HOUR) & GUIDED TOUR IN KINLOCH CASTLE
Option 2 is a long hike to Kilmory Bay. This is a 18.5 km walk | 5 hours. The crew will liaise with guests to see capability and preference.
DAY 7 – SAIL DAY TO EIGG AND CLIMB AN SGURR 8 KM| | 3-4 HOURS
Eigg is the second largest and most populated island of the Small Isles. Eigg is dominated by An Sgurr’s remarkable vertical block stone. After decades of trouble with various landowners, Eigg was finally bought by the Eigg Trust in 1997 – a partnership between Eigg residents, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Highland Council. We will spend most of the day ashore explore An Sgurr.
DAY 8 – SAIL DAY TO THE ISLAND OF MUCK AND HIKE ON MUCK 7 KM | 2.5 HOURS
After breakfast we will set sail to Muck. The smallest island measuring less than 4 km by 2 km. Muck is a beautiful island, from fertile fields to sandy beaches and a beautiful west coast, it has much to offer the walker. Once we have explore ashore, we sail to the beautifully secluded Loch Drumbuie for a beautiful overnight anchorage.
DAY 9 – SAIL DAY TO KERRERA AND HIKE 12 KM | 3.5 – 4.5 HOURS
In the morning, sail to the green paradise of Kerrera, followed by a beautiful hike on the island. By contrast, compared to all the hustle and bustle of Oban, Kerrera is very quiet and offers beautiful views of the surrounding coastal areas. Cars are prohibited on the island except for a few locals, making it a walker’s paradise.
DAY 10 – OBAN
After breakfast it’s time to sail back to Oban. After an active 10 days in which you enjoyed the beautiful green and water-rich environment, you can disembark by 10am
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!
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. All meals are freshly prepared and cooked on board, and with 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 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!
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.
Steady Deck Plan
Deck planMore about Steady
Are all meals included in the price?
Yes - all meals are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Drinks) Please note that Alcohol/soft drinks are not included.
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?
There are three cosy twin bunk bed cabins.
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 easily 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.