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Sailing & Guided Wild Swimming in the Hebrides

  • Vessel: Stravaigin
  • Where: Mallaig, Scotland
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Embark: Mallaig - 20 August 2023, 11:00
  • Disembark: Mallaig - 26 August 2023, 16:00
Double Cabin (double occupancy)£1,120.00 £280.00
Double Cabin (single occupancy)£1,680.00 £420.00
Whole Boat Charter (max. 6 guests)£5,600.00 £1,400.00

Sail, explore and swim the Hebrides with the modern yacht Stravaigin.

Begin your adventure sailing holiday in the Scottish harbour town of Mallaig before setting the sails to explore the island of Skye and the surrounding Small Isles.

  • Skippered sailing experience
  • Island hopping & exploration
  • Wildlife watching
  • Great for beginners
  • Wild swimming & SUP’s


Wild swimming, SCOTLAND

John the Skipper is a fully qualified snorkel instructor and has a real passion for wild swimming. On this dedicated wild swim trip guests will be joined by fully qualified and experienced swim guide, Sarah Wiseman of Beyond the Water, to accompany and coach you if you would like some expert pointers on technique. We will sail between anchorages each day allowing the opportunity to wild swim in some hard-to-reach locations with the comfort and safety of a yacht to return to.

The format for the week will be to swim or dip two-three times a day sailing between breathtaking locations and anchoring every night in a different spot. On a typical day, after breakfast, we will sail to our first swim site, enjoy a group supported swim, returning to the yacht warming up with hot showers, coffee/tea and cake while we sail to our second swim site and finally settling down to a home-cooked meal of local sustainable produce at our overnight anchorage before sitting back and watching the sunset. Of course, you can opt to sit out of any swim and stay aboard if you like.


Island Hopping

Get the chance to swim around island castles, visit and swim on the islands of Skye, Rum, Eigg, Canna, Soay and Muck as well as some hard-to-reach mainland swim spots in Moidart and Knoydart.

Whether you are an experienced swimmer or just want to give it a go and see what all this fuss is about come join us. Wherever you end up with Stravaigin, it will certainly be an adventure to remember and with her owner and skipper born and bred in Scotland, you’re in the best hands to discover all the secret spots.

Life on board

Wherever you end up with Stravaigin, it will certainly be an adventure to remember and with her owner and skipper born and bred in Scotland, you’re in the best hands to discover all the secret spots. John knows the best trails and as you board Stravaigin, he will be able to give you a rough idea of the itinerary and what can be achieved over the week.

Stravaigin requires no previous sailing experience so you can sit back and enjoy the views although the crew are more than happy to show you the ropes and even give you the helm if you’d like! She’s fitted with private double cabins, a spacious saloon area and outdoor eating cockpit perfect for those summer evenings. Each day guests enjoy delicious locally sourced food as John whips up a feast in the galley of fresh seafood, organic meats and veggies from local islands, not to mention cakes and bread from the Solace Bakery. You’ll be well-fed and all your hot drinks and meals are included in the ticket price.

There are also two paddle-boards available for guests to use and discover the nooks and crannies of this fascinating coastline. Wetsuits are not available on-board so please bring your own if you would like. There are waterproofs available to hire, please let us know at the time of booking.


Wildlife watching in the Hebrides is a real treat with sightings of seabirds such as Black Guillemots seen in their hundreds while white-tailed eagles soar along the rugged coastline. Sailing with Stravaigin is often rewarded with widespread sightings of birds of prey like Buzzards, Kestrels, Sparrowhawks and Peregrines. The sound of the seabird colonies is magnificently overwhelming, with the call of seabird colonies, Puffins, Guillemots & Razorbills, echoing off the cliffs.

Common, Bottlenose and Whitebeak Dolphins are frequent swimmers in the wake of the boats bow and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a Minke or Humpback Whale too.


Similar voyages

VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sailing & Guided Wild Swimming in the Hebrides20 August 20237£1,120.00Enquire now

All voyages for Stravaigin

VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sailing Skye and the Small Isles8 August 20227£1,098.00Enquire now
Guided Wild Swimming on Skye and the Small Isles3 September 20227£1,300.00Enquire now
Sailing & Wild Swimming around Mull1 October 20223£525.00Enquire now
Sailing & Wild Swimming around Mull7 October 20223£525.00Enquire now
Easter Weekend Sailing in the Hebrides7 April 20234£680.00Enquire now
Weekend Sailing in the Hebrides14 April 20234£680.00Enquire now
Sailing in the Hebrides; Mull, Jura & Islay22 April 20236£960.00Enquire now
Sailing the Hebrides around Mull & Iona29 April 20237£1,120.00Enquire now
Sailing, Whisky Tasting & Wildlife Watching in the Hebrides8 May 202312£1,120.00Enquire now
Taster Sailing in the Hebrides16 May 20234£680.00Enquire now
Sailing in the Hebrides; Mull, Jura & Islay12 June 20236£960.00Enquire now
Sailing the Hebrides around Mull & Iona19 June 20237£1,120.00Enquire now
Sailing in the Outer Hebrides & St Kilda8 August 202310£1,450.00Enquire now
Sailing & Guided Wild Swimming in the Hebrides20 August 20237£1,120.00Enquire now
Sailing Skye & the Small Isles28 August 20237£1,120.00Enquire now
Sailing Skye & the Small Isles5 September 20237£1,120.00Enquire now
Sailing & Wild Swimming in the Hebrides15 September 20233£525.00Enquire now
Sailing in the Hebrides; Mull, Jura & Islay19 September 20236£960.00Enquire now
Sailing & Wild Swimming in the Hebrides29 September 20233£525.00Enquire now
Sailing in the Hebrides; Mull, Jura & Islay3 October 20236£960.00Enquire now


Guest berths: 6 Rig: Bermudan Sloop

Stravaigin is a 42’ i-Sun Odyssey offering guests comfort while sailing with style. Owned and skippered by a Scottish family, Stravaigin offers guests sailing holidays on Scotland’s west coast in some of the best cruising grounds the Hebrides has to offer.

Stravaigin is an old Scots word meaning “to wander with no particular intent”.  Stravaigin’s owners say that this encapsulates their ethos of immersive adventures, exploring and discovering new landscapes, experiences, foods, cultures while creating meaningful experiences and memories that will last forever.

Below decks, Stravaigin has been well considered and laid out for guests optimum comfort. The bright and airy saloon with a large table and TV screen sits next to the generous L-shaped galley where guests can enjoy local cuisine and home-cooked meals. She has three private double berth cabins with one ensuite. Two of the double berth cabins can be separated with a lee-cloth for friends or comfortable solo travellers and both bathrooms have a shower.

Stravaigin has a modern Bermudan sloop rig with winches and full navigation systems. If you have never sailed before and are looking to learn the ropes, Stravaigin’s crew love to teach guests and get them involved with all aspects of sailing. Alternatively, she can be sailed single-handedly so if you’re after a relaxing sailing holiday soaking in the sights and delights of Scotland and the Hebrides, then that’s fine too!

Sailing holidays on Stravaigin vary from day sails in the inner Hebrides to week-long sailing adventures exploring the West coast of Scotland. Perfect for solo travellers, couples or families looking for private charters.

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  • What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Stravaigin?

    Stravaigin is still running a Test & Sail Policy for the 2022 sailing season whether guests are vaccinated or not. Please refer to our COVID page for more information.

  • Are all meals included?

    Yes - all meals are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Drinks) Please note that alcohol/soft drinks are not included. There is an honesty bar onboard.

  • Are there any added extra's?

    No, unless you go ashore. Excursions are not included.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please ask at the time of booking.

  • Do I need to tip the crew?

    Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    3x double berth

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    2 bathrooms, both with showers.

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?


  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    John does have some offshore sailing jackets/trousers for hire - £50pp per voyage.

  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.

  • Is bedding included?

    All bedding and wash towels are included. Please bring a swimming towel if you wish to swim ashore.


From: Mallaig

To: Mallaig

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