Sailing the Outer Hebrides & St Kilda
- Vessel: Stravaigin
- Where: Mallaig, Scotland
- Duration: 10 days
- Embark: Mallaig - 26 June 2022, 15:00
- Disembark: Oban - 5 July 2022, 10:00
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Journey with Scottish yacht Stravaigin as she explores the magic of the Outer Hebrides & St Kilda under sail.
Begin your adventure sailing holiday in the Scottish harbour town of Mallaig before setting the sails to discover the ancient volcanic archipelago of St Kilda.
Lying out in the Atlantic, 45 miles west of the Outer Hebrides, these isolated islands were once home to Britain’s most isolated community. The history of the people, its inaccessibility and amazing wildlife make the islands an exceptionally desirable destination for anyone interested in natural history and bucket list adventures. The islands and the surrounding marine area are now a World Heritage site and have a fascinating history waiting to be discovered.
This voyage will, as always, be dictated in part by the weather, but when we anchor you will be able to explore uninhabited, historic islands by foot. Stravaigin requires no previous sailing experience so you can sit back and enjoy the views although a sailing adventure like this is certainly not for the faint-hearted. The crew are more than happy to show you the ropes and even give you the helm if you’d like!
Explore the main island of Hirta with epic views of the other islands and stacks in the group – Dun, Soay, Stac Lee, Boreray and Stac an Armin. The rest of the voyage will navigate guests to some of the most stunning scenery in the world, which is only accessible by sea. Think white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters framed by stark rocky hills patched in purple heather. If the weather doesn’t allow us to get out to St Kilda, rest assured, the Outer Hebrides is home to a wide choice of equally interesting islands to discover under sail.
Sightings of seabirds such as Black Guillemots can be seen in their hundreds and 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.
There are currently no voyages scheduled for this vessel. Please contact the VentureSail team to find out what’s available, or if there are other upcoming voyages that might be suitable.
Do give us a call in the Office on 01872 487288 or email email@example.com, and we will be happy to help you find your next adventure!
All voyages for Stravaigin
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Guided Wild Swimming on Skye and the Small Isles||3 September 2022||7||£1,300.00||Enquire now|
|Sailing & Wild Swimming around Mull||1 October 2022||3||£525.00||Enquire now|
|Sailing & Wild Swimming around Mull||7 October 2022||3||£525.00||Enquire 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.
Deck planMore about Stravaigin
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.
You can travel by rail overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston to Fort William. Once in Fort William you can take The Jacobite Steam Train or the electric train direct to Mallaig. Mallaig station is then only a 5-10 minute walk to the harbour pontoons.
Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport are best placed for access to Mallaig. From either of them take a train onto For William and then onto Mallaig which takes approximately 2-3hours. There are good links direct from the airport to the train and bus terminals for onward travel to Fort William.
STAY IN MALLAIG:
There are plenty of places to stay in Mallaig. Try Chlachain Inn, Seaview Guesthouse or West Highland Hotel.
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.