Sail the West coast of Scotland to discover some of the best artisan whisky distilleries in the world.
Begin your adventure sailing holiday in the Scottish harbour town of Oban to set the sails and explore the best offerings of Scotlands whisky distilleries.
Scotland is the largest exporter of whisky in the world so its fair to say whisky is important to the Scots! Luckily many of the distilleries are in coastal locations and we are able to visit them under sail with Stravaigin. Even if you do not drink whisky, a visit to a distillery is informative and many have cosy cafes and gift shops too.
The following coastal distilleries have been included in past itineraries, Springbank, Glen Scotia, Kilkerran, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Jura, Oban, Tobermory, Ardnamurchan, Talisker and Isle of Harris. New distilleries are still being opened, so the list is never finished!
The new market for Scottish botanical gin and even rum, provide an alternative interest and with many using coastal seaweeds and foraged plants to infuse their spirits, distillers and staff are delighted to welcome you and share their stories.
Visits can be arranged during some of the scheduled trips or our whisky cruise so you could tick off a few in one trip.
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 distilleries 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.
This voyage will, as always, be dictated in part by the weather, but when we anchor you will be able to explore ashore, follow trails and discover places off the beaten track. 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!
*All meals are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Drinks). An evening Single Malt dram of your choice from our well-stocked bar. There is an honesty bar for other times.
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Sail and Explore Islay, Jura and Whisky!||17 May 2021||7||£1,015||Enquire now|
|Sail and Explore Islay, Jura and Whisky!||18 July 2021||6||£870||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
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.
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?
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.