Guided Trek & Sail Adventure in The Hebrides
- Vessel: Zuza
- Where: Scotland
- Duration: 7 days
- Embark: Oban - 14 September 2019, 14:00
- Disembark: Oban - 20 September 2019, 16:00
Join our VentureSail crew and Mammut Mountain School guides on a bespoke trek and sail experience. Sail to remote anchorages around the Hebrides on luxury expedition vessel Zuza, before embarking on guided treks around these remote and beautiful islands.
We have teamed up with Mammut Mountain School to bring our guests a unique opportunity – combining our sailing holidays with guided trekking in the Hebrides, Scotland.
Jump aboard luxury expedition yacht Zuza for this seven-night, six-day trip giving guests the chance to learn the ropes of sailing and explore the remote locations and unmarked route in the Hebrides. Sail to places only accessible by boat and navigate paths determined by your Mammut hiking guide, trekking across naturally beautiful terrains around Scotland. All routes will be planned by your Mammut guide and are not marked paths, offering a unique opportunity to explore where few people have had the chance to set foot.
Join Zuza in Oban, Scotland where you will be provided with everything you need for your adventure week away. Offering freshly prepared food, comfortable social spaces and private cabins with plenty of storage, this purpose built expedition yacht was made for trips like these. Meet new faces, discover new locations and spot an abundance of wildlife, all under the guidance of experienced professionals. The trip includes all meals and drinks (including a packed lunch for the treks & three-course evening meals), Mammut mountaineering equipment, Mammut hiking guide, and exclusive use of luxury yacht Zuza, sailed by a qualified skipper and crew. Guests need to be at a good level of fitness and bring with them 3 season walking boots.
Mammut Mountain School offers a rare opportunity to learn outdoor adventure skills in a stunning setting from some of the country’s most experienced mountaineers. It is run by Sam Sykes who has decades of experience leading expeditions across the globe. Sam climbed his first mountain aged three and now his knowledge and dedication to helping others achieve their adventure goals are helping him build the best expedition company in the world.
“Our goal is to challenge you, push you physically and mentally, help you to develop both body and mind whilst at the same time ensuring your safety, comfort and most of all, enjoyment.” – Sam Sykes.
Examples of Interaries in Scotland.
North from Oban
Aim: Rhum and Knoydart
Day 1 – Oban to Sunart
Day 2 – Sunart to Rhum
Day 3 – Rhum: walking either Rhum overnight or head to Loch Nevis and Knoydart
Day4 – Loch Nevis: walking Knoydart Loch Nevis ( change anchorage)
Day 5 – Loch Nevis to Eigg
Day 6 – Eigg to Lismore
Day 7 – Lismore to Oban
Aim: Torridon and Loch Nevis
Day 1 – Oban to Sunart
Day 2 – Sunart to Torridon 80Nm trip
Day 3 – Torridon walking
Day 4 – Torridon Torridon to Loch Nevis
Day 5 – Loch Nevis to Eigg
Day 6 – Eigg to Mull ( fishnish bay)
Day 7 – Mull Oban
South From Oban
Day 1 – Oban to Easedale
Day 2 – Easedale to Jura (Craighouse)
Day 3 – Jura walking move to another anchorage
Day 4 – Jura to Colonsay
Day 5 – Colonsay to Loch Spelve
Day 6 – Loch Spelve to Lismore
Day 7 – Lismore to Oban
Experience Wildlife as you walk
Wildlife in Scotland is a real treat whether under sail or by foot. Sightings of seabirds such as Black Guillemots can be seen in their hundreds and white-tailed eagles soar along the rugged coastline. Sailing on Zuza 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. Scotland is also home to Fulmars, Hooded Crows, and snowstorms of Gannets diving for food on the open sea. Acrobatic Ravens give everything else in the sky a flying lesson and there is also the opportunity to spot scattered colonies of sensitive breeding Arctic & Common Terns. These sights are magnificently overwhelming, with the sound of seabird colonies, Puffins, Guillemots & Razorbills, it is like nothing else on earth.
There are frequent encounters with Common, Bottlenose & Whitebeak dolphins on board these trips, and Risso & Whitesided dolphins are also occasionally sighted. Basking sharks have been scarce the last few years but are still seen and seem to be returning – and we know the hot spots! 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.
Wherever you explore with your Mammut hiking guide and Zuza as your base, be sure that the views will be breathtaking and the experience once in a lifetime. So have your eyes peeled and your walking boots at the ready for a wonderfully adventurous trip of exploration – one not to be missed!
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Guided Trek & Sail Adventure in The Hebrides||14 September 2019||7||£1,650||Enquire now|
Built in 1998, Zuza already has plenty of history. After being launched in South Africa, the British Royal Geographical Society chose Zuza to be an offshore base for an international marine research project off the east coast of Africa, where her features and reliability helped to facilitate groundbreaking marine research. This expedition yacht has a double hull and Bermudan Cutter rig, which makes her very smooth and steady on the water, and is easy for those that want to learn more about sailing or to just sit back and enjoy the ride in the comfort of the warm and dry wheelhouse.
Zuza has a super experienced crew, lead by skipper Helen Walker, and spends her season sailing around the inner and outer Hebrides in Scotland. With trips to St Kilda, Mull, Jura, Barra, The Small Isles and Skye, Zuza can sail to locations that are not accessible by the larger cruise boats in this area. Her quiet approach also stands her in good stead as to not scare off wildlife, which means she can get as close as is fair to the plethora of marine and wildlife that calls Scotland home. She has a modern cutter rig and operates her sails with an easy and safe winch system. So if exploring hard to reach Scottish Islands and wildlife watching in comfort is the sort of experience you are seeking, then Zuza is the boat for you!
First mate, Mark, grew up by the sea and has been passionate about sailing since his first trip in a Mirror dinghy at the age of eleven. Over the last 12 years he has been building up experience and qualifications in yachts, power boats and dinghies including crewing on Zuza during the last two seasons. When not aboard Zuza, Mark can be found cruising, racing or repairing yachts and dinghies and he is also a qualified dinghy sailing instructor. Alongside Helen, the skipper, and Rachel, the chef, you’re in capable hands on board this yacht.
This vessel accommodates eight guests with plenty of living room both on and below deck. Unusually for a vessel of this size, she has two lovely private double-bedded cabins, which are often popular with guests travelling as couples. There are also another two, private twin-berth cabins with bunk-bed style accommodation. The two shower rooms with toilets are close to all cabins in the middle of the ship. Zuza’s versatile accommodation makes her a great fit for all party sizes whether you are smaller group, couple or solo traveller, she has a comfortable saloon that is perfect for getting to know each other; trading sea-faring stories and enjoying some of the delicious food prepared by chef, Rachel. The saloon is adjacent to the well-equipped galley that serves as Rachel’s workstation, and there are lots of windows throughout to make the most of long summer evenings and wildlife watching with a glass of chilled wine. Read more about Helen, the skipper and life on board Zuza as she cruises Scotland.
Take a look at this unique yacht and enjoy some big boat sailing!
- Total number of berths : 12
- Guest berths : 8
- Number of bathrooms : 3
- Smoking on board? : Ashore only