Sailing & Whisky Exploring in Scotland
- Vessel: Valiente
- Where: Scotland
- Duration: 4 days
- Embark: Mallaig - 20 September 2023, 17:00
- Disembark: Oban - 23 September 2023, 10:00
Set the sails with expedition boat Valiente as she sails the coast of West Scotland from Mallaig to Oban.
Join expedition yacht Valiente on the West coast of Scotland in the harbour of Mallaig as you get ready to set the sails south towards Oban.
This four day taster experience is a great introduction for those looking to try something new, and see the West coast of Scotland from a different perspective. Exploring under sail means reaching those harder access locations and anchoring directly by the famous whisky distilleries that this sailing area is renowned for.
Discover the Isle of Mull and if the wind permits, sail down to the island of Jura before finishing in the harbour port of Oban.
- Expedition sailing
- Remote destinations
- Island hopping
- Private cabins
- Wildlife watching
- Whisky Distilleries
- Fully crewed
YOUR SAILING AREA
Mallaig to Oban, Scotland
The Hebrides offers some of the most breath-taking and fascinating sailing grounds in the UK. One of our most popular sailing holiday destinations, the coasts and islands that make up the West Coast of Scotland offer so much variation for ours boats and guests, you will quickly see why our guests return year on year. Think remote anchorages where mountains run straight into the sea, miles of atmospheric landscapes, secret coves and uninhabited islands for walking trails ashore.
This voyage is perfect for those wanting to experience sailing for the first time and are looking to try something new in a safe and supported environment. Sail from Mallaig to Oban exploring the Sound of Mull, and the island of Jura along the way. Once you have boarded, your skipper will have the latest weather forecast and will have a better idea of what you can expect from your taster sailing holiday in Scotland.
Mull is the fourth largest island on the West coast of Scotland and is certainly best seen from the water. Offering panoramic landscapes, breath-taking sunsets and plenty of locations away from the tourist hustle and bustle, Mull is renowned for its abundance of marine life. Its coastline and surrounding skerries and islands are important areas for marine animals and breeding seabirds, forming part of a Special Area of Conservation. From dolphins swimming in the wake of the bow, to whales breaking the horizon and sea eagles soaring in the jet streams; there’ll be something to spot around every corner so keep your binoculars ready.
As long as the wind permits, we’ll aim to sail to the island of Jura which is a paradise of untouched nature and natural beauty. The name Jura comes from the Norwegian and it means “Deer Island” and this still applies today with an estimated 5,500 deer and only around 180 inhabitants. Visit the remote Isle of Jura Distillery, take a tour and enjoy a few drams before setting the sails for our final sail back to Oban.
All voyages for Valiente
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff
Expedition boat Valiente is a 70 foot steel boat designed to withstand tough arctic conditions, but with comfort and high standards maintained along the way.
She sails very well with a simple rig and has a lot of space on deck for guests and crew. Valiente has ample space in the saloon and wheelhouse with 360degree views. Below decks there is a well equipped galley. The boat has five guest cabins, with the 3 doubles having an ensuite and shower.
Valiente is very well equipped for trips and expeditions including; RIB light boat, two folding kayaks, big tanks for both water and diesel, water-maker, generators, safety and rescue equipment and communication equipment.
She spends her summers sailing in Norway, Svalbard and offering expedition sailing adventures to Greenland, Iceland, Jan Mayen and the Faroe islands.
Deck planMore about Valiente
LIFE ON BOARD VALIENTE
Your ticket price will include the skipper and first mate (co-skipper) Along the way, sailing or on motor, Valiente will include all participants in the sailing. Generally, she sails most of the day, and everyone onboard will be running watches of 4 hours on and 8 hours off.
On our trips everyone participates in the operation of the sailboat and everyone is considered crew. We would like to get to know you well and hope that you will get to know everyone else on the boat as soon as possible. It requires some patience, generosity, and an open mind to thrive, but the new acquaintances and completely raw nature experiences will take your focus as soon as you become comfortable with life at sea.
Accommodation on the boat is part of the fun. The accommodation is generally in shared cabins, some of which have a double bed and some of which have bunk beds. Figuring out who sleeps where can be a bit of a puzzle, but we do believe we’ve gotten quite good at it. Let us know if you have any special needs or reservations.
We have plenty of heating and good food on the boat, but not always abundance of fresh water. This means it will not be possible to shower every day, but more or less every other day we are either in a harbour with fresh water or we sail through a place where we can borrow showers or enjoy a sauna. A morning swim in the sea is free and is available all year round!
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. soft/hot drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Fishing equipment
- Use of the on board small sailing dinghy for extra practice!
What’s not included
- Waterproofs > Guests can rent oilskins from us for 500NOK per trip, per person
- Swim towel
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
- Any meals ashore
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
This voyage will not be more than 12miles offshore.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals and soft drinks are included. Guests work on a rotation basis to cook together onboard.
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes - please specify at time of enquiry
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
3x double cabins, 1x twin bunk cabin, 1 x quad bunk cabin
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Is there WIFI?
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
12v charging under sail, 220 EURO 2pin when connected to shore power/generator
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Guests can rent oilskins from us for 500NOK per trip, per person.
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?
Yes, all bedding and a towel is provided
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
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.
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.