A Sailors’ Voyage to Scotland
- Vessel: Bessie Ellen
- Where: Scotland
- Duration: 11 days
- Embark: Fowey - 17 April 2020, 15:00
- Disembark: Oban - 27 April 2020, 10:00
As the evenings grow lighter Bessie Ellen heads north to Oban, Scotland and the journey north from Cornwall is a fantastic opportunity to tuck some ocean miles under your belt and taste life on the open water.
As the evenings grow lighter Bessie Ellen heads north to Oban, Scotland and the journey from Cornwall is a fantastic opportunity to tuck some ocean miles under your belt and taste life on the open water on board a classic ship.
Sailing through the St. George’s Channel offers the chance to take the night watch and sail under the stars, enjoying the sense of peace as the ship settles down for the evening. From the St. George’s Channel the voyage continues north-west into Peel Harbour on the Isle of Man. This will be your first stop on the voyage and is where our chef heads out to stock up on traditionally cured kippers, which have been produced in Peel since the 19th Century.
As ‘Man’ slips astern Bessie Ellen will head on up the North Channel past the mountains of Mourne Islay (pronounced ‘eye-la’), one of skipper Nikki’s favourite locations. Historically, the island served as the meeting place for Scottish clan leaders but it is now a paradise for whisky lovers, boasting an amazing eight distilleries. Each is nestled on the shores around the island and offers the chance to sample some of the finest malt whiskies in the world.
In the closing stages of the voyage, the ship will call in at Colonsay or Jura and pass the narrow strait of Coryvrekkan between Jura and Scarba. Once through, the gateway to the Hebrides is open free and Bessie Ellen will make her way to Oban, where guests will depart.
As ever, when sailing the weather will have a huge influence on the passage plan and ports of call.
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch
Bessie Ellen offers quality sailing holidays on board a classic tall ship with over 100 years of history, and is now one of the last West Country trading ketches.
This ship worked through both world wars during the last era of wind-powered trade, when ships like Bessie were seen all over England. She is featured on the National Historic Ships Register, which identifies her as a historic vessel that needs to be conserved.
Now, her working life is very different, and she spends her days cruising around British and Spanish waters, offering sailing holidays. With an experienced and hospitable crew, Bessie Ellen provides her guests with a comfortable and authentic tall ship experience. Skipper Nikki occasionally nods back to Bessie’s past by loading her up with cargo for ocean passages, transporting beer from Harbour Brewery and making the most out of the emission free transport that Bessie offers.
Sail with Bessie Ellen and Nikki, around Cornwall, the Hebrides, St. Kilda and the Canary Islands, and not only enjoy sailing aboard a tall ship, but experience unique coastlines, abundant wildlife, and excellent food. While enjoying all of this you will also be able to feel smug about having such an environmentally friendly holiday, as Nikki tries to be as green as possible in every aspect of her journeys – everything down to providing guests with toiletries that are microbead free, and so don’t harm the marine life.
Choose from weekend breaks, weeklong trips, or 10 day explorations for a truly unforgettable holiday.
What language is spoken on board?
English is the main language spoken, however on occasion we have crew onboard who are multilingual.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 12 comfortable berths in the former cargo hold. This is an open plan area that is also used for meals and relaxing
Are meals included?
Yes - and we pride ourselves on the quality of food served!
Do I need to be a seasoned sailor?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like, whether the know how to or not.
Can I charge my phone or camera?
Yes. We run generators every day in the morning and evening, which run the 240 volt system of normal 3 pin sockets.
Do I have to do watches?
During a passage crossings you may be asked to be part of our watch rota, this is not compulsory but is definitely part of boat life that guests enjoy when at sea for long periods.
Will there be time to get off the boat?
Yes on most of our trips we try and explore the areas we are sailing around each day, except for passage crossings where of course we are at sea for most of the voyage.