Knoydart Skye – Sailing & Walking in Knoydart, 7 Days, Scotland
Knoydart Skye Sailing on a traditional yacht, you’ll explore the islands and fjord-like lochs which make the fissured coastline of the west of Scotland so famous.
Sailing & Walking in Scotland
Knoydart Skye & Sailing on a traditional yacht, explores the islands and fjord-like lochs which make the fissured coastline of the west of Scotland so famous.
From the remote peninsula of Knoydart, often referred to as Scotland’s last wilderness, to the Isles of Skye and Rum with their dramatic rocky ridges, we will hike to otherwise hidden vantage points and enjoy superb walks accessed from beautiful white sandy beaches.
In coastal waters renowned for its diversity of wildlife, we have every chance of seeing whales, dolphins and a plethora of birdlife. Set against the backdrop of the islands’ fascinating history and culture, this maritime adventure makes for a truly unique and memorable holiday.
These memorable journeys are based aboard our yacht, Eda Frandsen. Eda is a classic and beautifully converted 70-year old Gaff Cutter. Lovingly restored by the skipper himself, she is extremely graceful and her rails and spars gleam with varnish. The rig is entirely traditional showing incredible workmanship. Down below, she is comfortable and well equipped, with a spacious saloon where we enjoy meals of the highest quality.
This Walking in Knoydart trip offers a unique chance to explore these beautiful Scottish islands in style, guided by our skipper, first-mate and a walking guide. The set-up of the boat is equally suited to experienced and novice sailors.
Please note that private charters, with or without walking guide, are also available – please contact us as early as possible to discuss dates.
- 6 nights accommodation on the traditional sailing yacht u2018Eda Frandsen’
- All meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Mallaig
- All specialist group sailing equipment
- The services of a highly experienced skipper and walking guide.
- Day 1 The Sailing and Walking Holiday begins
On arrival in the port of Mallaig for your sailing and walking holiday, you will be welcomed aboard the yacht for this sailing and walking adventure. Following a trip briefing over afternoon tea, we set sail, perhaps the Point of Sleat on Skye or to another nearby anchorage, for the first night aboard. An excellent way to travel to Mallaig is via the spectacular West Highland Railway – one of the most celebrated train journeys in the world. (D)
- Day 2 Sail to the Isle of Rum and afternoon ashore
Following a relaxing breakfast we set sail for the mysterious and fascinating Isle of Rum. This stretch of water is excellent for whale spotting and we are likely to see porpoises and dolphins as we sail. After lunch in Loch Scresort, we head ashore to explore Rum and its famous Kinloch Castle. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 8km, approx 3hrs.
- Day 3 Walking on Rum and Sailing to the Isle of Canna
We head into the hills to explore the majestic Rum Cuillin. One possible ascent might be Hallival, populated by Europe’s largest colony of Manx Shearwater which nest in burrows high up on the mountain. Returning to the yacht amidst incredible views of Eigg and Skye, we set sail for Canna. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 12km, approx 6hrs.
- Day 4 Walking on Canna, Sail to Loch Scavaig, Skye
We spend the morning ashore on the stunning Isle of Canna, enjoying the short walk to the summit of Compass Hill with its fantastic panoramic viewpoint. From here we can see the route to our evening’s destination, Loch Scavaig, spectacularly situated at the foot of the Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye. (B, L, D)
Walk details: approx 5km, 2 hrs.
- Day 5 Walking on Skye and Sailing to Knoydart
Loch Scavaig must be one of the most dramatic anchorages anywhere in the world. Following breakfast, we head ashore to enjoy a walk round the hauntingly beautiful Loch Coruisk. Returning to the yacht for lunch, we then sail to the magnificent, fjord-like Loch Hourn on the mainland peninsula of Knoydart. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 8km, approx 4hrs.
- Day 6 Hiking in Knoydart – The Mam Barrisdale Pass
Our aim for the day is to traverse the pristine wilderness of Knoydart on foot. Leaving Loch Hourn, we follow an ancient deer stalker’s path, crossing the Mam Barrisdale pass on our way to the village of Inverie on the shores of Loch Nevis. Here, we visit The Old Forge, the remotest pub in Britain before enjoying a celebratory final dinner aboard the yacht. (B, L, D)
Walk details: 12km, approx 5hrs.
- Day 7 Short passage to Mallaig, travel home
Following breakfast, you’ll make the short trip back to Mallaig to connect with the morning train south. (B)
Activity Level: Strenuous
Many people ask what the sailing conditions will be like and how they will be affected by sea sickness. The conditions will be varied from relaxing sailing in sheltered waters to some more challenging longer passages. In our experience, the worry of sickness is far greater than the reality. After a short while, most people begin to feel at home on the boat and are comfortable at sea. If you are particularly susceptible to motion-sickness, there are a range of medicines and natural remedies available, most of which are highly effective.
Sailing & Walking Holidays These trips are based aboard the yacht Eda Frandsen. With regards to the walking element of these trips, you will experience a range of walks throughout the week. On some days, you may hike only for 2 or 3 hours, while on other days you might spend 6 hours hiking up one of the peaks on Rum or traversing the Knoydart peninsula via a mountain pass. The underfoot hiking conditions can vary from good tracks to rough or boggy ground. Some of the routes will involve ascents of up to 2000ft / 600m. You will need a good level of fitness for these hikes, although if you prefer, you can opt out of the hike.
Sailing Sailing Journeys are are all about exploring the Inner and Outer Hebrides from the sea. Generally you can take as much to do with the sailing as you like, either grab the rigging or relax on deck with a sundowner. So in light of the above, you will need a reasonable level of fitness and agility to join one of these trips if you want to get involved with the sailing.