Classic Sailing around the Scottish Islands

Sail Around The Scottish Isles in July and August.

Discover the joys of sailing holidays in Scotland as you explore the west coast and islands of Scotland by yacht. Polly Agatha, a Bristol Cutter, offers a stunning sailing holiday experience in the ‘traditional style’! She is also very comfortable and luxurious.

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Scotland has some of the finest sailing waters in the country, how better to explore the rarely reached remote areas of the Western Isles or the charms and seclusion of the Inner Hebrides than on a traditional sailing vessel?

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Admire the natural beauty with scenery that will simply take your breath away. Rugged coastlines, endless sandy beaches, secluded sea lochs surrounded by mountainous backdrops and ever changing landscapes in the light. Combine this with a wealth of bird and marine life and a temperate maritime climate, a traditional sailing holiday is the finest way to take in your surroundings and experience the sense of getting away from it all.

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Our Classic Sailing Schedule for around Britain 2016

For more details on the 2016 schedule and the best way of ‘Getting to Scotland’ see here.

Start and end in Cowes – June – September 2016. Whole trip available or legs and we can cater for folk who want to do multiple legs and the delivery trips.  The voyage will set off to the West and visit all the interesting harbours down to the Scillies where we will turn right for a change and head North. We aim to be in the Firth of Clyde by the end of June.

July and August will be spent doing weekly trips out and about exploring as many of the Scottish Islands as we can manage and as such we will move our base around as we go but always allowing folk to get back to Glasgow Airport for their return.

Places available at £6,000 or legs at around £500 per week. These prices include all meals onboard and no hidden extras. The only items you need to budget for are your travel arrangements to and from Polly Agatha and any shoreside meals we decide to take.

The proposed itinerary looks like this and is obviously dependent on weather…

Bookings now being taken so call today on 07795 480254

Voyage 1 – Depart Cowes Thursday 9th June for South Coast sailing towards Torquay- £150 per day. Places available but long legs on this trip (Lyme Bay!)
Voyage 2 – Depart 13th June from Torquay then via Plymouth to Falmouth 20th June – £150 per day or £500pw-(this trip now booked)
Voyage 3 – Depart 20th June from Falmouth and sail to Holyhead for 30th June – depending on weather (slightly longer passages on this leg)- £750

Voyage 4A – Thursday 30th June Depart Holyhead for Mallaig by July 4th
Voyage 4 – Monday July 4th Depart Mallaig and explore Skye, Rum, Eigg etc return Sunday 10th to Oban (this trip now booked)
Voyage 5 – Sunday July 10th Depart Oban and explore the Scottish Isles returning to Oban Saturday 16th (this trip now booked)
Voyage 6 – Sunday July 17th Depart Oban and explore the Scottish Isles thru the Crinan Canal returning to Oban on Saturday 23rd July- £500 (this trip now booked)
Voyage 7 – Sunday July 31st Depart Largs and explore the Scottish Isles returning to Greenock on the Clyde Saturday Aug 6th- £500
Voyage 8 – Sunday Aug 7th Depart Greenock and explore the Scottish Isles returning to Largs Saturday Aug 13th – £500
Voyage 9 – Saturday Aug 20th Depart Largs and head back to Cowes to arrive no later than Monday Sept 5th – This trip may include some long legs but will stop in as many harbours as time and weather permits and will, if possible, visit some beautiful ports and anchorages in Ireland on the way down. £1200

Call Kim now to discuss booking a place on any of the above voyages for a classic sailing holiday in 2016.

 

Getting to Scotland – a few notes

(my deepest thanks to Andy Taylor for these)

How to get to Largs, Mallaig and Oban from Glasgow and the South.

The route to these West of Scotland destinations is always through Glasgow one way or another.

Getting to Glasgow from ‘The South’…

Flying – Flight is the most popular – EasyJet fly typically twice daily from Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol. Ryanair fly from Stansted and BA from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City. Flights under £50 each way are achievable if booked long range. Overall, flying is quickest and possibly cheapest but the connections in Glasgow can be a bit tedious if catching a train to continue.

Normal Train – Also viable but typically a bit slower and probably a bit more expensive. Has the benefit of going City Centre to City Centre, where an easy change is made to the Scotrail services to the coast. A typical train journey from London is 5 hours and £50 each way if booked in advance, or Bristol is 6 hours £80 each way.

Sleeper Train – For Sleeper train right through Glasgow, See bottom of page*

…Continuation from Glasgow to the coast

The options are train, Hire car, or taxi. It’s often six of one half a dozen of the other. There is also the bus, but with cheap trains in Scotland, the bus doesn’t seem worth it.

To Largs. Easiest.

Direct trains go hourly from Glasgow Central to Largs and take an hour and are cheap. If flying, get a bus or taxi from the airport to Paisley Gilmour Street – This intercepts the Glasgow Train to Largs.

Taxi may be the easiest and best value for a group. A taxi to Largs will likely cost £30/£40 and will beat the faffing. For a group of 4 it costs per person about the same as the public transport option.

To Oban. Next easiest.

Direct Trains take 3 hours and go from Glasgow Queen Street (A walk from Glasgow Central). They are cheap at around £10 each way advanced ticket, but there are only around 5 a day. So take care with connections. See note# for Dalmuir short cut.

Taxis cost about £100 each way and will take around 2 hours. More expensive than train, but given the slow connections through Glasgow may save fliers 2 to 3 hours on the total journey.

Hire car will cost £150 to £200 plus petrol for the week, so probably doesn’t have any advantage over a taxi given that it will be parked at the port all week. Remember hire car solution means it is necessary to return to the same port, so not so flexible.

To Mallaig. Hardest.

There are occasional direct trains, or a few more if you change at Fort William. From Glasgow Queen Street it takes around 5 hours direct and costs around £30 each way advanced ticket. There are only 3 each day in the week and 2 each day at weekends, so watch out for bad connections in Glasgow. See note# for Dalmuir short cut.

However, note that this railway journey is possibly Britain’s most beautiful, a single track line crossing Rannoch Moor, around Ben Nevis and the final stretch is famously used in the Harry Potter films.

Taxis cost about £150 each way and will take around 3½ hours. So for a group of 4 there’s not much in it compared to the train. It will be less relaxing and picturesque but will save between 2 and 6 hours depending on connections.

Hire car comes into play given the greater distance and at £150/£200 is both quick and possibly the cheapest option even though the car will sit in Mallaig all week.

# Note: Dalmuir short Cut – From Glasgow Airport to the ScotRail train north, a workaround which avoids going into Glasgow City Centre is to catch a taxi to nearby Dalmuir Station (9 miles). This is only worth it if it means catching an earlier train, which is sometimes possible.

*Sleeper Train. (followed by a branch line connection to the coast)

Then there is the most stylish option of all. The Caledonian Sleeper is a blast from the past. Enjoy a drink and a game of cards, a good night sleep (hopefully) and wake up in West Scotland to enjoy a picturesque final leg to the coast. Typical journeys based on early July:

Depart Euston 20:57 (or Crewe 23:34) Arrive Crianlarich 07:45 (for Oban) or Fort William 09:55 (for Mallaig).

For Oban, the Crianlarich connection gets to Oban at 11.27, and

For Mallaig, the Fort William connection gets to Mallaig at 13:34

Notes:

Euston and Crewe are the only two England embarkation points
Early July fares: Reclining seat £55 one way, bed in a twin cabin £125 one way, regardless of start/finish point.
There are no return tickets
It is important to book early – they sell out.
There are no trains on Saturdays
Make sure you get on the right part of the train else you may end up in Aberdeen or Inverness.
Driving all the way

London is 500 miles and 9 hours (Oban) or 550 and 10 hours (Mallaig)

Bristol is 450 miles and 8 hours (Oban) or 500 miles and 9 hours (Mallaig)

For a group of four it’s the cheapest, but rather you than me.