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Sailing around the Small Isles in Scotland

The picturesque Small Isles area is perfect for a sailing holiday on a traditional wooden yacht

Best time: late April–mid-August

Sailing around the Small Isles
Sailing around the Small Isles
Sailing around the Small Isles
Sailing around the Small Isles

During a 6-day trip on a traditional 75-year old wooden yacht, you can explore the Small Isles scattered in the scenic Inner Hebrides in west Scotland. The trip even includes a visit to the smallest of the Small Isles—Muck. You will be able to see a unique Scottish castle situated in the wild Rum isle, drink beer in the most remote pub in Scotland found in Knoydart, visit Eilean Shona which literally means "beautiful island," and other equally pretty islands such as Canna, Eigg, Arran and Skye boasting numerous fjord-like lochs, coves, and mountains. While sailing from one island to another, you may encounter wonderful Scottish wildlife including​ whales, dolphins, sharks, and innumerable birds.

The tours run from late April to mid-August and are designed for 8 passengers. The route is not fixed and it is up to you to choose the itinerary.

Practical info

When is the optimal time of year to go on a sailing holiday around the Small Isles in Scotland?

To experience the ideal weather and calm waters for sailing, the Small Isles in Scotland are best visited between late April and mid-August. Unfavorable weather conditions such as strong winds, rain, and snow usually make it hard to sail from September to March. Enjoy the scenic beauty and the wildlife around these islands while taking advantage of the ideal weather on your sailing vacation. Show more

What is the maximum number of passengers that can fit on the traditional wooden yacht used for the sailing package?

Expertly accommodating up to 8 passengers, the traditional wooden yacht provides cabins for each guest. The cozy common area, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom all make for a comfortable and convenient stay. A friendly cook and experienced skipper make up the crew and provide enjoyable meals while sailing. This vessel is perfect for families, groups of friends, or anyone who wants to lend a hand with sailing the boat around Small Isles waters. Show more

Which Small Isle can be found on the sailing package during the trip?

Muck Island is the smallest of the Small Isles, and a visit here is a highlight of the sailing trip around the region. With a small population of only 30 people, the island offers uninterrupted views of the Scottish coastline. Discovering the island, exploring its farms and crofts, and enjoying the welcoming hospitality of the restaurant and pub are just a few of the activities that await you. Also, you can immerse yourself in Muck's culture and history by visiting the Muck Island Heritage Centre or by observing the various wildlife species that populate the island. Show more

What kind of wildlife might you see while sailing from one island to another?

While on the sailing trip, you are likely to encounter diverse Scottish wildlife such as whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, otters, and countless bird species as you move from one island to the next. Meanwhile, various land-based animals such as deer, cattle, goats, and sheep can be spotted on the islands. Enjoy fishing and cook your catch as the islands abound in fish. The Scottish wildlife must be experienced at least once in a lifetime either for appreciation or research. Show more

Are there any special sailing experience criteria or requirements for the trip?

The sailing trip does not require any sailing experience or knowledge of navigating the sea as the skipper and crew will provide you with all the necessary information. The trip is suitable for both beginner and experienced sailors. Be that as it may, physical fitness is required for the sailing trip and you should prepare accordingly for activities like swimming in cold waters, climbing ladders, and walking on uneven terrain. Ensure you pack necessary clothing and gear for the trip to make your journey more enjoyable. Show more

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