Sail & Walk the Outer Hebrides
Olly Worsley, January 3, 2011
Type of Trip: Sailing & Walking
Duration: 10 days
Departure Dates: For 2011: between 23rd April – 30th September (provisional dates)
Ability: No previous sailing experience is necessary but be prepared for rough sea crossings
Level of fitness: Moderate (see chart*)
Start point: Port of Mallaig
Finish point: Port of Mallaig
Operated by: Wilderness Scotland
Day One; beginning at Mallaig port and setting sail for the Point of Sleat on Skye, you will be spending the first night aboard the sailing yacht. Day Two; head West to the island of Canna, with the opportunity to spot Minke whales and Basking sharks, and walk to the top of Compass Hill (8km day) Day Three; head for the Outer Hebrides and anchor at Eriskay where you will explore the island and visit the local pub, ‘Am Politician’. Day Four; a 60-mile sail takes you to St Kilda (weather dependent), experience the St Kilda archipelago and the beautiful surrounding islands. Day Five; Explore St Kilda and what the fantastic coastline of the island have to offer (12km day) Day Six; Visit the 19th Century settlement dwellings in Village Bay and climb Conachair, the highest point of the island before setting sail for the return 40-mile passage east to the Monach Islands (6km day). Day Seven; explore the great diversity of the Monachs, including the largest population of Atlantic grey seals then heading to the anchorage at Hermetray (6km day). Day Eight; Enjoy some exhilarating sailing along the coast of the Isle of Skye. Exposing yourself to incredible views of the Trotternish Peninsula and the bizarre rock formations of the Quirang and the Storr, before anchoring in Loch Toscaig by the Applecross Peninsula (4km day). Day Nine; Sail to the magnificent fjord-like Loch Hourn, leaving the boat and following an ancient deer stalker’s path that crosses the wild Knoydart Peninsula. Finishing at the most remote pub in the UK to reflect on the week. Day Ten; return to Mallaig.
Included in the price
• 10 nights accommodation on a sail yacht
• All meals
• A senior guide
• A qualified skipper
• Opportunities to get involved in the sailing
Clothes to bring
• 5 pairs of walking/trekking socks
• A fleece/mid-layer
• Waterproof jacket and trousers
• 2 T-shirts
• Walking boots & gaiters
• A buff/neck fleece
• Comfortable clothing for evenings in the yacht
• Windproof Jacket (optional)
Equipment to bring
• Light backpack (approx. 30-40L)
• Water bottle (Nalgene) and drinking mug
• 1 litre thermos
• Head torch (optional)
• Walking poles (optional)
Getting there responsibly
Trains leave from Glasgow Queen Street direct to Mallaig, the starting point of the trip. Book cheap rail tickets from all UK stations at thetrainline.com.
- Limited or no mobile phone coverage in the area.
- Approximately 10km of walking/hiking per day
- The itinerary is the intended programme and routes may be altered at the guides/skippers discretion.
- More information on the Outer Hebrides and Orkneys.