Welcome to Sail Britain’s 2019 Programme! We will be focusing this year on the Western Isles of Scotland, one of the UK’s most dramatic and varied sailing grounds. From the stunning wooded shores of the inner sea lochs and the wild mountains of Skye and the Small Isles, to the remote and windswept Outer Hebrides, the area offers natural beauty and adventure in abundance.

Our programme under sail works towards creative and cultural exchange, education and environmental research in a context which values diversity and new ideas. No experience is necessary and our programme is open to everyone. For creative projects we also have an Open Call for our end of year exhibition at the Lumen Gallery to which all are invited.

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A berth onboard costs £695 per week. We encourage you to think creatively about covering this, have a look here for ideas on funding your trip.

Ardrossan-Oban, super/collider Residency

4 – 11th May

Bridging the disciplines of art, science and astronomy, this residency is a unique programme offering a view into the hidden worlds of the ocean, both above and below the surface, and looking far above to the universal forces which govern its rhythms….read more

Islay and Jura from Oban

11 – 18th May

Exploring Ocean Plastic Pollution

This week will be led by plastics researcher and Surfers Against Sewage Scotland rep Rebecca Steele to explore plastic in the oceans and in our lives. Want to know more about the issue and see firsthand? This trip is for you…read more

Mull, Staffa and the Wild Islands

18 – 25th May

Exploring Ocean Plastic Pollution

Continuing our environmental engagement, we’ll be looking for the tiniest plastic fragments – microplastics – and leaning about their effects on ecosystems…read more

World Oceans Day 2019, Crinan to Mallaig

8 – 15th June

To coincide with World Oceans Day 2019, Sail Britain is very pleased to be collaborating with the Marine Society at the LSE to examine the social issues affecting ocean conservation and explore approaches to marine governance out on the water.

The Sound of Raasay, Rona and the Sea Lochs

15 – 22nd June

Art and Ocean Conservation

This week will be led by artist and conservationist Jazz Austin to explore our connection with the ocean and marine conservation themes through creativity…read more

Over the Sea to Skye

22 – 29th June

The Isle of Skye is home to some of Scotland’s wildest places, some only accessible by boat. Join the crew to explore this beautiful island and the conservation of the seas that surround it!…read more

The Life of Islands – Artists’ Residency, Skye and the Small Isles

29th June – 6th July

The islands to the south of Skye have very unique characters and each have a unique way of life. We’ll be exploring islands and why they are important…read more

Westward – Mallaig to Barra

20 – 27th July

Leaving Mallaig in our wake, we shall set our sails towards the western horizon and the wild islands of the southern Outer Hebrides and some adventurous sailing…read more

Sound and Song – Southern Outer Hebrides

27th July – 3rd Aug

Singing on the Edge of the Atlantic

This week will explore singing and the sea, a long tradition which is uniquely intertwined and important for the distinct island culture in this very special place…read more

Outer Hebridean Islands – Lochmaddy to Stornoway

3 – 10th Aug

Ocean Conservation

This week will be run by marine conservationist and sailor, Sam Pearce. Marine conservation is one of the cornerstones of Sail Britain’s mission and this week gives us the opportunity to learn about this impotant topic first-hand as we sail north towards the incredible Shiant Islands…read more

The North West Coast – Stornoway to Ullapool

10 – 17th Aug

Singing the Hebrides

Led by singer Rose Martin, this week will have a musical focus as we set sail for the far north west of Scotland, also home to some of the world’s oldest rocks and some extraordinary geological features…read more

The Great Sea Lochs, Ullapool – Mallaig

17 – 24th Aug

Design and Sustainability on the Sea

This week will be led by sustainable designer, maker and ‘nurdler’, Alice Kettle, and is a brilliant opportunity to learn about sustainability from an expert. We’ll visit the Summer Isles and dramatic Loch Torridon – Britain’s answer to the fjords!…read more

The Wild Islands – Artists’ Residency

Mallaig – Oban, 7 – 14th Sept

During this residency we will be travelling to remote and wild islands, exploring ‘Islandness’ – the nature of islands and what makes them special. Our voyage south towards Oban takes us through some incredible wilderness such as mysterious Loch Moidart with its ruined castle, the Treshnish Isles inhabited only by puffins, and the magical Isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave…read more

The last Sail, Oban – Ardrossan

21 – 28th Sept

Exploring Ocean Plastic Pollution

This trip will coincide with the Autumn’s biggest ocean cleanup event, the Great British Beach Clean. We shall be learning about the ocean plastics crisis and getting stuck in to share our stories from the sea with local communities…read more


End of Year Show

21 -24th Nov

We are very pleased to announce that we will be having an end of year show following the 2019 programme. This will be held at the Lumen Gallery in Bethnal Green, London, and everyone who has sailed with Sail Britain this year is invited to show their work….read more


Please remember that Sail Britain trips encompass multidisciplinary creative, cultural and scientific research, and are not tours or holidays. Travel to and from locations is not included.