Welcome to the Sail Britain 2023 Programme! We’re looking forward to welcoming you onboard yacht Merlin.

Each week of our programme has a different focus but all involve lots of sailing and exploring. No experience is necessary and it’s open to everyone. From raising anchor to hoisting sail, we provide the support and training to make sure everyone can get involved in an inclusive and welcoming environment.

Our voyages under sail work towards creative and cultural exchange, ocean education and environmental research in a context which values diversity and new ideas. They’re also a wonderful way to get out on the water, learn to sail from an onboard instructor, and explore some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery!

Reconnecting with Nature

20 – 27th May, Ardrossan – Oban

This week is led by Dr Freija Mendrik, a marine scientist passionate about protecting ocean life. Together we will explore different ways to reconnect with the ocean, environmental issues and solutions…read more WAITING LIST

Island Cruising, week 1

10 – 17th June, Oban – Oban

Join the crew of yacht Merlin for a week of relaxed sailing in the stunning isles of the inner Hebrides. Starting and ending in Oban, we will have some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery on our doorstep…read more

Wild Writing Week

15th – 22nd July, Mallaig – Mallaig

Join yacht Merlin for a nature writing retreat, encompassing poetry and singing, whilst sailing in one of the most beautiful and inspiring coastlines in the world…read more WAITING LIST

Over the Sea to Skye

22nd – 29th July, Mallaig – Mallaig

This beautiful island is home to some of Scotland’s wildest places, some only accessible by boat. This week is an open programme, with lots of hands-on sailing, and learning more about the ocean…read more 

Wild Food and Sailing

5th – 12th August, Mallaig – Mallaig

We are super excited to be running a special week of foraging and sailing again. We’ll be sailing around the islands of Scotland’s spectacular West Coast with wild food educator Mark Williams…read more WAITING LIST

Between Land and Sea

12 – 19th August, Mallaig – Mallaig

Join us for a week of sailing and painting around the Small Isles, led by artist Ellis O’Connor. Ellis will offer guidance throughout in sketching, painting and varied mixed medium techniques…read more

Adventure Filmmaking

19 – 26th August, Mallaig – Oban

Teaming up with film maker and Sail Britain crew member Tom Sweetland, our focus this week will be on adventure film making, photography and storytelling with our expert crew sharing tips and experience…read more

Island Cruising, week 2

26th Aug – 2nd Sept, Oban – Oban

Join the crew of yacht Merlin for a week of relaxed sailing in the stunning isles of the inner Hebrides. Starting and ending in Oban, we will have some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery on our doorstep…read more

Sea Myths and Legends

2nd – 9th September , Oban – Oban

Our coasts and islands have always been rich in stories, and these are the building blocks of our island culture. This week we will be seeking out some of these stories with historian, linguist and poet Jack Threlfall Hartley…read more

Our Living Ocean

9 – 16th September, Oban – Oban

This week we will be setting sail on a voyage to explore the secrets of the sea, how our lives are intimately connected with the health of the ocean and the wildlife there…read more

Ocean Conservation

16th – 23rd September , Oban – Ardrossan

This week will give us the opportunity to explore many different habitats and marine environments. Each night we’ll stop at a different location, giving us plenty of chances to go ashore and explore some of the ocean’s secrets…read more

2023 Residency Programme  – now closed for applications, but feel free to drop us a message if you’d like to come in future!

The Wild Islands Residency

17 – 24th June, Oban – Mallaig

The Wild Islands Residency explores uninhabited islands; the remoter, wilder and lesser-known places, with a focus on the unique geology and wildlife that can be found here…read more

Creative Ecology Residency

24th June – 1st July, Mallaig – Stornoway

This residency explores the role of creativity as an ‘ecological power’ and as a way for us to come into connection with the oceans, islands and marine life…read more

Muir is Tir Residency

1st – 8th July, Stornoway – Stornoway

Muir is Tir, run in collaboration with the An Lanntair arts centre, offers a window into the traditions, language and culture of the Outer Hebrides and their relationship with the sea…read more

Dark Ocean

8 – 15th July, Stornoway – Mallaig

We are excited to be running a joint week with Charlotte Du Cann of the Dark Mountain Project, exploring the role the ocean plays in our imagination, in a time of climate and biodiversity crisis…read more

The Life of Islands Residency

29th July – 5th Aug, Mallaig – Mallaig

We are excited to announce the fourth year of the Life of Islands Residency. Facilitated by artist and musician Laura Copsey, the residency explores ‘islandness’ – the special nature of islands…read more 

Official partner, Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020/2021