Welcome to Sail Britain’s programme! Each week 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, 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!

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Like many small organisations, 2020 was a very difficult year for Sail Britain. But we’re feeling excited about the year ahead, it’s been too long! Learn how we are keeping Covid-safe here.

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Ocean Literacy

5th – 12th June 2021

Milford Haven – Holyhead

Join us for a week learning about the ocean under sail with marine social scientist Holly Griffin. We’ll explore how the ocean is the engine of our planet, how it benefits us, and our impact upon it. And of course learn to sail as we explore the beautiful islands and coastline of Wales…read more

Celtic Odyssey

12th – 20th June 2021

Holyhead – Firth of Clyde

If you want some adventure sailing, this trip is for you! Heading north from the stunning shores of Anglesey, we’ll set sail to explore the Isle of Man, and visit some of the lesser known places along the coasts of Scotland and Ireland, before finishing the week on the Clyde….read more

Our Living Ocean

3rd – 10th July 2021

The Clyde – Oban

Led by marine biologist Marte Klemetsdal from the Arctic University of Norway, we’ll be setting sail to explore the amazing diversity of life that inhabits our Atlantic shores, sailing to remote and beautiful places and discovering the secrets of our beautiful oceans. We hope to establish stronger relations with the big blue and come home inspired! …read more

The Wild Islands Residency

Week 1: 10th – 17th July 2021, Oban – Oban

Week 2: 17th – 24th July 2021, Oban – Mallaig

Counterpart to The Life of Islands, this residency will focus on uninhabited islands. We will sail to the remoter and wilder places, exploring the landscape, geology and wildlife that can be found there, as well as their historical importance as places of past habitation…read more

The Life of Islands Residency

Week 1: 31st July – 7th Aug 2021, Mallaig

Week 2: 7 – 14th Aug 2021, Mallaig

Our second year exploring ‘Islandness’ – the nature of islands, what makes them special, and what they might offer as alternative models for society. The residency will focus on the Isles of the Inner Hebrides and will give artists a space to explore notions of remoteness, community, and ecology with a strong connection to nature…read more

Wildlife Photography & Filmmaking

21st – 28th Aug 2021, Mallaig – Mallaig

On a journey to discover and document nature’s beauty above and below the waves, this week will have a strong focus on wildlife photography and filmmaking. We’ll visit some of the stunning islands in this area, with our expert crew sharing tips and experience on the best techniques…read more

Between Land and Sea

28th Aug – 4th Sept 2021

Mallaig – Oban

We are excited to be running this new residency for 2021 with local artist, Ellis O’Connor exploring both the islands of Western Scotland, and the ocean with which they are intimately connected. Ellis will offer guidance throughout while the participants are also able to work on their own projects. No previous painting or sailing experience required, just an enthusiasm to learn and be part of a team!… read more

Marine Conservation

11 – 18th September

Oban – Oban

The seas around the British Isles are rich in marine life, from Humpback Whales and Basking Sharks to incredible sea birds, seagrass beds and kelp forests. This week will explore the conservation issues facing the oceans. We’ll be learning their secrets and spotting as many as we can!…read more

Western Isles – Restoring our Seas

18 – 25th September

Oban – Ardrossan

The clear Atlantic waters of the Western Isles are not only an amazing place to sail, but are home to an incredibly rich variety of wildlife and diverse ecosystems. We are super lucky to be joined this week by conservationist Lucie Machin who has recently returned from the South Atlantic where she has been doing conservation work on Ascension Island…. read more

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

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.