Solstice Sailing

15th – 21st June, Oban – Oban, £795

Join the crew of yacht Merlin for a week of relaxed sailing in the stunning isles of the inner Hebrides. During this week of the Summer Solstice, we will have many hours of daylight to see the Scottish Islands at their finest, and celebrate the longest day of the year. If weather allows, we’ll aim to celebrate the Solstice with a beach fire and a chance to share songs and stories.

Starting and ending in Oban, we will have some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery on our doorstep, the islands of Mull, Staffa, Treshnish, Coll and Tiree to the west, and Jura, Islay and the sea lochs of Argyll to the South.

June is a perfect time of year for spotting seabirds such as puffins, guillemots and gannets, and if we’re lucky we may see basking sharks and whales, as well as other sea mammals such as seals and dolphins.

This is an open programme, and we will tailor what we do and where we go to the interests of the crew, but as with all Sail Britain’s trips, there will be lots of hands on sailing, and learning more about the ocean, it’s ecosystems and the the amazing wildlife which calls it home.

We will spend the days sailing between beautiful islands, stopping each evening in a wild anchorage with plenty of time to explore ashore, or even forage for some wild delicacies to add to our weekly barbecue! No experience is necessary and the skipper and first mate will teach you everything you need to know to sail the boat and, if you like, have a go at some of the navigation!


See more about what it’s like on our page about Life Onboard

The trip will begin at 18.00 on Saturday 15th June at the North Pier Pontoons in Oban, and will end at 18.00 on Friday 21st, with the option to stay onboard until Saturday morning. The crew will send details with exactly where to find Merlin on the day.

The trip fee covers the cost of the boat, crew, all equipment and training you’ll need onboard, as well as your food and a cosy bunk onboard. Not included is your travel to and from the start/end points of the voyage and any expenses ashore, although these tend to be very limited out in the wilds!