The Coastline Project

We’re putting out a call for participants to express interest in joining the 2018 round Britain programme to gauge how popular it will be, and whether things like the route, length of trips and other details are suitable.

 

The Coastline Project will circumnavigate the British Isles over seven months. Here’s the route:

Ipswich – Dover, 7 – 14th Apr, £575
Dover – Poole, 14 – 21st Apr, £575
Poole – Falmouth, 21 – 28th Apr, £575
Falmouth – Bristol, 5 – 19th May – 2 week trip, £1200
Bristol – Holyhead, 19 – 26th May, £600
Holyhead – Belfast, 26th May – 2nd June, £625
Belfast – Glasgow via Arran, 2 – 9th June, £625
Glasgow – Oban via Crinan, 16 – 23rd June, £625
Oban – Kyle of Lochalsh via Skye, 7 – 21st July – 2 week trip, £1200
Kyle of Lochalsh – Ullapool, 28th Jul – 4th Aug, £625
Ullapool – Stromness, 4 – 18th Aug – 2 week trip, £1200
Stromness – Lerwick, 25th Aug – 8th Sept – 2 week trip, £1200
Lerwick – Dundee, 8 – 22nd Sept – 2 week trip, £1200
Dundee – Hull, 29th Sept – 13th Oct – 2 week trip, £1100
Hull – Ipswich, 13 – 20th Oct, £550

Full Programme Details

Ipswich – Dover, 7 – 14th Apr, £575

Secret East Coast

Our first leg will explore the secrets of the East Coast. This area may seem close geographically to London’s global metropolis, but it holds many secrets hidden amongst its myriad creeks, rivers and tidal backwaters. From pristine wildlife reserves and places of literary inspiration, to sites of Viking invasion and sinister relics of the Cold War, this coastline is one of intrigue and wonder far beyond it’s unassuming appearance.

Dover – Poole, 14 – 21st Apr, £575

White Cliffs

The white chalk cliffs of southern England are iconic for many reasons. This was the first sight of the islands of Britain for the invaders coming from continental Europe, from the Romans right up until the 20th century. We’ll see them from the sea too, and stop to explore the many interesting harbours along the way and learn how this landscape is transforming itself in modern times.

Poole – Falmouth, 21 – 28th Apr, £575

Brandy and Lace

Britain’s South West has some of the most beautiful and dramatic coastline of all, and is steeped in maritime history. This leg of the programme will explore some the many beautiful rivers, harbours and coves, and sail round some legendary rocky headlands which have claimed countless shipwrecks. Expect smugglers, lighthouses and tales of heroism from the sea!

Falmouth – Bristol, 5 – 19th May – 2 week trip, £1200

The End of the Land – Adventurous sailing

As we sail west from Falmouth, we’ll explore the unique maritime rivers of Cornwall’s south coast before leaving the land behind and heading offshore to the Isles of Scilly. These islands, inhabited since the Stone Age, form the Southern and Westernmost part of the UK and have a fascinating history. From there we’ll head East along the rugged coastline of Cornwall and North Devon and into the Bristol Channel to pass up the Avon under Brunel’s famous suspension bridge and into the heart of Bristol itself, gateway to the West!

Bristol – Holyhead, 19 – 26th May, £600

Wonderful Wales – Adventurous sailing

As we turn North along the coast of Wales, we’ll explore the huge importance of the ports along the North side of the Bristol Channel with their industrial heritage from ancient times to the present day. But we’ll also be able to visit some very special places which couldn’t be more different. Along the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline lie some havens for wildlife and monastic life. The trip will offer the chance to experience some offshore passage making as we skirt the shallows of Cardigan bay heading for the mountains of Snowdonia and the low-lying Isle of Anglesey beyond.

Holyhead – Belfast, 26th May – 2nd June, £625

Gateway to the Atlantic

Perhaps forgotten about today, this area of the Northern Irish Sea was the gateway to the Atlantic for the great maritime cities of Liverpool and Belfast. Right in the middle is the Isle of Man, a special place with a history of political, geographical and cultural independence. This is the only trip to visit the coast of Northern Ireland, where we will explore Strangford Lough before heading for the city of Belfast.

Belfast – Glasgow via Arran, 2 – 9th June, £625

A Sail of two Cities

From Belfast we will explore the rugged coastline of Northern Ireland before sailing East to the Mull of Kintyre, the Isle of Arran, and the mighty Clyde. More ships were built on the Clyde than anywhere else in the world – 30,000 in the 19th and 20th Centuries – and the industry employed up to 10,000 people. Things have moved on but this is a fascinating area rich in maritime history. We will be exploring how this is developing in Glasgow’s changing times.

Glasgow – Oban via Crinan, 16 – 23rd June, £625

Whisky and Stone

Leaving the Clyde, we will head North into Loch Fyne to visit the beautiful fishing town of Tarbert before entering the Crinan Canal. This engineering marvel connects Ardrishaig with the Sound of Jura and reduced the time and risk of sailing around the Mull of Kintyre. We will learn about its story before we sail on towards the Isles of Isla and Jura and North to Oban – whisky country!

Oban – Kyle of Lochalsh via Skye, 7 – 28th July – 2 week trip, £1200

Over the Sea to Skye

Leaving Oban, we will sail through the Sound of Mull towards Tobermory, round the famous Ardnamuchan point, and head for the Isles! This must be some of the most spectacular sailing grounds in the whole of the British Isles. We will spend the days sailing amongst spectacular scenery and the nights hidden away in remote, secret anchorages abundant with wildlife. We will also be stopping in small communities to learn about the special identity of the islands and some of the projects at the cutting edge of tackling issues such as Climate Change.

Kyle of Lochalsh – Ullapool, 28th Jul – 4th Aug, £625

Into the Isles

This trip will explore the area North of the Isle of Skye, the great sea lochs of the mainland, and the Eastern coast of the Outer Hebrides. These islands have a fascinating human history, stunning scenery and abundant wildlife. We will be visiting communities and arts centres to learn about the unique identity of the area before finishing the week in the fishing port of Ullapool.

Ullapool – Stromness, 4 – 18th Aug – 2 week trip, £1200

Atlantic Edge – Adventurous sailing

This is an adventurous trip which will offer a unique opportunity to experience offshore sailing, watch keeping and an unbroken horizon across the Atlantic! We will start by sailing North through the Summer Isles to the little fishing village of Kinlochbervie. From there we will round Cape Wrath to explore the remote sea lochs of Scotland’s North coast, before striking out across the sea to reach the stunning town of Stromness in the Orkney Islands. This will be an adventurous trip and some sailing experience would be advantageous.

Stromness – Lerwick, 25th Aug – 8th Sept, £1200

Land of the Norsemen – Adventurous sailing

The Orkney and Shetland Islands have as much in common with Nordic countries as they do with Britain. These are remote and beautiful islands with unique traditions, stunning landscapes and an intimate connection with the sea. We will be exploring both on this trip, as well as visiting Fair Isle, made famous by the Shipping Forecast. This will be an adventurous trip and some sailing experience would be advantageous.

Lerwick – Dundee, 8 – 22nd Sept – 2 week trip, £1200

Whales and Herring – Adventurous sailing

We will begin in Lerwick, easily reached by ferry and air from the mainland, to explore the unique heritage and identity of the Shetland Islands. From there we will undertake an offshore passage heading South to the East coast of Scotland. Like much of the East coast of Britain, this area relied upon herring fishing. Nowadays it is dominated by North Sea oil and gas, but this more ancient tradition is still very important. We shall finish in the old whaling port of Dundee, a town reinventing itself as a new creative hub. This will be an adventurous trip and some sailing experience would be advantageous.

Dundee – Hull, 29th Sept – 13th Oct – 2 week trip, £1100

Lighthouses, Castles and Holy Islands

The East coast of the British Isles is mostly quite low-lying in contrast to the rugged West. But it has its fair share of great maritime cities. We shall be visiting the heart of Edinburgh to learn about the fascinating development of lighthouses by the Stevenson family, before sailing South to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, past the great castles of Northumbria to Newcastle upon Tyne, Whitby and Hull, 2017’s city of culture.

Hull – Ipswich, 13 – 20th Oct, £550

Seals and Oysters and Beer!

The last trip of our 2018 programme will explore the coastline of Northern East Anglia, an area made famous for herring fishing, and still a hotbed for traditional sailing and boatbuilding. We will be visiting the International Boatbuilding Training College in Great Yarmouth, the Adnam’s brewery  and exploring the wilderness of Orford Ness. We shall also explore the many rivers and winding creeks, favourite haunt of Arthur Ransome.