Over the Sea to Skye

27th July – 2nd Aug 2024, Mallaig – Mallaig, £895

The Vikings called the Isle of Skye ‘sky-a’ meaning ‘cloud island’ in old Norse, a reference to the often mist-shrouded Cuillin Hills and the unique weather systems they generate. This beautiful island is home to some of Scotland’s wildest places, some only accessible by boat.

This will be our sailing ground for the week, with not only Skye, but the nearby islands of Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck – the Small Isles – and the dramatic sea lochs of the mainland all within easy distance.

This week 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. This area is wonderful for walks, sea swims, or you could even try your hand at a spot of fishing! 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!

The trip will begin at Mallaig marina at 18.00 on Saturday 27th July, and finish back in Mallaig at 18.00 on Friday 2nd Aug. There is an option to stay onboard until Saturday morning. *These timings may change to best suit travel connections to Glasgow once the summer train timetable is released.

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!