Here are some ideas to get you thinking:
Leave Oban and head south past the Gulf of Corryvreckan to the beautiful and remote Loch Tarbert on the Island of Jura. Tucked under the majestic Paps of Jura you can watch eagles and deer or explore the raised beaches, rugged coastline and mountains.
Next sail to the Isle of Colonsay home of the rare Corncrake and only a short hop to the monastic ruins on Oronsay. The sound of Iona leads north to the rugged west coast of Mull, the magnificent wildlife of the Treshnish Isles and the beautiful Isle of Coll with spectacular beaches and wildlife not to mention renowned seafood. Sailing east past Ardnamurchan into Loch Sunart or down the Sound of Mull to remote anchorages or visit Tobermory for up to the minute news about marine mammals in the Hebrides before returning to Oban via Loch Linnhe and views of the highest mountains in Britain.
From Oban, the gateway to the west, head north up the Sound of Mull to an overnight stop in Tobermory before heading north round the Point of Ardnamurchan towards the Small Isles, with the opportunity to explore the mountains of Rhum, the island that saw the reintroduction of Sea Eagles to Scotland.
Sail further north to explore the sea lochs and mountains of the Isle of Skye or Knoydart on the mainland with sufficient Munros to keep peak baggers happy for a considerable time
If exploring the mountains is not your thing then from the Small Isles sail north through the Sound of Sleat exploring Lochs Nevis, Hourn and Duich before visiting villages such as Plockton, one of the most picturesque on the West Coast or Portree on Skye.
Then sail north with the Totternish peninsula to the west and Applecross to the east, before heading south through the Minch, “tying the knot” in the Small Isles and returning to Oban through the Sound of Mull
For the more experienced and adventurous depart Oban for an overnight sail to the Outer Hebrides making a landfall on the Isle of Barra. As the week progresses explore the remote and stunning lochs of this fascinating chain of islands before rounding the north tip of Skye and returning to Oban via Kyle Rhea and the Small Isles.
This is a demanding voyage for those who want to experience some of the most rewarding sailing in Britain in an area abundant with some of our most spectacular wildlife from Minke whales to Sea Eagles.
Obviously the weather is a factor in any sailing voyage and will affect the planning of any voyage, however if you have any particular ambition or goal, whether it is sailing to the foot of Ben Nevis or a visit to remote historic sites, please email us and share your thoughts at
Scottish Tourist Office
Scottish Mountaineering Trust
Clyde Cruising Club
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