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TRADITIONAL GAFF SAILING ADVENTURES

Itinerary 1 – Sound of Shuna, Gulf of Corryvreckan, Sound of Jura, Visit to the distilleries of Islay & Jura, Firth of Lorne, Isle of Colonsay. 

Follow the tide south down the Firth of Lorne for the Sound of Shuna, where islands and lochs give sheltered waters and anchorages to explore. Continuing south past the Gulf of Corryvreckan with its infamous whirlpool into the Sound of Jura where there are deep sea lochs and historic islands to explore. The distilleries of Islay and Jura are always worth a visit before returning to the Firth of Lorne and the island of Colonsay. If time allows a visit to the peaceful anchorages of the south coast of Mull can round of the week before returning to Oban.

Itinerary 2 - Circumnavigation of Mull 

The circumnavigation of Mull can be one of the most rewarding sails on the West Coast. From Oban the voyage takes in narrow sounds, deep sea lochs, spectacular islands and the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean. Visits can be made to islands rich in history and natural heritage not to mention hospitality such as Colonsay, Tiree and Coll. Iona is always a special place and Staffa’s Fingal’s Cave inspired the composer Mendelssohn, while Tobermory on Mull is a favourite with all.

Itinerary 3 – Sea lochs and sounds around Mull & Oban

The sea lochs and sounds around Oban and Mull offer some spectacular sailing amongst some of the highest mountains in Britain. Historic castles, picture postcard villages and remote anchorages all combine to make this one of the most welcoming cruising grounds, especially as the area is sheltered from the worst of the Atlantic weather. The abundance of harbours and anchorages combined with the shelter and variety of the area make it the ideal option for those new to sailing or the area. 

Itinerary 4 - Circumnavigation of Skye

Getting more adventurous it is possible to circumnavigate the stunning Isle of Skye. A long sail up the Sound of Mull and round Ardnamurchan Point takes you past the Small Isles rich with wildlife. The west coast of Skye offers some stunning scenery as well as the chance of a distillery visit before rounding the north of the island and heading south towards Kyle of Lochalsh and the famous Skye Bridge. Working the tides through the Sound of Sleat takes us back to the Sea of the Hebrides and the route back to Oban.

Itinerary 5 – Exploration of the Outer Hebrides 

Equally demanding is the exploration of the Outer Hebrides with an overnight passage on the first night to make a landfall on the island of Barra to catch breath before heading north. The east coast of the island chain is a remote and beautiful area with little human habitation; sea lochs and sounds cut deep into the rugged islands offering spectacular and solitary anchorages. A long haul back across the sea of the Hebrides takes us back to the fleshpots of Tobermory on Mull before the enclosed waters of the Sound of Mull lead back to Oban.

A word from your skipper:

Please remember that it is the responsibility of the charter party to ensure that they are adequately prepared and experienced for the proposed itinerary. Some of these itineraries include demanding sailing, in remote locations and may include overnight passages.

Somewhere you really want to go? Contact me before hand and I’ll will do my best to oblige. Sorry but I don’t control the weather.
 
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Mischief at Eastcumberland Bay. Photo Dave Wheeler.