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Sailing Area
 

Explore Scotland under sail from the southern coast of Ireland to Orkney and Shetland.

Discover the great sea lochs of the West Coast and the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

 

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The West Coast and Islands are generally shielded from the worst of the Atlantic weather and although the sailing can be exciting we are seldom more than a few hours from a quiet and safe anchorage.
The further west and away from the mainland we sail, the drier the weather. You may be surprised that Tiree is often the sunniest place in Britain and this, combined with the warming effects of the Gulf Stream, makes for a climate which is a pleasant surprise for many visitors.
Every cruise is different and the week will start with a discussion over lunch to agree the best options depending on the weather, the tides and the wishes of the group.

Tobermory Evening (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)"Western Isles” weeks aboard Stormdancer start from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. The popular town is known for its brightly painted houses, quaint charm and hospitality. Mull is a short ferry crossing from Oban. The harbour is sheltered, provisioning is good and it is an ideal place to stay if you want to extend your holiday.

 

There is wide choice of itineraries from Tobermory.


Firth of Lorn (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads) We can explore locally into beautiful and sheltered Loch Sunart, with views towards Ben Nevis, or head south along the Sound of Mull to Loch Linhe and the Firth of Lorne.
The sailing is sheltered with quiet anchorages and wonderful views.


Off Staffa (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)To the west of Mull, and sheltered by the islands of Coll and Tiree with their sandy beaches, we can visit the Treshnish Islands, a sea bird nesting ground with thousands of puffins and gannets, or Staffa and the basalt columns of Fingal’s Cave. A short sail away is Iona with the ancient abbey and fascinating early-Christian history. Basking sharks are often sighted in this area and may even swim slowly by the boat as we sit at anchor.

“We had a beautiful week on Stormdancer going to a total of ten Hebridean Islands. We felt completely at home and had an overall marvellous vacation week.”
Joachim (Experienced sailor – previous bareboater) Frankfurt


Stormdancer at Scavaig from Cuillins (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)North of Mull we round Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point of the British mainland, and head out into the “Small Isles” of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna.
We may visit the eccentric Kinloch castle on Rum or cross to Skye and the magnificent Loch Scavaig, tucked beneath the Cuillin Hills which rise a thousand metres straight up from our anchorage. There is a large seal population here and we are also likely to spot dolphins and porpoises.
The short walk into Loch Coruisk is well worth the effort and we are rewarded with stunning mountain scenery and maybe sightings of eagles and deer.


 

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