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map of our sailing area
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
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.
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.
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
The sailing is sheltered with quiet anchorages and wonderful
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
Joachim (Experienced sailor – previous
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.