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Sailing Area (part 4)


The Malts Cruise

Erraid Moonrise (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)The World Cruising Club organise an annual cruise (normally oversubscribed) to visit distilleries at Oban, Tobermory and on the Isles of Skye and Islay.
Each venue hosts social activities including barbecues and ceilidhs as well as providing the opportunity to sample fine malt whiskies. Great sailing is combined with an active social scene on a Scottish theme.
The cruise covers two weeks in July when Stormdancer is normally cruising the waters of the Faroe Islands, Orkney, and Shetland or Arctic Norway but skippered whole boat charter may be arranged aboard other yachts if you wish to participate.
More information at www.worldcruising.com

Bespoke Whisky Cruises

We also visit distilleries independently or as part of the Islay Festival in May. Tours and tastings can be arranged. The following coastal distilleries have been included in past itineraries Loch Ranza, Bushmills, Springbank and Kilkerran (Campbeltown), Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, Jura, Oban, Tobermory, Talisker and Highland Park (Orkney). We can plan a week to visit just one or several distilleries.

Frank, Olaf and Jorg. Whisky experts, Hamburg Germany


Village BaySt. Kilda and the Outer Hebrides

St. Kilda is a group of four small islands, the largest of which is Hirta which is a sixty mile passage west of the Outer Hebrides.
The islands and the surrounding marine area are now a World Heritage site and have a fascinating history.
In 1930 the islanders were evacuated at their own request. Until then they had scratched a living over the centuries by snaring birds from amongst the huge population of fulmars, puffins and gannets which nest on the towering cliffs and stacs of the islands. The abandoned village is still there and offers a poignant insight into the lives of the islanders. It is being restored by the National Trust for Scotland and Scottish National Heritage.
St Kilda (Boreray) (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)This is Europe’s most important sea bird colony and is not easy to reach other than in your own yacht and even then only when sea conditions allow. This cruise appeals to sailors with some experience and those with a taste for adventure.
A visit to the islands may also be possible as part of a “milebuilder” week but by allowing ourselves a couple of days more, we are much more likely to find the “weather window” that we need to get there. We will also be able to visit some of the more out-of-the-way places in the Outer Hebrides.
More information at www.kilda.org.uk.

“Thank you, again, for an excellent week's sailing, which exceeded my high expectations. Reaching St Kilda was a truly memorable experience and the sail in lovely weather around Skye and into Loch Nevis was "chust sublime" as Para Handy would say.”
Peter, Lothian


The Shiants (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)The Shiants

The Shiants (pronounced “shants”) are a group of three small islands situated to the east of Lewis and north of Skye.
They are privately owned and uninhabited and the only access to the islands is by chartered boat, normally from Stornaway, or in your own yacht.
Shiants Sea Cave (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)The islands are home to large colonies of seabirds including Puffins and are gloriously isolated and rugged.
They can be visited as part of a “Western Isles Milebuilder” cruise and may be combined with a complete circumnavigation of Skye, giving us views not only of the Cuillin Hills on Skye but also the mountains and ridges of Torridon on the mainland.



Old Man of HoyThe Orkney Islands

These Cruises from Tobermory will suit those wanting to build miles and experience for Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster preparation or who simply have a sense of adventure.
Once on board we will decide the combination of long day passages or night sailing to allow us to best cover the distance.
The passage north to the Orkneys can be along the mainland coast with views of the magnificent mountains and lochs north of Skye and visits to the Summer Isles and Inverewe Gardens.
Our first port-of-call might be Stromness and from there we can explore Scapa Flow with its strong tides and naval history.
The Orkney base will be the capital Kirkwall which has flight and ferry links to the mainland including Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Skara Brae Dwelling (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads) The Orkney Islands have many places of interest includung the Neolithic village of Skarabrae and reward a few days spent touring on land if you have time before or after your sailing holiday.
The return passage may be via the west coast of the Outer Hebrides depending on weather.
This short video was shot on a cruise from Orkney to Tobermory via the west coast
Orkney has also been our preferred port of exit when heading to Faroe or Norway.
More information at www.orkneyheritage.com.


The Shetland Islands (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)The Shetland Islands

It may come as a surprise to some to learn that Shetland is closer to Bergen than to Aberdeen and is the same distance from London as Milan and further north than Moscow!
The islands were Norse until the 15th century when Scotland annexed both Orkney and Shetland and they still feel very different from the Scottish Mainland
Shetland Landfall (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)Lerwick is the capital of this archipelago of 100 islands and is our destination for crew changes. However we normally visit Fair Isle which is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and is a well known for its bird sanctuary and wonderful flora. The island is some thirty miles north of Orkney and twenty five south of Shetland.
More information at www.visitshetland.com

Please check our Programmes or call us to find the holiday to suit you.

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