This is a fabulous opportunity to visit the distant and beautiful northern isles of our country – Orkney, Fairisle, Shetland and the Hebrides – in the finest way possible – by yacht. This epic cruise combines great sailing amid numerous fascinating islands, spectacular scenery and rich culture, history and wildlife. Join us at the lovely fishing harbour at Lossiemouth and breathe the pure highland air. Head north across the sparkling Moray Firth, imagine the Viking longships, and feel the thrill of anticipation of a great voyage ahead. Fly past the Pentland Skerries (and perhaps through the famous Pentland Firth with its furious tides and whirlpools). Visit the splendid isolation of Fairisle, famous for its bird reserves and knitwear. Further north lies Shetland – ancient land of the norsemen. The sun barely sets now as we explore the natural beauty of these remote coasts and islands, with seabirds and seals our constant companions, watching out for a sighting of dolphins and whales. Cruise south again to the lush green landscapes of Orkney and visit tiny island communities, mysterious standing stone circles and the amazing 5,000 year old village of Scara Brae.
Sail out past the spectacular ‘Old Man of Hoy’ and enjoy a breathtaking sail southwest along the remote northern coast, around Cape Wrath and across the Minch to a serene anchorage in the beautiful Islands of Lewis and Harris. Head south now along the remote west coast of Skye and anchor under the dramatic Cuillins. Sail amongst minke whales near the Isle of Rum. Enjoy a night of traditional music and fun in Tobermory on Mull – and then set course for our final destination in the lovely bay at Dunstaffnage near Oban. This is a veritable feast of sailing, scenery, culture and wildlife. Why not stay on after your trip to see more of the highlands or visit Glasgow.
Travel: Lossiemouth: Airports at Inverness or Aberdeen, Cheap Easyjet or BA flights to London and elsewhere. Rail (sleeper) service to/from Inverness. Buses from the airports – 1.5 hours from Inverness or 2 hours from Aberdeen. Taxis available too. Oban: coach or rail to Glasgow. The bus from Oban passes by the marina. Cheap flights – Easyjet, BA and from Glasgow airport or Ryanair from Prestwick. Good rail or coach transfers airport to Glasgow train and coach stations. Overnight accommodation can be arranged at Oban after your cruise.