Discover the Western Isles of Scotland, deep sounds, remote anchorages and stunning mountain backdrops.
|Voyage Number||Vessel||Starting Port||Ending Port|
|Booking fee||Voyage duration||Start date and time||End date and time|
|GBP £20.00||6 days||
13/05/2017 - 15:00 to 19/05/2017 - 09:30
13/05/2017 - 15:00 to 19/05/2017 - 09:30
|Berth Type||Availability||Price||Special Price|
|Per Person||Fully booked||GBP £875.00||n/a|
Explore the best of the Western Isles
Starting that little bit further north from the fishing village of Mallaig, the choices of places to visit are endless. The Small Isles of Rum, Canna, Muck and Eigg can be seen across the water, Skye is a few miles to the west, the remote Knoydart peninsula is on our doorstep and the beautiful Outer Hebrides are only a few hours sail away. Smaller and manoeuvrable, Eda can navigate into the smallest lochs and islets that larger boats can’t reach yet she is incredibly seaworthy and sizeable enough to ensure an enjoyable smooth voyage around longer stretches of waters.
Eda Frandsen has been exploring the delights of the west coast of Scotland for 15 years so knows these waters well. James and crew will greet you with a warm welcome as you step aboard. Before we set sail, you’ll receive a full safety brief and a refreshing cup of tea. Our itinerary is not fixed, so that we can make the most of the wind and weather at the time. With so many places to explore, we will venture to a new anchorage every night. You can be assured of a relaxed, friendly and professional atmosphere on board and a truly hands on sailing voyage.
"Words cannot express how lovely this voyage has been – Crew wonderful – helpful, good explanations, felt included and made to feel useful. Chloe’s food was to die for. Scenery wild and stunningly gorgeous. thank you all and see you next year." Helen xx August 2013
The Small Isles – a Haven of Peace and Relaxation
Rum is the largest of this group and is a national nature reserve, famous for birdlife. From our anchorage we often see deer, seabirds and Golden Eagles as well as the famous Kinloch Castle. Canna has many sites of archeological interest as well as being a bird sanctuary since 1938. Between the isles we regularly see dolphins, sun fish and basking sharks.
Over the sea to Skye
Eda can head around the west coast to experience spectacular rugged landscapes, view the striking Cullin Ridge, anchor in beautiful Loch Scavaig or perhaps make a stop at the famous Talisker Distillery. Head east up the Sound of Sleat past Doune, a small dwelling where Eda was restored. This beautiful island is full of inlets, bays, tiny villages and mountains that literally meet the sea. A place where time means nothing and beneath every footstep lies 500 million years of history.
On the last night we may visit Loch Nevis, encased by the simply beautiful wilderness of the Knoydart Peninsula, also home to Britain’s most remote mainland pub. With no road access, all transport links are by sea to this small community. Alternatively, Arisaig or Loch Moidart provide beautiful anchorages and a sense of seclusion.
Explore the Outer Hebrides
Thirty miles off the North West coast of Scotland lie the Outer Hebrides, an idyllic chain of over 40 islands that offers spectacular coastline, stunning mountain scenery, abundant wildlife and a rich and vibrant culture. Each holds its own individual charm and rich history. The Atlantic facing coast is home to some of the finest white sandy beaches while the east coast is deeply indented with a maze of impressive lochs and anchorages.
Visit the mountainous landscape of Harris or North Uist famous for its stunning beaches and rich birdlife. One of our favourite locations in Loch Eport provides a striking backdrop for the evening sunset. South Uist offers impressive lochs, dispersed crofts and endless beaches.
Lewis has a captivating history and rich in culture and traditions, with many small lochs and moorlands. The Shiant Islands are rich in birdlife, with thousands arriving in summer to breed. Barra and Vatesay lie on the southern tip and are famous for beautiful beaches. A special place to visit by boat, it has become a favourite of many sailors. The impressive anchorage between Helisay and Gighay is a great location to arrive on Eda. The secluded entrance opens up to reveal fantastic mountain vistas.
"Sailing in the Western Isles of Scotland is one of the best ways of exploring these remote islands. You do not have to worry about accommodation, it’s close to nature but cosier than camping!"
Wild Playground - Eagles, Whales and Otters
With 56ft there is plenty of space above and below, with wide decks, comfortable cabins, a large saloon and social seating areas. Voyages on Eda are suitable for solo travellers, couples and great for groups. Whether you are an experienced sailor or beginner of any age, James has worked with both adults and young people sailing. Become involved in all aspects of running the boat, hoist the sails, steer, or perhaps you have always wanted to learn navigation? After a great day sailing, why not explore ashore or relax with a good book or glass of wine as the sun sets, the choice is up to you. Freshly cooked meals using local produce are provided. Perhaps we will catch the freshest crab or lobster from our own pots, just minutes from pot to plate.
No experience is necessary as you will learn the ropes and receive full instruction from our professional crew who have worked with many newcomers to sailing. We love sharing our passion for Eda and traditional sailing and you will be assured of a truly hands on sailing experience. Traditional Sailing boats like Eda are powered by the wind, but to harness it requires quite a bit of satisfying physical effort and teamwork. There are no winches on board, so you soon get to know your fellow guests as you haul on blocks and tackles. Hoist sails, raise the anchor and steer Eda in some great scenic waters whilst receiving admiring glances by other boat users, or enjoy the solitude of Western Scotland where you may have the whole seascape to yourselves. Generally each evening we will be in a different anchorage where you can sit and relax after a great day sailing and appreciate the surroundings with a glass of wine before dinner.
photo: Melissa the mate 2014
At Classic Sailing we are lucky that many of the vessels we work with cook exceptionally good food, but the team on Eda Frandsen really pull out the stops to feed their guest crews in hearty style.
James's enthusiasm for catching crabs and lobster with the ships own creels (pots) combined with ships cook Chloe creating amazing puddings and home baking, means the food is definitely going to be a highlight of your voyage on Eda Frandsen.
Whether travelling by train or car, on your voyage to Mallaig you will encounter some of the most spectacular highland scenery in Scotland. Regarded as one of the finest train journeys in the world, also made famous by the Harry Potter film, this is a wonderful way to relax and absorb the surroundings before you set sail. Drive through the dramatic and historic Glencoe and along the shores of Loch Lomond, on your way north, perfect for picnics.
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