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Eda Frandsen - First Outer Hebrides Expedition of the Year - explore further afield

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
EDA817 Eda Frandsen Mallaig Mallaig
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 9 days
27/05/2017 - 15:00 to 05/06/2017 - 09:30
27/05/2017 - 15:00 to 05/06/2017 - 09:30
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Fully booked GBP £1175.00 n/a
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Outer Hebrides Adventure

Eda is a perfect vessel to join for an extended voyage as she 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 in longer stretches of waters. Starting that little bit further north from the fishing village of Mallaig, the choices of places to visit are endless. On our 9 day voyages we have the opportunity to venture further afield; to areas only accessible by boat.

The Outer Hebrides lie thirty miles off the North West coast, with over 40 islands that offer spectacular coastline, stunning mountain scenery, abundant wildlife and a rich and vibrant culture. Each holds its own individual charm and rich history.

Spectacular Remote Islands

The southern islands of the Outer Hebrides, such as Barra, Mingulay or South Uist are a few hours sail away and well worth a visit.  The real adventure begins on a longer passage further north where we may include a visit to the beautiful Isle of Harris, the lesser known isles of Bearnaraigh or the Monach or Shiant Islands rich in birdlife. If the winds are favourable perhaps sail around the rugged Atlantic facing coastline of the Hebrides where we will be rewarded with endless sandy beaches and spectacular coastline while the east coast is deeply indented with a maze of impressive lochs and anchorages.

Another option is to venture across the seas to Northern Ireland to embrace the Celtic coasts, small harbours and beautiful bays. Eda has been made very welcome on previous voyages. You can expect great sailing and remote locations, which would not normally be achievable in a shorter voyage.  Close by we may visit the Small Isles of Rum, Canna, Muck and Eigg, Skye is a few miles to the west and the remote Knoydart peninsula on our doorstep.

Visit the mountainous landscape of Harris or North Uist famous for its 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.

 

eda frandsen lobster creel in actionA great adventure voyage - Ready for an expedition ?

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 aim to venture to a new anchorage every night and really experience the beauty of the area we sail in.  You can be assured of a relaxed, professional atmosphere on board and a truly hands on sailing voyage. This longer voyage will require an adventurous spirit and perhaps include night passages.

Life onboard

With 56ft there is plenty of space above and below, with wide decks, comfortable cabins, a large saloon and social seating areas. Great for groups of friends or solo travellers you will 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.

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.

 

Great Customer Care -Three Crew and only 8 Guests

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.

Read more about the Eda Frandsen team 

Foodie Team Aboard Eda Frandsen

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.

Read more about Chloe's Cooking Creations

"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!"

Natures Wild Playground

The warm waters of the Gulf Stream mean that we regularly see dolphins, seals, whales and basking sharks in the waters around the Western Isles. The area is rich in seabirds including gannets, shearwaters, puffins, fulmars, guillemots, razorbills, sea eagles, gulls and terns. On land keep an eye for soaring Gold and white tailed eagles around the cliffs, deer and otters.

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