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Tallship Sailing Experience
Set Sail on a 6-Day
Tall Ship Adventure
aboard the Lady of Avenel
Looking for a unique and unforgettable adventure? Join us on Lady of Avenel, a stunning tall ship, for a 6-day sailing experience around the Inner Hebridean Islands of Scotland.
Discover the Beauty of Scotland's Inner Hebrides
Our journey begins and ends in the picturesque town of Oban, where we'll set sail on a week-long adventure exploring the stunning Inner Hebridean Islands.
Our experienced crew will take you to some of the most beautiful and secluded spots in the region, where you'll witness breathtaking landscapes and wildlife.
Experience the Thrill of Sailing on a Tall Ship
Get hands-on experience as you help hoist the sails, steer the ship, and navigate the waters. Feel the wind in your hair as you take in the stunning views of Scotland's rugged coastline. Our experienced crew will guide you through the basics of sailing, so you can be part of the action and learn new skills.
Relax in Comfortable and Spacious Accommodation
After a day of sailing, relax in the comfortable and spacious cabins on board Lady of Avenel. Enjoy delicious meals prepared by our onboard chef, and unwind with a drink in the ship's saloon.
Our Passage around the Inner Hebrides
Please note that this is an example itinerary which is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors. Our experienced crew will ensure your safety and offer alternative plans to maximize your journey.
Prepare for an unforgettable sailing experience, where the rugged Scottish coastline unveils its hidden treasures, and nature's wonders come alive at every turn.
Day 1: Oban to Tobermory
The Lady of Avenel will await you at the North Pier in Oban. You will be welcomed on board and the crew will conduct a safety briefing. Depart Oban in the morning and sail north towards the Isle of Mull.
Enjoy the scenic sail along the coastline, passing the stunning cliffs and lighthouses of Lismore.
Anchor in the picturesque fishing village of Tobermory for the night. Explore Tobermory's colorful waterfront, visit the famous distillery, and indulge in local seafood at one of the charming restaurants.
Day 2: Tobermory to Iona
Depart Tobermory and sail west towards the Isle of Iona.
Enjoy the peaceful sail across the Sound of Mull, taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding islands.
Anchor in the sheltered bay of Iona for the night.
Visit the historic Iona Abbey, an ancient spiritual center with a rich history and stunning architecture.
Take a stroll on Iona's white sandy beaches and explore the tranquil island at your leisure.
Day 3: Iona to Staffa and Treshnish Isles
Depart Iona and sail northwest towards the unique island of Staffa.
Anchor near Staffa and take a dinghy to explore Fingal's Cave, a magnificent natural wonder famous for its hexagonal basalt columns.
Continue sailing to the Treshnish Isles, a group of uninhabited islands known for their rich birdlife and rugged beauty.
Anchor in a secluded bay and spend the night surrounded by the tranquility of nature.
Day 4: Treshnish Isles to Toberonochy
Depart the Treshnish Isles and sail south along the coast of Mull.
Pass by the majestic cliffs of Ardmeanach and keep an eye out for wildlife, including seals, dolphins, and sea birds.
Anchor in the charming village of Toberonochy on the Isle of Luing for the night.
Take a leisurely walk around the village, visit the local museum, and enjoy a drink at local pub.
Day 5: Toberonochy to Craobh Haven
Depart Toberonochy and sail south towards Craobh Haven.
Navigate through the stunning Sound of Luing, surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Anchor in the sheltered marina at Craobh Haven for the night.
Explore the marina's facilities, including a restaurant and bar, and take a walk through the nearby woodland trails.
Day 6: Craobh Haven to Oban
Depart Craobh Haven and sail northeast towards Oban.
Enjoy the final sail of the itinerary, passing by the dramatic landscapes of Loch Melfort and the Sound of Kerrera.
Arrive back in Oban in the afternoon, completing the memorable sailing journey.
Take the opportunity to explore more of Oban, including the iconic McCaig's Tower, the whisky distillery, and the local shops and restaurants.
What is a typical day on The Tall Ship Sailing Experience?
Sailing enthusiasts and curious adventurers alike will find themselves enthralled by the hands-on nature of our tall ship experience.
From the moment you step aboard, you become an integral part of the crew, working alongside seasoned sailors to hoist the sails, navigate through stunning coastal landscapes, and experience the sheer joy of harnessing the power of the wind.
As you become familiar with the Lady of Avenel's rigging, our experienced crew will guide you through the intricacies of seamanship.
Learn to tie knots, handle ropes, and set the sails, gaining practical skills that have been passed down through generations of sailors.
Our sailing-focused trips offer an immersive experience that combines the thrill of navigating the open seas with the opportunity to learn and participate in traditional sailing practices.
While the focus of our trip is undoubtedly on sailing, we also offer ample opportunities for relaxation. Spend evenings beneath a star-studded sky, sharing stories with fellow adventurers, and savoring delicious meals prepared by our onboard chef.
Unwind on the spacious deck, taking in panoramic views of the ever-changing seascapes and feeling the gentle sway of the ship beneath you
Join us as we hoist the sails, chart our course, and set off on an unforgettable maritime adventure.
Beyond the technical aspects, the Lady of Avenel voyage is a gateway to remarkable natural beauty and breathtaking destinations. Discover hidden coves, remote islands, and picturesque anchorages as we navigate the stunning coastlines.
Do I need prior sailing experience to participate?
No prior sailing experience is required to join our tall ship sailing experience. Our experienced crew will provide guidance and instruction on all aspects of sailing the Lady of Avenel.
Whether you're a seasoned sailor or completely new to sailing, our crew will ensure that you feel comfortable and confident throughout the journey.
Is food included in the sailing experience?
Yes, all meals are included during your time aboard the Lady of Avenel. Our talented onboard chef will prepare delicious meals. You can look forward to enjoying breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as snacks throughout the day.
Is alcohol included in the package?
No, alcoholic beverages are not included in the trip. However, you are welcome to bring your own preferred beverages on board.
What type of clothing should I bring for the summer in the west coast of Scotland?
We recommend packing suitable clothing for the unpredictable weather of the west coast of Scotland, even during the summer months. It's best to bring warm and waterproof layers, including a windproof jacket, thermal clothing, and sturdy footwear. Don't forget to pack a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen for sunnier days.
Can you accommodate dietary requirements?
Absolutely! We are happy to cater to all dietary requirements. Please inform us of any specific dietary restrictions or allergies when making your booking, and our chef will ensure that suitable meals are prepared to meet your needs.
We hope this FAQ section addresses some of your questions and provides the information you need to make the most of your tall ship sailing experience aboard the Lady of Avenel. If you have any further questions or require additional assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly team.
What is included?
All bed linen and hand towels are provided but we also ask that you bring a sleeping bag and bath towels.
Not included: meals ashore and alcoholic drinks are not included.
It is best to pack into a holdall or rucksack as your kit will need to be easily moved and squashed into limited spaces. Suitcases are NOT suitable!
Accommodation on board: You will be in a cosy shared cabin space. There are bunk beds, two per cabin. When you pack, keep to the minimum as you will need to be easily mobile.
Please advise us in advance of any dietary requirements and medical conditions.
Travel – Getting to Oban
Glasgow to Oban by public transport
If you’re coming from the East coast, Edinburgh or the UK you will need to first travel through Glasgow. Once in here the best form of travel is via train, the easiest website to organise all of this is through www.thetrainline.com – booked in advance tickets can be very cheap. Regular trains travel to Oban that take just over 3 hours and costs approximately £40 for a return ticket. Information on train fares and timetables can be found at www.scotrail.co.uk.
Oban is also serviced by regular buses via www.citylink.co.uk. The bus stops right outside Oban train station, when you exit the train station, follow the water’s edge with the sea on your left for 400m and you will see the ‘Lady of Avenel’ waiting in all her beauty at the quay.
Driving to Oban
By car from Glasgow take the A82 which skirts the west side of Loch Lomond.
From here, you need to join the A85 at Tyndrum which takes you right to the centre of Oban. When the A85 reaches the coast, you will see the ‘Lady of Avenel’ moored on your right as you look to sea. Parking is available at Oban train station, but there is a daily fee of £3.