Explore the West Coast of Scotland from Isle of Skye to Oban on a luxury 55ft yacht.
The dates of this trip are 22 - 30 September 2020.
Join the Yacht on the Isle of Skye and set sail to explore as you head South to Oban.
The yacht is a 55ft Bruce Roberts ketch. There are only two luxury double ensuite cabins available. Be 1 of 4 guest-crew.
Approximately 55nm if you go directly.The intention will be to take in a few islands so you should do a lot more than this.
The West Coast of Scotland is known for it's wild rugged beauty, it's remoteness and it's stunning scenery.
Quiet anchorages, uncrowded seas, sparsely inhabited islands offer endless opportunities to see seabirds, sea life and other wildlife at close quarters.
There are enough anchorages and harbours to allow you to step ashore to explore by land. To hike or visit local restuarants and pubs.
You will either head down the East coast through the Kyle of Lochalsh into Loch Alsh. You may go down the West Coast of Skye. You may stop off at the Small Isles - Canna, Rum or Eigg; you may sail out to the Outer Hebrides - Barra, Vatersay or Sandray; you may anchor of Coll or Tiree in the Inner Hebrides, perhaps sail into Tobermory or cruise down the West coast of Mull.
All sorts of options await. The weather and you will determine where the boat go.
There will be plenty of opportunities for hiking and or finding out of the way eateries serving delicious food.
Santosa was launched in 2017. She is a 55ft (16.7m) steel ketch of Bruce Roberts design with a high latitude rig and has been built with exactly these sort of waters in mind and to provide an exclusive and luxurious experience.
She has hydraulic headsails and an electric mainsheet winch. She has two helming positions, one on deck in the cockpit and one in the spacious coach house allowing you to steer the boat staying cosy and dry if it is cold and wet on deck.
Displacing 33 tonnes she is a solid boat. She is ‘coded’ to Category Zero meaning her structure, the safety equipment on board and the experience and qualifications of the skipper and mate meet the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) international standards to sail anywhere in the world.
She has heating, air conditioning, hot water, a water maker.
From the cockpit you come down into a spacious and sociable coach house with a raised saloon area offering panoramic views, leather seating and a dining table. To starbaord there is an indoor helming position (lovely when chilly outside!) and a navigation area.
Aft of this area you step down into two luxury en-suite cabins, one each side of the boat. Plenty of storage is offered and a wardrobe. The en-suite has a power shower with seating, heated towel rail and electric flush heads. The cabins also have heating, aircon and black out blinds.
Forward of the coach house saloon, you go down a level to a well designed galley on the port side and a snug seating area to starboard. Beyond that is mainly crew accomodation consisting of another heads, another double cabin and two bunk beds, and a work shop right up in the forepeak.
Full training will be given but it would be useful if you have done some sailing before. You will need to be healthy and reasonably fit.
Food on board is included and made for you, bar 2 or 3 meals ashore, giving you the opportunity to taste the local cuisine! Whilst our experienced skipper and mate are perfectly capable of sailing the yacht by themselves you are most welcome to take part in all aspects of keeping a watch, navigating and sailing the boat.
You should get some exciting sailing in set against a backdrop of stunning scenery.
The trip will not be as cold as you might expect. The weather in Scotland can be fickle but crystal clear and sunny days are not uncommon.
It may be chilly at night but you could well be in shorts and t-shirt during the day.
Two luxury double ensuite guest cabins are available.
The price is £2200 per cabin which works out at £1100 per person if you come as a couple. A cabin could also be suitable for two good friends who don’t mind sharing as the bed can be split in two with a lee cloth.
Included in the price is all food on board (except 2 or 3 meals), mooring fees, fuel, gas.
You will need to purchase you own insurance which will cost around £35 from someone like Topsail Insurance.
To pay a deposit of £1000 to secure your place use code SANTOSA4119.
You should aim to join the boat as close to 4pm as possible, on the start date of your chosen leg.
On the final day you will disembark from the boat at 10am.
Fly to Inverness, take a train ride (spectacular) from there to the Kyle of Lochalsh then a taxi to where the boat will be on the Isle of Skye
When departing from Oban Glasgow or Edinburgh is around 3 hours by car, coach or train
The yacht will sail down to the West Coast of the UK through the Irish Sea, around Lands End to Falmouth in Cornwall.
Santosa is sailing from Southampton in the UK, west along the South Coast, up the Irish Sea to Scotland, through the Caledonian Canal, over to Stavanger in Norway, then up the Norwegian Coast to Tromso before heading to Spitsbergen in Svalbard. From there she will come back down as far as Trondheim before heading back across the North Sea to the Shetland Islands, the Orkneys, through the Caledonian Canal to the west Coast of Scotland, then back down to Falmouth. During this whole voyage there are a number of different legs that all have slightly different sailing aspects to them. For example some are purely coastal cruising whilst others have a large part of offshore sailing to them as well as coastal cruising.
Bergen to Trondheim - 300nm and Fjords
Trondheim to Bodo – 280nm and Fjords
Bodo to Trondheim - 280nm and Fjords
Shetland to Inverness - 200nm. Via the Orkneys
Inverness to Isle of Skye -150nm. Through the Caledonian Canal
Isle of Skye to Oban – 70nm West Coast of Scotland
Arctic Circle Cruising
Bodo to Bodo - Sail in the Lofoten Islands
Bodo to Tromso - Sail in the Lofoten Islands
Tromso to Bodo - Sail in the Lofoten Islands
Mile Building and Coastal Cruising
Falmouth to Scotland - Up the Irish Sea and through the Caledonian Canal
Inverness to Bergen - Cross the North Sea and cruise the Fjords
Tromso to Svalbard, Spitsbergen - 580nm. Wild and remote
Svalbard, Spitsbergen to Tromso - 580nm. Wild and remote
Trondheim to Shetland - 350nm. Cross the North Sea
Shetland to Inverness - Via the Orkney Islands
Inverness to Skye - Through the Caledonian Canal
Skye to Oban - West Coast of Scotland Cruising
Oban to Falmouth – 430nm mile builder. Sail down the Irish Sea