Gateway to the Isles

UK and Scotland

Oban, Scotland - Mallaig, Scotland

Join Blue Clipper on a 9 night voyage from Oban – ‘the gateway to the isles’ as she makes her way to Mallaig on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. Our journey takes us to remote islands and isolated anchorages with possible stops at The Isle of Mull, with its colourful town of Tobermory and some of the “small isles” of  Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck. We may also have the opportunity to visit the Outer Hebrides islands of Barra and Mingulay and finally the rugged beauty of Skye.

ShipPer Person Twin En-SuiteGroup Cabin (Up To 6 Berths)
Blue Clipper£1,971.00£7,884.00
June 7, 2021June 16, 20219
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BC070621 Gateway to the Isles

7th June - 16th June 2021

Voyage Highlights

  • visiting the Small Isles
  • opportunity to visit the Outer Hebrides (weather permitting)
  • sunsets and long evenings
  • abundant wildlife, rugged coastlines and remote anchorages

Voyage Description

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights describe, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. If the following voyage description is not fulfilled for any reason, Maybe Sailing and Maybe Sailing Youth Initiative cannot be held responsible.

We start our journey in the picturesque port town of Oban and head north-west to the pretty capitol of Mull – Tobermory.


The second largest of the Inner Hebrides. Tobermory, the main village is a waterfront of pretty coloured buildings and houses where you will find the islands distillery and museum. Take a trip to the large sweeping bay at Calgary or visit one of the 6 Castles dotted around the island. For wildlife lovers, Mull is the best place in the UK to see white-tailed and golden eagles, along with otters, whales, dolphins and red deer to name a few. Take a walk up Ben More – the ‘great mountain’ or around some of the wildest coastal scenery in the UK.

Bike hire is also available from Tobermory including electric bikes.

The Small Isles

Rum is the largest island of the group and is owned by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) who run the island as a National Nature Reserve.  The island is formed from an old volcanic plug, and has its own Cuillin (rocky ridge) which is often confused with that on Skye when viewed from a distance.  Visitors are able to follow two small nature trails laid out around the village of Kinloch where there is also a village shop that is usually open in the evening.  A guided tour of Kinloch Castle is a must – the castle almost exactly as it was left in the 1950’s by the former owners, the wealthy but eccentric Bullough family.

Eigg is the second largest island of the group, and is owned by a Community Trust which purchased the island in 1997, the most recent of inhabitants in the 8,000 plus years that the island has been inhabited.  As with Rum the island is rich in wildlife and geology, whilst for a spot of ‘sun and surf’ Laig Beach and the Singing Sands are recommended.

Canna is the most westerly of the Small Isles and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland who have farmed it since 1981.  Like the rest of the island group Canna has many sites of archaeological interest and has links to the Neolithic, Columbian and Viking eras.  It has been a bird sanctuary since 1938, and over 150 species of birds have been monitored in the last 40 years.

Muck is the smallest of the small isles at 2 miles x 3/4 mile wide. Basking Sharks, Minke Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises and even Orcas are seen in the waters around Muck. A visit to the craft and tea shop near the harbour at Port Mòr is a must for delicious home-baked goods and a locally made gift.

Barra and Vatersay, Outer Hebrides.

Walk, hire a bike or kayak around the island with its white sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery.

From Castlebay you will see Kisimul castle – ‘the castle in the sea’. Take a trip across the causeway to the even smaller  idyllic island of Vatersay.

Buy some Hebridean toffee at Macroons Tea room or have a wee dram in the Castlebay bar.


Owned by the National Trust of Scotland and uninhabited except for about 500 sheep!

A wild and beautiful island with caves, sea stacks, turquoise waters and  an abundance of seabirds.


We hope to stop at Loch Scavaig – one of the most dramatic of the Hebridean anchorages with the backdrop of the rocky mountain range – The  Cuillen.


Your adventure begins in Mallaig, the bustling and thriving port on the north west coast along the famous road to the Isles.  The town is a fascinating place where visitors can soak up the atmosphere of a working fishing port but at the same time its remote location makes it a great place to relax.  Try the pleasant Mallaig Circuit walk which has great views over Mallaig harbour and across Loch Nevis to Knoydart.  Getting to Mallaig is also one of the highlights of this voyage, with one of the most spectacular train journeys in the UK between Glasgow and Mallaig. You can even add on the Caledonian Sleeper from London for a truly magical and romantic experience.


What is included in the voyage cost:

  • All meals on board Blue Clipper – including daily breakfast, lunch and evening meal
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Use of safety equipment
  • Accommodation in a twin ensuite cabin
  • All instruction and lectures on board by fully qualified crew

What is not included:

  • Travel to and from the boat
  • Personal travel insurance. Check out Top Sail for specialist Tall Ship sailing travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks (a TAB system is in place during your voyage. Payable at the end of your voyage in cash (GBP or EUROS) on board.
  • Any shore excursions and meals on shore (unless otherwise stated)
  • VISA fees

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