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Explore the rugged scenery and hidden gems of the Inner Hebrides archipelago and Argyll on our tall ship Blue Clipper.
From our base in the picturesque port town of Oban, some of the places we hope to visit are the islands of Mull, Coll, Tiree, Iona and the Treshnish Archipelago for a spot of puffin watching! At each of these places, there is a multitude of history places to visit, beautiful walks and places to rest up in a cafe or seafood restaurant.
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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.
Join Blue Clipper and her crew from her base of Oban as she explores the Inner Hebrides and Argyll from April to June 2021. Some of the places we may visit:
Your adventure starts in the Gateway to the Scottish Isles; the picturesque port town of Oban. With a blend of fascinating ancient ruins and vibrant Scottish culture, the town has become known as the Seafood Capital of Scotland. There will be time to explore the town before departing the boat and making your way home. We recommend that you take a trip to the Oban Distillery to sample their fine whiskeys and take part in their distillery tour (Apr onwards).
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 island’s 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. If you are interested in a short walk, then recommend the 3 mile round trip to the beautiful Tobermory Lighthouse.
Coll and Tiree
The most westerly of the Inner Hebridean Islands, Coll and Tiree are very different from each other.
Tiree is known as the sunshine isle or ‘Hawaii of the North’! Tiree boasts the highest recordings of sunshine in the UK. Well known for being a surfers paradise with idyllic white-sand beaches and turquoise water. On the north side of the island is the iron age settlement of Dun Mor Vaul and at the other end of Tiree is the Skerryvore Lighthouse Museum, both well worth a visit.
Neighbouring Coll in comparison is rugged with sandy coves and beaches without a soul in sight. We’ve sailed there in the past and the quality of the crystal-white beaches are amazing. If you are interested in night-time sky gazing, then Coll is recognised as a dark sky park being so far out in the Atlantic Ocean. There’s almost no street light pollution and has some of the darkest skies in Europe. Climb Ben Hogh or Ben Feall for stunning views of the outer isles and take your binoculars to spot Corncrake.
For wildlife lovers, this is a must! Walk along the cliffs of Lunga and meet the large colony of comical puffins. In addition, there’s plenty of guillemots, shags and gulls to be spotted along with whales and dolphins and eagles.
If the weather is favourable we hope to pass by Fingals Cave on Staffa with its basalt columns.
The small and tranquil Isle of Iona is known as being ‘The cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland. At only 1.5 x 3 miles its a lovely place to take a walk. Head to the ‘bay at the back of the ocean’ – next stop from here – North America. You may be able to spot oystercatchers, sandpipers, redshanks, plovers, curlews and grey lag geese. The endangered corncrake (Crex crex) also inhabits the island.