PADDLE & SAIL - THE SMALL ISLES TALL SHIP JOURNEY

7 day explore The Small Isles En-suite cabins on board Irene

Sail between wild islands, explore sea caves and sheltered coves by sea kayak and enjoy the hospitality and tradition of a classic tall ship. This is a superb chance to explore fascinating and wild islands aboard a traditional sailing vessel - enjoy taking an active part in the sailing or just sit back and watch for Minke Whales and Common Dolphins. This is a journey to savour as we combine sailing, walking and kayaking to explore unique and beautiful islands.

On this trip we will carry double kayaks on board our mother ship, the sailing vessel Irene, paddling sections of the coastline of the islands.

WHAT TO EXPECT

A seven day explore trip around the islands of Canna, Rum, Muck and Eigg, sailing on board the tall ship Irene.

  • Explore wild islands full of individual character and history.
  • Stay on board Irene in comfortable cabins with excellent home cooked food.
  • The islands are rich in wildlife - Eagles and Puffins, Seals and Otters, Dolphins and Whales can all be seen here.
  • Explore the islands on foot and paddle coastal journeys in stable and easy to handle double sea kayaks.

7 Days | From £1215 per person | food included | scroll down for full details. 

Grade:

18th – 24th May 2018, £1215

3rd – 9th June 2018, £1485

Please get in touch if you are interested in joining this trip.

STORY

Shown as a guide, each trip has its own story, plans are always open to change.

*SV IRENE - We'll meet in Oban on the evening of day one, after our introduction to Irene we'll settle in for a night aboard. The next morning will see us sail up the Sound of Mull towards the Small Isles, we'll keep a watch for Common Dolphins and Porpoise as we head up the sound. After rounding Ardnamurchan point we'll get our first glimpse of the islands that we'll explore over the next few days, we'll end the day anchored in the Small Isles. Irene is a comfortable ship and we'll enjoy spacious cabins and communal areas on board - more information on hospitality on board.

DAY ONE AND TWO *SV IRENE

| Meet Oban at 17.00

| Sail to the Small Isles

| Stay - en-suite cabins on board Irene

*EXPLORING THE SMALL ISLES - Over the course of the next few days we'll explore the Small Isles as we see fit - sailing between islands on Irene, launching the kayaks for coastal journeys or landing and exploring on foot. The conditions will dictate where we go and what we do - we have an expert knowledge of the seas around the islands and know all the best spots to explore - hidden sea caves, sheltered coves and remote beaches. We'll sail back to Oban on the penultimate evening of the trip, ready to say our farewell to Irene on the morning of the last day.

Irene is over a hundred years old and has a fascinating history.

DAY THREE - SIX *EXPLORING THE SMALL ISLES

Explore by sea kayak, on foot and under sail

| Stay - en-suite cabins on board Irene

DATES AND PRICES

From £1215 per person, includes guiding, equipment, accommodation on board and food.

18th – 24th May 2018, £1215

3rd – 9th June 2018, £1485

Please get in touch if you are interested in joining this trip.

ACCOMMODATION

For this trip we will be staying on board Irene in en-suite cabins. Standard cabins have three berths in each. One double berth and one single. The single is situated above the double. Despite the three berths, we only ever sell two places in each. This allows us to host a couple sharing the double berth or two single guests in the double and single respectively. Please be aware that solo guests may be asked to share the cabin with another solo guest. We never mix sexes for solo travellers sharing a cabin unless we have cleared it with both parties first.

DOUBLE KAYAKS

On this trip we will use double kayaks.

FOOD

Includes all meals during the voyage. More information on Hospitality on board.

START AND FINISH

Meet at Oban 17.00, finish Oban 10.00.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What size of group?

Up to 10 people.

Who else will be on the trip?

Like minded adventurers, individuals, couples or small groups of friends.

Do I need sea kayaking experience?

This trip is graded Green. The trip is suitable for beginners or more experienced paddlers. On this trip we will be using double kayaks which are very stable and easy to handle.

What will the weather be like?

The weather on the West coast of Scotland can vary through the course of the season and from area to area - Scottish islands and coastline can see dramatically better weather and more sunshine than more mountainous areas inland. This changeable nature makes the west coast landscape what it is - elemental and powerful. Scotland has a real feeling of drama and intrigue because of its weather. If we do experience stronger winds and rough seas then there are more sheltered areas within the Sound that we can use.

Midges?

Midges are most active during mid summer, it only takes a light breeze or direct sunlight to keep them away and they don't venture out onto the sea so we shouldn't experience them on this trip.

What kit do I need to bring?

We can provide all sea kayaking kit if needed. Please see the kit list for more info.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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