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PADDLE & SAIL - THE SMALL ISLES SAILING & KAYAKING

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

WHAT TO EXPECT   Sail between wild islands, explore sea caves and sheltered coves by sea kayak and enjoy the hospitality and tradition of a classic tall ship on this sailing holiday with a difference. This is a superb chance to explore fascinating and wild islands off the West coast of Scotland 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.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS   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.

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

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18th – 24th May 2018, £1215 FULLY BOOKED

3rd – 9th June 2018, £1485, Places available

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.

*A SAILING HOLIDAY ON BOARD 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 *A SAILING HOLIDAY ON BOARD 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, FULLY BOOKED

3rd – 9th June 2018, £1485, Places available

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.

LOCATION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Up to 10 people.

Individuals, couples or small groups of friends.

No - this trip is graded green and is suitable for beginners.

Sea kayaking is similar in intensity to walking - its is moderate aerobic exercise involving lots of different muscle groups but mainly the muscles of the torso and upper body. It places a light but repetitive load on these muscles - you don't need to have big muscles but you do need to be capable of sustaining a moderate level of physical effort. If you don't do any exercise, don't enjoy physical effort or have a very low level of fitness then you may find sea kayaking challenging. The most important thing to note is that we are here to enjoy the journey - we'll take plenty of breaks and paddle at an achievable pace.

A lot of learning about sea kayaking comes from experience and is best done as individuals on the move and in context. We won't spend time on long instructional briefings or static group skills practice but will give you little hints and tips on the journey to make it easier for you and suggest improvements to your technique as we go along. We'll help you develop your knowledge and sea kayak handling skill throughout he 2 days but also allow plenty of time simply to enjoy the journey and the experience of sea kayaking.

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. The wind speed and sea state are the primary factors that affect the trip - if the conditions are difficult then we won't go out on the sea or may do a shorter journey. If we can't go sea kayaking then we'll offer an alternative activity such as a coastal walk or indoor session on sea kayaking knowledge. You should note that it is very rare that we have to stay off the water on multi-day trips and the vast majority of trips run as planned. For full terms and conditions see the link below. You can read more about the weather/cancellation/booking on our FAQ page.

We can provide all specialist sea kayaking kit. You'll need to wear the right type of clothes for a more comfortable trip, full details are given in a kit list when you book a trip or if you'd like to read a kit list now then see this -  kit list

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Full terms and conditions regarding booking our trips can be read here.

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