UK Sailing Staycation: Explore the Scottish Hebrides
Original post: Another World Adventures
With the boom in UK staycations it can be tricky to decide where to go for your next adventure, particularly if you’d like to find some peace and quiet away from the crowds. But never fear, Another World Adventures has got you covered. The restricted travel doesn’t need to stop your adventure travel – some of the best sailing holidays are right here in the UK.
Choosing a staycation on a tall ship could be the perfect choice for you. A unique experience steeped in history, you and your crew mates can escape the tourist crush on shore and take to the open seas. And if you are looking for a mix of wilderness, wildlife and traditional culture, we think that heading to Scotland to experience the inner or outer hebrides might be just the thing to scratch your travel itch.
Sailing in the Hebridean Islands
The Hebridean islands are found to the west of Scotland and are split into the two categories of ‘inner’ and ‘outer’. As you would expect, the Outer Hebrides are the most westerly and the furthest from the Scottish mainland. They are known for each being unique in their attractions from thousands of seal pups on North Uist, to the castle on Barra, to the Callanish stones on Lewis, which predate Stonehenge in Wiltshire and the pyramids in Egypt. The Inner Hebrides include the popular Isle of Skye – known for its natural beauty – and Islay – known for its nine whisky distilleries and boasting the Bowmore distillery, which dates back to 1779.
The weather is changeable in the isles, so don’t expect consistently long, hot days even in summer, but those in the know are aware that it never stays the same for long. The coast of Scotland is a popular choice for all levels of sailing experience. On our voyages, you will be accompanied by professional crew from our experienced operating partners to ensure that you stay safe while learning the ropes in beautiful surroundings. With a changing schedule depending on the weather and crew, you can be sure that you will have an experience like no other.
Outer island exploration on a tall ship
22nd August – 27th August 2021 – £1,095pp (more dates available)
Starting in the Highlands from Ullapool on the Scottish Mainland, you will leave on a magical tour of the famous Scottish isles. From uninhabited islands to the tight knit (pun intended) community on the Isle of Harris, known for its tweed, there is no better way to experience the rugged Scottish landscape. Scottish islands are known for their whisky production and Harris even has its own distillery now – there’s always time for a wee dram. On Lewis, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides, explore sea caves, and local arts and crafts.
Inner island hopping on a tall ship
14th April 2022 – 20th April 2022 – £1,530pp (more dates available)
When a trip description includes puffins, you know you are going to be in for a treat. Taking a tall ship-based staycation is the chance to see these iconic birds en masse, but this voyage starting in Oban is not just about the puffins. At the Treshnish Isles and Iona, you’ll be in heaven as a wildlife superfan, with regular sightings of whales and dolphins. For those twitchers among us, the Isle of Mull is the best place in the UK to see white-tailed and golden eagles. If you want a break from all the wildlife, you can still find distilleries, beautiful beaches and wonderful hiking trails.
Interested in a mix of both the Inner & Outer Hebrides: join a voyage at Ullapool 14th-20th August 2021 – special price £1,183pp
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