LONGER BREAKS (Pictured below: Harris)
For a ten day holiday, the existing Passage Plans on this site could quite easily be slightly extended; North, South, West or even occasionally East to give you a more relaxed view of the area. If St Kilda is your ultimate goal then a few extra days will give you a better chance of getting there, and if the weather is settled, a chance to spend a bit more time enjoying the experience of being there.
Many of our customers travel a long way often from Europe and sometimes further afield, to reach this wonderful cruising area and like to spend a couple of weeks exploring it. There are many attractive places to visit both North and South of the ones suggested already. If you are thinking of visiting Orkney and/or Shetland and even perhaps going right round through the Pentland Firth, to Inverness then back through the Caledonian Canal you will probably already know the area well and have your own ideas about how to get there. We do allow the yachts to do this trip, length of charter permitting, so if you think that it might be of interest and do need any more information please don’t hesitate to ask.
For those of you coming here for a fortnight or more, who are not familiar with the area there are three general directions in which you could head in addition to Orkney, Shetland and St Kilda which have already been mentioned.
Once again heading North there are many quiet locations waiting to welcome you on the North West coast of Scotland. Two weeks would allow you to head North past Ullapool and, to mention just a few of places you might visit, on to Lochinver, Kylesku, and possibly as far as Kinlochbervie before heading across the Minch to Stornoway and then heading South down the deserted lochs of Lewis. You can then pick up on the one week suggestions for either Skye or the Outer Hebrides and return via the Small Isles.
If the weather is very settled you might prefer to head further West through the Sound of Harris and explore the Monarch Isles, Taransay, Scarp and/or Loch Roag then head back - probably via the North side of Skye but the opportunities are vast.
For both the above options you will require permission and the North/West chart option for which there is a small charge.
Heading south with a longer period there are lots of options. Taking a sail round Mull as well as Skye perhaps going as far south as Colonsay and then heading back north via Barra, Eriskay and South Uist gives you a wonderful mix of activity shoreside, good food, historic sites and remote anchorages. Please note that this area does get very busy from mid-July to mid-August so if you would prefer to be in uncrowded anchorages heading North at that time of year gives you more opportunity to do so.
If you wish to head south of anchorages on the south coast of Mull you will require permission and there is a small charge.
If these suggestions are of interest to you and you would like some more information about them please get in touch.
(Pictured right : One of the many superb west coast beaches on Harris)