The World Cruising Club organise an annual cruise
(normally oversubscribed) to visit distilleries at Oban, Tobermory
and on the Isles of Skye and Islay.
Each venue hosts social activities including barbecues and
ceilidhs as well as providing the opportunity to sample
fine malt whiskies. Great sailing is combined with an active
social scene on a Scottish theme.
The cruise covers two weeks in July when Stormdancer is normally cruising the waters of the Faroe Islands, Orkney, and Shetland or Arctic Norway but skippered whole boat charter may be arranged aboard other yachts if you wish to participate.
More information at www.worldcruising.com
Bespoke Whisky Cruises
We also visit distilleries independently or as part of the Islay Festival in May. Tours and tastings can be arranged. The following coastal distilleries have been included in past itineraries – Loch Ranza, Bushmills, Springbank and Kilkerran (Campbeltown), Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bunnahabhain, Jura, Oban, Tobermory, Talisker and Highland Park (Orkney). We can plan a week to visit just one or several distilleries.
Frank, Olaf and Jorg. Whisky experts,
Kilda and the Outer Hebrides
St. Kilda is a group of four small islands, the largest
of which is Hirta which is a sixty mile passage west of
the Outer Hebrides.
The islands and the surrounding marine area are now a World
Heritage site and have a fascinating history.
In 1930 the islanders were evacuated at their own request.
Until then they had scratched a living over the centuries
by snaring birds from amongst the huge population of fulmars,
puffins and gannets which nest on the towering cliffs and
stacs of the islands. The abandoned village is still there
and offers a poignant insight into the lives of the islanders.
It is being restored by the National Trust for Scotland
and Scottish National Heritage.
is Europe’s most important sea bird colony and is
not easy to reach other than in your own yacht and even
then only when sea conditions allow. This cruise appeals
to sailors with some experience and those with a taste for
A visit to the islands may also be possible as part of a
“milebuilder” week but by allowing ourselves
a couple of days more, we are much more likely to find the “weather
window” that we need to get there. We will also be
able to visit some of the more out-of-the-way places in
the Outer Hebrides.
More information at www.kilda.org.uk.
“Thank you, again, for an excellent week's sailing, which exceeded my high expectations. Reaching St Kilda was a truly memorable experience and the sail in lovely weather around Skye and into Loch Nevis was "chust sublime" as Para Handy would say.”
The Shiants (pronounced “shants”) are a group
of three small islands situated to the east of Lewis and
north of Skye.
They are privately owned and uninhabited and the only access
to the islands is by chartered boat, normally from Stornaway,
or in your own yacht.
islands are home to large colonies of seabirds including
Puffins and are gloriously isolated and rugged.
They can be visited as part
of a “Western Isles Milebuilder” cruise and
may be combined with a complete circumnavigation of Skye,
giving us views not only of the Cuillin Hills on Skye but
also the mountains and ridges of Torridon on the mainland.
These Cruises from Tobermory will suit those wanting to
build miles and experience for Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster
preparation or who simply have a sense of adventure.
Once on board we will decide the combination of long day
passages or night sailing to allow us to best cover the
The passage north to the Orkneys can be along the mainland coast with views of the magnificent mountains and lochs north of Skye and visits to the Summer Isles and Inverewe Gardens.
Our first port-of-call might be Stromness and from there
we can explore Scapa Flow with its strong tides and naval history.
The Orkney base will be the capital Kirkwall
which has flight and ferry links to the mainland including
Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The Orkney Islands have many places of interest includung the Neolithic village of Skarabrae and reward a few days spent touring on land if you have time before or after your sailing holiday.
The return passage may be via the west coast of the Outer
Hebrides depending on weather.
This short video was shot on a cruise from Orkney to Tobermory via the west coast
Orkney has also been our preferred port of exit when heading to Faroe or Norway.
More information at www.orkneyheritage.com.