sailing in and around the inner hebrides
Each day’s sailing adventures are dependant on the wind and weather. Anne says, “we generally take guests on a 25-30 mile day sail, often stopping in a sheltered bay where a Champagne lunch is served. The yacht’s usual route takes in surrounding islands, Atlantic waters and the Knoydart Peninsula, often described as “one of Europe’s last wildernesses” and accessible by land only after an 18 mile trek on foot". Until we depart the mooring we will be unable to exactly say where our destination will be, as the aim of the day is to keep the engine off and sail with the wind in the optimum direction for the best sail.
Loch Nevis is a favourite destination withe the village of Inverie being so popular with yachties and walkers, we can also go further up to Tarbert Loch Nevis a lovely little sheltered cove in all weathers. Directly opposite Duisdale Hotel is Loch Hourn and we can go right up the Loch passing Arnisdale and beyond!
We sail to the harbour at the south of the Isle of Eigg, or around Eigg. Laig bay on Eigg is a large white Atlantic beach and it faces the Cullins of Rhum. Further North is the Singing Sands, a stunning musical quartz beach. Eigg has the first completely wind, water and sun-powered electricity grid in the world. Find out more about the island of Eigg here.
We sail to the bay of Rhum anchoring in front of the Kinloch Castle the famous home of the Bullogh family who once lived on the island. Rhum is an important natural heritage site, designated as a National Nature Reserve in 1957 and is now managed by Scottish Natural Heritage. The Isle of Rhum is part of the Small Isles National Scenic Area, a Special Protection Area for Birds, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. The island also has 17 nationally important ancient monument sites, so you can see why it is such a special place. Read more about the island here.
Knoydart is traditionally known as The Rough Bounds because of its remoteness in the West Highlands of Scotland, is renowned for its stunning beauty, rugged grandeur and blissful tranquility. It is a haven for hill walkers, mountaineers, wildlife enthusiasts and those who just want to get away from the hurly-burly of urban life. Inverie is the main settlement, being home to half the area's population of 100 residents. Within Knoydart's 85 square miles rise four Munros (mountains over 3,000 ft) and several lesser peaks. The mountains are separated by broad glens, rivers and high lochs. Read more about the Knoydart Foundation here.
Island of Soay
The Island of Soay nestling between the Strathaird peninsula and the Cullins of Skye, few islands have a more magnificent setting that Soay which was in the possession of the chiefs of clan MacLeod, to the evacuation of 1953 when the remaining inhabitants were re-housed on Mull. In 1944 author Gavin Maxwell bought the island and established an unsuccessful factory to process shark oil from basking sharks, which he wrote about in his book Harpoon at a Venture. Unfortunately, this venture lead to a serious drop in the numbers of these animals living in the surrounding seas from which they have yet to recover. Read more about the island here.