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Discover the magical islands of the Inner Hebirdes, Mull, Jura and Staffa aboard a 65-foot ketch-rigged yacht, then head ashore to explore these wild climes on foot! This seven-day sailing and walking holiday is an ideal introduction to the rugged romance of the Inner Hebrides.
When the mile-thick ice sheets finally retreated from the north of Britain at the end of the Pleistocene epoch, they left in their wake a topography gnarled, fissured and pockmarked by violent glaciation. The result is some of the wildest country in Europe; mountain massifs, rift valleys, riven volcanoes and crinkle-cut islands are just some of the extraordinary features of the Scottish landscape. Unsurprising, then, that the country has become something of a mecca for adventure travel enthusiasts, with every imaginable pursuit on offer. So whether you surf or ski, sail or kayak, hike or bike, Scotland is bound to have something special for you. (There’s also 12,000 years of history, some of Europe’s finest architecture and the prized national drink (no, not Irn-Bru!), in case you’re interested!)
This seven-day sailing and walking tour around the islands of the Inner Hebrides is a wonderful way to explore this fantastic region. With the choice of countless islands to hop between there are an almost infinite number of possible itineraries. Potential highlights include the very wild isle of Jura with its raised beaches and fearsome Corryvreckan Whirlpool, the wildlife haven of Mull with its whales, eagles and spectacular coastal scenery and the tiny, uninhabited Garvellachs with their scattering of ancient religious buildings. Nature-lovers should be sure to check out the Treshnish Isles, home to an abundance of marine life and some of the largest bird colonies in Britian, and also the plentiful puffins of Staffa. There’s also much of cultural significance, most notably the tranquil Iona, from which Saint Columba set about converting the pagan Scots to Christianity!
This is a really special tour through some of the wildest land- and seascapes in Britain. It can be undertaken by pretty much anyone as you don’t need to have any sailing experience, though a decent level of fitness is desirable in order to get the most out of the walking. Bear in mind also that, as on any boating holiday, you’ll be living in close quarters with the other guests, with shared meals and excursions, so this probably wouldn’t suit a honeymooning couple or those who cherish privacy. This said, past passengers often comment on the good banter and sense of camaraderie onboard. And with the small group size (nine plus guide) and highly flexible itinerary (dependent on weather) you can be assured of having any personal interests attended to.
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