Sails and Summits offer a skippered, hands on, Sailing Holiday or an RYA Practical Sailing Course which can be combined with your holiday.
Enjoy the experience of a sailing holiday, exploring the West Coast of Scotland, the islands of the Hebrides, and further afield to St Kilda, Orkneys and Shetland, these latter are without a doubt the more challenging and exciting destinations. The West Coast boasts some of the best cruising grounds and certainly the most spectacular in the UK, and what better way to discover Scotland’s remote delights and rich abundant wildlife than by sea.
The level of sailing is for you to choose, from serious hands on sailing, to simply relaxing in the cockpit and enjoying the scenery and varied sea and bird life – puffins, eagles, whales, dolphins, basking sharks to name but a few. Combine sailing with walking or for the more experienced scaling the challenging peaks on Skye or Rum. Enjoy the sailing, the scenery, the wildlife, magnificent sunsets, brilliant moonlit or starlit nights while anchored in some remote bay, ambles on white sandy empty beaches or the thrill of conquering some of the best climbs in Britain. Impromptu ceilidhs and music in remote pubs and inns, a warm and friendly welcome by the locals, a richness of history in every corner, archaeology, geology. And what better way to end the day by dining on freshly caught fish and home cooked meals prepared from local produce.
For lovers of Scotland’s fine selection of Classic Malt Whisky there are plenty of Distilleries to visit along the way.
Every cruise is different and given the constraints of wind and tide we tailor make your holiday to combine with your wishes.
Our boat “Esseness” is a Dufour 455 Grand Large, and is maintained to the highest of standards. She is a spacious and comfortable ocean sailing cruiser with two double berth aft cabins, one en suite, for our guests.
As your hosts we want to share our passion for sailing and the great outdoors. We can help you plan an itinerary based round your favoured shore based activity and for those with no sailing experience will introduce you to the rudiments of sailing, on our sailing holidays.
Sue and Stuart, her owners and skippers, hold commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificates, Stuart is also an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Cruising Instructor trainer. Both have many sea miles logged round the coast of Britain, in the Mediterranean, down the coast of Europe, in the Canaries, across the Atlantic and a few in the Caribbean. Safety at all times is paramount.
Esseness is MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) coded to Category 2, she carries all the latest safety equipment on board and a comprehensive safety brief will be given before the start of every charter.
“I’ve had the time of my life. Far exceeded expectations. Nine islands in six days. Fantastic, and lots of laughs.” Ann (Canberra)