Short Cut Adventure

22th June – 29th June: Short Cut Adventure – From Wick via the Caledonian Canal to Oban

This adventure will start at 6pm 22th June at Wick Marina. After crew introductions and a safety briefing, weather permitting, we will head out for a short sail to get to know each other and Cloud Nine and return to the marina for the night. After dinner it will be time to make a more detailed passage plan taking into account the experience of the crew and the weather forecast for the following week.

The following day we will make our way down the coast passing the many high cliffs and sea stacks looking out for the amazing sea birds that are found in that area, eventually tying up in the historic township of Helmsdale for the night. Weather permitting, the next morning will see us sailing south to Golspie and anchoring off Dunrobin Castle, where a trip ashore is planned if there is no ground swell, which can make landing here impossible. After Dunrobin we will head south east to Tarbat Ness Lighthouse and make our way to Invergordon in the Cromarty Firth.

The next day will be a leisurely one, heading past Chanory Point, where we will take time to watch the large pod of bottlenose dolphins that have made their home there, on into the Moray Firth, passing under the Kessock Bridge before entering the sea lock to the Caledonian Canal.

The trip through the canal will largely be dictated by the crew, as Cloud Nine has no tight time constraints placed on her. So we can now spend as many days as we wish transiting Scotland via this most stunning of short cuts before re-entering the sea again at Banavie on the west coast.  So, we could spend a couple of days on Loch Ness , Nessie hunting, visit Castle Urquhart, the old Abbey at Fort Augustus before heading on to Loch Oich, Inveregarry and the Well of Seven Heads – lots of highland history!

Travelling further south and west, the canal will take us to Loch Lochy and our last chance to sail in this lovely area before reaching the open sea. The mountains here are steep and rugged, which can lead to strong down drafts and interesting sailing. After Loch Lochy it will be back into the canal section making our way to the famous flight of locks at Neptune’s Staircase, at the bottom of which the Hogwarts Express steam train crosses the canal. We will now be within striking distance of the sea at Banavie which will afford us a spectacular view of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. After a night at Banavie, the open sea beckons and depending on the time left we will head south to the Isle of Mull before ending this adventure in Oban at 10am on the 29th of June.


Accommodation Price Availability
Double aft cabin starboard 2 sharing £795pp 2  spaces
Double aft cabin port 2 sharing £795pp 2 spaces
Twin bunk bed forward cabin 2 sharing £795pp 2 spaces
A £50 deposit is required to book, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
If you REQUIRE single occupancy of a cabin, the full cabin rate will apply minus a 15% discount, however if you do not require single occupancy but we cannot fill the space, you will not be charged any extra (you will not be asked to share a cabin with a member of the opposite sex).

2 evening meals will be taken ashore on this adventure and are not included.

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