Oban to Largs - Whisky and Islands
July 1st to July 11th
Cruise the West Coast of Scotland aboard Asante, a luxury 57ft Oyster sailing yacht. Join us for 10 nights as we take you to some of Scotlands most iconic and remote distilleries and islands Wander at the beautiful scenery that formed 430 million years ago. On our 173 mile journey we will drop anchor in quiet secluded coves and by sleepy harbour villages. Gaze into the waters and watch for otters, bottle nose and common dolphin, common and grey seal, minkie whale and basking shark. Or look skyward to see puffin, gannets and white tailed sea eagles.
|Saturday 1st July||Join us at 4pm|
|Sunday 2nd July||Oban to Seil Island.||7NM|
|Monday 3rd July||Seil Island to Craighouse, Jura.||34NM|
|Tuesday 4th July||Craighouse to Port Ellen, Islay.||22NM|
|Wednesday 5th July||Port Ellen|
|Thursday 6th July||Port Ellen to Gigha Island.||24NM|
|Friday 7th July||Ghiga Island to Campbeltown.||45NM|
|Saturday 8th July||Campbeltown whisky tours|
|Sunday 9th July||Campbeltown to Lamlash, Arran.||24NM|
|Monday 10th July||Lamlash to Largs.||17NM|
|Tuesday 11th July||A final farewell 10am|
Saturday 1st July Join us at 4pm aboard Asante for welcome drinks and canapés. Settle in for your first night aboard.
Sunday 2nd July After a hearty breakfast we will set sail for the Isle of Seil and the stunningly beautiful Puilladodhrain (pool of the otter) anchorage. A short dinghy ride to shore and we wander along a small path for less than half a mile to see The Clachan Bridge. Built in 1792, and though its span is only 72ft, due to its location it is also known as The Bridge over the Atlantic. With the historic Tigh an Truish Inn sitting just by why not start your whisky tour here.
Monday 3rd July A full days sail ahead of us. We leave Seil behind passing the islands of Luing, Lunga and Scarab. The infamous Gulf of Corryvreckan will be well to starboard as we approach Jura and make our way to the anchorage of the Small Isle off Craighouse. It is from here that we can visit our first distillery drawing you in to savour its light peaty note with fruit and spicy overtones.
Tuesday 4th July We continue south leaving Jura behind and onward to Isla where in the afternoon we make our way in to Port Ellen. Whether we are at anchor or on the quayside this sheltered little town will welcome us. The Ardview Inn – the one and only pub on the island – has been recently refurbished under new ownership and once again will entice us in with promises of whiskies from islands further afield.
Wednesday 5th July A busy day ashore. With 9 active whisky distilleries on the island three are within walking distance of each other – Ardbeg, Lagavulin and Laphroaig. But don’t miss out – the Islay Rum Company opened its door in 2022 so a sampling of this liquor too is a must.
Thursday 6th July A short hop and we head north east to the small island of Gigha where we will drop anchor for the night in the safe haven of Ardminish Bay. This is an island known for its abundant wildlife especially seabirds.
Friday 7th July We raise anchor and make our way south to round the bottom of The Mull of Kintyre before heading into Cambeltown. This is Scotlands smallest whisky producing region consisting of just three distilleries – in its heyday there were more than thirty.
Saturday 8th July The three surviving distilleries will lure you in. Visit Glen Scotia, Glengyle and the most popular Springbank with its smoky, fruity, peaty flavour.
Sunday 9th July We set sail due east to round the bottom of Arran. To starboard you will see the impressive rock that is Ailsa Craig. This outcrop is famous for being one of only two locations in the world from where granite for curling stones can be quarried. We then drop anchor in Lamlash bay safe behind the protection of Holy Island.
Monday 10th July Our last day at sea. Its a short passage to our final destination of Largs.
Tuesday 11th July A final farewell at 10am
Price - £3,300 per person
- Welcome drinks
- All meals aboard
- A Pre-dinner drink
- Wine or beer with your evening meal
- All bedding including towels
- All canal transit fees
- All fuel and marina cost
- Your own cabin
- Daily tuition
- Use of Paddle Boards
What’s Not Included
- Meals Ashore
- Entrance fees to visitor centres
- Sailing & Travel Insurance
- Travel to and from Asante
- Waterproof Clothing