Voyages

Wild Britain, Sailing holidays, Edith Gray

Who we are and what we do:

We are a friendly and enthusiastic company offering hands on sailing holidays for all abilities, whether you are new to sailing or an old hand on traditional boats.

We offer sailing holidays with a varied itinerary, and destinations of wild and natural beauty; North to the  Hebrides on the West Coast of Scotland;  South to the Isles of Scilly and beyond;  Or the stunning wilderness of Pembrokeshire National Park and the Bristol Channel Islands.

With Pilot Cutters such as “Edith Gray” you are not limited to one part of the British Isles or even one part of the Globe.

Whenever we can we include the major events of the Classic Boat Calendar be it Festivals or Races (which “Edith Gray” is becoming rather good at!).

(See Itinerary for our destinations)

Voyaging:beach

Sailing Edith Gray is like stepping back in time. 

The power of the rig, the smell of wood, canvas and Stockholm tar.  The feel of the vessel through the tiller and the salt wind on your face.  

With dolphins riding the bow wave, gannets gliding through the troughs, swallows and carrier pidgins hitching a lift on the cabin top … this all becomes the rule rather than the exception.

Then the end of the day at a quiet and peaceful anchorage; exploring with the dinghy, a short walk along the coastal path, a swim or a book, then drinks before sunset and dinner in good company.

What to Expect:

Participation in operating the vessel; full hands on sailing, Navigation if you wish, and washing up.

Meals will be prepared throughout, though all are welcome to help in the galley or just the preparation.

 

Sailing Holidays & Itinerary:

Our Trips are open to all whatever your abilities.wild sailing holidays with dolphins

Our itinerary is predominantly aimed at individuals, though we welcome group bookings.

With whole boat booking comes the flexibility to bespoke the trip to your requirements, be it a particular destination or type of trip (Families, Corporate, or Stag & Hen party groups.)

If you have a particular destination in mind or wish to mount an expedition, or just a more in-depth look at traditional boat skills, do let us know.

Edith Gray can be chartered for £500 for a day sail, £1,250 for a weekend, and £3,400 for a week.

For longer than a week, or to mount an expedition, contact us for a competitive quote.

Voyage Fees include:

Personal safety equipment, all meals and soft drinks onboard, sailing tuition, waterproofs (please let us know if you require them and what size), port fees, wildlife guides where arranged, pillows and pillowcases.

Booking:

A deposit of 30% (non refundable) is needed to confirm booking, with the balance paid 8 weeks before the voyage commences.

Trip prices are all inclusive apart from grog, you are very welcome to bring along a bottle to compliment the food.

Food (a subject close to my heart):Edith Grays Saloon

Plenty of good home cooked food, a varied menu, with fresh vegetables, fruit, Meat and fish. (Please let us know in advance if you are a vegetarian or have any dietary requirements we will try our best to accommodate).

Tea and Fresh coffee available throughout the day (Instant if you prefer it).

Fresh fruit and snacks between meals.

 

 

 

Destinations:

“Wild Britain is just over the horizon”.   We are not limited to where we can go;  though you would have to go a long way to find a cruising ground as good as:

 

Isles of Hebrides:

The Hebrides are universally considered one of the finest, most beautiful cruising grounds in the world;  and it's right on your doorstep!
From our base in Mallaig we can access the whole of this wonderful cruising ground of sheltered water and abundant anchorages.   

Sailing
Places you have dreamed of;    Fingal's Cave, Colonsay, Tobermory, Firth of Lorne, Gulf of Corryvreckan, The Islay Distilleries, Ring of bright water,  “There's always adventure round the next headland”.
You can Ghost along all day and not see another boat,  then anchor in clear blue water off white silica beaches, to explore in the tender, take a walk or a scramble, or go for a swim. Then relax with good food and good company, and watch the sunset at the end of the day.

Sailing holidays ScotlandWalking and Climbing
Our flexible itinerary means that if there is a particular Walk, Scramble or Climb you would like to do, or a place you'd like to visit, we can help facilitate this.  The Cuillin Ridge, the Paps of Jura, or Beinn More and the Cuillins of Mull, or if you are looking for more technical climbing the possibilities are endless, and arriving by boat is the perfect, and sometimes only way to gain access to the lesser known routes in this treasure-trove of wilderness.

St Kilda
The  archipelago of St Kilda, the remotest part of the British Isles, lies 40 miles West of the Outer Hebrides.
A world heritage site with its clear water, wild landscapes and the highest sea cliffs in Britain, that are home to one of the most important sea bird breeding colonies in Europe.
A serious offshore trip, a magical destination, and a real adventure in the voyaging.

 

Isles of Scilly, Brittany, and the South Coast:

The Isles of Scilly,  with its' miles and miles of white sandy beaches, secluded anchorages, and clear turquoise sea.
Explore the fabulous gardens of Tresco, home to a large variety of semi tropical plants, or try some scrambling on the rocks of Bryher, or head over to the wild St Agnus and Gugh.
With wild walks and good pubs. A sea so clear you can see the anchor dig in below you;  these are Islands you just can't help returning to.anchorage Isles of Scilly

From the Sheltered water of the Fal Estuary we can sail along the South Coast and discover the inlets and harbours like Fowey or Salcombe, or head across to Brittany in North West France and the exiting and beautiful rocky coastline with its abundance of spectacular anchorages and small fishing villages.   Good food,  Great wine,  Great Sailing!

 

Bristol Channel and Pembrokeshire National Park:

In 2010 the Pembrokeshire coast was voted best coastal destination ahead of such exotic places as the Seychelles, Bermuda and Hawaii by National Geographic Magazine .

The waters off the Pembrokeshire coast and Bristol Channel present a rich array of marine mammal and bird life and are home to one of Britain’s few resident dolphin populations as well as colonies of Atlantic grey seal and Otters.Climbing on Lundy

The following are regularly sighted;   harbour porpoises, bottle-nosed dolphins, common dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, Minke whale, fin whale as well as the occasional sighting of Orca, humpback whale, basking shark, blue shark, sunfish and leatherback turtles.

For spectacular seabird colonies, it is the islands of Ramsey, Skomer, Skokholm, and Grassholm further to the South.
 
And of course there's Lundy, the Jewel in the Crown of The Bristol Channel, and currently England’s only Marine Conservation Zone; with its' wildlife, walks, and some of the best rock climbing in Europe.