Sailing and Walking Holiday – The Isle of Skye and the Small Isles

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July 10, 2025
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Why Book With Us?

  • Small Groups of Max 8
  • Local Guides
  • Hiking off the Beaten Track
  • Authentic Small Hotels

  • 202510 July
  • Trip Length7 Days
  • Group SizeMax 7 Guests
  • HikingModerate

Sailing, Walking & Wildlife - Experience the Isle of Skye & Inner Hebrides

Journey by sea and explore islands, wild places and coastlines on foot

The best way to experience the amazing Hebridean world is both by sea and on foot!

Journey the Inner Hebrides on a historic sailboat in style and comfort, set foot on romantic islands, watch dolphins, gannets and eagles, take a swim in a beautiful bay, immerse yourself in  pure nature.

Cruising with the wind on our historic wooden sail ship ‘Provident’ this is a special adventure for those who enjoy an active holiday in a small group.

Anchoring in remote locations we access beautiful and secret places in the Hebrides and the Isle of Skye to explore on foot. Discover sea lochs and islands, beaches, cliffs and waterfalls. You’ll enjoy excellent wildlife spotting opportunities in one of Europe’s best sea-cruising locations.

Interested in a Women-Only trip? Head over to our women’s sailing tour here

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Sail and Hike the Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides

Exploring the Inner Hebrides both under sail and on foot, this superb outdoor adventure is a real journey of discovery!  We will be island hopping, visiting remote communities, sailing along scenic coastline and anchoring in stuning bays and sea lochs. Sailing takes us to places otherwise unreachable and thus offers fantastic walking in diverse and wild landscapes along with excellent opportunities for spotting a wide variety of wildlife: from seabirds such as gannets and guillemots to otters, dolphins, whales and seals.

Sailship ‘Provident’

Provident is a hundred year old wooden Gaff Ketch Brixham Trawler turned yacht. She is home for your sailing and walking holiday. Provident is a strong and sturdy wooden yacht which has been lovingly restored.
Below deck there is comfortable
accommodation for 8 guests in 4 twin bunk cabins. Each bunk has its own locker, reading light and shelf. There are 2 modern toilets and 1 shower. Provident has a lovely deck house where you can experience the adventure on deck but stay warm and dry. Her spacious and cosy saloon is perfect to enjoy a quiet hour, social evenings and delicious dinners. 
You’ll be looked after by a welcoming crew of experienced sailors, our on board cook and an experienced Walk Wild guide.

Optional Hands-On Active Sailing

Feel invited to be as hands-on or off as you like, help hoisting the sails, find yourself at the helm, tidy the ropes or simply sit and listen to the wind in the sails.

Interested in a Women-Only trip? Head over to our women’s sailing tour here

What’s Included

  • 6 nights accommmodation in comfortable twin berth cabins
  • All meals, freshly prepared on board with locally sourced ingredients, delicious and wholesome (Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner)
  • Travel from and back to Mallaig
  • Knowledgeable and experienced guide

Not Included

  • Your jouney to and from Mallaig, where the journey starts
  • Any further accommodation
  • Personal Expenses

Day 1Welcome Aboard in Mallaig

Your journey begins in the pretty fishing village of Mallaig. Providents crew and your Walk Wild guide will be welcoming you at 2pm in the afternoon with a first cup of tea and introductions before we set sail to head to our first destination, the Isle of Rum and our anchorage for our first night.


Day 2Exploring The Isle of Rum

The Isle of Rum is stunningly beautiful, lush, with high mountains, a rich history and diverse wildlife. You can choose between ambles along the shore watching sea birds, enjoying a coffee in the community cafe, exploring Rums exotic castle or exploring the steeper hillside of Hallival looking out for Manx shearwater. 

In the afternoon we may sail to the beautiful Kilmory Bay in the north of the island (or you may like to hike?) or the wind may take us to the Isle of Canna instead.
Walking 6km, 3 hours

Day 3Walking on the Isle of Canna and Sailing to Skye

There is much to see on this tiniest of the Small Isles – which tends to hide from mainland views behind the big mountains of Rum. Between green pastures, pockets of woodland and dramatic coastal cliffs we find two churches, an early Christian cross, prehistoric souterrains and a clifftop castle. There are beautiful views to be enjoyed over to the Isle of Skye and beyond.
This evening we may sail across to Loch Scavaig to anchor for the night.
Walking 4km, 2 hours


Day 4Walking Around Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye

Loch Scavaig is surrounded by the giants of Skyes Black Cuillin mountains and within lies a mountain lake of utmost beauty – Loch Coruisk. After breakfast, we venture ashore for a hike around its shores. A short sail in the afternoon takes us to our anchorage for the night beside the tiny Isle of Soay. Perhaps we may be able to go ashore to take a evening walk on this nearly uninhabited island.
Walking 7km, 4 hours

Day 5Sail To The Isle Of Eigg and Explore

After breakfast we set sail heading west to the Isle of Eigg whose vertical chockstone we will have seen in the distance throughout our journey. Eigg is the Small Isles’ most populated island and is witness to a turbulent history – from medieval massacres to problematic landowners to the island becoming  community governed in 1997. There are wonderful cliff walks for those wanting to stay low but the rocky Sgorr may be calling others.
Walking 6km, 3 – 4 hours

Day 6Sail To Knoydart and Walk

A relaxing days sailing to absorb the views, get involved with the ropes or at the helm or maybe read a book, the choice is yours, just enjoy.
Well anchor in Loch Nevis on the shores of mainland peninsula Knoydart where roads have run out into true wilderness but a vibrant community nonetheless exists in the small village of Inverie. Ashore we enjoy a little wander and sample a pint in Scotlands most remote mainland pub, the famous Old Forge. A fitting end to the journey.
Walk 3km, 1 hour

Day 7Sail to Mallaig, Land Ahoy! and Departure

Following breakfast we enjoy the short sail to Mallaig and bid our farewells to crew, newly found friends and of course – our wonderful ship!
Travel on from Mallaig by train to Glasgow or Edinburgh.


Where you Stay
Your Accommodation on Board

Your home during your sailing and walking holiday is the historic Brixham Trawler Gaff ‘Provident’ which offers accommodation for 8 guests in twin bunk cabins and a comfortable saloon for relaxing and enjoying delicious dinners in the evening. Provident also has a lovely deck house where you can experience the adventure above but stay warm and dry.

  • Please understand that personal space on this kind of ship is limited. There are 4 twin cabins with 2 bunks and 2 lockers each. As there is no space to store a suitcase please bring your personal belongings in a soft holdall which can be compressed to fit into the locker. The ship has 2 heads (toilet and sink) including one shower.

You’ll be looked after by a welcoming crew of experienced sailors, our on board cook and your knowledgeable walking guide.


Walking Information
Your group – small is beautiful

Your group on this trip is of a personable size of no more than 8 and is accompanied throughout by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who will do her/ his best to make your time with us in Scotland interesting, enjoyable and comfortable.

Level of fitness

The walking on this trip is designed for people with a good general level of fitness and mobility. We hike on some good trails but also on some rough, rocky, wet and uneven paths. Therefore, you should be sure footed, have a robust balance and be used to regularly walking on unpaved and rough tracks. You may like to consider bringing some walking poles. Please read our itinerary which lists distances and walking times for each day. If you are unsure, please contact us and we are happy to discuss any issues.

Kit List

Once we receive your booking we will send you further details regarding the trip as well as our recommended and  comprehensive list of useful items to pack.


Mallaig/ Isle of Rum/ Isle of Canna/ Isle of Skye/ Isle of Eigg/ Knoydart Peninsula

  • Please be aware that this journey is on a sail ship throughout. Weather conditions and tides may at times require adjustment of the itinerary which is a sample of possibilities.  Any such changes will be decided by the skipper and your guide, who will inform you as soon as is possible.
Getting to Mallaig

From Edinburgh and Glasgow by train. For travel information please visit Traveline Scotland or contact us. 


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