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West Coast of the UK

Next Trip: 29th - 8th May 2023 Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

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Region: Multi-Location
Trip Type: Sailing
Accommodation: Basic
Max Group Size: 8
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Far-flung islands scattered like jewels. Ancient ruins, half-buried in the earth. Great swathes of golden sand, billowing sails and the boundless wilderness of the Irish Sea. Join the small crew of Eda Frandsen, a 75-year-old beautifully restored gaff cutter, for an adventure from southern England to the Western Isles of Scotland.

Discover coastline only accessible by boat, exploring remote islands, hidden coves, rocky inlets and wind-swept beaches. Venture ashore to stroll along towering cliffs, walking in the footsteps of Vikings and observing a rich diversity of wildlife. Climb back on board and experience sailing in inky darkness, spending nights at sea under a star-strewn sky.

As you travel up the bewitching Celtic Coast, immerse yourself in life on board, learning traditional seafaring skills. Actively participate in steering Eda, navigating, analysing the weather and being part of the watchkeeping rota. Enjoy abundant fresh seafood such as wild langoustines, mackerel and scallops during your voyage.

It is also valuable to note that a trip on Eda Frandsen is a sailing adventure rather than a cruise. As such, there is no fixed itinerary, as we choose to sail where the wind blows. Further, while Eda is perfectly organised, it is important to be aware that space is naturally limited. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience sailing under the stars in the twinkling darkness of the Irish Sea.
  • Hike the beautiful shores of uninhabited and remote islands, spotting coastal plants, birds and wildlife.
  • Wild swim from the deck of Eda, exploring turquoise depths and hidden coves.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 - All Aboard

Begin your trip in Falmouth, Cornwall. A port rich in maritime history and busy with fishing boats, it’s the perfect place to board the captivating Eda Frandsen. Meet your crew before setting sail out of the natural harbour. Discuss the adventure ahead and settle in as the beautiful coastline unfurls in front of you. (D)

Day 2 - Isles of Scilly

Spend today exploring the outstanding beauty of the Isles of Scilly. Admire the granite stacks of Shipman Head, visit the powdery white sands of Rushy Bay and discover the ancient fields hidden by the tides on Samson Island. With only 5 out of the roughly 140 islands inhabited, myth and history run deep here, with many of the islands’ names – Hangman’s Island, Hunter’s Lump and Great Arthur – harking back to days gone by. After a day spent sailing, swimming and exploring, spend the evening under the stars, enjoying fresh mackerel, sourdough and the gentle sound of the sea. (B, L, D)

Day 3 to Day 8 - Explore the Celtic Coast

The real adventure begins as you chase the good weather and ride the favourable winds to make your way up the west coast of the UK. Soak up the crisp, salty air and watch for playful sea life as you explore areas only seen from the ocean. Step onto dry land to experience some of the country’s most isolated locations, the true wilderness of rugged coastlines and hidden bays. Possible stops include Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the southern Hebrides in Scotland. (B, L, D)

Day 9 - The Isle of Arran

Sip hot coffee as you watch gannets dive below the surface in the peaceful stillness of a salty morning. After breakfast, sail around the rugged coast of the Isle of Arran before hopping into the dinghy to head ashore. This lofty isle is geologically fascinating and offers winding coastal paths, impressive summits and sandy coves. Home to three endemic tree species, Goats Fell peak and the historic Brodick Castle, the island is a fascinating place to spend the day. Gather on deck this evening to eat, drink and be merry as the sum shimmers over its borders and into the darkening sea. (B, L, D)

Day 10 - All Ashore

After a morning swim, bring your adventure to a close, arriving in the seaside town of Troon. Say goodbye to your crew this morning and the beautiful Eda Frandsen, shaking off your sea legs and heading ashore towards home or your next adventure. (B)

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Trip Details

Accommodation Read More

Eda Frandsen is a beautifully restored 75-year-old Gaff Cutter. The rig is entirely traditional, showing incredible workmanship. Down below, she is comfortable and well-equipped, but naturally, personal space is limited. There is a homely saloon and four cabins with twin berths in a bunk arrangement. The cabins are separated from the saloon by privacy curtains, with each berth having its own locker storage. Please ensure that you bring your personal belongings in a soft holdall that can be compressed to fit into the locker. There are two bathrooms, including one with a shower.

Meals Read More

The food on Eda Frandsen is guaranteed to be a real highlight of the trip. Incredibly fresh, wholesome and creative, the meals are created with sustainable local produce. With the sea air sure to whip up an appetite, you can be certain to be incredibly well looked after while on board.

Special Dietary Requirements

Due to the small size of the galley and the restrictions that come with being at sea, we are unfortunately unable to accommodate as wide a range of dietary requirements as we would like on this trip. Therefore, if you have any dietary requests, please check in with us before booking. If we are not made aware of your requirements before booking, we may be unable to cater for them. Unfortunately, we’re not able to accommodate nut allergies on our sailing trips.

Inclusions Read More
  • 9 nights accommodation on the traditional sailing yacht Eda Frandsen.
  • All meals during the trip (Meals indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).
  • All specialist group sailing equipment.
Trip Grading Read More

Blue Graded 4-6

This trip is suitable for people with no previous sailing experience; however, a keen interest in seafaring and sailing is advisable to get the most out of your holiday.

Due to the traditional nature of Eda Frandsen, time spent aboard is a hands-on experience. For example, as there are no winches on board, you will be asked to help hoist the sails which is enjoyable and satisfying but can also be challenging.

Because of the extended nature of this offshore voyage, you will also be encouraged to actively participate in the watch-keeping program, with some nights potentially being spent at sea. As you would expect, the areas below the deck are compact and functional, meaning that space is naturally restricted. Therefore, it is important that you feel comfortable with having limited personal space while aboard.

Travel Read More

The trip begins in Falmouth, Cornwall, at 3:00pm on Day 1. The trip will end in Troon, Ayrshire at 10.00am on Day 10. Please make your own way to Falmouth Harbour, where the crew will welcome you on board.

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Make This Trip Private

Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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Difficulty Grades Explained

Blue Graded Sailing Holidays

These trips are suitable for people with no previous sailing experience; however, a keen interest in seafaring and sailing is advisable to get the most out of your holiday.

Due to the traditional nature of Eda Frandsen, time spent aboard is a hands-on experience. For example, as there are no winches on board, you will be asked to help hoist the sails u2013 which is enjoyable and satisfying but can also be challenging.

As you would expect, the areas below deck are compact and functional, meaning that space is naturally restricted. Therefore, it is important that you feel comfortable with having limited personal space while aboard.

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