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St Kilda

The Wildlife

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The Yacht

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The Yacht

You need a good yacht, safe, stable and with plenty of room:

"Saltwater Gypsy  


Saltwater Gypsy is a 43ft Seastream ketch built and equipped for ocean-going passages, and particularly comfortable for sailing around the Western and Hebridean islands of Scotland.

She has berths for four guests and there is lots of space for you to take advantage of, and rest and relax during your holiday.  On our cruises everything is included apart from alcoholic drinks - although you are very welcome to bring you own supplies along.

You are able to relax and enjoy the sailing or can take part in the running of the yacht if you wish.



Internal layout



The saloon is comfortable and spacious, whether you are enjoying a lovely meal, chatting with friends or just having a relaxing time!






What else makes a brilliant Sailing holiday?

Firstly what you need is a good safe skipper with lots of experience:


David Leaver is a RYA/MCA Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor. He has travelled over340,000 miles at sea over many parts of the world, but it is sailing Scottish waters which he enjoys the most.




Then you need someone who can show you the best wildlife and places to visit and knows the area like the back of his hand:


Over thirty five years spent working around the islands of the west coast of Scotland has given David the knowledge of the best anchorages, the best walks and where to go if the weather is a bit poor! Being a keen and qualified naturalist whose main interests include wildlife watching and photography mean you get someone who actually enjoys giving his guests the very best experiences during their holiday and knows what he is talking about! As he is also a published photographer and writer. David can help you get those special holiday images!


Very pleased with the hundreds of photos that will recall memories of a fantastic sail. we were so fortunate to find the company, the crew, the yacht and the weather!!         Allan & Birgitta


Thank you both so much for a wonderful week - despite the awkward weather and the hiding aquatic animals!   I had a very enjoyable and really happy time.                       Ann Cumbria


More experienced guests make it look so easy.





While on deck its all a good laugh and lots of fun!




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