Orkney to England Sailing Holiday
Sailing Holiday Kirkwall to Whitby
Sailing Type – Overnight Offshore, Coastal and Day Sailing
I have spent most of my sailing time in modern yachts of various sizes but having the helm of a 3 masted schooner under full sail is an experience like no other.
This is a passage making voyage with over night sailing. You will be part of the watch system on board. If you have never stood a night watch try reading
Standing The Night Watch – an account written by one of the crew.
You can book on any of our UK Sailing Voyages as a complete beginner or an experienced sailor. All the training you need to fully participate onboard is included. You’ll be hoisting sails, steering, and generally participating in all the things that sailors do. That includes watching the sunset in a quiet anchorage at the end of the day.
Kirkwall was established by the Vikings in the 11th Century.
Ever since we bought a copy of Orkneyinga Viking Saga (also called the History of the Earls of Orkney) for Trinovante’s library and then realised how many prehistoric villages, ancient tombs, ruined palaces and standing stones there were in Orkney we have wanted to return.
Orkney also has fine beaches and many other attractions and Stromness is worth a visit.
In our opinion it is a top place to visit with plenty to do and definitely worth extending your holiday by having a couple of days here before you join the ship.
Where Will We Sail?
How this voyage plays out is all dependent on the weather. We could spend a day sailing in Orkney or head straight off south for an overnight passage down the East Coast Of Scotland.
Whichever way it goes you will get plenty of sea miles and time on the helm. Maybe we’ll anchor off the Farne Islands if the weather is right. Some ports we might visit are below.
Previously a bustling fishing port, Wick now has a marina and services the offshore wind farm industry. We think the main attraction is the walk south along the cliffs and beach where there are large rock-pools and easily seen areas of fossilised, sand-rippled ancient beach.
A volcanic plug island at the entrance to the Firth of Forth Bass Rock was once a retreat for Christian hermits.
Today it is home to the worlds largest colony of northern gannets along with a host of other birds. Trinovante can get quite close because the rock has sheer sides. How close you want to get we can decide on the day. The noise and smell are quite something but gannets are the most beautiful seabirds.
Hopefully Trinovante will be able stop here. An active fishing port (or at least it was before Brexit) with an unusual ‘tunnel’ entrance and cliff top walks, Eyemouth has a distinctive crouching gargoyle rock at the entrance which can only be seen from the sea.
There are also a friendly harbour seals, fresh lobster and langoustines and fine haggis from the local butchers.
The Port Of Whitby
A picture postcard, bustling, seaside town nestled in a hollow in the surrounding moors landscape, Whitby is now known for the many festivals that run year round, coastal walks, fossils, jet jewellery, the 199 very steep steps leading to a ruined abbey that overlooks all the activity below and most importantly for the seafarer the massive stone breakwaters that protect the entrance to the harbour.
Originally a coal and whaling port, for the sailor this harbour is notable as the place where Captain Cooks Endevour was originally built as the ship rigged collier Earl of Pembroke. There is a now replica Endevour in the port.
Trinovante always gets lots of attention in Whitby.
I just wanted to say a big thank you for making my holiday such a memorable one! It was great to be sailing again after all that time and I found that gradually things came back to me and I felt more at ease, so thanks for the encouragement.
I feel lucky to have met such a nice bunch of people, everyone seemed to get on really well which was great.
All voyage notes refer only to possible itineraries – where we sail, the type of sailing, passage lengths and the places we call into will be entirely dependent on the wind and weather at the time.