Explore the breathtaking scenery of Scotland's Isle of Skye and Small Isles on this once-in-a-lifetime liveaboard adventure!
Try your hand at crewing on a traditional tall ship - the majestic Lady of Avenel - allowing you to reach remote destinations and secluded swim spots in a unique and sustainable way
Enjoy plenty of time off the ship to take in the natural beauty and unique culture of this wild corner of the world, enjoying hikes across the hills and beaches
Take part in a truly unforgettable expedition through some of the most stunning scenery in the British Isles, exploring Scotland’s world-famous Inner Hebrides. Laying anchor around the Isles of Skye, Rum, Eigg and Muck, on board our 102-foot-tall ship, called the ‘Lady of Avenel’, this swimming adventure offers a unique opportunity to explore dramatic Scottish landscapes and uncover those far-flung spots that swimmers’ dreams are made of.
From craggy mountaintops to spectacular volcanic features, this tour finds some of the most beautiful parts of this collection of islands, including the spectacular Cuillin Hills. Our trip sees us roaming the lochs, sounds, islands, coves and skerries of the Inner Hebrides, while also providing an opportunity to experience an abundance of local wildlife.
This trip also allows us to get to know the islands of the Inner Hebrides intimately, swimming in stunning waters and taking on wild coastal swims. We’ll journey to the islands on a more sustainable form of transport, eating freshly cooked meals in our downtime from our own onboard chef. From sunsets on the ship’s deck, to trying your hand at crewing the Lady of Avenel herself, this truly is an epic expedition and an exciting opportunity for adventure swimming and sailing alike.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is made up largely of coastal, freshwater loch swimming, along with some crossings, including the crossing from Canna to Rum. Conditions will be challenging, yet extremely rewarding.
Swimmers should have a sound understanding and experience of swimming in strong sea conditions and be capable of completing the average swim distance of 2.5km. The average daily swim distance is around 4km (split over a minimum of two swims) prior to the start of the trip. Due to the nature of this trip, there is a minimum swimming speed of 30 min/km (40 min/mile).
We have given this trip a ‘Challenging’ grading. These trips are for experienced open water swimmers who want to push themselves.
No sailing experience is required - however, the ship’s crew are happy for you to assist with onboard duties as much or as little as you like.
- Fully guided swimming holiday (swimmers only)
- Professional swim guides and full safety escort on all swims (swimmers only)
- All breakfasts
- All lunches
- All dinners
- Full ABTOT Financial Protection
- Six nights’ accommodation on board the Lady of Avenel tall ship
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Tipping for onboard crew
- Alcoholic drinks which can be purchased onboard
Sample Trip Itinerary
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and swim conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilots will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
Part of the appeal of our Lady of Avenel trips is the unpredictability of the wild areas in which we will swim. We sail when the winds are favourable, meaning a degree of flexibility is required as to when we may sail out.
Please note that the below itinerary is an example of the swims that may take place during your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances can vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will let you know swim plans as soon as possible. Sailing a tall ship by its nature brings the excitement of the elements.
A challenging but utterly amazing trip.Diane Mangan, 2021
Swimming adventure at the edge of the world.Liz Cooper, 2021
I went for the sea, the air and the swims; the ship was just a means to make these things happen. It turns out the ship itself was amazing - experiencing tall ship life with a fantastic crew and co-swimmers was a super bonus!Iracema Leroi, 2021
Magical week in a magical location!Vicky Horrocks, 2021
Magical, magical, magical! If you can only pick one Swimtrek, let this be the one. Don't be put off by the idea of cold water, this trip is amazing - from life on the boat, to the wonderful landscapes both above and below water...Hanlie S, UK - 2019
Brilliant, totally different from anything you can do at home. Saw dolphins & seals and explored coastlines with no one else in sight.Andrew B, UK - 2019
To be on a sailing ship in the Scottish islands is a unique experience, swimming where no one else has swum, landing on deserted beaches, wildlife watching from the deck, the water might be cold but the rewards are outstanding.Sally S, UK - 2019
A gem of a ship, and Scotland's truly spectacular scenery. Thank you!Marion F, UK - 2018
A trip for real adventurers, with a passionate boat crew on the beautiful sailing boat The Lady of Avenel.Ronja M-B, Switzerland - 2018