About Sessions and Sail

Sessions and Sail is a voyage, a floating festival of Scotland's traditional music, communities, and the sea.

Twelve berths aboard the 100-foot-long brigantine ‘Lady of Avenel’ are available for musicians playing at any level, with an interest in Scottish music.

Masterclasses and sessions held onboard led by renowned musicians, and sessions, ceilidhs and concerts ashore complement the sailing passages between destinations on Scotland's spectacular and historic coastline.

Conceived by Scottish musician and tallship captain Barry Nisbet, Sessions and Sail took place for the first time in July 2018, visiting Mallaig, Arisaig, Knoydart and the islands of Skye, Canna, Rum and Eigg.

In summer 2019 we will be visiting Orkney and Wester Ross, with voyages led by Barry and a host of top musicians from those regions. Details on these voyages can be found on our home page.

No previous knowledge of sailing is required to take part. Accommodation is in double cabins; the ship has all modern amenities, with shared bathrooms.

The cost of the trip includes accommodation aboard the Lady of Avenel, delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners cooked by the onboard chef and tickets to all workshops, sessions and ceilidhs.