Sessions and Sail Firth of Clyde 2025: Girvan to Oban

May 4th - 10th 2025

Price £1,595 per person; this price includes all food, accommodation, sessions and workshops throughout the trip.

Sessions and Sail head to the Firth of Clyde for the first time, with tunes, songs, fine sailing and beautiful anchorages as we go.

We will sail with our normal crew that includes two music tutors who will lead the sessions and provide workshops and instruction as we go; and we will invite some big names fro the Scottish music scene to join us onboard at various stops during the week - names to be announced!

 

Join us aboard two-masted brigantine Lady of Avenel, taking inspiration from the stunning coast of Scotland. Explore the anchorages and harbours we pause in along the way.

Aboard, you can enjoy a welcoming and encouraging environment in which you may explore and work on your own music skills, enjoyntunes and collaborate with others, or draw inspiration from the voyage and the ever-changing scenes and moods of your surroundings.

You may choose to get involved in the sailing - helping the Lady's crew set sails, steer the ship, or discuss navigation over a coffee with the skipper; or you may prefer to watch the scenery glide past, or look out for whales, dolphins or eagles from the foredeck.

Rest up when you need to in your comfortable twin-berth cabin.

Join the musical crew for tunes and songs in the Lady of Avenel's bright saloon, (or on deck if the weather is good), and through a series of workshops run by our onboard tutors and our guest tutors.

The ship will be your base and your floating home for a week-long voyage of exploration, creativity and music.

The trip and the workshops are open to EVERYONE, from complete beginners to experienced musicians. No sailing experience is required.

​We look forward to having you join us!

 

Girvan

Photo: David Smith CC BY 2.0

Join the 'Lady' in Girvan, a small Ayrshire harbour that looks out onto the iconic Ailsa Craig.

The 50th Girvan Folk Festival will be enjoying its final day as you board - you may well have decided to arrive in town a day or two early and enjoy this fantastic festival as well! 

The Kyles of Bute

Photo: Elliott Simpson CC BY-SA 2.0

The destination for the 'Doon the Water' trips out of Glasgow, the Kyles of Bute are world famous; we will sail (or motor!) through this beautiful passage.

Who is the trip aimed at?

If you are a keen musician playing at any level - whether beginner, intermediate or expert - with an interest in the traditional and folk music of Scotland, this trip is for you.  No sailing experience is necessary, but those keen to participate will be encouraged to join in the sailing of the ship should they wish to, whether steering, helping set and trim the sails, or even climbing the mast for the finest view of all.

Accommodation on board

You will be allocated a berth in one of our six double cabins. For solo travellers, cabins will be allocated on a same-sex basis; if two people travelling together wish to share a cabin, we recommend booking early to ensure availability.

There are two showers and three toilets in the accommodation; these are shared.

Meals are prepared in the modern upper deck galley; these are of a high standard and prepared by our own chef. Meals, tea and coffee are included in the price of the trip.

The upper deck saloon provides an ideal place to socialise and, with the tables cleared away, will be the perfect session space for the evenings we spend aboard. Should the weather be fair enough, we may be able to play sessions on deck.

Likely Itinerary 

A likely itinerary for the trip will be added here soon!

All destinations are subject to change, are weather dependant, and are at the discretion of the Captain. 

 

 

Travel 

Travel advice for Girvan will be added here soon.

Oban is connected by bus from Inverness/Fort William and Glasgow – see Citylink for more information. http://www.citylink.co.uk

There are trains  daily from Glasgow www.thetrainline.com/www.scotrail.co.uk 

If you choose to drive, parking in Oban may need to be organised in advance.

Barra is well connected to the mainland, with a daily 5-hour ferry connection back to Oban https://www.calmac.co.uk/and regular flights to Glasgow and the other Outer Hebrides www.loganair.co.uk

We recommend confirming flights or travel arrangements as early as possible to avoid price rises and availability problems.

Equipment List

We recommend you bring the following:

  • Warm jumper/fleece
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Long trousers
  • Boots/waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • A soft bag (no suitcases please!) 
  • Passport
  • Thermal layers 
  • A waterproof cover/case for your instrument
  • Thick socks
  • Sufficient cash to last the week 

 

You may also be glad to have:

  • Binoculars 
  • Midgie repellent (we like Smidge) 
  • Sun Cream
  • A RYA logbook if you have one.