Sessions and Sail Hebrides 2025 - Barra to Oban

July 27th - Aug 2nd 2025

Price: £1,640 per person; this price includes all food, accommodation, sessions and workshops throughout the trip.

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.

More info on this voyage to be added here soon!

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.

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!


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 lilely itinerary for the voyage will be added here soon.

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


Oban is connected by bus from Inverness/Fort William and Glasgow – see Citylink for more information.

There are trains  daily from Glasgow 

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 regular flights to Glasgow and the other Outer Hebrides

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.




Drinks (Beer, wine, soft drinks) will be available from the ship´s bar; this is run on an honesty system where drinks taken are marked down and the bill settled at the end of the trip.

There may be times when we visit cafes, bars or attractions ashore. Cash machines may not be available in all the remote places we will be visiting, so it is recommended to bring along enough cash for the week.

If there is any further information you need regarding your trip, please don´t hesitate to get in touch with us by email or telephone.