The Hello Scotland team is always being asked by clients for something unusual, different, unique or inspiring for incentive groups. There are lots of destinations that come to mind when thinking about sailing; however only in Scotland can groups experience this activity as our Royal Family once did. The classic 1930s ocean-racing yacht Bloodhound, owned by Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip in the 1960s was the vessel which Prince Charles and Princess Anne learned to sail, was purchased by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust in 2010. She is usually on display alongside Britannia in Edinburgh as part of the Royal Sailing Exhibition. During July and August, Bloodhound sails to Oban, where she is available for a day sail around the Western Isles, crewed mainly by former Royal Yachtsmen from Britannia.
During Royal ownership Bloodhound would also accompany Britannia in the Western Isles of Scotland when the Royal Family had there one true family holiday every year. She had a permanent crew of three and one Skipper was a descendent of Sir Francis Drake. When not in Royal use, Bloodhound and her crew were made available to yacht clubs across the country, used to teach thousands of young people how to sail.
Now during July and August, the fully restored, 63-foot Royal Racing Yacht Bloodhound is available for private day sailing from Oban Marian around Scotland's West Coast. Up to eight guests can enjoy sailing through the stunning scenery of Scotland's West Coast, as well as the hospitality of the Skipper and crew, some of whom are former HMY Britannia Royal Yachtsmen, or 'Yotties' as they are affectionately known.
This once in a lifetime experience routes include: the Isle of Seil, The Sound of Mull passing Duart and Torosay Castles, Ballachulish passing the Isle of Lismore into Loch Linnhe and past Port Appin, Jura, through the Sound of Kerrera past Easdale, Isle of Luing and the Isle of Scarba. And guests can choose to sit back and relax while on board, or help the Ocean Master qualified Skipper and crew 'man the ropes'. Hospitality is provided on board with pastries and bacon rolls on arrival, a buffet lunch, soup and sandwiches, all made by the Yotties, with tea and cake in the afternoon.
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