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Cork (Ireland) - Gosport (UK)
17th Sept 2018 - 26th Sept 2018
Join us for the voyage of discovery as we cross the Celtic Sea from Ireland, explore the Isles of Scilly and discover some of the best coastal towns that Cornwall, Devon and Dorset have to offer.
Day 1. Cork – Kinsale (20miles)
Leaving the buzzing city of Cork we make the short journey to Kinsale. Originally a medieval fishing port, historic Kinsale is one of the most picturesque, popular and historic town on the South West Coast of Ireland. Visitors to Kinsale are captivated by its beautiful setting; its long waterfront, yacht-filled harbour, narrow winding streets and brightly painted galleries, shops and houses. The impressive fortifications of Charles Fort and James Fort guard the narrow entrance from the sea – giving clues to its rich history. Here we will have dinner and bed down for the night as an early start will be needed to make the crossing of the Celtic Sea to the Scilly Isles.
Day 2 and 3. Kinsale – Scilly Isles (157 miles)
After an early breakfast we set sail for the Scilly Isles, a 157 mile voyage across the Celtic Sea. We expect to be at sea for two days on this crossing, falling into a watch system and taking turns on the helm and helping to navigate and set sails. This is a great opportunity to experience being at sea; night watches under starlit skies, distant horizons and sea breezes, the possibility of spotting whales and dolphins and the exhilarating feeling of making landfall after a full day out of sight of land.
Day 4. Scilly Isles
After 2 days at sea, today will be spent ashore and Island hopping around the Scilly Isles. The Isles of Scilly offer a certain quality of life – simpler, kinder and more peaceful. A quality long lost to many other parts of the UK. There are five inhabited islands – St Mary’s, Tresco, St Martin’s, Bryher and St Agnes, plus countless uninhabited ones to explore. Each Island has its distinct characteristics. The Isles of Scilly also boast an incredible ancient history and archaeology, alongside sweeping sea views and rugged undeveloped coasts.
The Isles of Scilly lie squarely in the path of the Gulf Stream, creating a considerable improvement in the climate – surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and warmed by the North Atlantic Drift – Scilly has a milder climate than the mainland creating a haven for many types of flora and fauna. Migrating birds also rest here during their travels, making this an ideal spot for bird watching.
Day 5. Scilly Isles – Falmouth (65 miles)
Leaving the peace and tranquillity of the Isles of Scilly, we head for Falmouth, a town shaped by the sea. Traditional crafts and a fascinating maritime heritage sits alongside the quirky, original and contemporary. With its array of art galleries, exhibitions and independent shops alongside the delicious delis, beachside restaurants and traditional pubs, you will struggle to see and do everything you want in this short visit to Falmouth.
Day 6. Falmouth – Brixham (89 miles)
From Cornwall to Devon! We leave behind the beautiful coastal town of Falmouth and head for another gem; the charming town of Brixham. It isn’t just about fishing in Brixham; although it still is one of the busiest fishing ports in the UK; but it’s also a place where you can discover a range of arts and culture, excellent local food and some unique attractions. Brixham attracts visitors for its character, charm and combination of tradition and an enthusiasm for contemporary styles.
Day 7. Brixham – Weymouth (68 miles)
From Brixham, with it’s pretty, brightly painted cottages jostling round a steep-sided harbour we head to Weymouth, Dorset. The town’s mix of beautiful safe beaches, rich heritage and convenient access to Dorset’s world famous Jurassic coast makes the town a popular travel destination. The live music scene in Weymouth is one of the finest on the south coast with sounds to suit all tastes just about every night in one of the areas pubs or clubs.
Day 8 and 9 Weymouth – Gosport (68 miles)
The final two days of this voyage will spent sailing the Solent. With plenty of beautiful anchorages we take in the beauty and sheltered sailing of this stunning sailing ground. See the Needles form a completely unique perspective. We arrive in Gosport, with the opportunity to spend the afternoon at the Historic Dockyard, where visits to HMS Warrior and Victory are not to be missed, along with the exhibition on the Mary Rose. A final meal and a drink at the Castle Tavern before goodbyes in the morning.
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