Sailing Scotland: High Seas and Single Malts

Backpacker.com editor Anthony Cerretani leaves the trail behind to sail the western Scottish isles in this video and photo feature.
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Backpacker.com editor Anthony Cerretani leaves the trail behind to sail the western Scottish isles in this video and photo feature.

Sailing? BACKPACKER? You know it. ANTHONY CERRETANI scores a bottle of single malt scotch and hits the high seas off the western coast of Scotland aboard the Eda Frandsen, a 1938 Danish gaff cutter fishing boat converted to a full-blown passenger rig. The goal? Sail from the Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye to the Oban distillery on the Scottish mainland. On their way, the crew passes by ancient castles, solitary lighthouses, and secluded lochs— and encounters 6-foot seas, howling winds, and whipping rains. They don't call it the Misty Isle for nothing.



PHOTO SPECIAL: Sailing Scotland's Western Islands


From Talisker to Tobermory, castles to lochs, see Cerretani's photo diary right here.

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VIDEO: High Seas and Single Malts

Hoist the mainsail, don your foul-weather gear, and take the helm as the crew sails from the Isle of Skye to Oban.

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