Join us for a traditional hands on sailing holiday onboard our beautiful 56ft gaff cutter and experience a real sense of ‘getting away from it all’.

Combine some of the finest sailing grounds with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, fantastic food, explorations ashore and great company for a truly memorable adventure.

As featured in the 2013 Sunday Times Travel ‘100 greatest holidays on the planet’ and the Independent’s guide to the ‘Best European Sailing Holidays.’

Traditional Sailing Adventures

We specialise in traditional sailing holidays combining the simplicity and beauty of a bygone era with today’s modern comforts. Enjoy the blend of grace, character and seaworthiness that makes Eda Frandsen unique.

Whether you are a beginner or seasoned seafarer, our voyages are suitable for all. A voyage on Eda is more than just a sailing holiday!

Eda Frandsen was built in Denmark in 1938, starting life fishing for lobsters. She was rebuilt and refitted as a charter vessel between 1991-96 to combine her natural seaworthiness and reliability with romance and tradition. Beautifully kept and maintained, the level of craftsmanship and detail is first class, with original features and unique detail.

Sailing Holidays in Scotland and the West Country

A sailing weekend or short break on Eda Frandsen offers a great taste of life under traditional sail and a perfect getaway.

Or join us of a longer voyage of 6-10 days for unforgettable adventure sailing. How better to arrive than on a stunning traditional sailing boat that receives admiring glances everywhere she goes.

Explore the best of sailing in Scotland, enjoying spectacular unspoilt waters. Sailing on the West Coast of Scotland offers the opportunity to visit the remote Outer Hebrides, Small Isles, Skye or to reach the dramatic archipelago of St Kilda. This is a chance to enjoy a wilderness holiday like no other.

Experience the best of Devon and Cornwall sailing along the rugged coastlines, indented with picturesque fishing villages, beautiful bays which offer a rich maritime history. Sailing in the West Country is perfect for a short break or longer adventure holiday offering an extensive choice of places to visit. Explore the coastlines of Cornwall, Devon or Brittany or the remote Isles of Scilly.

Sailing Holidays – No Experience Necessary

With no experience necessary, come and experience traditional sailing at its best. We welcome solo adventurers, couples, or groups of friends or family of all ages. Eda Frandsen is also available for whole boat charter, perfect for a group of up to 8, for a special occasion or great adventure holiday.

Although our skippered sailing holidays have a professional crew, we encourage everyone to join in as this is a truly hands on sailing adventure. With no winches aboard, we use long established methods of block and tackle.  There are many opportunities to learn the ropes, hoist sails, steer and enjoy life onboard sailing a beautiful traditional gaff cutter. Getting involved in all aspects of running the boat is good fun, a great adventure and a rewarding teamwork experience.

Of course there is always time to sit back, relax and enjoy the surroundings and the friendly social atmosphere. However much you wish to do is up to you.

Never sailed before? That’s not a problem, many people haven’t and you’ll receive full sail training and guidance on board from our professional and friendly crew. James and Melissa are both qualified sailing instructors who have introduced many people to the joys of sailing as well as life on traditional boats and are happy to share their knowledge.  Eda is very stable with large decks and plenty of space, making her an ideal learning platform.

We aim to provide an enjoyable, relaxing and sociable atmosphere onboard combined with a great sailing adventure and a chance to explore new remote locations. After a great sail, why not step ashore or enjoy a great book and glass of wine as the sun sets over the horizon.

No two voyages are the same as we explore new locations each voyage. Whatever the weather, whether rain or shine, is unfortunately out of our control! However, we’ll aim to make the most of it and enjoy the beautiful places among the Scottish Isles!