Boatbuilding, Sailing and Stories of Iona

Isle of Iona Hostel

4th - 11th July - £950

We love building the Caravelle rowing boat with groups all around Scotland, but often the most interesting things about the week are what happens around the build. So in this new week, we’re leaning into that - think of this week as an experience of a lifetime! 

Over a week at the beautiful hostel on Iona, we will work together to build a boat - but we will also take time off to go sailing on the beautiful Birthe Marie, we’ll gather to hear stories and songs of the sea told by candlelight, and walk the beaches of Iona with a local guide. 

At the end of the course, you will have the option to buy the boat we have made. You can do so for just the price of the materials - by far the cheapest way to get a new boat of your own. If you would like to leave with a boat, please get in touch.

The Work

We’ll be building the Chase Small Craft Caravelle. A boat that perfectly marries actual technical boat building with easy to understand techniques - it’s a perfect boat for novices to learn to build for the first time. The boat is made in plywood from a pre-cut kit that means we can get the boat built comfortably in the week. Unlike other plywood boats we use timber rather than fibreglass to join the panels, which makes for a much nicer build process.

While we do not have time on the courses the boat can also be fitted with a sailing rig which turns the boat into a fun and lively sailing dinghy - great for sunny days on the water!

When finished we will launch the boats out the workshop door and go for a row.

The week is taught by Director Ben Wilde with Storyteller Ben Macfadyen supporting.

The accommodation

We have two different locations for this course which bring two different accommodation options.

On Iona we stay in the wonderful Iona hostel - it’s famously one of the most beautiful hostels in Scotland with a lovely atmosphere and a generous spirit. We’ll be in two shared dorm rooms but if you prefer we may be able to arrange alternative accommodation in a private room - this is only possible given lots of notice as Iona is very busy in the summer so please get in touch earlier rather than later if you want this.

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Iona Hostel