Family Boatbuilding

Location: ARDTUN, MULL

Dates: 6TH TO 13TH JUly



A family holiday with a difference! Join us with your whole family for a week of boatbuilding and fun on Mull.

We want to introduce more people to craft - to open up new ways for people to get involved. We believe that getting young people to build things has a whole range of positive outcomes - there is lots of learning, it opens up the range of possibilities in later life and it’s really good fun. It also provides a great way for a family to be together.

The Work

In this week we’re working on the smaller sister of the Caravelle - the Echo Bay Dory Skiff designed by 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.

When finished we will launch the boats at Uisken Beach on the south coast of Mull - a stunning location that’s perfect for a beach day!

Each family will take their boat home with them at the end of the week - it will be functional but it will need some work to get it fully finished. Mainly you’ll need to paint and varnish your boat at home, we will provide help and advice to make this process easy and fairly quick - expect to spend about 30-40 hours finishing the boat off after your course.

The week is taught by our Director Ben Wilde and Jason Bradley of Haun An Ee - an incredible organisation that works to encourage young people to take control of the creative process.

The accommodation

The week is hosted by Wild Campers at their base workshop on the Ross of Mull. It’s a stunning spot with views North to the sea and Staffa. The workshop is unheated but in July it’s usually warm and comfortable. Included in the price is all your food and accommodation for the week. We’ll be sharing home cooked meals each night, we can accommodate dietary requirements so just let us know when you book.

We have a nice static caravan as a living space for the week where we can cook and eat meals, however we’ll be sleeping in tents for the week. Participants need to bring tent, sleeping bag and roll mats for their family.

If you’d rather have more luxurious accommodation we can also arrange that with our contacts locally, we’ll do our best to find you something that suits what you’re looking for.

Family Boatbuilding