Sailing and Foraging Week, Oban


Saturday, 23 July 2022

A week of foraging and sailing around the islands and sea lochs of Scotland’s spectacular West Coast.

Learn more and book via Sail Britain


A week of foraging and sailing around the islands and sea lochs of Scotland’s spectacular west coast with Oliver Beardon of Sail Britain and Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods.

Set sail from Oban in 42ft expedition yacht Merlin to explore the coastal foodscapes of Scotland’s  wild west coast – foraging,  journeying, and eating wild foods. This 7 day adventure is suitable for all levels and combinations of sailing and foraging experience.

Full details, answers to frequently asked questions, all enquiries and booking via Sail Britain

©Oliver Beardon

Scotland’s coasts are burgeoning with life, and provide diverse habitats for a wide range of delicious, nutritious and medicinal herbs, blossoms, fungi and seaweeds. Mark will guide you through them during our excursions ashore, and lead wild food cookery and preservation workshops. The surrounding seas are also rich habitats for many species of fish, and we will try our hand at a spot of fishing, learning which species are sustainable and which to avoid and how to prepare and cook them. We will also explore wild shellfish, though they are out of season for eating during the summer months.

Explore coastal ecologies and foodscapes of remote islands.
Image ©GallowayWildFoods

This is a unique opportunity to learn how to sail while also appreciating the surrounding landscape with new eyes – and taste buds! Mornings and evenings will be spent ashore exploring and foraging, or preparing and preserving our finds on board, with daytime spent harnessing the power of the wind and sailing somewhere new. Sail Britain’s founder Oliver, will be on hand to teach you the ropes and everyone will be involved with the sailing, experiencing the thrill of being at sea, and steering an ocean going yacht through the waves.

Take the helm!
Image ©Oliver Beardon

Skipper, Oliver Beardon

Oliver Beardon – your skipper and sailing tutor/guide for the week

Oliver is an environmentalist, sailor and ocean advocate. He founded Sail Britain in 2015 to engage people with the importance of the oceans through sailing. As a close knit social activity, sailing is perfect for this and allows people to see the world differently, learn new skills, and make new friends, all with a close connection to nature.

Merlin – your home and transport for the week

Oliver welcomes people from all backgrounds onto his 42 foot yacht Merlin, and is particularly keen to make sailing more accessible to more people. Oliver facilitates exploring the marine environment from diverse perspectives, from its cultural and historical importance to environmental issues such as marine aquaculture, plastic pollution, climate change, and eroding coastline as well as the cultural importance of our relationship with the sea and the connection between ecological issues and society.

The well appointed interior of Merlin

Foraging guide and wild food cook, Mark Williams

Raised in the Hebrides, Mark is deeply entwined with the coastal foodscapes of Western Scotland where he has worked as a fisherman, chef and wild food educator for over 30 years. Under Mark’s guidance, you will learn about what nature provides, how to harvest it responsibly, and how to prepare and eat it. Read more about Mark and Galloway Wild Foods  here.

Learn about, eat and drink seaweeeds, coastal greens, succulent plants, maritime herbs and summer mushrooms. Image ©GallowayWildFoods

Mark and Oliver, share a passion for connecting with the natural world in ways that are beneficial for physical and mental wellbeing, and the health of the ecosystems of which we are part. We will explore this theme throughout the week through the deep nature connection embodied by foraging and sailing.

Mark harvesting coastal succulents Image ©

Key information:

  • 7 days and 7 nights sailing around some of Scotland’s most stunning coastline (Departing and returning to Oban)
  • Remote islands, mountains, remarkable flora, fauna and seaweeds
  • Shore based foraging sessions, and wild food cookery and processing sessions on board
  • Fully catered to a high level with wild ingredients we will gather along the way, plus lots that have been prepared and brought along. All dietary requirements can be catered for
  • Identification, harvesting, medicinal/bushcraft uses and wild cookery of seaweeds, shellfish, coastal plants, and summer fungi with Scotland’s only full-time foraging instructor
  • Instruction in sailing and sea craft by highly qualified sailors
  • Foraged cocktails, campfire cookery and wild feasting – a chance to fully imbibe a stunning marine landscape
  • Suitable for all levels of experience in sailing and/or foraging – including  novices
  • Comfortable well equipped yacht with an emphasis on single berths
  • All sailing kit supplied
  • Maximum group size on this trip is 6 clients to 2 sailing guides and 1 foraging guide
  • Galloway Wild Foods gift vouchers can be used to pay for this event in whole or in part  – quote your voucher code when booking with Sail Britain

Full details, answers to frequently asked questions, all enquiries and booking via Sail Britain

Image ©Oliver Beardon

Please read the following information before booking a Galloway Wild Foods event.

The general event location is provided in the event description. For general information on visiting Galloway for events, see here.

Detailed event information, including exact meeting place, will be sent to the email address you provide on booking. It is important that you add and  to your email contacts/whitelist or the information email may get caught in your spam filters.

The information email will be sent in the week before the event – sometimes as little as 3 days prior to the event. There is no need to badger me for it – I will send it! If you haven’t received it by within 3 days of the event, check your spam folders. If it isn’t there drop me an email –

Galloway Wild Foods is under no obligation to refund, rebook or reinstate vouchers for no-shows or cancellations within 14 days of the event. If I can refill the place at short notice, I will pay a full refund (or reinstate vouchers) less 10% to cover admin & PayPal fees.

If you cancel or amend a booking giving 14 days or more notice, you will receive a full refund (or reinstatement of voucher) less 5% to cover Paypal fees.

In the unlikely event that an event is cancelled by GWF you will receive full refund, exchange or voucher.

Galloway Wild Foods is not liable for any travel, accommodation or other costs you might incur if an event has to be cancelled.

The only weather that causes events to be cancelled is dangerous wind. In these instances you will be notified as early as possible.

Please provide  the following information for all members of your party in the “Additional Information” box on the payment page :

  • Relevant medical conditions
  • Mobility issues
  • Eating restrictions – differentiating between preferences (e.g. vegetarian), intolerances (e.g. gluten intolerance) and serious allergies (e.g. peanut allergy), and clearly stating if an allergy is potentially life-threatening. All requirements can usually be catered for, but these differentiations are required for risk assessments.

Please ensure that  all members of your party come suitably dressed for the weather, season and event.

On all walks, for your comfort and safety, walking boots/wellies, waterproofs and spare clothes are necessary. I always recommend wellies for coastal foraging events – you are likely to get wet feet if you don’t have them!

Please bring your own drinking water.

Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing a camera, notebook, field guide, small basket/cloth bag. Feel free to bring along any of your own wild food preparations to share and talk about.

Some events are not suitable for dogs. Please check with me by email if you wish to bring a dog on an event.

Please contact mark on if you have specific questions that are not answered here, or if you are running late on the day.

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