Video: Sailing around the Inner Hebrides on the Bessie Ellen

Come aboard the Bessie Ellen, one of the last of Britain’s traditional trading ketches still to sail our seas, with my video diary of our island-hopping explorations in Scotland.


The beautiful Bessie was my home for a week on a sailing trip around the remote Inner Hebrides, learning the ropes and spotting puffins, dolphins and gem-like green islands on the horizon. You can read the full story of my adventures in September’s issue of Coast magazine, and find more photos of my sail here, but this little video diary gives a bit of an idea of how remote and magical these islands are.



  1. September 16, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Oh I thoroughly enjoyed that Sian!! What a way to see the hebrides I only managed to finally get over to Iona last year and was blown away with how beautiful it is 🙂 hope you’re well!

  2. Robert Michael Carlysle
    September 17, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Amazing from start to finish.

  3. October 15, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    Hi Sian,
    What a lovely record of our week on Bessie Ellen. Thanks very much!