Skye Boat Song

The Skye Boat Song (Over the Sea to Skye)

An intermediate-level woodwind arrangement of this favourite Scottish melody, featuring Horn in E-flat or F (or Alto Sax or Cor Anglais!)

The tune may be familiar to some as the theme from Outlander.


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Oboe
  • Part 3: Clarinet in B-flat
  • Part 4: Clarinet in B-flat
  • Part 5: Clarinet in B-flat
  • Part 6: Bassoon OR Part 6: Bass Clarinet in B-flat
  • Part 7: Tenor Horn in E-flat (Alto Sax) OR Part 7: Horn in F (Cor Anglais)

This arrangement was originally created for a small wind course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, with 1 – 2 players per part and featuring E-flat horn.

Also included are optional easier ‘add-on’ parts for Flute/Oboe, Clarinet in B-flat/Soprano Saxophone, Low Clarinet in B-flat, Tenor Saxophone, Mini-bassoon (in F or G) and Bassoon – ideal if your group contains one or two less-adept players.


Keys, note ranges and technical challenges suited to players of ABRSM Grade 4 – 5 level or above.  Requires confidence in sustaining an independent part.

The download contains 3 PDF files:

  • Scores – cover sheet, core score (essential parts only), full score
  • Parts – full set of essential and optional parts
  • Useful Extras – how to find what you need; notes for Musical Directors; information on the piece

Remember to keep back-up copies of all three files for future reference.