5-Day Islay Whisky Tour

fr €695/£625pp*

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Standard cabin: €695/£625pp
Standard+ cabin: €795/£715pp
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: €975/£875

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

4 Nights

 

A journey to Islay, the ultimate whiskey paradise with its 9 distilleries. In addition to the distilleries, Islay has much more to offer, unique nature and beautiful bays and beaches.

We also drive to Jura, an island of the Inner Hebrides with only 190 inhabitants (and 6,000 deer). You go there for the incredibly beautiful nature and for the whisky because the distillery is the vibrant heart of the island.

Trip Start: 30 September 2019

Trip End: 04 Ocotber 2019

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VESSEL

Vessel Type

“T/S Flying Dutchman” Tall Ship, built in 1903
Read more about this ship here

Vessel Length

39.5 meters

Skipper

Yes

Berth

twin or quad cabins

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

25% deposit. STRICT.

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • All charges regarding port fees, tourists fees and fuel expenses.
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Full board, including coffee, tea, milk and juice at all meals.
  • The use of a zodiac for landings when we visit places without a harbour.
  • The crew: captain, cook and first mate.

Additional

  • Transport to and from the vessel
  • Personal expenses ashore
  • Food ashore
  • Fees for events that take place outside the ship.
  • Beverages besides the included drinks during the meals.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Oban, Scotland

Getting back

Oban, Scotland

A journey to Islay, the ultimate whiskey paradise with its 9 distilleries. In addition to the distilleries, Islay has much more to offer, unique nature and beautiful bays and beaches.

We also drive to Jura, an island of the Inner Hebrides with only 190 inhabitants (and 6,000 deer). You go there for the incredibly beautiful nature and for the whisky because the distillery is the vibrant heart of the island.

ITINERARY

The specified program is a guide. Changes due to the effects of weather, currents and wind are possible. Flexibility is required for this trip.

Day 1: Oban-Port Ellen (Islay)

We welcome you in Oban, a cozy fishing village in a beautiful bay. You will be greeted by the crew on board and meet your fellow travelers. After instruction we will sail towards Islay at about 3pm. We enjoy what can be seen along the beautiful West Coast: space and views of the Isle of Mull and other beauties of unspoiled Scotland. We moored in Port Ellen (Islay)

Day 2: Islay visits Ardbeg-Lagavullin and Lafroig

Many distilleries have their own pier. With this ship we can visit Lagavullin, Ardbeg and Lafroig in this way. After visiting these beautiful distilleries, head to Port Askaig. On the way we enjoy the view of the Sound of Islay and the Paps of Jura. It is a charming environment.

Day 3: Islay & Jura

Today we go to the brand new distillery Ardnahoe. Ardnahoe is the ninth distillery on the famous island of Islay. With a production capacity of just 500,000 liters of alcohol per year, Ardnahoe is a very small but special distillery. They use a classic peat-like distillate of Islay malt and use the best barley and water from the depths of Loch Ardnahoe. With wood washbacks, Scottish stills, traditional worm barrel condensers, and the knowledge of one of the whiskey industry’s most experienced distillers, Ardnahoe strives for one of the most magical whiskeys. We also visit the Caol Ila Distillery and the Bunnahabhain Distillery. At the end of the day we drive to Jura, where we spend the night.

Day 4: Jura & Oban

After breakfast we drive to the Isle of Jura distillery. The island of Jura is a paradise of untouched nature and natural beauty.  After visiting the distillery and a tour, the sails go up and head back to Oban. We sail along the beautiful Scottish west coast, and the space and the views of the islands of Jura, Scarba, Luing, Kerrera and Mull show us the beauties of unspoiled Scotland. Tonight we enjoy a delicious dinner on board.

Day 5: Oban

Unfortunately, this wonderful whiskey trip is over and after a hearty breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye.

KIT LIST

Base layer – 2x warm thermal tops + thermal leggings

Mid layer – 2x fleece type mid layers + mid layer trousers

Light waterproof shell (waterproof hiking type jacket and trousers) – for exploring ashore

Down jacket – a down (or synthetic alternative) jacket, the warmer the better

Gillet – optional but a really versatile mid layer, down or synthetic down are great

Hats – 2x warm wool hats, ear flaps are great

Waterproof hat – a waterproof hat or cap (eg Sealskins)

Neck warmer – 2x ‘Buff’ style neck warmers

Gloves – one waterproof pair (ski or fishing type) + 2x thinner fleece liner / spare pairs

Socks – 2x pairs of warm socks for sailing + hiking socks for exploring ashore

Boots – Wellington type boots. These are needed not just for sailing but also for getting ashore from the rib where you may need to stop into mid-calf depth water. They don’t need to be expensive or sailing specific, but they should be waterproof with good grip

Hiking shoes / boots – suitable for exploring on rough or wet terrain ashore

Rucsac – for on land exploring

Underwear – a couple of sets of comfortable underwear

Swimwear –

Camera, batteries, memory cards etc – it is possible to charge camera batteries onboard but it is a good idea to bring spare batteries and lots of memory card space

Entertainment – books, music etc for rest time

Toiletries – basic wash kit with travel-sized bottles

Eye mask and earplugs – can make sleeping easier in the midnight sun

Any personal medications that you need – ensure you have enough to last the whole trip

Dry bags – recommended for keeping any electrical kit in and for taking things ashore

Head torch – ideally with a red light function

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

A set of ‘shore clothes’ for travelling in / rest days in town

Passport / visas

Credit/debit card for shore-based activities or travel emergencies

Kitbag – this must be squashy type (not a suitcase) a large barrel type bag is ideal

INSURANCE

It is the responsibility of each member of the voyage crew to ensure that they have sufficient cover for their needs.

You must be covered for tall ship sailing outside of coastal waters.

You will not be able to sail if you do not have adequate insurance.

We can recommend an appropriate insurer. Please enquire when booking.

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LOCATION

“Highly recommended!”

Sara

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