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.
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
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
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
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.