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Bike & Sail Scotland

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Deposit 25% balance due 12wks before departure
This is the first time that mountain biking has been combined with a Tall Ship in Scotland
Nights onboard
6
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 Style
twin or quad cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

Experience the rugged coastline of Scotland as you sail a tall ship and mountain bike thrilling trails on an adventure that is the first of its kind

6 nights: Various dates May - September

Standard cabin: £835 per person

Standard+ cabin: £955 per person

Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: add £400

The first trip of its kind in Scotland, this exciting combination of tall ship sailing and mountain biking is not to be missed. Discover thrilling bike routes through stunning vistas, visit idyllic harbour towns before anchoring in tranquil bays far from civilisation, and experience sailing a tall ship along this breathtaking coastline. 

Scotland is a world-class destination for mountain bikers, home to countless routes and trails through the rugged landscape. Over mountains and through gorges and forests, you will access nature in a spectacular way as you sail and bike your way along trails such as Ballachulish, discovering sights such as the ruins of Inverlochy Castle and Neptune’s Staircase.

Work and play with a fantastic group of like-minded adventurers, taking part in all aspects of crew life as you learn to navigate, trim and set the sails, and helm the ship. A professional crew on board means you can get as stuck in as you like on this stunning adventure.

Day 1: Oban

Join the boat in Oban, a beautifully situated town at the foot of the Lorn mountains, to meet the crew and your fellow passengers. High above the city is McCraighs Tower, a nineteenth century replica of the Colosseum. Oban is a city to explore, with its winding streets and picturesque bay. The Flying Dutchman is located on the north pier, less than a hundred meters from the famous Oban whiskey distillery.

Day 2: Tobermory (Fishnish)

After breakfast you will set sail to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Along the way the crew will give a safety brief and lessons on how to sail the tall ship. Passing the beautifully restored Duart Castle, you will reach Fishnish pier. From here you will be able to mountain bike along beautiful trails to Tobermory, where the Flying Dutchman will meet you again. This picturesque fishing village is a charming place with brightly colored houses and a series of small businesses. Once there, you may have time to visit the famous Tobermory whiskey distillery.

Day 3: Lochaline- to Loch a’Choire

After a healthy breakfast, you will have a great three hour sail to Lochaline, where you will take your mountain bikes ashore. This northwestern tip of Scotland is a beautiful area with views of Mull and Ardnamurchan.

Day 4: Ballachulish

Today your trip continues with a beautiful bike route that takes you through the incredible mountains and woods of this area. You will bike along the stunning Loch Linnhe and Loch Leven for wonderful vistas.

Day 5: In the shade of Ben Nevis

This route focuses on the history and highlights around the area of Fort William. The route leads to the ruins of Inverlochy Castle and along the Caledonian Canal. You can bike alongside Neptune’s staircase here, with it’s system of eight locks designed by Thomas Telford. The locks alternate with the narrow tree-lined canal, and you will see how Ben Nevis dominates the area, with awe-inspiring views on this adventurous route.

Day 6: World cup MTB Fort William

Today you can watch the Mountain Bike World Cup before sailing to Oban later in the day. Anyone who also wants to see the second day of the World Cup can take the bus the next day to Fort William.

Day 8: Oban

Say goodbye to your crew and the tall ship after breakfast together and continue your journey home, or explore the area and its beauty further.

  • 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.
  • Transport to and from the vessel
  • Mountain Bikes (hire can be arranged at an extra cost)
  • Personal expenses ashore
  • Food ashore
  • Fees for events that take place outside the ship.
  • Beverages besides the included drinks during the meals.

Oban, Scotland

Oban, Scotland

Day 1: Oban

Join the boat in Oban, a beautifully situated town at the foot of the Lorn mountains, to meet the crew and your fellow passengers. High above the city is McCraighs Tower, a nineteenth century replica of the Colosseum. Oban is a city to explore, with its winding streets and picturesque bay. The Flying Dutchman is located on the north pier, less than a hundred meters from the famous Oban whiskey distillery.

Day 2: Tobermory (Fishnish)

After breakfast you will set sail to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Along the way the crew will give a safety brief and lessons on how to sail the tall ship. Passing the beautifully restored Duart Castle, you will reach Fishnish pier. From here you will be able to mountain bike along beautiful trails to Tobermory, where the Flying Dutchman will meet you again. This picturesque fishing village is a charming place with brightly colored houses and a series of small businesses. Once there, you may have time to visit the famous Tobermory whiskey distillery.

Day 3: Lochaline- to Loch a’Choire

After a healthy breakfast, you will have a great three hour sail to Lochaline, where you will take your mountain bikes ashore. This northwestern tip of Scotland is a beautiful area with views of Mull and Ardnamurchan.

Day 4: Ballachulish

Today your trip continues with a beautiful bike route that takes you through the incredible mountains and woods of this area. You will bike along the stunning Loch Linnhe and Loch Leven for wonderful vistas.

Day 5: In the shade of Ben Nevis

This route focuses on the history and highlights around the area of Fort William. The route leads to the ruins of Inverlochy Castle and along the Caledonian Canal. You can bike alongside Neptune’s staircase here, with it’s system of eight locks designed by Thomas Telford. The locks alternate with the narrow tree-lined canal, and you will see how Ben Nevis dominates the area, with awe-inspiring views on this adventurous route.

Day 6: World cup MTB Fort William

Today you can watch the Mountain Bike World Cup before sailing to Oban later in the day. Anyone who also wants to see the second day of the World Cup can take the bus the next day to Fort William.

Day 8: Oban

Say goodbye to your crew and the tall ship after breakfast together and continue your journey home, or explore the area and its beauty further.

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