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Standard cabin: €1,275/£1,146pp
Standard+ cabin: €1,375/£1,236pp
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: add €350/£315
*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.
This is the first time that mountain biking is been combined with a Tall Ship in Scotland. It’s unique accommodation, activity and transport have been combined. Sailing & Mountain biking Scotland: You travel in the knowledge that everything is arranged and you receive hospitable service.
Scotland is the destination of mountain bike rides – just look at the scenery! Over mountains, through gorges and forests ski tracks, also the most wonderful landscape waits for you. Scotland is a world-class destination for every mountain biker. There is fun and you can experience a real adventure. Are you an experienced mountain biker? Scotland is home to countless routes with tolled climbing parties and departures on single and double tracks. Many of the trails in Scotland are natural and rustic “old paths and passes” where you can plan your own route through the wild and rugged countryside.
Access to nature is exceptionally good in Scotland, which is why the country is so popular with mountain bikers and suggests that there is an impressive selection of natural routes to test. If you look at the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, it is certain that mountain biking in the Scottish countryside will continue in the future.
Trip Start: 02 June 2019
Trip End: 08 June 2019 Book now
Tall Ship, built in 1903
twin or quad cabins
Deposit and cancellation:
25% deposit. STRICT. See deposit and cancellations policy
- 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.
GETTING THERE (AND BACK)
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: Arrival to Oban
You arrive in Oban, this cozy fishing village with a location in a beautiful bay. Oban is also known as the Pearl of the West Highlands, with its winding alleys and picturesque bay full of yachts, ferries and small fishing boats.
We are expected to be located at the North Pier, less than a hundred yards from the famous Oban whiskey distillery. You will be welcomed on board and get to know the crew and the other passengers. Afterwards there is an ample dinner and we raise the glass on a nice trip. Sailing Scotland is starting!
Day 2: Mull
Mull is the third largest island in West Scotland. We sail to the island of Mull. On the way we pass the magnificently restored Duart Castle, an impressive sight. Our destination for the day is Salen, which we reach after lunch. From here we go with the mountain bike there are some trails that make it possible to go from Salen to Tobermory a beautiful mountain bike tour.
Distance 50 km ……. 3-5 hours (Moderated) The Flying Dutchman continues to the picturesque fishing village of Tobermory.
Day 3: Morvern Monster (Hard)
We drive to Lochaline (3 hours sailing) and here you leave the ship for biking the Route :
This northwest tip of Scotland, at Morvern and it’s worth visiting for the mountain biking routes alone it’s a stunning area with views over Mull and Ardnamurchan.
The route includes two tough climbs with well-earned descents but without rocky technical terrain. The final descent requires a little route finding. And look out for old mileage posts on the track from Doirlinn to Drimnin, which was built in 1880 as part of a poor relief project.
Distance 41 km / on fixed trails 7 km, on ‘wild paths’ 34 km. Difference in altitude: 950m. Time: Between 3.5 and 5.5 hours
Day 4: Ben Nevis
Tour of Ben Nevis (65 km very hard) or In the shadow of Ben Nevis (45 km., Moderated) Today there are two routes and you can choose. There is an additional location guide for Ben Nevis Tour. This tour, Ben Nevis, is a fantastic track with a mix of single track, fast descents, big climbs and now and then a bike ride. Add a fantastic mountain landscape where four Munros (Munro’s mountains of more than 3000 meters) dominate the rugged mountain landscape and you have a unique mountain bike experience. But do not underestimate that, it’s in a very remote area.
Distance: 66 km / on fixed paths 3 km, on ‘wild paths’ 63 km. Difference in altitude: 1,215 m. Time: Between 5 and 8 hours. (Very hard)
In the shadow of Ben Nevis : This route focuses more on history and highlights around the Fort William area. The route leads to the ruins of Inverlochy Castle and along the Caledonian Canal with Neptune-Staircase this is with 8 locks, the longest lock complex in the UK. You can see how Ben Nevis dominates the surroundings with beautiful views. A very nice route, which is very easy.
Distance 45 km .– Hoogte 485 m .— time 3-5 uur. (Moderaded)
Day 5: Route Ballachulish Blast (moderated)
A beautiful route that leads first through the mountains through forests and in large part along Loch Linnhe and Loch Leven with beautiful views. In the woods there are a number of trails that are used by the local mountain bikers for competitions, which we will also explore to a small extent.
Distance: 26 km / on fixed paths 2 km, on ‘wild paths’ 24 km —- Difference in altitude: 490 m —— Time: 2 to 4 hours. (Moderated)
Day 6: Departure from Oban
Unfortunately, our Mountain Bike & Sail ends today after an eventful week. After a good breakfast we say goodbye to the Flying Dutchman and her crew. You have experienced a varied week in which you have seen and perhaps even learned to love enchanting Scotland in a unique way.
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.