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16th October 2021 to 22nd October 2021

Caledonian Canal Adventure

From £810 Per person

Deposit Deposit 50%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
Discover the incredible sights of Scotland, including Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands whilst onboard a stunning 1903 tall ship
Clear
Pay a 50% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
No previous experience required
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

Explore the most stunning areas of Scotland on board a tall ship... and keep an eye out for the Loch Ness Monster!

6 Nights: 16 - 22 October 2021

Standard cabin: €885 / £810 per person*
Standard plus cabin: €985 / £999 per person*
Single cabin: €1,285 / £1,175 per person*

*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.

A beautiful trip through the Caledonian Canal, that connects the North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the most beautiful waterways in the world. We start in Oban and sail along the west coast. From Fort William, we will go straight through the mountains of the Scottish Highlands to Inverness. It offers beautiful landscapes and views. Four mountain lakes, of which Loch Ness is the most famous, but Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Loch Douchfour are also beautiful. They were connected with each other in 1822.

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

Day 1: Oban

On this beautiful Highlands & Loch Ness trip, we like to welcome you in Oban. Once you’ve embarked, you can meet the other participants and the crew. Around 19.00 there is a welcome dinner and we raise the glass on a nice trip. Oban is beautifully situated at the foot of the Lorn mountains. High above the city is McCraighs Tower, a nineteenth-century replica of the Colosseum. Oban is sometimes called the pearl of the western highlands, with its winding streets and a picturesque bay full of yachts, ferries and small fishing boats. The Flying Dutchman is located on the north pier, less than a hundred meters from the famous Oban whisky distillery.

Day 2: Mull

After a nice breakfast, we go to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Along the way, the crew gives sailing instructions so that everyone can and may help to hoist the sails. Along the way, we sail past the beautifully restored Duart Castle. Tobermory is the largest town on the island, located in the northeast. It is a charming little place with brightly coloured houses and a series of small businesses such as a chocolate shop, bakery, candle maker, silversmith, art gallery and potter. And of course, we visit the famous Tobermory whiskey distillery.

Day 3: Fort William

After a beautiful evening with of course a lot of music we head towards Fort William, where the entrance to the Caledonia channel begins. We enjoy all there is to see along the way on the beautiful West Coast: space and views of the Isle of Mull and other beauties of unspoilt Scotland. We moor in Corpach with a view of Fort William and the highest mountain in the UK: the striking Ben Nevis.

Day 4: Caledonia Canal

Today, after spending the night in the first sea lock, we go to the famous Neptune’s Staircase, which are 8 locks in a row. We always attract a lot of attention, because we are one of the biggest ships that can go through the Canal and the locks. After the locks, we arrive in a fairy tale part of the canal with some little lakes now and then but sometimes also very narrow, with high rising trees in autumn colours, like we are sailing in the woods.

We sail through enchanting lakes like Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Dochfour. And if it’s possible, we will sail upwards and let the wind take us over the magnificent lakes. Enjoy the tranquillity of the water and the beautiful landscape that floats by. Watch the amazing skies and views. After a beautiful day with many photo moments, we arrive at Fort Augusta. There is a possibility to visit a cosy pub here.

Day 5: Loch Ness-Inverness

Today our beautiful Highlands & Loch Ness trip will go through 6 locks to get to the famous Loch Ness. We might even see Nessie. Monster or not, it’s a wonderful trip through Scotland in an enchanting environment.

At the end of the day, we are looking for a nice anchorage on the lake of Loch Ness. We make it into a beautiful and special musical evening.

Day 6: Inverness

After a nice musical evening and a good night’s rest, it continues on to Inverness and we arrived across Scotland on the East Coast. Inverness is a cosy city with authentic cafes, where we can enjoy traditional Scottish music in the evenings.

Finally, we reach Inverness, a cosy city with authentic bars, where you can enjoy traditional Scottish music at night.

Day 7: Inverness

We have travelled straight through Scotland from west to east and discovered the highlands from the water. After a good breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. This Highlands & Loch Ness trip was a breathtaking and beautiful experience.

  • 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
  • Personal expenses ashore
  • Food ashore
  • Fees for events that take place outside the ship.
  • Beverages besides the included drinks during the meals.
  • Open to novice sailors

Oban, Scotland

Inverness, Scotland

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

Day 1: Oban

On this beautiful Highlands & Loch Ness trip, we like to welcome you in Oban. Once you’ve embarked, you can meet the other participants and the crew. Around 19.00 there is a welcome dinner and we raise the glass on a nice trip. Oban is beautifully situated at the foot of the Lorn mountains. High above the city is McCraighs Tower, a nineteenth-century replica of the Colosseum. Oban is sometimes called the pearl of the western highlands, with its winding streets and a picturesque bay full of yachts, ferries and small fishing boats. The Flying Dutchman is located on the north pier, less than a hundred meters from the famous Oban whisky distillery.

Day 2: Mull

After a nice breakfast, we go to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Along the way, the crew gives sailing instructions so that everyone can and may help to hoist the sails. Along the way, we sail past the beautifully restored Duart Castle. Tobermory is the largest town on the island, located in the northeast. It is a charming little place with brightly coloured houses and a series of small businesses such as a chocolate shop, bakery, candle maker, silversmith, art gallery and potter. And of course, we visit the famous Tobermory whiskey distillery.

Day 3: Fort William

After a beautiful evening with of course a lot of music we head towards Fort William, where the entrance to the Caledonia channel begins. We enjoy all there is to see along the way on the beautiful West Coast: space and views of the Isle of Mull and other beauties of unspoilt Scotland. We moor in Corpach with a view of Fort William and the highest mountain in the UK: the striking Ben Nevis.

Day 4: Caledonia Canal

Today, after spending the night in the first sea lock, we go to the famous Neptune’s Staircase, which are 8 locks in a row. We always attract a lot of attention, because we are one of the biggest ships that can go through the Canal and the locks. After the locks, we arrive in a fairy tale part of the canal with some little lakes now and then but sometimes also very narrow, with high rising trees in autumn colours, like we are sailing in the woods.

We sail through enchanting lakes like Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Dochfour. And if it’s possible, we will sail upwards and let the wind take us over the magnificent lakes. Enjoy the tranquillity of the water and the beautiful landscape that floats by. Watch the amazing skies and views. After a beautiful day with many photo moments, we arrive at Fort Augusta. There is a possibility to visit a cosy pub here.

Day 5: Loch Ness-Inverness

Today our beautiful Highlands & Loch Ness trip will go through 6 locks to get to the famous Loch Ness. We might even see Nessie. Monster or not, it’s a wonderful trip through Scotland in an enchanting environment.

At the end of the day, we are looking for a nice anchorage on the lake of Loch Ness. We make it into a beautiful and special musical evening.

Day 6: Inverness

After a nice musical evening and a good night’s rest, it continues on to Inverness and we arrived across Scotland on the East Coast. Inverness is a cosy city with authentic cafes, where we can enjoy traditional Scottish music in the evenings.

Finally, we reach Inverness, a cosy city with authentic bars, where you can enjoy traditional Scottish music at night.

Day 7: Inverness

We have travelled straight through Scotland from west to east and discovered the highlands from the water. After a good breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. This Highlands & Loch Ness trip was a breathtaking and beautiful experience.

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

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