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15th May 2021 to 21st May 2021

Sailing & Folk & Whisky

From £840 Per person

Deposit Deposit 25%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
We make a splendid music and whiskey trip. This trip is a combination of sailing, making music and visiting famous whiskey distilleries.
Clear
Pay a 50% deposit per item
Suited to
Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
5
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

Make music, immerse yourself in nature, and explore famous distilleries as you sail a 1903 tall ship along the incredible Scottish West Coast

6 nights: 15 -21  May 2021

Standard cabin: €885 / £840 per person*

Standard+ cabin: €985 / £935 per person*

Single Cabin: €1,250 / £1,187 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.

Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Scottish west coast and the Inner Hebrides, as you visit famous whisky distilleries and awe-inspiring islands while making and enjoying folk music with your crew and the musicians on board. 

Explore idyllic harbour towns before anchoring in tranquil bays far from civilisation, taking in the stunning scenery as well as the diverse wildlife as you go. Visit the isle of Jura, famous for its distillery but also for the thousands of deer outnumbering the small human population. Sail to Islay, a whisky lover’s paradise, where you will moor up on the distilleries’ own jetties in the tall ship. Experience the incredible acoustics of the awe-inspiring Fingal’s cave and keep an eye out for whales, sharks, dolphins and other marine life as you sail.

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 onboard means you can get as stuck in as you like on this stunning adventure.

Spending your evenings onboard or in a local pub with your crew, this trip is truly something special. With the talented musicians Joost and Bouke with you on your journey, you can experience the heart-felt music of this beautiful place, joining in on this fascinating nautical adventure with a difference.

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, a cozy fishing village with a wonderful location in a beautiful bay. If you arrive early, you can leave your luggage with us and have a look in the village and drink a glass of water (whisky) in one of the cozy pubs. In the evening you will be welcomed on board and get to know the crew and the other passengers. Afterwards, there is an nice dinner and we raise the glass for a nice music and whisky trip and enjoy later on the sound of music.

Day 2: Isle of Mull, Tobermory

After a good breakfast, we sail to Tobermory on the island of Mull. On the way we sail very close to Duart Castle which is an impressive sight. We enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the Scottish west coast.
Tobermory is a picturesque, colorful fishing village with a famous whisky brand. The lively port is the starting point for a small fishing boat fleet. Tobermory is the main town of Mull with a convivial center and lovely pubs and restaurants. One of the most sociable pubs in Scotland, the Mishnish, is the place where we bring our musicians and make music.

Day 3: Staffa and Colonsay

The uninhabited Island of Staffa is famous for its hexagonal basal columns and the Fingals cave, an approximately 80m long cathedral in the Earth’s interior, exposed to the constant waves of the Atlantic. This place inspired Mendelssohn to compose the “Hebride Overture”. A visit to Staffa is not always possible due to the harsh conditions. But it is an unforgettable experience to approach this remote piece of rock with the zodiac.
Colonsay is an island of the Inner Hebrides. It is 13 km long, up to 4.8 km wide and about 124 people live here (according to the last census). The landscape is varied, with some beautiful sandy beaches. The highest elevation is Carnan Eoin, 143 meters above sea level. A variety of destroyed fortresses lie scattered across the island. We find a small bookstore specializing in books with a local focus. It is at the same time the home of the House of Lochar publishing house, which specializes in Scottish history. There is a hotel with a view on the pier, a cafe, a bakery and a post office. And finally, the brewery Colonsay, which employs two people. Colonsay is the smallest island in the world with its own brewery.

Day 4: Islay

Our Sailing & Folk & Whisky trip continues. Today we sail to Islay, the Whisky Island par excellence. Islay owes its fame to the nine distilleries that produce millions of liters of liquid gold. Due to various alcohol taxes, this part of Great Britain is also called the most heavily burdened part.
Since most distilleries have their own boat bridge, we can dock or anchor directly with the ship. We first visit the beautiful old distillery Bunnahabhain.

After a lovely visit we will continue to Port Ellen where we will spend the night. The next day there is the possibility to visit Lagavullin.

Day 5: Jura

After a visit to Lagavullin, it goes to the island of Jura, a paradise of untouched wilderness and natural beauty. The name Jura comes from Norwegian and means “Deer Island”, still an appropriate name because about 5,500 deer exceed the human population of 180. We spend the night in this hidden little piece of paradise in Scotland. Of course you can visit the famous distillery.

Day 6: Oban

After a good tour and nice whisky drams we sail back to Oban on our Sailing & Folk & Whisky trip. On the way, we can enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the islands on the Scottish west coast. The rugged beauty of Mull, the silence on the water, the indescribable landscape, the rugged coastline with surprising bays and quiet fishing villages.

Day 7: Departure from Oban

Unfortunately this beautiful Sailing & Folk & Whisky trip has come to an end. After an extensive breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. This week, you have seen the charming Scotland in a unique way, tasted some incredible whiskies, and listened to beautiful music. We thank you and the musicians for a wonderful time!

  • 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.

Oban, Scotland

Oban, Scotland

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, a cozy fishing village with a wonderful location in a beautiful bay. If you arrive early, you can leave your luggage with us and have a look in the village and drink a glass of water (whisky) in one of the cozy pubs. In the evening you will be welcomed on board and get to know the crew and the other passengers. Afterwards, there is an nice dinner and we raise the glass for a nice music and whisky trip and enjoy later on the sound of music.

Day 2: Isle of Mull, Tobermory

After a good breakfast, we sail to Tobermory on the island of Mull. On the way we sail very close to Duart Castle which is an impressive sight. We enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the Scottish west coast.
Tobermory is a picturesque, colorful fishing village with a famous whisky brand. The lively port is the starting point for a small fishing boat fleet. Tobermory is the main town of Mull with a convivial center and lovely pubs and restaurants. One of the most sociable pubs in Scotland, the Mishnish, is the place where we bring our musicians and make music.

Day 3: Staffa and Colonsay

The uninhabited Island of Staffa is famous for its hexagonal basal columns and the Fingals cave, an approximately 80m long cathedral in the Earth’s interior, exposed to the constant waves of the Atlantic. This place inspired Mendelssohn to compose the “Hebride Overture”. A visit to Staffa is not always possible due to the harsh conditions. But it is an unforgettable experience to approach this remote piece of rock with the zodiac.
Colonsay is an island of the Inner Hebrides. It is 13 km long, up to 4.8 km wide and about 124 people live here (according to the last census). The landscape is varied, with some beautiful sandy beaches. The highest elevation is Carnan Eoin, 143 meters above sea level. A variety of destroyed fortresses lie scattered across the island. We find a small bookstore specializing in books with a local focus. It is at the same time the home of the House of Lochar publishing house, which specializes in Scottish history. There is a hotel with a view on the pier, a cafe, a bakery and a post office. And finally, the brewery Colonsay, which employs two people. Colonsay is the smallest island in the world with its own brewery.

Day 4: Islay

Our Sailing & Folk & Whisky trip continues. Today we sail to Islay, the Whisky Island par excellence. Islay owes its fame to the nine distilleries that produce millions of liters of liquid gold. Due to various alcohol taxes, this part of Great Britain is also called the most heavily burdened part.
Since most distilleries have their own boat bridge, we can dock or anchor directly with the ship. We first visit the beautiful old distillery Bunnahabhain.

After a lovely visit we will continue to Port Ellen where we will spend the night. The next day there is the possibility to visit Lagavullin.

Day 5: Jura

After a visit to Lagavullin, it goes to the island of Jura, a paradise of untouched wilderness and natural beauty. The name Jura comes from Norwegian and means “Deer Island”, still an appropriate name because about 5,500 deer exceed the human population of 180. We spend the night in this hidden little piece of paradise in Scotland. Of course you can visit the famous distillery.

Day 6: Oban

After a good tour and nice whisky drams we sail back to Oban on our Sailing & Folk & Whisky trip. On the way, we can enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the islands on the Scottish west coast. The rugged beauty of Mull, the silence on the water, the indescribable landscape, the rugged coastline with surprising bays and quiet fishing villages.

Day 7: Departure from Oban

Unfortunately this beautiful Sailing & Folk & Whisky trip has come to an end. After an extensive breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. This week, you have seen the charming Scotland in a unique way, tasted some incredible whiskies, and listened to beautiful music. We thank you and the musicians for a wonderful time!

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