Sailing & Folk & Whisky

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Standard cabin: £685pp
Standard+ cabin: £785pp
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: add £250

5 Nights

 

We make a splendid music and whiskey trip. This trip is a combination of sailing, making music and visiting famous whiskey distilleries.

The fun of playing and singing together and enjoying beautiful Scotland is the focus. Our musicians, who play and jam for heart-felt, will play every day.
We can spend evenings in the pub or on the boat. If you like Scottish music and Irish folk, this is your chance! Anyone who likes folk music, whiskey and Scotland can join us.
This journey is different from others, because nothing has to be done or established from the start. We make music and sail to the next day’s destination.
We visit famous whiskey distilleries and enjoy the delicious food and good drinks.

Our music and whiskey trip takes you through the most beautiful part of Scotland. If there is still untouched, wild nature in Europe, you will find it on the islands on the Scottish west coast: the inner and outer Hebrides. The rugged beauty of the mountains, the silence of the water, the indescribable views, the rugged coastline with its surprising bays and quiet fishing villages, the fascinating sight of the islands in the distance. You must have seen that at least once in your life.

Joost grew up in an artistic environment, playing violin from childhood, initially taught by his mother, later educated at the conservatory. Very early there was great interest in everything that had to do with folk music, bluegrass, country, and more and more stringed instruments. For a long time he has been part of various bands, ensembles and productions, with which he plays in various countries. In 2008 he was official finalist at the Nashville Fiddle Championships in Nashville, Tennessee (more than 100 participants from around the world).

Bouke studied piano, composition and conducting at the Utrecht conservatory. He also plays guitar, button accordion, (small) harp, violin, cello, as well as some other instruments. Everything he does breathes the joy of making music. The different genres range from gipsy music, Indian music, Celtic, Folk, Irish, to Flamenco, Tango, Musette, classical.

Trip Start: 09 May 2020

Trip End: 15 May 2020

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VESSEL

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

twin or quad cabins

YOUR TRIP

Deposit and cancellation:

25% deposit. STRICT.

See deposit and cancellations policy

Included

  • 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.

Additional

  • 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.

GETTING THERE (AND BACK)

Getting there

Oban, Scotland

Getting back

Oban, Scotland

We make a splendid music and whiskey trip. This trip is a combination of sailing, making music and visiting famous whiskey distilleries.

The fun of playing and singing together and enjoying beautiful Scotland is the focus. Our musicians, who play and jam for heart-felt, will play every day.
We can spend evenings in the pub or on the boat. If you like Scottish music and Irish folk, this is your chance! Anyone who likes folk music, whiskey and Scotland can join us.
This journey is different from others, because nothing has to be done or established from the start. We make music and sail to the next day’s destination.
We visit famous whiskey distilleries and enjoy the delicious food and good drinks.

Our music and whiskey trip takes you through the most beautiful part of Scotland. If there is still untouched, wild nature in Europe, you will find it on the islands on the Scottish west coast: the inner and outer Hebrides. The rugged beauty of the mountains, the silence of the water, the indescribable views, the rugged coastline with its surprising bays and quiet fishing villages, the fascinating sight of the islands in the distance. You must have seen that at least once in your life.

Joost grew up in an artistic environment, playing violin from childhood, initially taught by his mother, later educated at the conservatory. Very early there was great interest in everything that had to do with folk music, bluegrass, country, and more and more stringed instruments. For a long time he has been part of various bands, ensembles and productions, with which he plays in various countries. In 2008 he was official finalist at the Nashville Fiddle Championships in Nashville, Tennessee (more than 100 participants from around the world).

Bouke studied piano, composition and conducting at the Utrecht conservatory. He also plays guitar, button accordion, (small) harp, violin, cello, as well as some other instruments. Everything he does breathes the joy of making music. The different genres range from gipsy music, Indian music, Celtic, Folk, Irish, to Flamenco, Tango, Musette, classical.

ITINERARY

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 (whiskey) 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 whiskey 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 whiskey 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 & Jura

Our Sailing & Folk & Whiskey trip continues. Today we sail to Islay, the Whiskey 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 this visit we set sail to Jura. The island of Jura is a paradise of untouched nature and natural beauty. The name Jura comes from the Norwegian. It means “Hirschinsel”. And this still applies today with an estimated 5,500 deer and only around 180 inhabitants. At the pier of the distillery we will anchor and visit the “Isle of Jura” -Distillery.

Day 5 : Jura & Oban

After a good tour and nice whiskey drams we sail back to Oban on our Sailing & Folk & Whiskey 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 6: Departure from Oban

Unfortunately this beautiful Sailing & Folk & Whiskey 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 very nice whiskies, and listened to beautiful music. We thank you and the musicians for a wonderful time!

KIT LIST

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

INSURANCE

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.

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LOCATION

“This voyage has been one of my best experiences so far.”

Flinn

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