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!
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.