Standard cabin: €885/£795pp Standard+ cabin: €985/£885pp Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: add €450/£405
*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.
We sail to the islands of the Hebrides and visit the most famous whiskey distilleries. Our tour starts in Oban with a visit to the Oban distillery and leads us during the week to Jura and Islay.
Jura has an exciting, but remote distillery, which gives their visitors free access. We visit of course the ultimate Islay whiskey paradise. It will be an exciting journey through a fantastic area with excellent whiskey distilleries.
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
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 travel individually to Oban, this beautiful and charming starting point of our whiskey sailing trip. If you arrive early, you can leave your luggage on board and have a look in Oban. After embarking, you will get to know the crew and the other travellers. Afterwards, there is a nice dinner and a small whiskey tasting. We raise the glasses on a beautiful journey.
Day 2: Oban & Crinan
Whiskey trip Hebrides: After a good breakfast, we will take a tour at the Oban whiskey distillery. It will be a fun and interesting tour were we can see barrels with a capacity of 35,000 litres. In the end, there is the possibility to taste (and of course to buy). In the afternoon we sail towards Crinan, a very small, beautiful place at the entrance of the Crinan Canal. This is where we probably stay the night in the lock, a unique experience.
Day 3: Jura
Today we go to the Isle of Jura and to the very remote Jura distillery. The island of Jura is a paradise of untouched wilderness and natural beauty. The name Jura means “Deer Island”. This is still an appropriate name, 5500 deer live there and only 180 people. Nature lovers can find more than 100 species of birds, including stone eagles. In addition, goats, seals, rabbits, hares, and otters characterize the animal world. You can take a trip to the remote Barnhill Farm, 37 kilometres north of Craig house. This is the place where the writer George Orwell wrote his masterpiece ‘1984’ in the forties of the last century. He described Barnhill very precisely as “extremely inaccessible place”.
Day 4 & 5: Islay
Our Whiskey trip Hebrides continues. Today we sail to Islay, the Whiskey Island par excellence. Islay owes its fame to the nine distilleries that produce millions of litres 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. In this way, we will visit Lagavullin, Laphroig, Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich and Bowmore.
Day 6: Scottish west coast
After a nice breakfast we sail the sails and enjoy the way back to Oban.We will see the untouched, wild nature of the Scottish west coast and islands.The beauty of Jura, the silence on the water, the indescribable landscape, the rugged coastline with surprising bays and quiet fishing villages and the magnificent view of the islands in the distance.We’ll pass Duart Castle, an unforgettable moment.
Day 7: Oban
Unfortunately, our Whiskey trip Hebrides has come to an end after an eventful week.After a good breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to the Flying Dutchman and his crew.
Base layer – 2x warm thermal tops + thermal leggings
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.