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 cosy fishing village on a wonderful location in a beautiful bay. If you arrive early, you can leave your luggage with us and then take a tour of the city and drink a glass of water (whisky) in one of the cosy pubs. In the evening you will be welcomed on board and get to know the crew and the other passengers. Afterwards, there is a welcome dinner and we raise the glass for nice music and whisky trip.
Day 2: Isle of Mull, Tobermory
We sail to Tobermory on the island of Mull. On the way, we sail very close to Duart Castle. This is an impressive sight. We enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the Scottish west coast.
Tobermory is a picturesque, colourful 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 centre and lovely pubs and restaurants. One of the most sociable pubs in Scotland, the Mishnish is the pub where we probably make music together.
Day 3: Staffa and Iona
The uninhabited Island of Staffa is famous for its hexagonal based 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 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.
Further south, before the southwest tip of Mull, lies the small island of Iona. For about 400 years it has been a centre of the Irish monks and is known for its calmness and the beauty of nature. Iona is now a popular tourist destination and a place for prayer and reflection.
Day 4: Colonsay
Colonsay is an island of the Inner Hebrides. It is 13 km long, up to 4.8 km wide and 124 people are to live on it (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 specialized 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 and 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 5 and 6: Islay & Jura
Sailing & Folk & Whisky takes us today first to Islay and to the famous distillery Bunnahabhain where we get a nice tour. Then we go on to Jura, this island is a paradise of untouched wilderness and natural beauty, 6000 deer surpass the human population of 180. Of course, we visit the famous Isle of Jura Music Festival.
The ‘Isle of Jura Music Festival’ is organized to offer opportunities to young people to improve their musical skills and develop them further. By inviting top-class musicians every year to come and give workshops, the inspiration they offer is invaluable.
The island has a wealth of musical talent. Besides Pete Smoke and the Roaches, one of the best cover bands on the west coast, RSAMD graduate and fiddle player Simon Moran from Deoch n Dorus; his singer / songwriter brother Danny Moran, a top traditional musician now based in Dublin; their local partner in ‘crime’ of ‘Cum-A Dol’, the excellent accordian player Graham Rozga, the talented musicians of Birlinn Brew and one of the West Coast style stalwarts, David MacDonald is a well-established box player and brought two albums with the Jura Ceilidh Band.
Day 7: At sea back to Oban
After a nice breakfast we sail back to Oban. 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 8: Departure from Oban
Unfortunately everything has an end, also our Music & Folk & Whiskey trip. After an extensive breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. You have had a great, varied week, in which you have seen the charming Scotland in a unique way and made a lot of music.
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.