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Standard cabin: €1,285/£1,155pp
Standard+ cabin: €1,385/£1,245pp
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: €1,735/£1,560
*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.
This beautiful sailing trip goes to the Orkney Islands, Harris & Lewis, Skye, Mull and finally ends in Oban. It will be a very exciting journey where we will see fascinating landscapes.
Visit the finest whiskey distilleries and we are likely to encounter dolphins and whales at sea. Our tour starts in Aberdeen and takes us along the beautiful north-east coast to the Orkney Islands. We dock in small idyllic harbour towns, but also drop anchor in beautiful lonely places and bays.
On the way, we see many seabirds: gannets, puffins, guillemots and many more.
In short: an exciting holiday and whisky trip through a fantastic area with excellent whiskey distillery.
Trip Start: 19 April 2019
Trip End: 28 April 2019 Book now
Tall Ship, built in 1903
twin or quad cabins
Deposit and cancellation:
25% deposit. STRICT. See deposit and cancellations policy
- 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.
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 Aberdeen
We welcome you aboard the Flying Dutchman. Upon arrival, you will get to know the crew and the other participants. Then we raise the glasses on a nice journey. After dinner, we throw off the lines and head for the Orkney Islands. We enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the Scottish coast. The rugged beauty, the silence on the water, the indescribable landscape, the rugged coastline with its surprising bays, the quiet fishing villages and the magnificent view of the islands in the distance. On the way, we pass the imposing Keiss Castle.
Day 2: Orkney Islands – Kirkwall
During the day we reach the Orkney Islands on the island of Mainland. The Orkney Islands form a group of about 200 small islands in the north of Scotland. Due to the nature, the beaches and the history of the islands we are pretty sure that you will like it. Approximately 21,000 inhabitants live on the islands, about 7,000 of them in the capital Kirkwall. Characteristic is the St. Magnus Cathedral, which was built between 1137 and 1152. It is the most northern cathedral in the UK.
Day 3: Kirkwall
Today we have a rest day. In Kirkwall, you can visit the famous distilleries of Highland Park and Scapa. And of course, there’s a nice tour to the island’s attractions, including Skara Brae, the Stones of Stenness, the Broch of Gurness and the Grain Earth House in Kirkwall.
Day 4: Stromness
After a nice breakfast, we set sail to Stromness, which is located at a natural harbour. A nice journey along the impressive coast Mainlands. Towards evening we leave the Orkney Islands with a favourable tide and set course for Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and Harris.
Day 5: Harris & Lewis
Stornoway is a busy fishing port and also the only city on Lewis. There are good roads along the coast with small villages and in the mountainous southwest, we find white sandy beaches. The west coast of Harris Island consists of a series of breathtaking beaches, all flanked by dunes and the local machair (the unique species of these islands). With the normal bus connections, you can visit the entire island. On Harris is the new Isle of Harris Distillery, which is worth a visit.
Day 6 and 7: Skye
Today we visit Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. The Isle of Skye is an absolute must and features some of the most stunning scenery: sharp hills, scenic coastlines, the famous Talisker distillery and many more attractions. We dock in the capital Portree. The next day we explore the island and also a visit to Talisker should not be missed.
Day 8: Rum (Small Isles)
The island of Rum belongs to the Small Isles of the Inner Hebrides. The island has about 30 inhabitants. A well-known building on the island is Kinloch Castle. In the afternoon we make our way to Tobermory on Mull. We sail between the islands and the beautiful Scottish west coast, enjoying the views of the island of Mull and the beauties of unspoiled Scotland.
Day 9: Tobermory
Tobermory is a cosy, characteristic village with its famous local Distillery. The small Mull Museum and the Marine Visitor Center are also worth a visit. During the afternoon we continue sailing the Sound of Mull. We pass Duart Castle and finally reach Oban, the destination port of our journey.
Day 10: Oban
Unfortunately, our wonderful journey around Scotland has come to an end. After a good breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye. You travel individually or use our transfer to Glasgow.
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.