Skye & Hebrides Discovery

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Standard cabin: £1,485pp
Standard+ cabin: £1,585pp
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: add £500

9 Nights

 

If there is still untouched nature somewhere in Europe, it certainly applies to the islands of the Scottish west coast: the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

The silence of Outer mountains, the indescribable views, the rugged coasts with hidden coves and their quiet fishing villages and the unique sight of the islands in the distance, is something that somebody has to see in his life. We will take you to these special islands, which can only be reached by ship.

Trip Start: 17 July 2019

Trip End: 26 July 2019

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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

If there is still untouched nature somewhere in Europe, it certainly applies to the islands of the Scottish west coast: the Inner and Outer Hebrides.

The silence of Outer mountains, the indescribable views, the rugged coasts with hidden coves and their quiet fishing villages and the unique sight of the islands in the distance, is something that somebody has to see in his life. We will take you to these special islands, which can only be reached by ship.

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: Oban

Our Sailing trip Skye / Hebrides starts in Oban, a cosy fishing place with lots of things to do. You are welcomed on board at 18.00 and have the opportunity to meet the crew and the other guests. If everyone is settled we’ll have a welcome dinner and raise a glass to a wonderful trip.

Day 2: Tobermory

After a nice breakfast everyone has time enough to discover Oban or make a tour in the Oban whiskey distillery. After lunch we sail if possible to Mull and the crew will give you sailing instructions. On our way, we pass the impressive Duart Castle, which is a beautiful sight from the water. At the end of the day, we arrive in Tobermory, a beautiful place with its coloured houses and his small, but famous whiskey distillery.

Day 3: Barra

Today on our Sailing trip Skye / Hebrides, we go to Barra, where we moor in Castlebay. Here we visit Kisimul Castle, what is located in the bay. The stronghold of the MacNeils is the only surviving medieval castle of Barra.

Day 4 & 5: Lewis and Harris

Our Sailing trip Skye / Hebrides continues with a visit to the outer Hebrides Harris and Lewis. We arrive in Stornoway, the main port on Lewis. Its protected position convinced the Vikings, who founded the settlement Stornoway in the 9th century. There are good roads that run along the coast with their small villages and white sand beaches.

Isle of Harris is the southern part with deep bays and high mountains. Here you can see the landscape, where the inspiration for the beautiful Harris Tweed comes from. The west coast of the island of Harris has stunning beaches, all flanked by dunes and Machair (a unique plant). The islands are so remote that only a few tourists bother to come here. There are simple places that are connected by narrow streets. The signs on the streets are in Gaelic. And the supply of food depends on the amount of space available on board the supply vessel. The islands have a wealth of prehistoric monuments and nature reserves. The east is mainly mountainous and in the west, you can enjoy the sandy beaches. You can visit the whole island by bus.

Day 6: Skye

Today we sail to Skye, one of the biggest islands. Skye has impressive landscapes, a beautiful coastline and off course the famous Talisker distillery. We stay in the main town, Portree.

Day 7: Portree

A large part of the day we stay in Portree, a town with 2000 inhabitants. You will have the opportunity to discover Portree or another part of the island. At the end of the day we move on to Plockton, a wonderful little village on the banks of Loch Carron.

Day 8: Eigg

The Small Isles are an archipelago of four small islands south of Skye: Eigg, Rum, Muck and Canna. Each island is different. During this Sailing trip Skye / Hebrides, we probably visit Eigg with its unique mountain. Between the islands, we hope to observe sharks, whales and dolphins.

Day 9: Scottish west coast and Oban

After a nice breakfast, we sail back to Oban. During the trip, we see the rugged coast of Mull with his pristine beauty, the mountains in the distance. In the evening, when we arrive in Oban, where we will have a nice dinner together and maybe you feel like going to a pub and enjoy some traditional live music.

Day 10: Oban

Unfortunately, the beautiful Sailing trip Skye / Hebrides has come to an end. After a good breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to the ship and its crew.

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

“Highly recommended!”

Sara

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