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2nd August 2020 to 9th August 2020

West coast and Inner Hebrides

From £948.63 Per person

Deposit 50% balance due 12wks before departure
Along the Scottish west coast and the inner Hebrides. Breathtaking landscapes, historical castles, abbeys and wild sea life are there to discover
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Nights onboard
7
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 Style
twin or quad cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

Sail the incredible Scottish West Coast and the Inner Hebrides in a 1903 tall ship, visiting famous whisky distilleries and picturesque islands as you go

7 nights: 02 - 09 August 2020

Standard cabin: €995 / £948.63 per person*

Standard+ cabin: €1095 / £1,043.26 per person*

Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: €1575 / £1,500.78 per person*

*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.

Join this relaxing trip along the Scottish west coast and the Inner Hebrides, visiting famous whisky distilleries, awe-inspiring islands and breathtaking nature along the way. 

Explore idyllic harbour towns before anchoring in tranquil bays far from civilisation, taking in the stunning scenery as well as the diverse wildlife as you go. Visit the isle of Jura, famous for its distillery but also for the thousands of deer outnumbering the small human population. Sail to Islay, a whisky lover’s paradise, where you will moor up on the distilleries’ own jetties in the tall ship. Experience the incredible acoustics of the awe-inspiring Fingal’s cave and keep an eye out for whales, sharks, dolphins and other marine life as you sail.

Work and play with a fantastic group of like-minded adventurers, taking part in all aspects of crew life as you learn to navigate, trim and set the sails, and helm the ship. A professional crew onboard means you can get as stuck in as you like on this stunning adventure.

Day 1: Oban

Join the boat in Oban, a beautifully situated town at the foot of the Lorn mountains, to meet the crew and your fellow passengers. High above the city is McCraighs Tower, a nineteenth century replica of the Colosseum. Oban is a city to explore, with its winding streets and picturesque bay. The Flying Dutchman is located on the north pier, less than a hundred meters from the famous Oban whiskey distillery.

Day 2: Mull

After breakfast you will set sail to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Along the way the crew will give a safety brief and lessons on how to sail the tall ship. Passing the beautifully restored Duart Castle, you will reach Tobermory, a charming place with brightly colored houses and a series of small businesses. Once there, you may have time to visit the famous Tobermory whiskey distillery.

Day 3: Staffa and Iona

Today you will set sail to the incredible Staffa and Iona, two islands of the Inner Hebrides. Reaching the uninhabited Staffa, you will go further ashore in the Zodiac for an unforgettable experience. The awe-inspiring Fingal’s cave, the inspiration behind Mendelssohn’s “Hebridean Overture”, is 70m long and 20m high, and is known for the incredible natural acoustics as the Atlantic waves crash. Making your way to the small island of Iona at the South-West point of Mull, you will have the chance to see sharks, minke whales and dolphins. Struck by the tranquility and natural beauty of the island and the history of the abbey there, thousands travel here every year as a spiritual destination.

Day 4: Jura

Today you will sail on to Jura and and visit the Isle of Jura distillery. Meaning “Deer Island” in Norwegian, Jura is home to around 5,500 deer and is a paradise of untouched wilderness and natural beauty. More than 100 species of birds can be found here, including golden eagles, as well as other wildlife such as goats, seals, rabbits, hares, ermines and otters.

Day 5: Islay

Continuing to Islay, famous for its nine distilleries, which produce millions of litres of liquid gold. Because of the various taxes levied on alcohol, it is said that this is the most taxed part of Great Britain. Many of the distilleries have their own jetty so you will visit Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bunnahabhan with the ship.

Day 6: Crinan

Today you will sail to Crinan, a small but beautiful piece of Scotland. The sluice here provides access to the Crinan Canal, with it’s stunning scenery and wildlife. You will spend the night here before setting sail the following morning.

Day 7: Scottish west coast

After an extensive breakfast, you will set sail to Oban, sailing along the beautiful Scottish West Coast and with vistas of beautiful Scotland. Tonight you will enjoy a delicious dinner on board with your crew.

Day 8: Oban

Say goodbye to your crew and the tall ship after breakfast together and continue your journey home, or explore the area and its beauty further.

  • 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.

Oban, Scotland

Oban, Scotland

Day 1: Oban

Join the boat in Oban, a beautifully situated town at the foot of the Lorn mountains, to meet the crew and your fellow passengers. High above the city is McCraighs Tower, a nineteenth century replica of the Colosseum. Oban is a city to explore, with its winding streets and picturesque bay. The Flying Dutchman is located on the north pier, less than a hundred meters from the famous Oban whiskey distillery.

Day 2: Mull

After breakfast you will set sail to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Along the way the crew will give a safety brief and lessons on how to sail the tall ship. Passing the beautifully restored Duart Castle, you will reach Tobermory, a charming place with brightly colored houses and a series of small businesses. Once there, you may have time to visit the famous Tobermory whiskey distillery.

Day 3: Staffa and Iona

Today you will set sail to the incredible Staffa and Iona, two islands of the Inner Hebrides. Reaching the uninhabited Staffa, you will go further ashore in the Zodiac for an unforgettable experience. The awe-inspiring Fingal’s cave, the inspiration behind Mendelssohn’s “Hebridean Overture”, is 70m long and 20m high, and is known for the incredible natural acoustics as the Atlantic waves crash. Making your way to the small island of Iona at the South-West point of Mull, you will have the chance to see sharks, minke whales and dolphins. Struck by the tranquility and natural beauty of the island and the history of the abbey there, thousands travel here every year as a spiritual destination.

Day 4: Jura

Today you will sail on to Jura and and visit the Isle of Jura distillery. Meaning “Deer Island” in Norwegian, Jura is home to around 5,500 deer and is a paradise of untouched wilderness and natural beauty. More than 100 species of birds can be found here, including golden eagles, as well as other wildlife such as goats, seals, rabbits, hares, ermines and otters.

Day 5: Islay

Continuing to Islay, famous for its nine distilleries, which produce millions of litres of liquid gold. Because of the various taxes levied on alcohol, it is said that this is the most taxed part of Great Britain. Many of the distilleries have their own jetty so you will visit Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bunnahabhan with the ship.

Day 6: Crinan

Today you will sail to Crinan, a small but beautiful piece of Scotland. The sluice here provides access to the Crinan Canal, with it’s stunning scenery and wildlife. You will spend the night here before setting sail the following morning.

Day 7: Scottish west coast

After an extensive breakfast, you will set sail to Oban, sailing along the beautiful Scottish West Coast and with vistas of beautiful Scotland. Tonight you will enjoy a delicious dinner on board with your crew.

Day 8: Oban

Say goodbye to your crew and the tall ship after breakfast together and continue your journey home, or explore the area and its beauty further.

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