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Standard cabin: €985/£885pp
Standard+ cabin: €1,085/£975pp
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: add €350/£315
*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 will take you on a relaxing sailing trip along the Scottish west coast and the inner Hebrides. We visit the most famous whisky distillery’s in Mull, Jura and Islay.
Breathtaking landscapes, historical castles and abbeys, as well as wild sea life and seabirds are there to discover.
We sail to the islands of the Hebrides and visit the most famous whisky 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 whisky paradise. It will be an exciting journey through a fantastic area with excellent whisky distilleries. During the trip, we possibly see many seabirds: boobies, parrot birds, guillemots and many more. And we have a great opportunity to meet dolphins and whale sharks.
We set out in small idyllic harbour towns, but will also anchor in beautiful solitary places: for example, in an abandoned hole, far from civilization. It will be a very special trip, on which there is much to discover.
Trip Start: 28 April 2019
Trip End: 05 May 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 Oban
You arrive in Oban, a cosy fishing village located in a beautiful bay. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage on board and discover Oban.
Oban is also known as the Pearl of the West Highlands, with its winding alleys and a picturesque bay full of yachts, ferries and small fishing boats.
High up is McCraigs Tower, an unfinished replica of the Colosseum in Rome, dating back to the late nineteenth century. The total scope of the buildings is over 192 meters and in some places, the walls are over fourteen meters high.
We are expected to be located at the North Pier, less than a hundred yards from the famous Oban whisky distillery. In the evening you will be welcomed on board and get to know the crew and the other passengers. Then we ‘ll have dinner and raise the glass on a nice trip. The whisky expedition has started!
Day 2: Mull
After a good breakfast, we will take a tour at the Oban whisky distillery. It will be a fun and interesting tour were we can see barrels with a capacity of 35,000 liters. In the end there is the possibility to taste (and of course to buy). In the afternoon we sail to Mull through the sound between Morvern and Mull, overlooking the rugged mountain landscape. On the way we pass the magnificently restored Duart Castle, an imposing sight. Our destination is the main town of Mull, the picturesque fishing village of Tobermory. Off course we’ll visit the famous distillery on this Whisky expedition.
Day 3: Iona and Staffa
On the southwestern tip of Mull lies the small island of Iona. This small island has a unique place in the history of Scotland and ignites the imagination of thousands who travel here each year dressed as monks, pilgrims, chieftains and kings.
The uninhabited Island of Staffa is famous for the Fingals cave. Awesome, a cathedral in the middle of the earth, about 70m long and 20m high, is helplessly exposed to the constant waves of the Atlantic. This place inspired Mendelssohn to the “Hebride Overture”.
Day 4 : Islay, Port Askaig
Our Whisky expedition Hebrides continues. Today we sail to Islay, the Whisky Island par excellence. Islay owes its fame to the nine distilleries that produce millions of liters 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. We first visit the beautiful old distillery Bunnahabhain. After this visit we go to Caol Ila Distillery and we moor for the night in Port Askaig.
Day 5 : Islay, Port Ellen
Today we sail to Ardbeg , Lagavullin and Laphroig, and enjoy the tours. The distilleries are so close to each other that we can walk between them. For the night we stay in the harbor of Port Ellen.
Day 6 : Islay – Jura
The last distillery of Islay we visit today, will be Bowmore. After that we set sail to Jura which is a paradise of untouched nature and natural beauty. The name Jura comes from the Norwegian and it means “Deer Island”. And this still applies today with an estimated 5,500 deer and only around 180 inhabitants. At the pier of the Whisky distillery we will anchor.
Day 7: Jura
Today we vist the “Isle of Jura” -Distillery.
This is so remote that you have to take a lot of effort to get there, and take part in one of the free guided tours. After a good tour and nice whisky drams we set sail and course back to Oban. On the way we enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the islands on the Scottish west coast. The beauty of the island of Jura, the rugged coastline with its amazing bays and quiet fishing villages and the magnificent view of the islands in the distance and we might see some dolphins!
Day 8: Departure from Oban
The Whisky expedition has unfortunately come to an end. After an extensive breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. You have experienced a varied week in which you have seen the charming Scotland in a unique way and maybe even learned to love it.
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.