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Whisky and the Hebrides

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Standard cabin: £795pp
Standard+ cabin: £885pp
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself: add £395

*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.

7 Nights

 

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 whiskey distilleries.

Trip Start: 13 September 2020

Trip End: 20 September 2020

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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

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 whiskey distilleries.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival to Oban

You travel individually to Oban, this beautiful and charming starting point of our Whiskey trip Hebrides. If you arrive early, you can leave your luggage on board and have a look in Oban.
After embarking, you will get to know the crew and the other travelers. Afterwards there is a nice dinner and a small whiskey tasting. We raise the glasses on a beautiful journey.

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, colorful 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 center and lovely pubs and restaurants.

Day 3: Staffa and Iona

The uninhabited Island of Staffa is famous for its hexagonal basal 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 center 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 & 5: Islay

Our Whiskey trip Hebrides continues. Today we sail to Islay, the Whiskey 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. In this way we will visit Lagavullin, Laphroig, Ardbeg, and Bunnahabhan.

Day 6: Jura

After a very nice breakfast we go to the Isle of Jura and visit the very remote Jura distillery. The island of Jura is a paradise of untouched wilderness and natural beauty. The name Jura means “Deer Island”. This is still an appropriate name, 5500 deer live there and only 180 people. Nature lovers can find more than 100 species of birds, including stone eagles. In addition, goats, seals, rabbits, hares, and otters characterize the animal world. You can take a trip to the remote Barnhill Farm, 37 kilometers north of Craighouse. This is the place were the writer George Orwell wrote his masterpiece ‘1984’ in the forties of the last century. He described Barnhill very precisely as “extremely inaccessible place”.

Day 7: Scottish west coast

Today we set the sails and enjoy the way back to Oban. We will see the untouched , wild nature of the Scottish west coast and islands. The beauty of Jura, the silence on the water, the indescribable landscape , the rugged coastline with surprising bays and quiet fishing villages and the magnificent view of the islands in the distance. We’ll pass Duart Castle, an unforgettable moment.

Day 8: Oban

Unfortunately, our Whiskey trip Hebrides has come to an end after an eventful week. After a good breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to the Flying Dutchman and his 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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