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19th July 2024 to 26th July 2024

Tall Ship: Oban to Ullapool

From £1060 per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12 weeks before departure
A journey through some of the most beautiful places on the west coast of Scotland, some of which are only accessible by ship.
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Suited to
Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
No sailing experience is required. Sit back and relax or get as involved with crew life as you like. Learning to navigate, trim and set the sails, and helm the ship
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
Tall Ship - Flying Dutchman. Built in 1903, restored and renovated during the winter of 2003/2004, turning it into a luxury schooner
Vessel length
39.5 metres
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
22 guests in 11 twin cabins. All cabins are en-suite and are twins. Twin Cabin Plus cabins are slightly larger in size
Insurance Required
Yes

Standard cabin: €1,195 / £1,060 per person*
Standard+ cabin: €1,325 / £1,165 per person*
Single Cabin: €1,795 / £1,600 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.

Tall Ship: Oban – Ullapool

Duration: 7 nights from 19 to 26 July 2024

We invite you to join us on this sailing trip from Oban to Ullapool. It is a journey through some of the most beautiful places on the west coast of Scotland, some of which are only accessible by ship.

From the charming fishing village of Oban to the picturesque town of Ullapool, this extraordinary adventure invites you to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Scottish culture and natural beauty. Sail to enchanting destinations like Tobermory and Portree, where brightly coloured houses dot the landscape and local artisans showcase their craftsmanship. Marvel at the rugged beauty of Skye, Loch Nevis, and Plockton's palm-fringed bay.

Encounter dolphins and whales along the way, and indulge in the warm hospitality of remote pubs and welcoming communities. On our 1903 ship, The Flying Dutchmen you'll experience Scotland's coastal wonders in a truly unique and unforgettable way.

Old Man of Storr

Why You’ll Love This Trip

  • Discover picturesque towns and their friendly inhabitants in Tobermory and Portree with their colourful horses, Plockton which is known as “The Jewel of the Highlands” and Lochinver which is famous for the local “Pie shop”.
  • Navigate through stunning coastal landscapes and enjoy the thrill of sailing on a historical tall ship from 1903. Spot dolphins and whales along the way.
  • Visit the world-famous distilleries at Oban and Tobermory, in the land where whiskey was first created, and have a drink in the most remote pub in the United Kingdom, ‘The Old Forge’.
  • Experience the untamed beauty of Scotland's rugged coast. Go for beautiful walks around Loch Nevis, and visit the Isle of Skye and its most famous landmark the "Old Man of Storr".

Who The Trip Is For

  • Nature and wildlife enthusiasts who appreciate the beauty of unspoiled landscapes, rare wildlife sightings, and the chance to explore remote coastal areas accessible only by ship.
  • Travellers fascinated by Scotland's rich heritage, who want to visit picturesque towns, explore ancient sites, and learn about local traditions and folklore.
  • Anyone in search of a peaceful escape will find respite on this sailing adventure. The calming rhythm of the waves, breathtaking sunsets, and serene surroundings offer a much-needed break from the hectic pace of everyday life.
  • Those who embrace the flexibility of ocean travel. While we will attempt to reach as many destinations as possible, the final route will be determined during the trip depending on the weather conditions.

Itinerary: Oban – Ullapool

As a sailing ship, we are largely dependent on the weather. The program below is a guideline and is determined by the influence of the current and the weather, especially the wind. This may mean that we skip ports or call at ports other than those described below. Flexibility is the key to enjoying this varied adventurous trip!

Day 1: Oban

We start our journey in Oban, a cosy fishing village located on a beautiful bay. The famous Oban Distillery is also located here and is well worth a visit. After you have settled in your cabin, you will meet the crew and the other guests during a delicious welcome dinner. After this, the captain tells about the ins and outs on board, and the planning for the coming days is discussed.

Day 2: Tobermory

Today we sail from Oban to Tobermory. Picturesque Tobermory is the largest town on the Isle of Mull. It is a charming little town with brightly coloured houses and a range of small businesses including a chocolate shop, bakery, candle maker, silversmith, art gallery, and a potter. Tobermory is also known for its art centres, a small theatre company, and some good pubs and eateries. And of course, you can visit the famous Tobermory Distillery on our trip. There are a number of beautiful walks to be made around the natural bay.

Day 3: Inverie, Knoydart

Today we sail from Tobermory to Inverie, a town on Loch Nevis. Inverie is the largest town on the Knoydart Peninsula and can only be reached by boat or a two-day walk through the hills. From the pier where we moor, you have a magnificent view of Loch Nevis and many beautiful walks in the area. You can also have a drink in the most remote pub in the United Kingdom, ‘The Old Forge’. Along the way, there is a good chance to spot dolphins and whales.

Day 4: Plockton

Today we continue our journey north. We sail through the “Kyle Rhea”, a strait between the mainland and the Isle of Skye known for strong tidal currents, towards Plockton. Plockton is a colourful village known as “The Jewel of the Highlands”. We will anchor in the sheltered bay and you will be brought ashore. Due to the many palm trees in Plockton, the village feels almost Caribbean in good weather.

Day 5: Portree

Today we sail to Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. The village of Portree is the largest town on the island and has a lot of nice shops and attractions. There is enough time to explore the island and for example the walk to the famous “Old Man of Storr”.

Day 6: Loch Inver

Today is a long sailing day to Lochinver, a pretty fishing village just north of Ullapool. Lochinver is situated in a beautiful area and is famous for the local “Pie shop” which attracts tourists from all over the world.

Day 7: Ullapool

On our last sailing day, we sail from Lochinver to Ullapool. Ullapool is a relatively young town, founded in the late 18th century during the peak of herring fishing. The rugged landscape around Ullapool is known for its nature, wildlife, and many bird species. Tonight we enjoy an extensive meal on board, it was a great and varied week where we saw enchanting Scotland in a unique way.

Day 8: Goodbye

Unfortunately, the wonderful journey has come to an end. After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to the Flying Dutchman, her crew, and the other guests.

  • All charges regarding port fees, tourist fees, and fuel expenses
  • Cabin with shower and toilet
  • Bed linen and towels
  • The use of a zodiac for landings when we visit places without a harbour
  • The crew: captain, cook, and first mate
  • Half board including coffee, tea, milk and juice at meals
    (In the case of half-board, you will also be able to discover local specialities on land, in addition to the catering on board)
  • 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

Accommodation

This is not a floating hotel but a traditional sailing ship that is comfortable, intimate, and small enough to anchor in shallower water.

Flying Dutchman Layout

Cabins

  • 11 two-person cabins. Total of 22 guests
  • All of the cabins on board are twin en-suites with air-conditioning

Flying Dutchman Cabin Flying Dutchman Cabin Flying Dutchman Cabin Flying Dutchman Cabin

Common areas

  • On deck – The ship has a large deck area on which you can sit and soak up the sun. There is a cosy bar in the deckhouse and plenty of room for eating together on the deck.
  • Salon – Main interior social space with comfortable couches and tables to sit, eat and socialise with fellow travellers. Includes a bar and entertainment system.

Flying Dutchman Deck Flying Dutchman Deck Flying Dutchman Interior Salon Flying Dutchman Interior Salon

Language

Our voyages attract travellers from all over the world, which has been an important factor in establishing an open-minded atmosphere on board. The crew of the ship is most of the time from Dutch origin but speaks and understands English very well.

Oban, Scotland

Ullapool, Scotland

Itinerary: Oban – Ullapool

As a sailing ship, we are largely dependent on the weather. The program below is a guideline and is determined by the influence of the current and the weather, especially the wind. This may mean that we skip ports or call at ports other than those described below. Flexibility is the key to enjoying this varied adventurous trip!

Day 1: Oban

We start our journey in Oban, a cosy fishing village located on a beautiful bay. The famous Oban Distillery is also located here and is well worth a visit. After you have settled in your cabin, you will meet the crew and the other guests during a delicious welcome dinner. After this, the captain tells about the ins and outs on board, and the planning for the coming days is discussed.

Day 2: Tobermory

Today we sail from Oban to Tobermory. Picturesque Tobermory is the largest town on the Isle of Mull. It is a charming little town with brightly coloured houses and a range of small businesses including a chocolate shop, bakery, candle maker, silversmith, art gallery, and a potter. Tobermory is also known for its art centres, a small theatre company, and some good pubs and eateries. And of course, you can visit the famous Tobermory Distillery on our trip. There are a number of beautiful walks to be made around the natural bay.

Day 3: Inverie, Knoydart

Today we sail from Tobermory to Inverie, a town on Loch Nevis. Inverie is the largest town on the Knoydart Peninsula and can only be reached by boat or a two-day walk through the hills. From the pier where we moor, you have a magnificent view of Loch Nevis and many beautiful walks in the area. You can also have a drink in the most remote pub in the United Kingdom, ‘The Old Forge’. Along the way, there is a good chance to spot dolphins and whales.

Day 4: Plockton

Today we continue our journey north. We sail through the “Kyle Rhea”, a strait between the mainland and the Isle of Skye known for strong tidal currents, towards Plockton. Plockton is a colourful village known as “The Jewel of the Highlands”. We will anchor in the sheltered bay and you will be brought ashore. Due to the many palm trees in Plockton, the village feels almost Caribbean in good weather.

Day 5: Portree

Today we sail to Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. The village of Portree is the largest town on the island and has a lot of nice shops and attractions. There is enough time to explore the island and for example the walk to the famous “Old Man of Storr”.

Day 6: Loch Inver

Today is a long sailing day to Lochinver, a pretty fishing village just north of Ullapool. Lochinver is situated in a beautiful area and is famous for the local “Pie shop” which attracts tourists from all over the world.

Day 7: Ullapool

On our last sailing day, we sail from Lochinver to Ullapool. Ullapool is a relatively young town, founded in the late 18th century during the peak of herring fishing. The rugged landscape around Ullapool is known for its nature, wildlife, and many bird species. Tonight we enjoy an extensive meal on board, it was a great and varied week where we saw enchanting Scotland in a unique way.

Day 8: Goodbye

Unfortunately, the wonderful journey has come to an end. After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to the Flying Dutchman, her crew, and the other guests.

Warm and waterproof clothing is very important, as it can get very cold during sailing, especially at night, even in the summer. A waterproof and windproof jacket is recommended to help keep warm and dry. Waterproof rubber-soled boots or shoes are also recommended to keep your feet dry and warm. Pack comfortable and practical clothing for all weather circumstances, the key is layers. It is recommended to pack in a soft bag that can be easily stored away as there is no locker room onboard for suitcases. Also in the cabins, there are 2-pin European plug sockets and USB sockets (‘normal’ USB-B, no USB-C on board) so guests will need to bring adapters if they are from outside the EU.

  • List of items we recommend you bring with you; these are not mandatory.
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Adaptor for European Socket
  • Wet weather clothing – waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances (think layers and quick dry clothes)
  • Wellies or waterproof shoes
  • Walking boots, shoes for onshore, and trainers with good grip
  • Sea Sickness and personal medication
  • Small Torch (head torches are good)
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses (polarised lenses are ideal, but not essential)
  • Sunscreen (water-resistant, SPF 30 or higher)