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2nd September 2021 to 11th September 2021

Tall Ship: Inverness to Oban via Orkney Islands

From £1285 per person

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Discover the incredible sights of Scotland, including the Orkney Islands and famous whiskey distilleries onboard a stunning 1903 tall ship
Clear
Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
Difficulty
No previous experience required
Nights onboard
9
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

Explore the most stunning islands surrounding Scotland onboard a tall ship by sailing from Buckie to Oban via the Orkney Islands coming around the top of Scotland. 

9 Nights: 2 - 11 September 2021

Standard cabin: £1,285 per person

Standard plus cabin: £1,350 per person

Single cabin: £1,685 per person

This adventure includes visiting the finest whisky distilleries in Scotland and encountering beautiful wildlife including dolphins, whales, and Puffins. The adventure starts in Buckie (Inverness) and takes us along the amazing northeast coast to the Orkney Islands. We will then dock in small idyllic harbour towns, but also drop anchor in beautiful remote places and bays.

The specified program is a guide. Changes due to the effects of weather, current and wind are possible. Flexibility is required for this trip.

Day 1: Arrival to Buckie (nr Inverness).

Upon arrival, you will get to know the crew and the other participants. After dinner, you will head for the Orkney Islands. The Scottish coast offers indescribable landscape, rugged coastline with its amazing bays, quiet fishing villages, and the magnificent view of the islands in the distance. Passing by you encounter the imposing Keiss Castle which stands on sheer cliffs overlooking Sinclair’s Bay.

Day 2: Orkney Islands – Kirkwall

During the day we reach the Orkney Islands which form a group of about 200 small islands in the north of Scotland. Due to the nature, the beaches and the history of the islands it offers beautiful landscape. Approximately 21,000 inhabitants live on the islands, about 7,000 of them in the capital Kirkwall. The capital has the St. Magnus Cathedral, which was built between 1137 and 1152, the most northern cathedral in the UK. Kirkwall hosts independent retailers that form the heart of the town, with shops lining the main street as it snakes its way south from the colourful harbour, providing everything you need.

Day 3: Kirkwall

Today we have a rest day. In Kirkwall, you can visit the famous distilleries of Highland Park and Scapa. There’s a nice tour to the island’s attractions, including Skara Brae, the Stones of Stenness, the Broch of Gurness and the Grain Earth House in Kirkwall.

Day 4: Stromness

After a nice breakfast, we set sail to Stromness, which is located at a natural harbour. A nice journey along the impressive coast Mainlands. Towards evening we leave the Orkney Islands with a favourable tide and set course for Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

Day 5: Harris & Lewis

Stornoway is a busy fishing port and also the only city on Lewis and Harris. The west coast of Harris Island consists of a series of breathtaking beaches, all flanked by dunes and the local machair (the unique species of these islands).  On Harris is the new Isle of Harris Distillery, which creates both Gin & Whisky.

Day 6 and 7: Skye

Today we visit Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. The Isle of Skye is an absolute must and features some of the most stunning scenery: sharp hills, scenic coastlines, and the famous Talisker distillery. We will dock in the capital Portree. The next day we explore the island and also a visit to Talisker should not be missed.

Day 8: Rum (Small Isles)

The island of Rum belongs to the Small Isles of the Inner Hebrides which only has about 30 inhabitants. A well-known feature on the island is Kinloch Castle. In the afternoon we make our way to Tobermory on Mull. We will sail between the islands and the beautiful Scottish west coast, enjoying the views of the island of Mull and the beauties of unspoiled Scotland.

Day 9: Tobermory

Tobermory is a cosy, characteristic and colourful village with its famous local Distillery. The small Mull Museum and the Marine Visitor Center are worth a visit. During the afternoon we continue sailing the Sound of Mull. We pass Duart Castle and finally reach Oban, the destination port of our journey.

Day 10: Oban

Our wonderful journey around Scotland has come to an end. After a good breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye. Oban is beautifully situated at the foot of the Lorn mountains. High above the city is McCraighs Tower, a nineteenth-century replica of the Colosseum. Oban is sometimes called the pearl of the western highlands, with its winding streets and a picturesque bay full of yachts, ferries and small fishing boats. The Flying Dutchman is located on the north pier, less than a hundred meters from the famous Oban whisky distillery.

  • 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.
  • Open to novice sailors

Buckie, Scotland

Oban, Scotland

The specified program is a guide. Changes due to the effects of weather, current and wind are possible. Flexibility is required for this trip.

Day 1: Arrival to Buckie (nr Inverness).

Upon arrival, you will get to know the crew and the other participants. After dinner, you will head for the Orkney Islands. The Scottish coast offers indescribable landscape, rugged coastline with its amazing bays, quiet fishing villages, and the magnificent view of the islands in the distance. Passing by you encounter the imposing Keiss Castle which stands on sheer cliffs overlooking Sinclair’s Bay.

Day 2: Orkney Islands – Kirkwall

During the day we reach the Orkney Islands which form a group of about 200 small islands in the north of Scotland. Due to the nature, the beaches and the history of the islands it offers beautiful landscape. Approximately 21,000 inhabitants live on the islands, about 7,000 of them in the capital Kirkwall. The capital has the St. Magnus Cathedral, which was built between 1137 and 1152, the most northern cathedral in the UK. Kirkwall hosts independent retailers that form the heart of the town, with shops lining the main street as it snakes its way south from the colourful harbour, providing everything you need.

Day 3: Kirkwall

Today we have a rest day. In Kirkwall, you can visit the famous distilleries of Highland Park and Scapa. There’s a nice tour to the island’s attractions, including Skara Brae, the Stones of Stenness, the Broch of Gurness and the Grain Earth House in Kirkwall.

Day 4: Stromness

After a nice breakfast, we set sail to Stromness, which is located at a natural harbour. A nice journey along the impressive coast Mainlands. Towards evening we leave the Orkney Islands with a favourable tide and set course for Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

Day 5: Harris & Lewis

Stornoway is a busy fishing port and also the only city on Lewis and Harris. The west coast of Harris Island consists of a series of breathtaking beaches, all flanked by dunes and the local machair (the unique species of these islands).  On Harris is the new Isle of Harris Distillery, which creates both Gin & Whisky.

Day 6 and 7: Skye

Today we visit Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. The Isle of Skye is an absolute must and features some of the most stunning scenery: sharp hills, scenic coastlines, and the famous Talisker distillery. We will dock in the capital Portree. The next day we explore the island and also a visit to Talisker should not be missed.

Day 8: Rum (Small Isles)

The island of Rum belongs to the Small Isles of the Inner Hebrides which only has about 30 inhabitants. A well-known feature on the island is Kinloch Castle. In the afternoon we make our way to Tobermory on Mull. We will sail between the islands and the beautiful Scottish west coast, enjoying the views of the island of Mull and the beauties of unspoiled Scotland.

Day 9: Tobermory

Tobermory is a cosy, characteristic and colourful village with its famous local Distillery. The small Mull Museum and the Marine Visitor Center are worth a visit. During the afternoon we continue sailing the Sound of Mull. We pass Duart Castle and finally reach Oban, the destination port of our journey.

Day 10: Oban

Our wonderful journey around Scotland has come to an end. After a good breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye. Oban is beautifully situated at the foot of the Lorn mountains. High above the city is McCraighs Tower, a nineteenth-century replica of the Colosseum. Oban is sometimes called the pearl of the western highlands, with its winding streets and a picturesque bay full of yachts, ferries and small fishing boats. The Flying Dutchman is located on the north pier, less than a hundred meters from the famous Oban whisky distillery.

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

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