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11th September 2022 to 18th September 2022

Tall Ship: Jura and Islay Whisky Tour

From £850 per person

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This trip is a combination of sailing, visiting famous whisky distilleries, and discovering areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Suited to
Groups, Couples, Individuals
Difficulty
No previous experience required
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

Explore famous distilleries and picturesque islands as you sail a 1903 tall ship along the Scottish West Coast to the Isle of Jura

7 nights: 11 -18 September 2022

Standard cabin: €1,085 / £850 per person*

Standard+ cabin: €1295 / £940 per person*

Single cabin: €1,475 / £1,270 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.

We sail to the islands of the Hebrides and visit the most famous whisky distilleries on Jura and Islay.
Jura has an exciting, but remote distillery, which gives their visitors free access. We visit of course the ultimate Islay whiskey paradise. It will be an exciting journey through a fantastic area with excellent whiskey distilleries.

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.

Spend your evenings onboard or in a local pub with your crew, relaxing as you experience the heartfelt music of this beautiful place. 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, or just relax and soak it all in.

Day 1: Arrival at Oban

You travel individually to Oban, a beautiful and charming starting point of our Whisky trip to 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 travellers. Afterwards, there is a nice dinner and a small whisky tasting. We raise the glasses on a beautiful journey.

Day 2: Isle of Mull, Tobermory

After a nice breakfast, we will take a tour of the Oban whiskey distillery which will make a great start to the day! The tour is filled with history and many barrels of whisky with a capacity of 35,000 litres. By the end of the tour, there is plenty of opportunities to purchase and taste their finest whisky.

Afterward, we set sail to Tobermory on the island of Mull. On the way, we sail right past Duart Castle which is an impressive sight. We can enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the Scottish west coast.
Tobermory is a picturesque, colourful fishing village with a famous whisky brand. The lively port is the starting point for a small fishing boat fleet. Tobermory is the main town of Mull with a convivial centre and lovely pubs and restaurants.

Day 3: Staffa and Iona

The uninhabited island of Staffa is famous for its hexagonal basalt 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 “Hebrides 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 centre 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, Port Askaig – Islay, Port Ellen

Our Whisky trip Hebrides continues. Today we sail to Islay, the Whisky Island par excellence. Islay owes its fame to the nine distilleries that produce millions of litres 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 Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, and Bunnahabhain.

Day 6: Islay, Bowmore

The next distillery we will visit will be Bowmore which is the capital of Islay and very well known for its whitewashed houses and Bowmore Round Church. Later in the day we will set sail for Jura and moor up for the night.

Day 7: Jura

After 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 characterise the animal world. You can take a trip to the remote Barnhill Farm, 37 kilometres north of Craighouse. This is the place where the writer George Orwell wrote his masterpiece ‘1984’ in the forties of the last century. He described Barnhill very precisely as an “extremely inaccessible place”.

Day 8: Oban

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. In the evening we enjoy a delicious meal together and exchange our experiences.

Unfortunately, our Whisky trip Hebrides has come to an end after an eventful week, it’s time to say goodbye to the Flying Dutchman and his crew.

  • 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: Arrival at Oban

You travel individually to Oban, a beautiful and charming starting point of our Whisky trip to 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 travellers. Afterwards, there is a nice dinner and a small whisky tasting. We raise the glasses on a beautiful journey.

Day 2: Isle of Mull, Tobermory

After a nice breakfast, we will take a tour of the Oban whiskey distillery which will make a great start to the day! The tour is filled with history and many barrels of whisky with a capacity of 35,000 litres. By the end of the tour, there is plenty of opportunities to purchase and taste their finest whisky.

Afterward, we set sail to Tobermory on the island of Mull. On the way, we sail right past Duart Castle which is an impressive sight. We can enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the Scottish west coast.
Tobermory is a picturesque, colourful fishing village with a famous whisky brand. The lively port is the starting point for a small fishing boat fleet. Tobermory is the main town of Mull with a convivial centre and lovely pubs and restaurants.

Day 3: Staffa and Iona

The uninhabited island of Staffa is famous for its hexagonal basalt 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 “Hebrides 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 centre 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, Port Askaig – Islay, Port Ellen

Our Whisky trip Hebrides continues. Today we sail to Islay, the Whisky Island par excellence. Islay owes its fame to the nine distilleries that produce millions of litres 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 Lagavulin, Laphroaig, Ardbeg, and Bunnahabhain.

Day 6: Islay, Bowmore

The next distillery we will visit will be Bowmore which is the capital of Islay and very well known for its whitewashed houses and Bowmore Round Church. Later in the day we will set sail for Jura and moor up for the night.

Day 7: Jura

After 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 characterise the animal world. You can take a trip to the remote Barnhill Farm, 37 kilometres north of Craighouse. This is the place where the writer George Orwell wrote his masterpiece ‘1984’ in the forties of the last century. He described Barnhill very precisely as an “extremely inaccessible place”.

Day 8: Oban

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. In the evening we enjoy a delicious meal together and exchange our experiences.

Unfortunately, our Whisky trip Hebrides has come to an end after an eventful week, it’s time to say goodbye to the Flying Dutchman and his crew.

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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