Immerse yourself into life at sea on traditional tall ship Florette as she sails from Scotland, via Ireland and onto the coast of Spain.
Duration: 14 Nights - 03 August 2024 - 17 August 2024
Price: From £1,075 Per Person
Join tall ship Florette on the West coast of Scotland as she sails through St George’s Channel, exploring the coasts of Ireland and Cornwall before crossing the Bay of Biscay to reach La Coruna, Spain. This voyage is the perfect opportunity to tuck some sea miles under your belt and taste life on the open water onboard a traditionally rigged tall ship.
Exactly where you stop over and anchor will entirely depend on the weather forecast but the skipper should have a better of what to expect as you board. The voyage has 15 days to cross the open ocean and there are buffer days included in this to make best use of the wind. If you arrive early, you’ll be able to use the boat as your base as you find your land legs again and explore ashore.
Florette and her crew always try to combine traditional classic sailing while immersing guests in the natural landscapes ashore. Florette invites you to get involved with her traditional sailing. With an original rig, it is certainly an all-hands-on-deck approach – which is surely part of the magic of this adventure sailing holiday.
Sailing Florette is a true family affair. Captain Ron is the 2nd generation to run and sail Florette with his family after his parents bought the boat back in the 70’s. Ron was brought up on the boat, as he is now doing with his family. Alongside Ron and his wife Nicole, Florette is fully crewed with experienced and knowledgeable sailors. Nicole is also the boat chef, cooking up fabulous cuisine, so you won’t be going hungry after a day of sailing and exploring.
Florette commands attention wherever she sails with her traditional wooden hull, decoratively carved transom and her impressive sail rig. Sailing with her is part of the magic of this adventure holiday and is a huge part of the experience. There is also fishing gear available which is used to catch fresh fish for supper!
Florette is one of the larger boats in our fleet so she has ample space both above and below decks. Her Captain and family live-aboard but they have their own separate quarters. Guests can enjoy private cabins in combinations of 2-3 berth bunks. All cabins share a total of four toilets and three showers with another shower on deck for a rinse off after some sea swimming. For Atlantic crossings and Caribbean voyages only, under 30’s have the chance for a true authentic pirate experience to stay in a hammock! Each hammock will be allocated a seamans chest for any belongings and will strung up in the saloon between 9pm and 8am.
A generous saloon, bar and eating area sit below decks with a traditional wooden finish. Above decks there is a large cushioned area for relaxation, sun-bathing or sleeping beneath the stars (bring your own sleeping bag if this is something you fancy!). An alfresco dining area sits mid-ships, perfect for lunches in the sun or dinners at sunset.
BY RAIL: Oban station is a 5-10 minute walk from North Pier. Trains run 6 times a day to Glasgow Queen Street Station where there are good travel links to the rest of the UK.
BY AIR: Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport both require taking a train from Oban which takes approximately 2-3hours. Flights go direct to Stansted Airport.
LA CORUNA, SPAIN
BY AIR: Flights go direct from Santiago de Compostela Airport to London Gatwick/international airports.
Indirect flights go to La Coruna Airport from to London Gatwick. Once there take the A4 bus (35 minutes) that runs almost every half hour.