12th August 2023 to 20th August 2023

Tall Ship: The Shiant Islands & Skye

From £1281 per person

Deposit 50%. Final balance due 12 weeks before departure
There is nothing more beautiful and adventurous than sailing around Skye to the pristine Shiants Islands.
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Pay a 50% deposit per item
Suited to
Families, 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
8
Vessel type
Tall Ship - Flying Dutchman. Restored and renovated during the winter of 2003/2004, turning it into a luxury schooner.
Vessel length
39.55 m/ 129.7ft
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

In this adventurous sailing trip to the Shiants & Skye, we will discover remote and exceptional places where nature and marine life flourish.

8 nights: 12 to 20 August 2023

From €1425/£1,281 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.

An adventure sailing trip to the Shiants & Skye takes us to remote and exceptional places where nature and marine life are at the forefront. The Shiants, an isolated archipelago east of the Outer Hebrides, is one of Europe's most important seabird nesting areas as well as a hot spot for whales and several dolphin species. A unique opportunity to visit these islands by ship, but Skye and the other islands also offer beautiful nature and wildlife to discover. A unique area will be explored aboard the Flying Dutchman in an adventurous voyage of discovery.

Itinerary

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: Oban

It begins in Oban, an attractive fishing town with many attractions, where the tour to Skye and the Shiant Islands begins. You are welcome aboard at 6:00 PM and can meet the crew and the other guests. The welcome dinner takes place at 19.00, and we raise a glass to a wonderful journey.

Day 2: Rum

A beautiful archipelago south of Skye, Rum is one of the 4 “Small Isles”. This is the only island in the archipelago. Located in the west of Scotland, this undiscovered gem offers an eccentric castle, diverse wildlife, and deserted beaches. Of all of the Scottish islands, Rum is arguably the best choice for a relief hike – mountain passes, waterfalls, valleys, and beaches are all accessible on the hike.

Day 3: Loch Dunvegan

We will sail to Loch Dunvegan after breakfast and anchor near Dunvegan Castle, one of the most famous castles on Skye. Loch Dunvegan is a beautiful, large loch on the west side of Skye.

Day 4 & 5: Shiants

Leaving our anchorage early today, we set sail for the Shiants, an island archipelago east of the Outer Hebrides. There are three islands in the Shiants; Garbh Eilean (Rugged Island), Eilean a Tighe (Island with House), and Eilean Mhuire (Island of the Virgin Mary). In the area around the Shiants, whales and dolphins can be seen in abundance. Their name can be traced back to Sacred or Enchanted Islands. The Shiants themselves are one of the most important breeding grounds for seabirds in Europe, including 65,000 puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, and the rare Arctic shearwater. There are many rock arches and 110-meter-high basalt cliffs on the islands. Several books have been written about the history and life of the Shiants: Tearoom.

Day 5: Portree

In the afternoon, you can explore Skye on your own from here. Portree is the largest village on Skye, a colourful fishing village that attracts many visitors every year.

Day 6: Loch Nevis

We leave Skye and set course for Inverie, a small village in the beautiful but difficult-to-reach “Knoydart”. Although this is the mainland of Scotland, Inverie can only be reached by ship or via a 3-day walk. The hills around Inverie are full of large groups of Deer that often show themselves well. Inverie is also the location of the Old Forge, the UK’s most remote pub.

Day 7: Tobermory

After a good night’s sleep, we sail on to Tobermory with its beautiful coloured houses on the water and its famous whiskey distillery. The Tobermory distillery offers tours, the small Tobermory museum, and the Marine Exhibition, which shows the local waters and the harbour’s activities.

Day 8: Oban

A wonderful and adventurous journey through Scotland has led us to the Shiants and Skye. After an extensive breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye.

Please note: With all tours as exciting as this, we can be at the mercy of prevailing conditions, particularly the weather. So, a degree of flexibility and an open-minded attitude is helpful. Should we make any changes to the itinerary, we will ensure you have an equally engaging and insightful experience.

  • All meals on board – including daily breakfast, lunch and evening meal
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Use of safety equipment
  • Accommodation in a twin en suite cabin
  • All instruction and lectures on board by fully qualified crew
  • 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

T/S Flying Dutchman

This is not a floating hotel but a traditional sailing ship that is comfortable, intimate, and small enough to anchor directly next to many of the distilleries. Alongside the crew and Barry’s lodging, the ship has a berth for 22 guests. It was restored and renovated during the winter of 2003/2004, turning it into a luxury schooner.

The ship has a large deck area on which you can sit and soak up the sun. There is a cozy bar in the deckhouse and plenty of room for eating together on deck.

Cabins

All of the cabins on board are twin en-suites with air-conditioning. Please don’t forget to bring a European plug adapter to plug your electrical devices into your cabins.

Twin Cabin & Ensuite

Oban, Scotland

Oban, Scotland

Itinerary

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: Oban

It begins in Oban, an attractive fishing town with many attractions, where the tour to Skye and the Shiant Islands begins. You are welcome aboard at 6:00 PM and can meet the crew and the other guests. The welcome dinner takes place at 19.00, and we raise a glass to a wonderful journey.

Day 2: Rum

A beautiful archipelago south of Skye, Rum is one of the 4 “Small Isles”. This is the only island in the archipelago. Located in the west of Scotland, this undiscovered gem offers an eccentric castle, diverse wildlife, and deserted beaches. Of all of the Scottish islands, Rum is arguably the best choice for a relief hike – mountain passes, waterfalls, valleys, and beaches are all accessible on the hike.

Day 3: Loch Dunvegan

We will sail to Loch Dunvegan after breakfast and anchor near Dunvegan Castle, one of the most famous castles on Skye. Loch Dunvegan is a beautiful, large loch on the west side of Skye.

Day 4 & 5: Shiants

Leaving our anchorage early today, we set sail for the Shiants, an island archipelago east of the Outer Hebrides. There are three islands in the Shiants; Garbh Eilean (Rugged Island), Eilean a Tighe (Island with House), and Eilean Mhuire (Island of the Virgin Mary). In the area around the Shiants, whales and dolphins can be seen in abundance. Their name can be traced back to Sacred or Enchanted Islands. The Shiants themselves are one of the most important breeding grounds for seabirds in Europe, including 65,000 puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, and the rare Arctic shearwater. There are many rock arches and 110-meter-high basalt cliffs on the islands. Several books have been written about the history and life of the Shiants: Tearoom.

Day 5: Portree

In the afternoon, you can explore Skye on your own from here. Portree is the largest village on Skye, a colourful fishing village that attracts many visitors every year.

Day 6: Loch Nevis

We leave Skye and set course for Inverie, a small village in the beautiful but difficult-to-reach “Knoydart”. Although this is the mainland of Scotland, Inverie can only be reached by ship or via a 3-day walk. The hills around Inverie are full of large groups of Deer that often show themselves well. Inverie is also the location of the Old Forge, the UK’s most remote pub.

Day 7: Tobermory

After a good night’s sleep, we sail on to Tobermory with its beautiful coloured houses on the water and its famous whiskey distillery. The Tobermory distillery offers tours, the small Tobermory museum, and the Marine Exhibition, which shows the local waters and the harbour’s activities.

Day 8: Oban

A wonderful and adventurous journey through Scotland has led us to the Shiants and Skye. After an extensive breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye.

Please note: With all tours as exciting as this, we can be at the mercy of prevailing conditions, particularly the weather. So, a degree of flexibility and an open-minded attitude is helpful. Should we make any changes to the itinerary, we will ensure you have an equally engaging and insightful experience.

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 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)