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Tall Ship: Whisky Expedition to Islay-Jura-Mull

From £923 per person

Deposit 50%. Trip balance due 12 weeks before departure.
A relaxing sailing trip along the Scottish west coast and the inner Hebrides. We visit the most famous whiskey distillery in Mull, Jura and Islay.
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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
7
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

A relaxing sailing trip along the Scottish west coast and the inner Hebrides, visiting the most famous whiskey distilleries on Mull, Jura, and Islay.

7 nights: 16 to 23 April 2023 & 23 to 30 April 2023

From: €1025/£923 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.

As part of the whiskey expedition, we will sail to the Hebrides islands and visit some of the most famous whiskey distilleries. As part of the tour, we visit the Oban distillery in Oban and travel to Jura and Islay during the week. In Jura, there is a remote, exciting distillery that visitors are allowed free access to. We will visit the ultimate Islay whiskey paradise as well. This journey will take us through a fantastic area with great whiskey distilleries. The trip offers the possibility of seeing parrot birds, guillemots, and many other seabirds. We also have the opportunity to meet dolphins and whale sharks. A very special trip, on which much will be discovered, will set out from small idyllic harbor towns and anchor in solitary places: for example, a hole far from civilization.

 

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Arrival at Oban

Oban is a small fishing village located in a beautiful bay. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage on board and explore the town. With its winding alleyways and picturesque bay full of yachts, ferries, and small fishing boats, Oban is also known as the Pearl of the West Highlands. High up is McCaig’s Tower, an unfinished replica of the Colosseum in Rome, dating back to the late nineteenth century. The total scope of the buildings is over 192 meters and in some places, the walls are over fourteen meters high. We are expected to be located at the North Pier, less than a hundred yards from the famous Oban whiskey distillery. In the evening you will be welcomed on board and get to know the crew and the other passengers. Then we‘ll have dinner and raise the glass on a nice trip.

Day 2: Mull

As soon as we finish breakfast, we’ll visit the Oban whiskey distillery. We’ll see barrels with a capacity of 35,000 litres, and we’ll have a chance to taste (and, of course, buy) the whiskey. During the afternoon, we sail to Mull through the sound between Morvern and Mull, overlooking the rugged mountain landscape. On our way, we pass the magnificently restored Duart Castle, a magnificent sight. On this Whiskey expedition, we will visit the famous distillery of Tobermory in Mull’s main town, Tobermory.

Day 3: Iona and Staffa

The small island of Iona lies on the southwest tip of Mull. This small island is steeped in Scottish history and ignites the imaginations of thousands of visitors every year dressed as monks, pilgrims, chieftains, and kings. A cathedral in the middle of the earth, about 70 meters long and 20 meters high, is helplessly exposed to the constant waves of the Atlantic on the uninhabited Isle of Staffa. Mendelssohn was inspired by this place to write his “Hebrides Overture”.

Day 4: Islay, Port Askaig

Today we sail to Islay, the Whiskey Island par excellence. Islay owes its fame to nine distilleries that produce millions of litres of liquid gold. Because of various alcohol taxes, this part of Great Britain is also known as the most heavily burdened. In most distilleries, we can dock or anchor directly with the ship. We first visit Bunnahabhain Distillery, then move on to Caol Ila Distillery and spend the night at Port Askaig.

Day 5: Islay, Port Ellen

As we sail to Ardbeg, Lagavulin, and Laphroaig today, we will take tours of the distilleries. The distilleries are so close to each other that we can walk between them. We will stay at Port Ellen for the night.

Day 6: Islay – Jura

Afterwards, we will sail to Jura, a paradise of untouched nature and natural beauty, our last distillery on Islay. The name Jura means “Deer Island” in Norwegian, and it still holds that meaning, with just 180 people living there and 5,500 deer. At the whiskey distillery pier, we will anchor.

Day 7: Jura

As our last distillery on Islay, we will sail to Jura, a paradise of untouched nature and natural beauty. With a population of 180 people and 5,500 deer, Jura means “Deer Island” in Norwegian. At the whiskey distillery pier, we will anchor.

Day 8: Departure from Oban


We have unfortunately come to the end of the Whiskey expedition. After an extensive breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. You have experienced the charm of Scotland in a unique way and maybe even learned to love it.

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 charges regarding port fees, tourist 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 harbor.
  • 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.

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 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 cosy 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 in your cabins.

Twin Cabin & Ensuite

Oban, Scotland

Oban, Scotland

Itinerary

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

Day 1: Arrival at Oban

Oban is a small fishing village located in a beautiful bay. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage on board and explore the town. With its winding alleyways and picturesque bay full of yachts, ferries, and small fishing boats, Oban is also known as the Pearl of the West Highlands. High up is McCaig’s Tower, an unfinished replica of the Colosseum in Rome, dating back to the late nineteenth century. The total scope of the buildings is over 192 meters and in some places, the walls are over fourteen meters high. We are expected to be located at the North Pier, less than a hundred yards from the famous Oban whiskey distillery. In the evening you will be welcomed on board and get to know the crew and the other passengers. Then we‘ll have dinner and raise the glass on a nice trip.

Day 2: Mull

As soon as we finish breakfast, we’ll visit the Oban whiskey distillery. We’ll see barrels with a capacity of 35,000 litres, and we’ll have a chance to taste (and, of course, buy) the whiskey. During the afternoon, we sail to Mull through the sound between Morvern and Mull, overlooking the rugged mountain landscape. On our way, we pass the magnificently restored Duart Castle, a magnificent sight. On this Whiskey expedition, we will visit the famous distillery of Tobermory in Mull’s main town, Tobermory.

Day 3: Iona and Staffa

The small island of Iona lies on the southwest tip of Mull. This small island is steeped in Scottish history and ignites the imaginations of thousands of visitors every year dressed as monks, pilgrims, chieftains, and kings. A cathedral in the middle of the earth, about 70 meters long and 20 meters high, is helplessly exposed to the constant waves of the Atlantic on the uninhabited Isle of Staffa. Mendelssohn was inspired by this place to write his “Hebrides Overture”.

Day 4: Islay, Port Askaig

Today we sail to Islay, the Whiskey Island par excellence. Islay owes its fame to nine distilleries that produce millions of litres of liquid gold. Because of various alcohol taxes, this part of Great Britain is also known as the most heavily burdened. In most distilleries, we can dock or anchor directly with the ship. We first visit Bunnahabhain Distillery, then move on to Caol Ila Distillery and spend the night at Port Askaig.

Day 5: Islay, Port Ellen

As we sail to Ardbeg, Lagavulin, and Laphroaig today, we will take tours of the distilleries. The distilleries are so close to each other that we can walk between them. We will stay at Port Ellen for the night.

Day 6: Islay – Jura

Afterwards, we will sail to Jura, a paradise of untouched nature and natural beauty, our last distillery on Islay. The name Jura means “Deer Island” in Norwegian, and it still holds that meaning, with just 180 people living there and 5,500 deer. At the whiskey distillery pier, we will anchor.

Day 7: Jura

As our last distillery on Islay, we will sail to Jura, a paradise of untouched nature and natural beauty. With a population of 180 people and 5,500 deer, Jura means “Deer Island” in Norwegian. At the whiskey distillery pier, we will anchor.

Day 8: Departure from Oban


We have unfortunately come to the end of the Whiskey expedition. After an extensive breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. You have experienced the charm of Scotland in a unique way and maybe even learned to love it.

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)
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