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11th September 2022 to 18th September 2022

Tall Ship: Whisky Expedition to Islay-Jura-Mull

From £940 per person

Deposit £150. Deposit balance due after 8 weeks. Trip balance due 12 weeks before departure.
We will take you on a relaxing sailing trip along the Scottish west coast and the inner Hebrides. We visit the most famous whisky distilleries in Mull, Jura and Islay
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Pay a deposit of £150.00 per item
Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups
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

Experience Scotland's incredible West Coast from a 1903 tall ship as you set sail on this awe-inspiring whisky and music expedition

7 nights: 11 to 18 September 2022

Standard cabin: £940 per person*

Standard Plus cabin: £1120 per person*

Single Cabin: £1460  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.

 Join this relaxing trip along the Scottish west coast and the Inner Hebrides, visiting famous whisky distilleries, awe-inspiring islands and breathtaking nature along the way. 

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.

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 on board means you can get as stuck in as you like on this stunning adventure.

Day 1: Oban

You will be welcomed on board at 18.00 pm and you will meet the crew and your fellow passengers. Around 19.00 there is a welcome dinner with a small whisky tasting, and we raise the glass on a nice trip. 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.

Day 2: Mull

After breakfast we go to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Along the way, the crew gives sailing instructions so that everyone can and may help to hoist the sails. Along the way, we sail past the beautifully restored Duart Castle. Tobermory is the largest town on the island, located in the northeast. It is a charming little place with brightly coloured houses and a series of small businesses such as a chocolate shop, bakery, candle maker, silversmith, art gallery and potter. And of course, we visit the famous Tobermory whisky distillery.

Day 3: Staffa and Iona

Today we sail to Staffa and Iona. The uninhabited island of Staffa is famous for Fingal’s cave. The awe-inspiring cathedral-like cave, 70 m long and 20 m high, is helpless in relation to the constant wave of the Atlantic. This place inspired Mendelsohn to become “Hebridean Overture”. It is an unforgettable experience to go to this remote part of the rock with the zodiac. Puffins are also found on Staffa. The small island of Iona lies at the South-West point of Mull. In Gaelic / Celtic: Chaluim Chille, the island of Colm Cille, an Irish priest and prince who would later become Saint Columba. This small island has a unique place in the history of Scotland. It ignites the imagination of thousands who travel here every year such as monks, pilgrims, clan heads and kings. During the sailing trip from one island to the other, we may see giant sharks, minke whales and dolphins.

Day 4: Islay

On this whisky expedition, we continue to Islay, the Whisky Island par excellence. Islay owes its fame to the 9 distilleries, which produce millions of litres of liquid gold. Because of the various taxes levied on alcohol, it is said that this is the most taxed part of Great Britain.
Many distilleries have their own jetty. This way we can visit Lagavullin, Ardbeg and Bunnahabhain with the ship.

Day 5: Jura

Today we sail on to Jura and visit the Isle of Jura distillery. The island of Jura is a paradise of untouched wilderness and natural beauty. The name Jura comes from Norwegian and means “Deer Island”, still an appropriate name because about 5,500 deer exceeds the human population of 180.

Wild nature lovers can find more than 100 species of birds, such as golden eagles, but also goats, seals, rabbits, hares, ermines and otters.

Day 6: Scottish west coast

The following morning, after an extensive breakfast, we set sail to Oban. We sail along the beautiful Scottish West Coast and, where the space and vistas of the Isle of Mull show us the beauties of pristine Scotland. Tonight we enjoy a delicious dinner onboard together.

Day 7: Oban

Unfortunately, this beautiful Whisky expedition has come to an end and after a very nice breakfast, it is time to say goodbye.

  • 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 beginner sailors

Oban, Scotland

Oban, Scotland

Day 1: Oban

You will be welcomed on board at 18.00 pm and you will meet the crew and your fellow passengers. Around 19.00 there is a welcome dinner with a small whisky tasting, and we raise the glass on a nice trip. 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.

Day 2: Mull

After breakfast we go to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Along the way, the crew gives sailing instructions so that everyone can and may help to hoist the sails. Along the way, we sail past the beautifully restored Duart Castle. Tobermory is the largest town on the island, located in the northeast. It is a charming little place with brightly coloured houses and a series of small businesses such as a chocolate shop, bakery, candle maker, silversmith, art gallery and potter. And of course, we visit the famous Tobermory whisky distillery.

Day 3: Staffa and Iona

Today we sail to Staffa and Iona. The uninhabited island of Staffa is famous for Fingal’s cave. The awe-inspiring cathedral-like cave, 70 m long and 20 m high, is helpless in relation to the constant wave of the Atlantic. This place inspired Mendelsohn to become “Hebridean Overture”. It is an unforgettable experience to go to this remote part of the rock with the zodiac. Puffins are also found on Staffa. The small island of Iona lies at the South-West point of Mull. In Gaelic / Celtic: Chaluim Chille, the island of Colm Cille, an Irish priest and prince who would later become Saint Columba. This small island has a unique place in the history of Scotland. It ignites the imagination of thousands who travel here every year such as monks, pilgrims, clan heads and kings. During the sailing trip from one island to the other, we may see giant sharks, minke whales and dolphins.

Day 4: Islay

On this whisky expedition, we continue to Islay, the Whisky Island par excellence. Islay owes its fame to the 9 distilleries, which produce millions of litres of liquid gold. Because of the various taxes levied on alcohol, it is said that this is the most taxed part of Great Britain.
Many distilleries have their own jetty. This way we can visit Lagavullin, Ardbeg and Bunnahabhain with the ship.

Day 5: Jura

Today we sail on to Jura and visit the Isle of Jura distillery. The island of Jura is a paradise of untouched wilderness and natural beauty. The name Jura comes from Norwegian and means “Deer Island”, still an appropriate name because about 5,500 deer exceeds the human population of 180.

Wild nature lovers can find more than 100 species of birds, such as golden eagles, but also goats, seals, rabbits, hares, ermines and otters.

Day 6: Scottish west coast

The following morning, after an extensive breakfast, we set sail to Oban. We sail along the beautiful Scottish West Coast and, where the space and vistas of the Isle of Mull show us the beauties of pristine Scotland. Tonight we enjoy a delicious dinner onboard together.

Day 7: Oban

Unfortunately, this beautiful Whisky expedition has come to an end and after a very nice breakfast, it is time to say goodbye.

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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