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Sunday 26 April 2020 18: 00 t / m Saturday 02 May 2020 10: 00
An unforgettable journey of discovery along the Scottish West Coast and to the Hebrides aboard the Flying Dutchman. It will be an unparalleled Whiskey journey through a fantastic area. The tour goes to the most famous Whiskey distilleries on the islands of the Hebrides: Mull, Jura and the ultimate Whiskey paradise Islay.
This trip is also recommended for those who are not interested in visiting whiskey distilleries because of the breathtaking nature and many other possible activities.
Because the two-person cabins differ from large (floor area), they are divided into two categories. The price is based on shared cabin. The cabins are all with shower and toilet.
The indicated program is a guide and can be adjusted under the influence of weather, currents and wind. Flexibility is the rule on this journey.
Day 1 - Oban
After boarding you will meet the other guests and the crew during dinner. This is followed by a small whiskey tasting and you raise the glass on a beautiful whiskey trip.
Oban is a beautifully situated city at the foot of the Lorn Mountains. High above the city is McCraighs Tower, a nineteenth century replica of the Collosseum. Oban is sometimes called the pearl of the western highlands, with its winding streets and 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 whiskey distillery.
Day 2 - Mull
After a delicious breakfast, the journey continues to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Along the way the crew gives sailing instructions so that everyone can and may help with hoisting the sails. Along the way we sail right past the beautifully restored Duart Castle. The picturesque Tobermory is the largest place on the island, located in the northeast. You can visit the local distillery here.
Day 3 - Staffa and Iona
The uninhabited island of Staffa is famous for Fingal's cave. The awe-inspiring cathedral-like cave, 70m long and 20m high, is helpless to the constant waves 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 is located at the South-West point of Mull. In Gealic / 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 you may see giant sharks, minke whales and dolphins.
Day 4 - Port Ellen - Islay
Islay is the island of the nine distilleries and therefore the largest whiskey producing island. For those interested, the crew is happy to organize visits at Bunnahabhain, Lagavulin, Ardbeg or Laphroaig.
Day 5 - Jura
Today the ship sails further to Jura and to the Isle off 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 such an 5.500 deer surpasses 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. You can take a trip to the remote farm of Banhill, 37 kilometers north of Craighhouse. That is the place where the writer George Orwell wrote his masterpiece '1984' in the 1940s. He described it very precisely as "an extremely inaccessible place".
Day 6 - Scottish West Coast
On the return trip to Oban you sail along the beautiful Scottish West Coast with a view of the Isle of Mull and beautiful views of the unspoilt Scottish nature.
Day 8 - Oban
After breakfast, the sailing vacation came to an end.
The Flying Dutchman sails with an international travel group on board. Although the crew is Dutch, the language on board is English. The guests are from the Netherlands, Switzerland, England, Germany and Scotland.
Food allergies and dietary requirements
If you have dietary requirements or allergies, it is best to discuss this before booking. Often it is not a problem, but sometimes some cooperation is expected from the guests if special products have to be purchased, which will then have to be taken by the guests themselves, for example.