From Edinburgh to Oban, Caledonian Canal

3 to 11 April 2020 

A trip along the beautiful East cost and the Caledonia Canal with his famous Loch Ness. From the North Sea to Atlantic Ocean. One of the most beautiful waterways in the world.We start in Eyemouth ( Edinburgh) and sail along the East coast with nice harbours like Stonehafen and Buckie. From Inverness we will go straight through the mountains of the Scottish Highlands to Fort william. It offers beautiful landscapes and views. Four mountain lakes, of which Loch Ness is the most famous, but Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and Loch Douchfour are also beautiful. They were connected with each other in 1822.
This trip can be booked as a nice extension of the Amsterdam – Edinburgh trip and you will receive a 20% discount on the total trip.

Embark / Disembark

Embark: Edinburgh, 3 April at 17.00.
Disembark: Oban, 11 April 10.00

To get to Eyemouth we arrange a transfer is included. The transfer starts from the center of Edinburgh around 18.00. From Oban to Glasgow is the bus the best means of transport, whether you’re flying from Edinburgh or Glasgow (15 minutes difference). From both airports there is a transfer bus every 30 minutes to Buchanan (Glasgow) Bus Station.
For more information:
If you wish to travel by train, first take the bus to Glasgow. Then you can take the train from Glasgow:

Klm flies to Edinburgh and Glasgow.
EasyJet flies to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle.
Flybe flies to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.
Ryanair flies alone to Edinburgh.

We are happy to advise you personally about the arrival and departure of the ship.


We have divided the prices into two categories because our double cabins are different in size. All prices are per person when staying in:

  • Standard cabin  ………….   £  885,- p.p.
  • Standard plus……………     £  975,- p.p.
  • Surcharge single use……   £  455,-


  • Based on a two-person cabin with private shower and toilet, towels, linen
  • Crew consisting of: Captain-Mate-Cook.
  • Use of Zodiac for landings.
  • Full board except 3  times diner on Land of own cost.

Not included:

  • Arrival and departure to / from the ship
  • Personal expenses
  • Possible additional entrance fees and drinks
  • Drinks on board.
  • Tips for the crew.


Our voyages attract travelers from all over the world, which has been an important factor in establishing an open-minded atmosphere on board. The crew of the ship is most of the time from Dutch origin, but speaks and understands English very well.

If you have questions concerning this voyage, please call the captain and owner Klaas van Twillert: +316-53231627.

Information & Booking
Request  booking and information: Highlands & Loch Ness   

You can request a booking for a tour using the form below.
You will receive a booking form, your reservation is only valid after signing and sending this form.

Of course you also can call us for more information on 00 44 1462 612946 (Lines are open 0900-1800 GMT Mon-Fri).
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Route planning

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: Eyemouth

The transferbus brings you from the center off Edinburgh to Eyemouth a cozy fishing village. You will be welcomed by the crew on board and you will meet your fellow passengers.

Day 2: Stonehaven

We start our journey and we hoist the sails early and we go to the beautiful Stonehaven.
It is a beautiful town on the east coast with a beautiful harbor. In addition, it has a beautiful little museum, which made it the most beautiful seaside town in Scotland a few years ago. But the town is also known for its ancient Dunnottar Castle, which is located nearby.

Day 3 Buckie

Buckie is a beautiful harbor town where in the past many loggers like the Flying Dutchman used to come. It is strange to think that the Flying Dutchman was already approaching Buckie around 1903 as a sailing fishing vessel. Now it has fallen asleep a bit, but you can still taste something of the grandeur of the once important fishing port.

Day 4: Inverness

It goes to Inverness a beautiful city with all the wonders of the Highlands at your doorstep. Visit Inverness Castle and St Andrew’s Cathedral and then stroll along the banks of the River Ness, or cross the suspension bridge for rest and relaxation on the Ness Islands.

Day 5: Discover Loch Ness

It is possible to visit the Glen Ord Distillery by Taxibus for a nice tour and small tasting. Those who do not go with the Flying Dutchman can lock the first five locks. When all are back on board we go to the beautiful mysterious Loch Ness. Of course we hope to sail on this famous lake and maybe we will see Nessie. A monster or not, it is a beautiful trip in a breathtakingly beautiful setting.  At the end of the day we moor in Fort Augustus.

We all know that the Loch Ness monster hiding in the darkness of Loch Ness in the Highlands is not just a story. Nessie really exists, and there are more than 1,000 sightings of eyewitnesses and lots of inexplicable evidence, the scientists don’t get it.

Day 6: Fort William

Fort Augustus is a small cozy village on the south bank of the large Loch Ness. The 5 locks form the heart of the village. You can go to the visitor center where you can get souvenirs, books, guides and information, and the Clansman Center, a shop for Celtic jewelry and objects. This is also the location of a small museum about the life of a Highlander. Because of the location of the village in the Highlands or Scotland you can naturally enjoy nature here. We go up through the 5 locks and continue to Fort William. Beautiful Locks alternate with the narrow tree-lined canal. We reach the Neptune’s Staircase. Neptune’s Staircase is a system of eight locks designed by Thomas Telford. The artwork causes the boats to rise 19.5 meters over a length of 457 meters. The locks were originally powered by manpower but now work hydraulically. It is the largest of its kind in the UK and very special to see. From the lock complex you have a beautiful view of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland. The Ben Nevis distillery is nearby and of course a visit can be made.

Fort William has a little less than 10,000 inhabitants, making it the second largest city in the Highlands after Inverness. The city was named Fort William in reference to William of Orange, who was the king of Scotland in the seventeenth century through his marriage to Mary II of England.

Day 7: Mull – Tobermory

First we pass the lock and then we go to the sea lock at Corpach. We are now on the west coast and are now sailing on the Loch Linnhe Sea, which offers beautiful views of the Highlands and shows us the beauty of unspoiled Scotland. We are on our way to Mull and after a beautiful day with lots of photo moments, we moor in the picturesque fishing village of Tobermory. With its small but famous whiskey distillery.

Day 8: Oban

We sail along the beautiful Scottish West Coast to Oban. Oban was a small fishing village with a sheltered harbor, but with the arrival of a steamship and a railroad in 1880, Oban became the center for sailings to the inside and outside of Hebrides.  We right past the beautiful Duart Castle, which is certainly a beautiful and impressive sight from the water.

Day 9: Farewell

It was a wonderful trip! First along the East Coast and then across the Highlands and across Lake Loch Ness to the West Coast of Scotland. We have seen the enchanting and unspoilt Scotland in a unique way. After an extensive breakfast it is time to say goodbye.


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The Flying Dutchman

Day 1: Eyemouth

On this beautiful Highlands & Loch Ness trip, we like to welcome you in Oban. Once you’ve embarked, you can meet the other participants and the crew. Around 15.00 we will start our beautiful trip and sail along the Scottish West coast to Fort William.

Day 2: Caledonia CanalToday, after spending the night in the first sea lock, we go to the famous Neptune’s Staircase, which are 8 locks in a row. We always attract a lot of attention, because we are one of the biggest ships that can go through the Canal and the locks. After the locks, we arrive in a fairy tale part of the canal with some little lakes now and then but sometimes also very narrow, with high rising trees in autumn colors, like we are sailing in the woods.

We sail trough enchanting lakes like Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Dochfour. And if it’s possible, we will sail upwards and let the wind take us over the magnificent lakes. Enjoy the tranquility of the water and the beautiful landscape that floats by. Watch the amazing skies and views. After a beautiful day with many photo moments, we arrive at Fort Augusta. There is a possibility to visit a cozy pub here.

Day 3: Loch Ness-Inverness

Today our beautiful Highlands & Loch Ness trip, will go through 6 locks to get to the famous Loch Ness. We might even see Nessie. Monster or not, it’s a wonderful trip through Scotland in an enchanting environment. We have traveled straight through Scotland from west to east and discovered the highlands from the water. Finally we reach Inverness, a cozy city with authentic bars, where you can enjoy the traditional Scottish music at night.

Day 4: Inverness

After a good breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. This Highlands & Loch Ness trip was a breathtaking and beautiful experience.

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  • Cabin with private shower and toilet
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Crew, consisting of Captain, First mate and Cook
  • Zodiac to go ashore
  • Full board including coffee, tea and juice at meals (exclusive 2 x diner on land at your own expense)
Photos accomodation
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The Flying Dutchman