3 to 11 April 2020
A trip along the beautiful East coast and the Caledonia Canal with his famous Loch Ness. From the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean on one of the most beautiful waterways in the world.We start in Eyemouth ( Edinburgh) and sail along the East coast with nice harbours like Stonehaven 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.
Embark / Disembark
Embark: Edinburgh, 3 April at 17.00.
We have arranged a transfer to Eyemouth ( included). The transfer starts from the center of Edinburgh around 18.00. From Oban to Glasgow you can go by bus , whether you fly from Edinburgh or Glasgow (15 minutes difference). From both airports there is a transfer bus every 30 minutes to Buchanan (Glasgow) Bus Station.
We are happy to advise you personally about the arrival and departure of the ship.
Our cabins are different in size and divided into 2 categories. All prices are per person.
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
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 Stonehaven, a town on the east coast with a beautiful harbor. In addition, it has a 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 port city where many loggers such as the Flying Dutchman came in the past. It is strange to think that the Flying Dutchman was already approaching Buckie around 1903 as a sailing fishing vessel. Nowadays the city has fallen asleep a bit, but you can still taste something of the grandeur of the once important fishing port.
Day 4: Inverness
After a nice breakfast we go 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. The Flying Dutchman will go to the first five locks. When everyone is back on board we set course for 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.
THE LOCH NESS MONSTER
Day 6: Fort Augustus-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, or 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, and is the second largest city in the Highlands after Inverness. The city was named Fort William, which is a 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 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
Today 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 pass 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 Loch Ness to the West Coast of Scotland. We have seen the enchanting and unspoiled Scotland in an unique way. After an extensive breakfast it is time to say goodbye.
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The Flying Dutchman