20 to 27 September 2020 £ 885,-
We make a splendid music and whiskey trip. This trip is a combination of sailing, making music and visiting famous whiskey distilleries.
The fun of playing and singing together and enjoying the beautiful Scotland is the focus. There is live music every day from our musicians who play and jam for heart-felt.
Our music and whiskey trip takes you through the most beautiful part of Scotland. If there is still untouched, wild nature in Europe, you will find it on the islands on the Scottish west coast: the inner and outer Hebrides. The rugged beauty of the mountains, the silence of the water, the indescribable views, the rugged coastline with its surprising bays and quiet fishing villages, the fascinating sight of the islands in the distance. You must have seen that at least once in your life.
Embark / Disembark
Embark: on the first day of travel at 6 pm in Oban.
To get to Oban, the bus is the best means of transport, whether you’re flying to Edinburgh or Glasgow (15 minutes difference). From both airports there is a transfer bus every 30 minutes to Buchanan (Glasgow) Bus Station, from where the bus to Oban departs.
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:
Our voyages attract travellers 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: Sailing & Folk & Whiskey
The specified 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: Arrival to Oban
You arrive in Oban, a cozy fishing village on a wonderful location in a beautiful bay. If you arrive early, you can leave your luggage with us and then take a tour of the city and drink a glass of water (whiskey) in one of the cozy pubs. In the evening you will be welcomed on board and get to know the crew and the other passengers. Afterwards, there is a welcome dinner and we raise the glass for a nice music and whiskey trip.
Day 2: Isle of Mull, Tobermory
We sail to Tobermory on the island of Mull. On the way we sail very close to Duart Castle. This is an impressive sight. We enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the Scottish west coast.
Day 3: Staffa and Iona
The uninhabited Island of Staffa is famous for its hexagonal basal columns and the Fingals cave, an approximately 80m long cathedral in the Earth’s interior, exposed to the constant waves of the Atlantic. This place inspired Mendelssohn to the “Hebride Overture”. A visit to Staffa is not always possible due to the harsh conditions. But it is an unforgettable experience to approach this remote piece of rock with the zodiac.
Further south, before the southwest tip of Mull, lies the small island of Iona. For about 400 years it has been a center of the Irish monks and is known for its calmness and the beauty of nature. Iona is now a popular tourist destination and a place for prayer and reflection.
Day 4: Colonsay
Colonsay is an island of the Inner Hebrides. It is 13 km long, up to 4.8 km wide and 124 people are to live on it (according to the last census). The landscape is varied, with some beautiful sandy beaches. The highest elevation is Carnan Eoin, 143 meters above sea level. A variety of destroyed fortresses lie scattered across the island. We find a small bookstore specialized in books with a local focus. It is at the same time the home of the House of Lochar publishing house, which specializes in Scottish history. There is a hotel and a cafe, a bakery and a post office. And finally, the brewery Colonsay, which employs two people. Colonsay is the smallest island in the world with its own brewery.
Day 5 and 6: Islay & Jura
Sailing & Folk & Whiskey takes us today first to Islay and to the famous distillery Bunnahabhain where we get a nice tour. Then we go on to Jura , this island is a paradise of untouched wilderness and natural beauty, 6000 deer surpass the human population of 180. Off course we visit the famous Isle of Jura Music Festival.
The ‘Isle of Jura Music Festival’ is organized to offer opportunities to young people to improve their musical skills and develop them further. By inviting top-class musicians every year to come and give workshops, the inspiration they offer is invaluable.
The island has a wealth of musical talent. Besides Pete Smoke and the Roaches, one of the best cover bands on the west coast, RSAMD graduate and fiddle player Simon Moran from Deoch n Dorus; his singer / songwriter brother Danny Moran, a top traditional musician now based in Dublin; their local partner in ‘crime’ of ‘Cum-A Dol’, the excellent accordian player Graham Rozga, the talented musicians of Birlinn Brew and one of the West Coast style stalwarts, David MacDonald is a well-established box player and brought two albums with the Jura Ceilidh Band.
Day 7: At sea back to Oban
After a nice breakfast we sail back to Oban. On the way we can enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the islands on the Scottish west coast. The rugged beauty of Mull, the silence on the water, the indescribable landscape, the rugged coastline with surprising bays and quiet fishing villages.
Day 8: Departure from Oban
Unfortunately everything has an end, also our Music & Folk & Whiskey trip. After an extensive breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. You have had a great, varied week, in which you have seen the charming Scotland in a unique way and made a lot of music.
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