Sailing to Islay Whiskey Festival

May 24 to 2 June  £ 1355, – Fully Booked

Islay Whiskey Festival: It’s an unique way to visit the largest whiskey producing island of Scotland with his 9 distilleries.  

A large part of Islay consists of turf exposed to the elements: wind, rain and sea water of the Atlantic Ocean.
The peat is burned to mash the barley and gives the single malt here their salty seaweed flavor. We visit the most famous Whiskey distilleries at the Islay Whiskey Festival. It will be a beautiful sailing week with interesting whiskey tours in Scotland through a fantastic area. Link:

Embark / Disembark

Embark: May 26 at 18.00 pm in Oban
Disembark: June 3 at 10.00 am 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.
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 …………. £ 1355, –
  • Standard plus …………    £ 1635, –
  • Single surcharge ….        £ 2250, –


  • Full board with two times dinner on land at your own expense
  • Based on private shower and toilet, including bed linen and towels
  • Crew consisting of: Captain-Mate-Cook.
  • Use zodiac for landings.
    Bus on Islay for transport to distilleries
    1 x Whiskey tasting on board.

Not included:

  • Arrival and departure to the ship
  • Exclusive drinks
  • Any additional entree fees and drinks.


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
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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, currents and wind are possible. Flexibility is required for this trip.

Day 1: Oban

Our tour to the Islay Whiskey Festival begins in Oban, a cozy fishing village located in a beautiful bay.
From 18:00 you will be welcomed on board and meet the crew and your fellow passengers. After everyone is settled, we ‘ll have a welcome dinner with a small Whiskey tasting, and we raise the glass on a beautiful trip. If you arrive early today, it is possible to leave your luggage and visit Oban or  the Oban Whiskey Distillery.

Day 2: Scottish west coast and Islay

Today we leave very early on our way to Islay. On the way there is a rich breakfast and afterwards you will have sailing instructions. We sail a truly beautiful route where you will see the rough nature of the Scottish west coast. We pass the Corryvreckan whirlpool , which is very special. Ardbeg has released a whiskey named after this: Named for the dark forces of the vortex near the island of Jura. You clearly recognize the distinctive peat and smoked flavor of the Ardbeg whiskey. After a very nice trip we arrive in Port Ellen Islay From here, we take the bus to Bruichladdich where everyone can enjoy all the activities and tastings of the excellent whiskeys.

Day 3: Caol Ila

After a nice breakfast, we leave early with the ship to Caol Ila. Caol Ila has its own scaffold were we can lake with the ship. It is very special to go straight from the ship to the Distillery grounds.

Day 4: Laphroaig

We sail  (if possible) to the Laphroaig distillery. We anchor very briefly and bring everyone with the zodiak on land. At the end of the day we return to Port Ellen.

Day 5: Bowmore open day

Our sailing trip to the Islay Whiskey Festival continues with a visit to the Bowmore open day, where is also a small music festival.The Flying Dutchman stays in Port Ellen and everyone can go by bus to Bowmore. Around 16.00 we leave Port Ellen and sail to Jura with a nice program for the next day.

Day 6: Jura

Today we visit the open day of the Jura distillery. This is so remote that visitors have to take a lot of effort to get there. The island of Jura is a paradise of pristine wilderness and natural beauty. The name Jura comes from Norwegian and means ‘Deer Island’, still an appropriate name because some 5,500 deer exceed the human population of 180. Wild nature lovers can find more than 100 species of birds, including rock eagles, goats, seals, rabbits, hares, reindeer and otters.

Day 7: Bunnahabhain

After a beautiful experience on the Isle of Jura, it is time to leave. We sail back to Islay and visit Bunnahabhain which is a beautiful distillery with a special look and plenty of beautiful whiskeys. At the end of the day we sail to Ardbeg and anchor in front the Distillery. It’s a great opportunity to have a whiskey tasting on board after a good meal.

Day 8: Ardbeg and back to Oban.

Today we are welcome at the Ardbeg distillery, and maybe you can get the unique Islay festival bottle! Around 14.00 p.m, we set our sails and have a beautiful sailing trip back to Oban. The rugged Scottish west coast and the islands in the distance give us a spectaculair view and it gives us time to think back of the Islay Whiskey Festival. In Oban we enjoy a wonderful diner together.

Day 9: Oban

Our Islay Whiskey Festival sailing trip has come to an end and it was a wonderful journey through Scotland. After a nice breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye.

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The Flying Dutchman