Sailing & Mountain biking Scotland

03. to 08. June 2019 (6 days)
NEW:Try out price £ 435, –
The first time mountain biking is combined with a Tall Ship in Scotland. It’s unique activity, transport and accommodation, combined.
Premiere on board the FLYING DUTCHMAN: We combine mountain biking in Scotland with sailing on a Tall Ship.
This offers a unique combination of physical activity, accommodation and travel.  This is only to all who love discovering unknown paths and adventure. We go in largely untouched landscapes on the common search for beautiful mountain bike trails, because Scotland is perfect for mountain biking and sailing.
During this trip, we will try things out and test them. How will beautiful and unexpected moments and routes experience, but also something can go wrong.
That’s why we offer this tour for just £ 435,- per person. And because it’s an experiment, the maximum number of participants will be limited to 15 people.Everything at the FLYING DUTCHMAN is arranged and you will be welcomed. The atmosphere on board is informal, laid back and very comfortable for up to 15 people. You can relax in a cozy atmosphere and make appointments for the next tour together. Because Scotland is home to countless routes with great climbs and runs on single and double tracks. Many routes are natural and ‘rustic’ old paths and ‘passes’ that invite you to find your own paths through the wild and rugged landscape. Unique photo opportunities will offer us and at the end of the trip a beautiful video of the adventurous journey will be created.There is fun and you can experience a real adventure. Are you an experienced mountain biker? Scotland is home to countless routes with tolled climbing parties and departures on single and double tracks. Many of the trails in Scotland are natural and rustic “old paths and passes” where you can plan your own route through wild and rugged countryside.NATURAL TRAILS
Access to nature is exceptionally good in Scotland, which is why the country is so popular with mountain bikers and suggests that there is an impressive selection of natural routes to test. If you look at the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, it is certain that mountain biking in the Scottish countryside will continue in the future.

Embark / Disembark

Embark on  June 3 …. 14.00 in Oban Northpier.
Disembark  on June 8 ….10.00  Oban Northpier.

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: Citylink.co.uk
If you wish to travel by train, first take the bus to Glasgow. Then you can take the train from Glasgow: Scotrail.com

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.

Prices
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 ……………………………………… £ 435, –
  • Standard plus cabin ………………………………  £ 555, –
  • Single cabin (limited number) ………………    £ 635, –
Included

Included:

  • Cabin (shared) with shower and toilet
  • Sheets and towels
  • Crew, consisting of captain, helmsman and cook
  • Zodiac to go ashore
  • Fullboard incl. Coffee, tea, milk and juice with meals.

Not included:

  • Arrival and departure to / from the ship
  • Personal expenses
  • Any additional entrance fees and drinks
  • Drinks on board
  • Transfer by minibus for the return journey from Oban to Glasgow (to the airport and Buchanan bus station) can be booked on        request, GBP 35, – per person.
  • Mountain bike with equipment ( Rent is 120 Euro )
  • Mountain bike electric ( Rent is 185 Euro )

Language

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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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: Arrival to Oban

You arrive in Oban, this cozy fishing village with a location in a beautiful bay.  Oban is also known as the Pearl of the West Highlands, with its winding alleys and picturesque bay full of yachts, ferries and small fishing boats.
We are expected to be located at the North Pier, less than a hundred yards from the famous Oban whiskey distillery. You will be welcomed on board and get to know the crew and the other passengers. Afterwards there is an ample dinner and we raise the glass on a nice trip. Sailing Scotland is starting!

Day 2: Mull

Mull is the third largest island in West Scotland. We sail to the island of Mull. On the way we pass the magnificently restored Duart Castle, an impressive sight. Our destination for the day is Salen, which we reach after lunch. From here we go with the mountain bike there are some trails that make it possible to go from Salen to Tobermory a beautiful mountain bike tour.
Distance 50 km ……. 3-5 hours (Moderated)  The Flying Dutchman continues to the picturesque fishing village of Tobermory.

Day 3: Morvern Monster (Hard)

We drive to Lochaline (3 hours sailing) and here you leave the ship for biking the Route  :

This northwest tip of Scotland, at Morvern and it’s worth visiting for the mountain biking routes alone it’s a stunning area with views over Mull and Ardnamurchan.
The route includes two tough climbs with well-earned descents but without rocky technical terrain. The final descent requires a little route finding. And look out for old mileage posts on the track from Doirlinn to Drimnin, which was built in 1880 as part of a poor relief project.
Distance 41 km / on fixed trails 7 km, on ‘wild paths’ 34 km. Difference in altitude: 950m. Time: Between 3.5 and 5.5 hours

Day 4: Ben Nevis

Tour of Ben Nevis (65 km very hard) or In the shadow of Ben Nevis (45 km., Moderated) Today there are two routes and you can choose. There is an additional location guide for Ben Nevis Tour. This tour, Ben Nevis, is a fantastic track with a mix of single track, fast descents, big climbs and now and then a bike ride. Add a fantastic mountain landscape where four Munros (Munro’s mountains of more than 3000 meters) dominate the rugged mountain landscape and you have a unique mountain bike experience. But do not underestimate that, it’s in a very remote area.
Distance: 66 km / on fixed paths 3 km, on ‘wild paths’ 63 km. Difference in altitude: 1,215 m. Time: Between 5 and 8 hours. (Very hard)

In the shadow of Ben Nevis : This route focuses more on history and highlights around the Fort William area. The route leads to the ruins of Inverlochy Castle and along the Caledonian Canal with Neptune-Staircase this is with 8 locks, the longest lock complex in the UK. You can see how Ben Nevis dominates the surroundings with beautiful views. A very nice route, which is very easy.
Distance 45 km .– Hoogte 485 m .— time 3-5 uur. (Moderaded)

Day 5: Route Ballachulish Blast (moderated)

A beautiful route that leads first through the mountains through forests and in large part along Loch Linnhe and Loch Leven with beautiful views. In the woods there are a number of trails that are used by the local mountain bikers for competitions, which we will also explore to a small extent.
Distance: 26 km / on fixed paths 2 km, on ‘wild paths’ 24 km —- Difference in altitude: 490 m —— Time: 2 to 4 hours. (Moderated)

Day 6: Departure from Oban

Unfortunately, our Mountain Bike & Sail ends today after an eventful week. After a good breakfast we say goodbye to the Flying Dutchman and her crew. You have experienced a varied week in which you have seen and perhaps even learned to love enchanting Scotland in a unique way.

 

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The Flying Dutchman