Whisky expedition to Islay-Jura-Mull

April 28 to May 5  2019

Whiskey expedition : We will take you on a relaxing sailing trip along the Scottish west coast and the inner Hebrides. We visit the most famous whiskey distillery’s in Mull, Jura and Islay. Breathtaking landscapes, historical castles and abbeys, as well as wild sea life and seabirds are there to discover.

Whiskey expedition : With the Flying Dutchman we sail to the islands of the Hebrides and visit the most famous whiskey distilleries. Our tour starts in Oban with a visit to the Oban distillery and leads us during the week to Jura and Islay. Jura has an exciting, but remote distillery, which gives their visitors free access. We visit of course the ultimate Islay whiskey paradise. It will be an exciting journey through a fantastic area with excellent whiskey distilleries. During the trip, we possibly see many seabirds: boobies, parrot birds, guillemots and many more. And we have a great opportunity to meet dolphins and whale sharks.
We set out in small idyllic harbor towns, but will also anchor in beautiful solitary places: for example, in an abandoned hole, far from civilization. It will be a very special trip, on which there is much to discover.
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Date: April 28 to May 5 ……..2019

Embark: on the first day of travel at 6 pm in Oban.
Disembark: on the last day of travel at 10 am in Oban.

Prices :

We have divided the prices into two categories, because our double cabins are of different sizes. All prices are per person for accommodation in:

  • Standard cabin ………………………………………. € 985, –
  • Standard plus cabin ……………………………….  € 1.085, –
  • Surcharge for individual use of the cabin ….. € 350, –

The price includes:

  • Cabin with private shower and toilet
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Crew, consisting of Captain, Mate and Cook
  • Zodiak to go ashore
  • Half board including coffee, tea, milk and juice at meals.

Exclusive:

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

We travel with an international travel company. Our guests come for example, from the Netherlands, Switzerland, England, Germany and Scotland. The crew of the Flying Dutchman is Dutch but speak English very well.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:
003153231627 or sailcharter@gmail.com

Possible travel routes:
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: Arrival to Oban

You arrive in Oban, a cozy fishing village located in a beautiful bay. If you arrive earlier, you can leave your luggage on board and then take a tour of the city.
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.
High up is McCraigs Tower, an unfinished replica of the Coliseum in Rome, dating back to the late nineteenth century. The total scope of the buildings is over 192 meters and in some places the walls are over fourteen meters high.
We are expected to be located at the North Pier, less than a hundred yards from the famous Oban whiskey distillery. In the evening you will be welcomed on board and get to know the crew and the other passengers. Then we ‘ll have dinner and raise the glass on a nice trip. The whiskey expedition has started!

Day 2: Mull

After a good breakfast, we will take a tour at the Oban whiskey distillery. It will be a fun and interesting tour were we can see barrels with a capacity of 35,000 liters. In the end there is the possibility to taste (and of course to buy). In the afternoon we sail to Mull  through the sound between Morvern and Mull, overlooking the rugged mountain landscape. On the way we pass the magnificently restored Duart Castle, an imposing sight. Our destination is the main town of Mull, the picturesque fishing village of Tobermory. Off course we’ll visit the famous distillery on this Whiskey expedition.

 

Day 3: Iona and Staffa

On the southwestern tip of Mull lies the small island of Iona. This small island has a unique place in the history of Scotland and ignites the imagination of thousands who travel here each year dressed as monks, pilgrims, chieftains and kings.
The uninhabited Island of Staffa is famous for the Fingals cave. Awesome, a cathedral in the middle of the earth, about 70m long and 20m high, is helplessly exposed to the constant waves of the Atlantic. This place inspired Mendelssohn to the “Hebride Overture”.

Day 4 : Islay, Port Askaig

Our Whiskey expedition Hebrides continues. Today we sail to Islay, the Whiskey Island par excellence. Islay owes its fame to the nine distilleries that produce millions of liters of liquid gold. Due to various alcohol taxes, this part of Great Britain is also called the most heavily burdened part.
Since most distilleries have their own boat bridge, we can dock or anchor directly with the ship.  We first visit the beautiful old distillery Bunnahabhain. After this visit we go to Caol Ila Distillery and we moor for the night in Port Askaig.

 

Day 5 : Islay, Port Ellen

Today we sail to Ardbeg , Lagavullin and Laphroig, and enjoy the tours. they are so close to each other that we can walk between the distilleries. For the night we stay in the harbour of Port Ellen.

Day 6 : Islay – Jura

The last distillery of Islay we visit today, will be Bowmore. After that we set sail to Jura which is a paradise of untouched nature and natural beauty. The name Jura comes from the Norwegian. It means “Hirschinsel”. And this still applies today with an estimated 5,500 deer and only around 180 inhabitants. At the pier of the Whiskey distillery we will anchor.

 

 

 

Day 7: Jura

Today we vist the “Isle of Jura” -Distillery.
This is so remote that you have to take a lot of effort to get there, and take part in one of the free guided tours. After a good tour and nice whiskey drams we set sail and course back to Oban. On the way we enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the islands on the Scottish west coast. The beauty of the island of Jura, the rugged coastline with its amazing bays and quiet fishing villages and the magnificent view of the islands in the distance and we might see some dolphins!

Day 8: Departure from Oban

The Whiskey expedition has unfortunately come to an end. After an extensive breakfast, it is time to say goodbye. You have experienced a varied week in which you have seen the charming Scotland in a unique way and maybe even learned to love it.