A unique Scotland tour to the Orkney’s – Harris & Lewis – Skye

19 to 28 April 2019 (10 days)

Experience Scotland from all sides. This beautiful sailing trip goes to the Orkney Islands, Harris & Lewis, Skye, Mull and finally ends in Oban. It will be a very exciting journey where we will see fascinating landscapes and visit the finest whiskey distilleries and we are likely to encounter dolphins and whales at sea.

Our tour starts in Aberdeen and takes us along the beautiful north-east coast to the Orkney Islands. We dock in small idyllic harbor towns, but also drop anchor in beautiful lonely places and bays.
On the way we see many seabirds: gannets, puffins, guillemots and many more.
In short: an exciting holiday and whiskey trip through a fantastic area with excellent whiskey distillery.

Embark on Friday, 19.04.2019, at 18 o’clock in Aberdeen.
Disembark on Sunday, 28.04.2019, at 10 o’clock in Oban.

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 ……………………………………… € 1.285, –
Standard plus cabin ………………………………  € 1.385, –
Single cabin (limited number) ………………    € 1.735, –

The price includes:
– Cabin (shared) with shower and toilet
Sheets and towels
– Crew, consisting of captain, helmsman and cook
Zodiac to go ashore
– Half board incl. Coffee, tea, milk and juice with meals.
With half board you have beside the board catering also the possibility to discover local specialties on land.

exclusive:
– 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.

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

We are happy to answer your questions, please call us:
0031 653231627

Possible itinerary:
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 Aberdeen
AberdeenWe welcome you aboard the Flying Dutchman. Upon arrival, you will get to know the crew and the other participants. Then we raise the glasses on a nice journey. After dinner we throw off the lines and head for the Orkney Islands. We enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the Scottish coast. The rugged beauty, the silence on the water, the indescribable landscape, the rugged coastline with its surprising bays, the quiet fishing villages and the magnificent view of the islands in the distance. On the way we pass the imposing Keiss Castle.

 

Day 2: Orkney Islands – Kirkwall

During the day we reach the Orkney Islands on the island of Mainland. The Orkney Islands form a group of about 200 small islands in the north of Scotland. Due to the nature, the beaches and the history of the islands we are pretty sure that you will like it. Approximately 21,000 inhabitants live on the islands, about 7,000 of them in the capital Kirkwall. Characteristic is the St. Magnus Cathedral, which was built between 1137 and 1152. It is the most northern cathedral in the UK.

Day 3: Kirkwall

Today we have a rest day. In Kirkwall you can visit the famous distilleries of Highland Park and Scapa. And of course, there’s a nice tour to the island’s attractions, including Skara Brae, the Stones of Stenness, the Broch of Gurness and the Grain Earth House inKirkwall.

 

Day 4: Stromness

After a nice breakfast we set sail to Stromness, which is located at a natural harbour. A nice journey along the impressive coast Mainlands. Towards evening we leave the Orkney Islands with a favorable tide and set course for Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

Day 5: Harris & Lewis

Stornoway is a busy fishing port and also the only city on Lewis. There are good roads along the coast with small villages and in the mountainous southwest we find white sandy beaches. The west coast of Harris Island consists of a series of breathtaking beaches, all flanked by dunes and the local machair (the unique species of these islands). With the normal bus connections you can visit the entire island. On Harris is the new Isle of Harris Distillery, which is worth a visit.

Day 6 and 7: Skye

Today we visit Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. The Isle of Skye is an absolute must and features some of the most stunning scenery: sharp hills, scenic coastlines, the famous Talisker distillery and many more attractions. We dock in the capital Portree. The next day we explore the island and also a visit to Talisker should not be missed.

Day 8: Rum (Small Isles)

The island of Rum belongs to the Small Isles of the Inner Hebrides. The island has about 30 inhabitants. A well-known building on the island is Kinloch Castle. In the afternoon we make our way to Tobermory on Mull. We sail between the islands and the beautiful Scottish west coast, enjoying the views of the island of Mull and the beauties of unspoiled Scotland.

Day 9: Tobermory

Tobermory is a cosy, characteristic village with it’s famous local Distillery. The small Mull Museum and the Marine Visitor Center are also worth a visit. During the afternoon we continue sailing the Sound of Mull. We pass Duart Castle and finally reach Oban, the destination port of our journey.

Day 10: Oban

Unfortunately, our wonderful journey around Scotland has come to an end. After a good breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye. You travel individually or use our transfer to Glasgow.