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Offshore Sailing from Inverness to Amsterdam

  • Vessel: Flying Dutchman
  • Where: Scotland/Amsterdam
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Embark: Inverness - 21 October 2023, 18:00
  • Disembark: Amsterdam - 29 October 2023, 10:00
Single berth in Twin Cabin Ensuite£825.00 £206.25
Twin Cabin Ensuite (single occupancy)£1,210.00 £302.50
Single berth in Twin Plus Ensuite Cabin£900.00 £225.00

Sail with the Flying Dutchman from Inverness to Amsterdam as you visit Holy island along the way.

Join magnificent classic tall ship the Flying Dutchman for an offshore sailing experience from Amsterdam to the Scottish port of Inverness.

  • Fully crewed tall ship
  • Open water sailing
  • Private cabins
  • Perfect for adventurers
  • Half-board



This offshore sailing holiday adventure is perfect for those wanting to gain sea miles and experience more exposure with longer passages at sea. The soft, steady up and down of the ship’s hull in the waves, the expanse of the sea, and the permanent gentle creaking of the rigging are the perfect ingredients for a relaxing and at the same time, adventurous holiday experience.

After receiving safety instructions and an introduction to sailing from the ship’s crew, you’ll be all set to get hoisting the sails. Guests are invited to get involved with all aspects of sailing this traditional vessel. From hoisting the sails, talking the helm, basic navigation and rope-work, the professional and friendly crew are well-versed in providing a relaxed and safe environment to learn all aspects of traditional sailing.


Amsterdam to Inverness

Hop aboard the Flying Dutchman at 6pm and after an introduction to the crew, dinner will be served at 7pm where you can get to know your fellow guests. (If you are arriving into Inverness earlier, just let the boat know and you can drop your luggage off and spend some time exploring.) Begin in the port of Inverness – a beautiful Scottish city with the wonders of the highlands at your doorstep. Visit Inverness Castle and St. Andrew’s Cathedral, amble along the banks of the River Ness, or cross the suspension bridge for rest and relaxation in the Ness Islands.

At first light you’ll set the sails with the crew as you discuss what route the weather will take the Flying Dutchman. Our first sailing leg is likely to be a 24hour sail to the Scottish port town of Aberdeen. 

If the wind is in favour, we will look to stop on Holy island, a very special island on the border with England. Connected to the mainland with a causeway submerged at high tide, the ancient island name is Lindisfarne – now the name of the monastery on the island. The monastery was founded around 635 by the Irish monk Aiden Lindesfarne, who came from the Scottish island of Iona. In 793, the monastery was plundered by Vikings and in the southeastern corner of the island, the restored 16th century Lindisfarne Castle is well worth a visit.

Depending on the wind, we may sail into the evening to the small town Whitby. With a rich history dating back to the middle ages, its fishing industry is still active and the town gives a nice chance to stretch our legs. At first light we leave the port and discuss the weather, route andsail setting. We continue sailing 220nm in the evening with perhaps a fantastic sunset and maybe accompanied by moon and stars to the Dutch coast. 

Watch the white sand dunes looming on the horizon as we pass the locks of Ijmuiden and head into the centre of Amsterdam.

Life onboard

One of traditional sailing, sea-faring tales and breath-taking destinations, sailing with the Flying Dutchman is a far cry from its ancestral name. Although a traditionally rigged vessel with an authentic wooden boat feel throughout, the Flying Dutchman has been fitted as a charter vessel to a high, modern standard – providing guests with an authentic sailing experience while ensuring comfort and mod-cons are not forgotten. With private twin en-suite cabins, large communal spaces both above and below decks and an onboard chef for hearty home-cooked meals after a day of good sailing – sailing with the Flying Dutchman is an experience you won’t forget!

Enjoy a balance of traditional sailing harnessing the power of the wind to spending time exploring ashore in hard to reach locations away from the tourist hustle and bustle. The half board nature of the Flying Dutchman means that guests are able to enjoy the cuisine and fresh produce of the local area.

Read more about what to expect from life on board the Flying Dutchman.


Flying Dutchman

Guest berths: 24 Rig: Schooner

Built in 1903, the Flying Dutchman has been recently re-fitted to a high standard for comfortable sailing holidays in Scotland. There is a huge 480m² sail area to propel you through the water and on the Flying Dutchman you will have the option to participate in helping the different sails up and getting to know all the different crafts. You will be guided by an experienced crew to help you with all the different crafts on the ship. If you want to steer the ship, do not hesitate to ask the captain.

The main saloon is a generous space with plenty of portholes providing comfortable area with lots of natural light. A combination of sofas and tables make it a great communal area to get to know your fellow guests and enjoy meals inside. There is also a well-stocked bar within the saloon area too. Below decks, there are ten ensuite cabins for guests with bunk beds, all with heating and air-conditioning depending on where you are in the world.

The rear deck is layered with wood, which emphasises the traditional atmosphere of the ship. On the main deck there are 3 different tables and couches to sit on, this area is covered to protect the guests from the rain. This offers the opportunity to stay outside and eat your dinner under the stars.

Deck plan

Flying Dutchman deck plan More about Flying Dutchman


  • Are all meals included?

    Yes - all meals are included in the price (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hot Drinks) Please note that alcohol/soft drinks are not included. There is an honesty bar onboard.

  • Are there any added extra's?

    No, unless you go ashore. Excursions are not included.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Vegetarians only.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    10x double ensuite cabins and 1x four berth ensuite cabin

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?


  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?


  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?


  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.

  • Is bedding included?

    All bedding and wash towels are included. Please bring a swimming towel if you wish to swim ashore.


From: Inverness

To: Amsterdam

Buckie is very close to Airport Inverness. There will a free minibus from Inverness airport to take people to the boat in Buckie.

To get from Oban, the bus is the best means of transport, whether you’re flying from 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.

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