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Tall Ship Sailing, Whisky Distilleries & Folk Music

  • Vessel: Flying Dutchman
  • Where: Oban, Scotland
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Embark: Oban - 14 May 2023, 18:00
  • Disembark: Oban - 19 May 2023, 10:00
Single berth in Twin Cabin Ensuite£780.00 £195.00
Twin Cabin Ensuite (single occupancy)£1,155.00 £288.75
Single berth in Twin Plus Ensuite Cabin£875.00 £218.75

Enjoy traditional sailing, whisky distilleries and Celtic folk music aboard the Flying Dutchman as she explores Mull, Islay and Colonsay.

Join tall ship the Flying Dutchman in the Scottish harbour town of Oban on the West Coast of Scotland. This adventure sailing holiday in the inner Hebrides will focus on sailing and exploring the islands of Mull, Jura, Islay and Colonsay with breath-taking landscapes, historical castles, abbey ruins and of course, a plethora of wildlife waiting to be discovered.

  • Fully crewed tall ship
  • Traditional sailing
  • Private cabins
  • Whisky distilleries
  • Folk music
  • Half-board


Hebrides, Scotland

Take in the rugged beauty of the Scottish mountains, the tranquility of the water, the indescribable views, with its secluded bays and quiet fishing villages. This voyage is the perfect mix of whisky distillery tours, folk music and rugged landscape scenery. Visit the Southern Hebridean islands of Mull, Islay, Jura and Colonsay.

Folk musicians, father and son duo will join the Flying Dutchman for this special voyage.  Joost Van Es grew up in an artistic environment, playing violin from childhood, initially taught by his mother, later educated at the conservatory. For a long time he has been part of various bands, ensembles and productions, with which he plays in various countries. In 2008 he was official finalist at the Nashville Fiddle Championships in Nashville, Tennessee (more than 100 participants from around the world).

Jord van Es: (1998) is a Utrecht singer / songwriter. As the son of Joost van Es, he grew up between music and music sides. He was already active at a young age in les Misérables . Later he could be found with his guitar in many city bars and at festivals. Examples that Jord likes to follow are Jim Croce and Passenger. His style has many influences from the American Bluegrass, but also a preference for Celtic and gipsy jazz shines through in his playing.


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 Oban earlier, just let the boat know and you can drop your luggage off and spend some time exploring.) The route will be entirely dependant on the wind direction so there is no fixed itinerary.

Also known as the Pearl of the West Highlands, Oban is a great place to begin your whisky and folk music sailing adventure. Set sail to the island of Mull with the rugged mountain backdrop between Morvern and Mull behind us. Pass the magnificently restored Duart Castle before reaching our stop for the night in the fishing village of Tobermory.

Set sails for the uninhabited neighbouring island of Staffa, famous for the basalt rock formation of Fingals cave and as long as the swell permits, we can take the tender to explore this fascinating natural wonder.

The island of Colonsay has a varied landscape with some beautiful sandy beaches. The highest elevation is Carnan Eoin, 143 meters above sea level. A variety of destroyed ruins and fortresses lie scattered across the island perfect for some exploration before we visit the smallest island brewery in the world.

Our whisky expedition continues as we sail further South to the island of Islay. Home to an impressive nine whisky distilleries, Islay produces millions of litres and each distillery has its own boat bridge so the Flying Dutchman can dock directly. Our first visit will be to the beautiful old distillery Bunnahabhain before harbouring in Port Ellen for the night before our final visit to Lagavullin.

After that we set sail to Jura which is a paradise of untouched nature and natural beauty. The name Jura comes from the Norwegian and it means “Deer Island” and this still applies today with an estimated 5,500 deer and only around 180 inhabitants. As long as the weather permits, visit the remote Isle of Jura Distillery, take a tour and enjoy a few drams before setting the sails for our final sail back to Oban.

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: Oban

To: Oban

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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