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Tall Ship Whisky Sailing Tour

  • Vessel: Flying Dutchman
  • Where: Oban, Scotland
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Oban - 23 April 2023, 18:00
  • Disembark: Oban - 30 April 2023, 10:00
Single berth in Twin Cabin Ensuite£1,010.00 £252.50
Twin Cabin Ensuite (single occupancy)£1,490.00 £372.50
Single berth in Twin Plus Ensuite Cabin£1,105.00 £276.25

Discover the famous Scottish distilleries of Mull, Jura and Islay as you enjoy a whisky sailing tour in the Hebrides.

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 the famous whisky distilleries of Mull, Jura and Islay amongst 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
  • Half-board


Scotland, UK

With hundreds of islands to discover and some of the best sailing grounds in the UK, the West coast of Scotland not only boasts one of the best locations for a sailing holiday but it is also home to some of the most famous whisky distilleries in the world. Spend a week exploring the very best of Scottish hospitality mixed with some hearty traditional tall ship sailing. Discover secluded bays, picturesque anchorages and plenty of time to explore ashore.


Whisky Distillery Hopping

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.)

Also known as the Pearl of the West Highlands, Oban is a great place to begin your whisky sailing adventure. Before we set the sails, our first stop will be a tour of Oban whisky distillery, taking in the age old process before a small tasting and chance to buy. In the afternoon, we will set sail to 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.

After a tour of Tobermory whisky distillery, we will set sails for the beautiful island of Iona located just on the Southwestern tip of Mull. Crystal clear, azure blue waters await and the landscape captures the imagination of the thousands who travelled here before us; monks, pilgrims, chieftains and Viking kings. The uninhabited neighbouring island of Staffa is 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.

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. After this, we can visit the Caol Ila Distillery before we moor for the night in Port Askaig.

Today we set the sails  a little further South down the coast of Islay to visit Ardbeg , Lagavullin and Laphroig. The distilleries are so close to each other that we can walk between them. Once we have finsihed our tour, we will harbour in Port Ellen for the night before our final distillery visit to 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 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.

*Please note that any whisky distillery entrance/tour fees are not included in the ticket price and are at guest expense.

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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