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Traditional Sailing & Yoga Retreat in Scotland

  • Vessel: Flying Dutchman
  • Where: Oban, Scotland
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Embark: Oban - 21 May 2023, 18:00
  • Disembark: Oban - 26 May 2023, 10:00
Single berth in Twin Cabin Ensuite£965.00 £241.25
Twin Cabin Ensuite (single occupancy)£1,435.00 £358.75
Single berth in Twin Plus Ensuite Cabin£1,075.00 £268.75

Soak up all that the Hebrides has to offer with a sailing and yoga adventure on the Flying Dutchman.

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 taking in all that nature has to offer in this breath-taking part of the world. Take part in daily walks, meditations, yoga and breathing exercises before finishing your days around a beach campfire ashore.

  • Fully crewed tall ship
  • Traditional sailing
  • Private cabins
  • Yoga on board
  • Half-board


Hebrides, Scotland

The West coast of Scotland offers a diverse and breathtaking landscape with remote islands, secluded bays and a plethora of wildlife – the perfect place to connect with nature. Vast skies and the open sea soothe the mind as our yoga instructors guide you through a variety of mindfulness techniques. From Vinyasa or yin yoga to Mindful walking, fire energy, breath-work and wild swimming, this voyage will embrace many different styles and people from diverse backgrounds.

The mornings will start with light activities such as Pranayama (breath-work) to calm the mind, or vinyasa yoga to start the day with movement. Followed by a tasty and healthy breakfast we will then prepare the sails for a day of sailing to our next destination.


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. We’ll leave Oban after dinner for short journey to anchor in Loch Sunart for the night.

Start the day with an introduction to vinyasa yoga and quiet breathing exercises. Whilst under sail to the island of Canna, you have the chance to help with the traditional sailing of the Flying Dutchman under guidance of the crew. Arrive at Canna amid the rocky coast and the spring flowers before we head out to the puffin colony on Sandray Island. Back onboard, we do another introduction to yin yoga to calm the body and mind for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Before we set sail for the island of Rum, we will start the day with a morning walk to Coroghon Castle followed by a short introduction to Hatha yoga on the beach.  Rum offers extensive hiking trails into the mountains with rum ponies, sea eagles and deer to name but a few island residents. Rum inspires scientists worldwide with its unique geology, including the core of an ancient volcano that formed the now visible Rum mountains. Explore the islands before we meet in the island community centre for yoga session and prepare for an evening of story-telling around the campfire.

Breathing exercises and meditation start the day, followed by a Mindful walk among the trees on Rum before we set sail to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula to anchor at a sandy beach. The azure blue water invites us for a wild swimming experience before we enjoy an evening on the beach.

Our last stop is the island of Kererra after a morning of meditation and vinyasa yoga on deck before making our way south through the Sound of Mull through the straits. Celebrate the week with a closing feast as we anchor for the last night.

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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