Amsterdam – Inverness (Scotland)

30 March – 7 April 2018

Sailing Scotland from Amsterdam to Inverness: This sailing voyage will take you along the beautiful scenery of the English and Scottish East coast.

During this voyage we will often sail during the night and, if you would like, you can be part of the crew by joining the watches. You will have the possibility to steer, to navigate, and to help setting the sails. Of course you will be assisted by the professional crew aboard. We will visit picturesque, almost forgotten, fishermen’s villages like Whitby and Stonehaven. Or we can drop anchor in front of the treasure of Holy Island.

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Embarkation: 30 of March at 18.00 PM in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Disembarkation: 7 of April at 10.00 AM in Inverness, Scotland

Prices

The ‘Flying Dutchman’ provides accommodation for 24 guest in twin cabins. Each cabin has an upper and lower berth and a private shower/toilet combination.

Since the cabins are different in size, the prices for the voyage differ:

Standard cabin………………………………………:  €  585, – per person
Standard plus cabin:………………………………:  €  695, – per person
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself…:  €  350.

Included:

  • All charges regarding port fees, tourists fees and fuel expenses.
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Vullpension, including coffee, tea, milk and juice at all meals.
    Two times dinner on shore for own cost.
  • The use of a zodiac for landings when we visit places without a harbour.
  • The crew: captain, cook and first mate.

Not included:

Travel expenses to and from ports of arrival and departure

  • Personal expenses ashore
  • Fees for events that take place outside the ship.
  • Beverages besides the included drinks during the meals.

Language

Our voyages attract travellers from all over the world, which has been an important factor in establishing an open-minded atmosphere on board. The crew of the ship is most of the time from Dutch origin, but speaks and understands English very well.

If you have questions concerning this voyage, please call the captain and owner Klaas van Twillert: +316-53231627.

Route planning:

A typical voyage is illustrated below, but please note that ports and destinations may be subject to change due to unpredictable weather conditions. The captain aboard will determine the final itinerary regarding weather forecasts. Please do not worry if we deviate from the original plan, because it just means that we will most likely visit another beautiful area. We ask for your understanding in this matter.

Day 1: Embarkation aboard the ‘Flying Dutchman’ in Amsterdam

Sailing Scotland: On Friday the 14th of April around 18:00 PM we wish you a warm welcome aboard the ‘Flying Dutchman’ in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. After a nice dinner altogether, the captain will give an introduction and the voyage planning, while you can enjoy a nice malt whisky ‘on the house’. As a surprise the captain will give a performance with his band ‘Slainge’.

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Slainge

Dag 2 & 3: Crossing the North Sea to Whitby

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Sailing Scotland with the Flying Dutchman

Today we will depart early in the morning to say goodbye to the port of Amsterdam and set course to the sea locks of Ijmuiden. During the passage on the North Sea canal you will get safety instructions and sailing instructions from the crew.After we get out from the locks and we are out on the open sea, we will set sail and start our first long crossing of approximately 220 miles towards Whitby. This leg will be the longest of our journey.

 

The night will be spend on the sea and we expect to arrive in the medieval town of Whitby in the morning. The harbour is the heart of the town and the Flying Dutchman is by now a familiar sight in the harbour and is always getting a warm welcome. In this fishermen’s town there is so much to see and to enjoy that we will stay here for the rest of the day.

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Whitby

 


Day 4: Farne islands & Holy Island

We leave Whitby in the early morning and set sail to the Farne islands. The Farne islands can only be reached by boat and these rocky islands are home to many seals, puffins and other species of seabird. There are many old lighthouses situated on these islands, which are worthwhile seeing. We will try to make a landing on one of the islands with the Zodiac.

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Holy Island

In the afternoon we will leave to visit the Holy island, which is close to the Farne islands. This special tidal island is situated just a couple of miles from the coast and cut off from the mainland twice a day by tides. It carries a lot of spiritual history and is seen as one of the treasures of England.

 

The actual name of the island is called the Holy island of Lindisfarne. This is also the name of the monastery, which was founded around 635 by the Irish monk Saint Aiden van Lindesfarne. In 793 the monastery was plundered by Vikings.

On the southeast corner of the island, impressively rising from a steep cliff, you will find the Lindisfarne castle. A castle which was built to defend English ships against Scottish invaders. We will pay a visit to the monastery and the castle and stay for the night in this serene scenery.

 

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Stonehaven

Day 5 : Stonehaven

We move on with our Sailing Scotland trip, and set sail in the morning towards the pretty harbour of Stonehaven, south of Aberdeen. The harbour is said to be one of the most picturesque in the country because the town is spectacularly surrounded by high cliffs on both sides. Also the town hosts nice pubs, restaurants and gift shops. The city is mostly famous for the dramatic ruined Dunnator Castle. This castle is beautifully located on a cliff in front of the coast and is therefore one of the most photographed locations .

 

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East Coast

Day 6: Sailing along the East coast of Scotland

Today we will continue our voyage along the magnificent East Coast of Scotland where many little ports are established. In the afternoon we will sort one of these little harbours out. Most likely this will be the Macduff Harbour, a typically old Scottish fishermen’s harbour. Macduff is nowadays the only place in Scotland where deep-water fishing boats are still built. Attractions of the town is the aquarium and the maritime heritage centre.

Day 7: On our way to the Scottish highlands

In the morning we will start the last leg of our Scotland Sailing voyage, towards Inverness. Inverness is situated at the mouth of the river Ness, which flows from nearby Loch Ness, at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal.

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Highlands

Inverness itself is a nice town which hosts a lot of historic buildings, souvenir shops, cosy pubs and traditional restaurants where you find local dishes and Scottish whisky. Here you can have a stroll through the city and have a glimpse of the Caledonian Canal, famous for its staircase locks and cutting through the Great Glen.

 

Day 8: Invernesss

Unfortunately our voyage has come to an end. After a nice breakfast on board it is time to say goodbye.

 

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Sailing Scotland