Edinburgh – Orkney’s – Harris & Lewis – Skye

7 to 13 April 2018

With the Flying Dutchman, you will sail to one of Scotland’s most beautiful whiskey islands: the Orkney islands. In the waters around the islands you will be surprised by the diversity of fauna. Otters, dolphins and whales can be found here.

Whiskey & Sail Orkney islands: With tallship the Flying Dutchman we sail to the islands of Orkney, and visit the most famous whiskey distilleries. Our tour starts in Inverness and along the wonders of the east coast we will sail to the Orkney islands. We arrive in small pittoresque harbor towns, but will also anchor in beautiful secluded places.
On our way we can see many seabirds: boobies, parrot birds, guillemots, and many more. And we have a good chance to see dolphins and whale sharks. It will be an exciting trip, discovering a beautiful area and visiting excellent whisky distilleries.

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Embark: Inverness, April 7 at 18.00 PM
Disembark: Gill’s Bay, April 13 at 10.00 AM

Prices :

We have divided the prices into two categories, because our double cabins are of different sizes. All prices are per person for accommodation in:

  • Standard cabin ……………………………………… € 975, –
  • Standard plus cabin ………………………………  € 1.085, –
  • Surcharge for individual cabins ……………….€ 350, –

The price includes:

  • Cabin (shared) with private shower and toilet
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Crew, consisting of Captain, Steuermann and Koch
  • Zodiak to go ashore
  • Half board including coffee, tea, milk and juice at meals.
    In the case of half-board, you will also be able to discover local specialties on land, in addition to the catering on board.


  • Arrival and departure to / from the ship
  • Personal expenses
  • Possible additional entrance fees and drinks
  • Drinks on board

We travel with an international travel company. Our guests come from the Netherlands, Switzerland, England, Germany and Scotland. The crew of the Flying Dutchman are Dutch, but speak English very well..

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Possible travel routes:

The specified program is a guide. Changes due to the effects of weather, current and wind are possible. Flexibility is required for this trip.

Day 1: Arrival to Inverness

Whiskey & Sail Orkney islands

Day 2: Brora 

Whisky & Sail Orkney islands

After a good breakfast, we take the bus to the famous distilleries, Dalmore Glenmorangie and Balblair. In the meantime the Flying Dutchman will sail to Brora where everyone can come back on board. (Bus is included)

Dag 3: Clynelish

Whiskey & Sail Orkney islands

Today we will pay a visit to the whiskey distillery Clynelish. It is a nice and interesting tour where we will see barrels with a capacity of 35,000 liters. Of course there is the possibility to taste (and to buy). In the afternoon we sail towards Wick.

Dag 4: Wick

 The harbor town of Wick is located on the north-east coast of Scotland. The name Wick is clearly derived from the Nordic word for bay. The town stretches around the port at the mouth of the small river with the same name. The history of Wick dates back to the reign of the Vikings and Norwegians.

The port of Wick gained its greatest flowering with the boom of herring fishing in the eighteenth century; Today it serves as an oil and ferry port.

Wick is the seat of the famous whiskey distillery Old Pulteney which we will naturally visit.

Whiskey & Sail Orkney islands
Whiskey & Sail Orkney islands
Keiss Castle

After visiting Old Pulteney we will set sail to the Orkney islands. We enjoy the untouched, wild nature of the Scottish islands. The silence on the water, the indescribable landscape, the rugged coast with its surprising bays, the quiet fishing villages and the wonderful view of the islands in the distance. While sailing, we pass the imposing Keiss Castle.

Day 5: Orkney islands

Our Whiskey & Sail Orkney islands trip moves on. On the islands  you will discover the nature, the beaches and the history of it. And we’re pretty sure you’ll like the culture and creativity. The Orkney islands have a strong identity of its own with its unique history and culture. The largest and most populous island is also known as “Mainland” (mainland). On the East Mainland we will find Kirkwall , the ancient capital of the Orkney islands, with the Viking cathedral, the fishing port and the distillery. Stromness, the other important port and place of the island group, is located in the south of West Mainland. This is a very creative place with many artisan shops and art galleries in its old, winding streets.

Did you know that the island of Rousay is considered the “Egypt of the North” due to more than 150 archaeological sites, including a 5,000 year old chamber grave?

In fact, the historic settlements of Skara Brae on the Mainland are older than the pyramids. Together with the impressive Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness and the Maeshowe Chambered Cairn, it is the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Heart of Neolithic Orkney”.

Whiskey & Sail Orkney islands
Orkney islands


Whiskey & Sail Orkney islands
Highland Park

Dag 6: Scapa & Highland Park

Today we will visit two distilleries: Scapa en Highland Park. After lunch, we sail around the islands and go to Gills Bay, our final destination.

Whiskey & Sail Orkney islands
Flying Dutchman

Dag 7: Gills Bay

 Unfortunately, our Whiskey & Sail Orkney islands trip to Scotland ends after an eventful week. After a good breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye.