Music and Whisky: A fantastic journey starting at Edinburgh, sailing along the east coast where we pay a visit to Macduff and Aberdeen. Then cruising through the Caledonian Canal that connects the North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the most beautiful waterways in the world. From Inverness. We will go through the mountainous area of the Scottish Highlands to Fort William It offers spectacular landscapes and vistas. Four mountain lakes, of which Loch Ness is the most famous one, but also the beautiful Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Dochfour, were connected to each other in 1822.
Embarkation: Oban, 24 September, 2017
Disembarkation: Oban, 30 September, 2017
- Based on shared cabin with shower and toilet.
- Linen and towels.
- Crew consisting of: Captain-Mate-Cook.
- Use of Zodiac for landings.Full board, including coffee-tea-milk and juice with meals. During this trip there are 2 dinners a shore.
This will provide you with the freedom to discover the local specialties on land.
- Travelling from and to the ship.
- Personal expenses.
- Any additional entrance fees and drinks.
- Drinks on board.
- 2 land dinnersWe sail with an international tour group on board. Our guests come from the Netherlands, Switzerland, England, Germany, and Scotland. The crew is Dutch and Scottish.
Possible itinerary: The specified program is a guideline and can be modified under the influence of the weather, the currents and the wind. Flexability is a part of this trip.
Edinburgh, Day 1
We welcome you in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Once you have embarked, you will get to meet the crew and your fellow passengers, which is followed by an extended dinner. We will then raise our glasses to a beautiful journey. This city has a distinguished atmosphere with its marvellous 18th century architecture. Some of the sights belong to the most interesting ones of the entire country, such as the national museums and especially the famous castle on top of a cliff above the city: Edinburgh Castle. This amazing city is renowned for the international Edinburgh Festival, which is held every year in the summer.
Aberdeen, Day 2
The next morning we set sail for Aberdeen
Aberdeen is Scotland’s third city and is called the ‘Granite City’, because many of its buildings are made of it. To soften this granite, people came up with the idea to include many rose bushes in the public spaces. At one point there were so many rose bushes that the nickname Granite City was endangered, because some people were already calling it the City of Roses. The city centre is located around Union Street and ends in the east at Mercat Cross. The cross is located at Castlegate, where the city’s castle once was. Now it’s just a market square. From here, you can walk on the brick pavement of Shiprow to the southwest along Provost Ross’s House and on towards the harbour.
Macduff, Day 3
We will sail along Scotland’s beautiful east coast with its many small harbour villages. At the end of the day, we will pick one of them, which will probably be Macduff Harbour. This is a typical old Scottish fishing village with a great local pub serving liquid gold.
Inverness, Day 4
Today, we will go through 6 locks to get to the famous Loch Ness and we might even see Nessie. Monster or not, it’s a wonderful trip through Scotland in a breathtaking environment. At the end of the day we will tie up in Inverness.
Inverness is located on the Scottish east coast and that’s where we leave the famous Caledonian Canal. Of course we will enjoy the traditional Scottish music in Inverness at night. Inverness is a cozy city with authentic bars.
Fort Augusta, Day 5
We cast off again and continue our journey. Today, we will sail the almost mesmerising lakes Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Dochfour. And if possible, we will put the sails up and let the wind take us across the beautiful lakes. You will enjoy the rest of the water and the amazing landscape that glides past you. Take in the beautiful skies and vistas. At the end of the day, we moor in Fort Augustus, where we will visit the local pub after a nice dinner.
Fort William, Day 6
The next morning we will set sail to Fort William, after a proper breakfast. We sail along the splendid west coast where the space and the views of Mull Island show us the beauties of unspoilt Scotland. Around noon we will reach Corpach and the entrance to the Caledonian Canal. We will go through the first locks, which is the famous Neptune’s Staircase: 8 locks in a row. We always receive great interest, because we are one of the largest ships who can go through the Canal and the locks.
Oban, day 7
We set sail for Oban. The image of Oban is largely determined by McCaig’s Tower, a replica of the Coliseum. Oban was a small fishing village with a sheltered harbour, but with the advent of the steamship and the railroad in 1880, Oban became the centre for sailings to the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Oban is used as the setting for many movies, such as ‘Ring of Bright Water’ and ‘Morven Callar’. Jules Verne also uses Oban in his book ‘The Green Ray’. In Oban you can visit the Oban distillery.
Oban, day 8
Unfortunately, every journey has an ending. After a proper breakfast it is sadly time to say goodbye.