Scotland from East to Westcoast

22 to 29 April 2018

Inverness – Oban: Explore one of the world’s most fascinating waterways aboard a traditional sailing ship! This voyage will offer you an unique chance to see the Caledonian Canal, famous for its staircase locks and amazing scenery.

Starting from Inverness, the canal connects the North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean, while cutting 60 miles through the spectacular Great Glen in the Scottish highlands. After passing this canal we set course to show you more highlights which unspoilt Scotland has to offer.
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Embarkation: 22 of April at 18.00 PM in Inverness, Scotland
Disembarkation: 29  of April at 10.00 AM in Oban, Scotland

This sailing voyage will take you along the beautiful scenery of the Caledonian Canal, connecting Inverness at the East coast, with Fort William at the West coast.

On our voyage through the 60 miles long canal, we will pass 3 lochs (including the famous Loch Ness) 6 bridges, and 12 locks where we will be assisted by friendly lockkeepers. Opened in 1822, the canal is still an amazing feet of engineering. 

Prices:

While the cabins are different in size, the prices for the cabins are different:

Standard cabin…………………………………………..: €  985, – per person
Standard plus cabin……………………………………:    1085, – per person
Surcharge if you want a cabin by yourself……..      300, — per person

Included:

  • All charges regarding port fees, tourists fees and fuel expenses.
  • Cabin with private toilet and shower, bedlinen and towels
  • Half-pension, including coffee, tea, milk and juice at all meals.
  • 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 speak and understand English very well.

If you have questions concerning this travel, 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 Inverness

Inverness - Oban
Inverness

Inverness – Oban: On Saturday the 22nd of April around 18:00 PM we wish you a warm welcome aboard the ‘Flying Dutchman’ in Inverness, at the entrance of the Caledonian Canal. After a nice dinner, the captain will give an introduction and the voyage planning, while you can enjoy a nice malt whisky ‘on the house’.
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 first glimpse of the Caledonian Canal, famous for its staircase locks and cutting through the Great Glen.

 

Day 2: Starting our journey through the Caledonian Canal

Inverness - Oban
Fort Augustus

Today we will start the 60 miles crossing of the Caledonian Canal. We will pass the first 7 locks and set course to the beautiful and mysterious Loch Ness. Remarkable about this Loch is that his has the biggest volume of sweet water of the United Kingdom and of course the rumour that it is home to the Loch Ness monster. We hope to cross this Loch on sails and maybe have a glimpse of the monster Nessie… In this Loch we will also pass closely to the famous Urquhart Castle, a classic romantic ruin. In the afternoon we will moor in Fort Augustus, a well-maintained historical little town.

 

Day 3: Fort Augustus & Fort William

Inverness - Oban
Neptune’s Staircase

After passing 5 locks in Fort Augustus, we will arrive in a fairy tale-like part of the canal. We will pass the lakes Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Dochfour. If the wind allows we most likely set the sails to enjoy this beautiful part of the canal in silence. In the afternoon we will arrive in Banavie, which is situated at the entrance of the famous Neptune’s staircase.

The Neptune’s staircase comprises eight locks and is the longest staircase lock in Britain. It will lift the ship up to 20 metres and will take approximately 90 minutes to pass. Special for our ship the Flying Dutchman is that it is one of the biggest ships that fits through the canal and these locks. We will spend the night in Corpach, from which we have a panoramic view on the Ben Nevis and we can pay a visit to Fort William.

Day 4: Tobermory

In the morning we will pass the last lock and say goodbye to the Caledonian Canal, and here we continue our journey Inverness -Oban. We will set course to the beautiful West coast of Scotland where we can enjoy the beauties of unspoilt Scotland. We will sail closely to the Duart Castle on the island of Mull, which gives us an imposing view seen from the water. In the afternoon we will moor in the picturesque fishing port of Tobermory. Tobermory, with its colourful harbour-front buildings, is famous for being the setting of children’s TV show Balamory. It also harbours a small, but famous, whisky distillery.

Inverness - Oban
Tobermory

Day 5: Staffa & Iona

Inverness - Oban
Staffa

We set sail to the uninhabited island of Staffa, also known as the ‘Pillar Island’. The approach to this island with deep caves is spectacular. If the weather conditions permit, we will make a landing by zodiac to view the wonders of Fingall’s cave and if we are lucky we might see the first nesting sites of puffins.

 

After exploring Staffa, we will continue our Inverness – Oban trip to the tiny island Iona, situated at the south-western corner of the island Mull. Iona is a special place to many travellers because of its natural beauty and tranquillity. For many centuries it was the centre of Gaelic monasticism and this is why it is still well known as being the ‘cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland. We will find a sheltered anchorage here and stay for the night.

Day 6: Colonsay

In the morning we will depart from Iona towards Colonsay, where we will arrive in the afternoon. With only 135 inhabitants this is one of the smallest islands of the inhabited Hebridean islands. The island offers various landscapes and views. Here you will find beautiful white sandy beaches (most famous is the Kiloran Bay), crystal clear water, enormous colonies of seabirds and dramatic cliffs. Recommended is the Colansay Brewery, a tiny brewery, runned by two people, which makes very nice beer. We will stay here for the night.

Inverness - Oban
Colonsay

Day 7: Oban

In the morning we will start the last leg of our sailing voyage towards Oban. If the wind is good, we will host all sails so that the wind can bring us to our final place of destination. We expect to arrive in Oban in the afternoon.

The last evening of your holiday Inverness – Oban, can be spent in the pretty Victorian harbour town of Oban, the biggest city of the surrounding area. In Oban there is plenty to see and to do. For example you can visit the old distillery, the mcCaig’s tower or the ruins of Dunollie castle on the edge of the town. And since the city is called ‘the seafood capital of Scotland’ you can enjoy the excellent seafood scene here.

Inverness - Oban
Oban

Day 8: Disembarkation

Inverness - Oban
Flying Dutchman

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