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Daffodils on the moor

Fascinating Scotland, Flying Dutchman

Discovering the Inner Hebrides from/to Oban

8 Days / 7 Nights
Daffodils on the moor

Oban is the start and end point of this tour through the Inner Hebrides and Highlands. Onboard the magnificent Flying Dutchman, we visit the Isle of Mull and the Kintyre Penin-sula, still largely untouched by mass tourism and home to the most spectacular land-scapes in Scotland. The Isle of Jura, known for its large number of red deer and world-famous whisky distillery, is another highlight of our program. Enjoy the wild scenery of Scotland, its colour contrasts, and great biodiversity. Once evening falls, treat yourself to a glass of whisky in one of the pubs while listening to foot-tapping Scottish music. During our crossings on the Flying Dutchman, be sure to keep an eye out for dolphins and seals while enjoying views of the magnificent landscape as we pass by. On our cycle tours, we may see eagles, red deer, and otters alongside the incredible views of the sea we get to enjoy from the most beautiful lookout points.

Itinerary at a glance

Individual flight to Edinburgh or Glasgow followed by either train or bus to Oban. Alternatively you are welcome to reserve a seat with our collective transfer service which leaves the centre of Edinburgh at 5.30 pm and Edinburgh Airport at 6 pm (see prices below). The cabins on the Flying Dutchman are ready for check in at 6 pm. Should you arrive earlier, your luggage can be stored on board until check-in. A late evening dinner gives everyone a chance to get to meet each other, the crew, and the tour guides.

After breakfast we adjust our bicycles and start our first cycle tour, which leads us southwards from Oban through hilly landscapes and along the shores of a small highland lake back to the sea. Here we cross the remote island of Seil before boarding a ferry which takes us to the island of Luing, one of the Slate Islands. Mining the grey, glistening rock from the archipelago played an important economic role until the mid-20th century. The University of Glasgow, for instance, is largely constructed from slate from this small island. At the Toberonochy dock, the Flying Dutch-man awaits us, and we sail over to Crinan where we spend the night.

Today’s bike tour takes us from Crinan to the fascinating excavation site of Kilmartin. Stone cir-cles, reminiscent of Stonehenge, and prehistoric burial mounds characterize the vast landscape. After visiting the museum grounds and enjoying lunch at the museum cafe, we return to Crinan. Past the Kintyre Peninsula, made famous by Paul McCartney’s song ‘Mull of Kintyre’, we continue by boat to the island of Jura.

After breakfast we cycle northwards on the Isle of Jura. The renowned author George Orwell spent the last three years of his life here, describing it as an “extremely un-get-at-able place”. Take the time to truly enjoy the tranquillity of the island, which is only occasionally disturbed by one of the more than 5,000 deer that live there. Passing the so-called ‘Paps of Jura’ we arrive at a small dock where the Flying Dutchman takes us to the Isle of Mull. Along the way we pass the swirling waters of Corryvreckan, one of the largest natural whirlpools in the world. But don’t wor-ry, our experienced crew will guide the ship safely to a quiet bay on the Isle of Mull for the night.

Today’s cycle tour is dedicated entirely to the spectacular natural beauty of Scotland. The route takes us through hilly terrain and along the island’s coastline. Behind every bend in the road an-other breath-taking view awaits. After the road divides, and the few cars that we may have en-countered along the way have turned off towards Iona, we share the road only with sheep and shaggy highland cattle grazing peacefully in the bright green meadows. Along an ever-changing coastal road, we cycle past Loch Na’ Keal to Salen where the ship is waiting. We enjoy a pleasant evening docked in the quiet harbour of Salen, able to soak in the beautiful sunset.

Today’s cycling tour leads us to a climb through the northern part of the Isle of Mull. As a reward for our effort, we can enjoy a break in a cosy tearoom before heading towards the brilliant white beach of Calgary Bay with its crystal-clear water. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland and swimming enthusiasts should not pass up this opportunity to jump in for a refreshing swim. Ship-ward bound, we have just a few more inclines to master before arriv-ing in the main town of Tobermory. In this pretty little place, with its colourful facades, an evening visit to a typical Scottish pub is high on the agenda. While here we can taste delicious national dishes such as fish ‘n’ chips and haggis.

Today’s tour starts again in Tobermory and leads us to Glengorm Castle, in the northern outskirts of the island of Mull. This grand manor from the 19th century is truly a sight to behold and the cosy tearooms allow us to indulge ourselves before returning back to Tobermory. Back at the Flying Dutchman we embark on our last sail of the week back to Oban. Before dinner there is plenty of time to take a stroll through Oban. The Mc Caig's Tower, an incomplete replica of the Colosseum in Rome, is a worthwhile visit.

After breakfast, individual return trip home from Oban or group transfer to the Edinburgh air-port.

Route information


Moderately difficult tours of 16 – 32 mi./26 – 52 km in length with mostly hilly stages on typically quiet asphalt roads. In some instances, paths through fields will also be cycled. Main roads with-out separate bike paths are used only in rare instances and only for brief stretches. This tour includes some longer and steeper ascents where breaks can be taken, and bicycles may be pushed at any time. Strong headwinds may also be encountered. Our tours are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike tour.

Due to the necessity to embark/disembark the ship by dinghy, balance and surefootedness are essential. Because of the change in tides, ladders may need to be used to access the boat/land at times, covering height differences of up to 3 m.

Prices & Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Program according to tour itinerary
  • 7 overnight stays in cabins with shower/toilet in the booked cabin category (partly bunk beds)
  • 7x half board
  • Daily cleaning of cabins
  • Daily briefing of bike tours on board
  • 1 route book for self-guided tours
  • Tour representative on board
  • English speaking tour guide


  • Rental bike insurance, EUR 10,-/Trekkingbike, EUR 20,-/Electric bike
  • It is not possible to bring your own bikes

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Airport Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Collective transfer (day of disembarkation only) Oban – Edinburgh Airport (07.00 am to reach flights starting from 12.00 pm/noon on): 70 euro/person (booking incl. the com-plete transmission of flight details


  • Further important information according to the package travel law and additional information about your bike and boat trip can be found here!
  • It is not possible to bring your own bikes
  • On board it is only possible to pay cash
  • Minimum number of participants: 14
  • This tour is a partner tour.

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