Arrival / Oban
Individual flight to Edinburgh or Glasgow followed by either train or bus to Oban. You are welcome to reserve a space on our collective transfer service leaving at 5.30 pm from Edinburgh centre and at 6 pm from the Edinburgh airport (see prices below). Your cabins on the Flying Dutchman are ready for check in at 5 pm. Should you arrive earlier, your luggage can be stored on board until check-in time. A late evening dinner will give you time to get to know your crew and tour guides.
After breakfast we adjust our bicycles and start our first cycle tour. This leads us southwards from Oban through hilly landscapes and along the shores of a small highland lake back to the sea. Here we cross a remote peninsula before embarking on the ferry which takes us to the island of Luing. The is-land is made up of slate and the mining of the gray glistening rocks played an important economic role in the past. The University of Edinburgh for instance, is largely constructed out of the slate off of this small island. At the Toberonochy dock, the Flying Dutchman awaits us for our cross over to Crinan where we will spend the night.
Today’s bike tour takes us from Crinan to the fascinating excavation site of Kilmartin. Stone circles, which remind us of the 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, famous from the Paul McCartney 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 and described it as the most unattainable place on earth. Enjoy the tranquility of the island, which is only occasionally disturbed by one of the about 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 island of Mull. On the way we pass the swirling waters of Corryvreckan, one of the largest natu-ral whirlpools in the world - but do not fear, our experienced crew will guide us safely to a quiet bay on the island 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 another breath-taking view awaits. After the road divides, and the few cars that we have encountered along the way so far have turned off towards Iona, we share the road virtually 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 for us. On a short crossover our ship brings us to Tobermoy bay. In this pretty, little place, with its colorful facades, an evening visit to an original Scot-tish pub is high on the agenda. This includes trying national dishes such as fish ‘n’ chips or haggis.
Today we will encounter an elevation gain on our ride through the northern part of the Island of Mull. As a reward a cozy tearoom offers us a welcomed reprieve before we head for the brilliant white beach of Calgary Bay and its crystal clear water. It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Scot-land and swimming enthusiasts should not pass up this opportunity to jump in for a refreshing swim. Ship ward bound we cycle through a lush valley until we meet the shoreline, shortly before Salen, of-fering breathtaking views as well as some interesting ships wrecks. Our ship awaits us again in Salen for a little crossing to Lochaline on the Morvern peninsula, where we throw the anchor for the night. Dinner on board.
After a small crossing through the Sound of Mull to Lochaline a scenic cycling tour awaits us. After the first ascent, we reach an almost traffic-free road leading through the barren highlands. We follow hillsides, wild mountain streams and moorlands before we reach the Flying Dutchman, to ferry us back to Oban. Before dinner we have the opportunity to take a stroll through Oban. The Mc Caig's Tower, an incomplete replica of the Coliseum in Rome, is a worthwhile visit.
Oban / Departure
After breakfast, individual return trip home from Oban or group transfer to the Edinburgh airport.
- 8 day cruise on on a tall ship the Flying Dutchman
- 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower and toilet
- Half board: 7x breakfast, according to the daily schedule either lunch or dinner (on day 4 lunch and dinner, on day 5 breakfast only)
- Guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
- Overview-maps for the daily tours on board
- Bed linen and towels
- Daily briefing of the upcoming tours
- English-speaking tour guide
- Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bikes: Regular bike: EUR 10 per week; E-Bike: EUR 20 per week (uninsured: grossly negligent damage)
- Transfer (only on day of embarkation) Edinburgh – Oban (5.30 p.m. Edinburgh centre / 6.00 p.m. Uhr Edinburgh airport): EUR 30 per person
- Transfer (only on day of disembarkation) Oban – Edinburgh (7.00 a.m. Edinburgh airport: suitable for flights leaving from 12.00 p.m. on): EUR 30 per person
- Arrival / Parking / Departure:
- Edinburgh Airport
- Glasgow Airport
- Bus or train from Edinburgh/Glasgow to Oban
- Transfer (only on day of embarkation) Edinburgh – Oban (5.30 p.m. Edinburgh centre/18.00 Uhr Edinburgh airport): EUR 30 per person
- Transfer (only on day of disembarkation) Oban – Edinburgh (7.00 a.m. Edinburgh airport: suitable for flights leaving from 12:00 p.m. on): EUR 30 per person
- Minimum number of participants: 14
Things to note:
- A helmet must be worn on this tour!
- Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
- Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
The Flying Dutchman takes you on a journey through the kaledonian canal. With the bike you experience the Highlands and see the individual nature of Scottland.