Oban is the starting and end point of your Bike and Boat tour of the Inner Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland. With the Flying Dutchman, we visit the island of Mull and the Morvern Peninsula, which belong to the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland but are so far largely untouched by mass tourism. Also the Caledonian Canal is worth seeing and your gate to the Highlands. Admire the fortresses on the island of Mull, stubbornly facing wind and weather, and enjoy the wild scenery of Scotland, its intensive colours and great biodiversity.
Treat yourself in the evening to a glass of whiskey in one of the pubs and listen to the ever-present Scottish music. On your crossings with the Flying Dutchman, we watch out for dolphins and whales, and let the grandiose landscape glide by. On our cycle tours, we’ll be looking out for eagles, red deer and otters and gaze down on the sea from the most beautiful lookout points.
Individual flight to Edinburgh or Glasgow and from there either by train or bus to Oban.
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. You are also welcome to use our fee-based transfer service leaving at 5.30 pm from Edinburgh centre and at 6 pm from the Edinburgh airport. During a late dinner, you 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 an remote peninsula before embarking on the ferry which takes us to the island of Luing. The island 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 Tobernochy dock, the Flying Dutchman awaits us for our cross over to a secluded bay where we will spend the night.
After a short crossing to Crinan, we start the day on two wheels. First we cycle along the Crinan Canal, leading from Crinan to Lochgilphead, it spared smaller ships the long sail around the Kintyre peninsula. Afterwards we head south over the peninsula, most commonly known from the Paul McCartney song. After a scenic cycling tour, we finally reach the deeply-cut, Loch Tarbert, where we spend the night.
Early in the morning we raise the anchor and embark on a voyage towards the isle of Jura. Before we start today’s bike tour, we are able to take part in a guided tour of the famous distillery and gain first-hand knowledge of the processes involved in the production of great whiskey. Following the distillery tour 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 natural 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 breathtaking 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 Scottish 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 Scotland 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, offering 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.
After breakfast, individual return trip home from Oban or group transfer to the Edinburgh airport.
Moderately difficult tours in mostly hilly landscapes with stages of 20 to 60 km on usually quiet asphalt roads. In some instances, field paths are used as well. Main roads without separate bike paths are used only occasionally and for only short stretches. This tour includes some longer and steeper ascents along which bicycles may be pushed at any time. Strong headwinds may also be encountered.
Our tours are dependent on local 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. 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.
We are pleased to announce that in 2011 we added to our fleet Captain Klass‘ Flying Dutchman, an ocean-going, two-masted top-schooner. Thanks to her extensive safety and navigation technique, the Flying Dutchman has the world-wide permit to carry out sailing tours. With a sail surface of 480 m2, it usually possible to cover the stretches between islands under sail, and Captain Klaas appreciates any assistance offered by his guests.
The Flying Dutchman, once a herring logger, was launched in 1903. The conversion took place in 2004: the ship was equipped with 10 small but functionally furnished cabins, each with a shower and WC. The front saloon in the deckhouse serves as a cosy dining room and lounge with upholstered benches for seating all guests. At the stern, you can sit beside Captain Klaas at the wheel and per-haps even steer the 39-m-long vessel for a while.
The nearest airport is Edinburgh International. We organize fee-based collective transfers between Edinburgh Airport (as long as it takes place on embarkation and disembarkation day).
– Collective transfer from Edinburgh to Oban (5.30 pm from Edinburgh centre/6 pm from Edinburgh Airport: 30 euro/person
– Collective transfer Oban – Edinburgh Airport (07.00 am to reach flights starting from 12.00 on): 30 euro/person
At 5.30 pm the transfer bus can pick you up at the centre of Edinburgh (for further information please see guest information booklet sent to you in due time before your tour). Otherwise you can get picked up at the airport (arrival area) at 6 pm. The transfer to Oban takes 3 hours. Customized transfers on request.
2017 Departures: August 27 September 3
2018 Departures: June 9, 16, 23 August 11, 18, 25
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$2170|
|Singles on request||$500|
|Option e-bike rental||$150|
Helmets are mandatory and will be available to rent for free aboard ship, however we recommend you bring your own.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment