Sail & Bike Scotland

Sail & Bike Scotland (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 265 km )


Oban is the starting and end point of your tour of the Inner Hebrides and the Highlands. 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.

 

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Highlights of the tour
Culture: Duart Castle gives an interesting insight into the lives of the Scottish clans.
Nature: Without any question - the Scottish landscape itself is the highlight!
Activity: The brave hearted dare a refreshing bath at Calgary Beach, which with ist colours, reminds of a South Sea beach.
Culinary: Again something for the brave: Try the Scottish national dish haggis - the taste is much better than the ingredients would tell.
Souvenirs: A bottle of good Single Malt Whisky is just one of numerous souvenirs.

Itinerary

1st Day (Sun) Oban (Embarkation) (D)

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.

2nd Day (Mon) Mull Island: Craignure – Lochbuie – Craignure (aprx. 31 mi. /50 km) (B, D)

After breakfast, we cross from Oban to the island of Mull. Here, we unload your bicycles and start on our first cycle tour. After only a short stretch, we arrive at Duart Castle, the ancestral home of the Scottish McLean clans. After a short tour of the site, we can use the chance to eat lunch in the tearoom. Whoever feels like it can take part in a longer cycle trip and join the tour guide heading for Lochbuie. In this impressive landscape, we may see our first otter, gold eagle, or stags.

3rd Day (Tue) Mull Island: Craignure – Salen (aprx. 37 mi. /60 km) (B)

Today’s cycle tour is entirely dedicated to the spectacular beauty of Scotland’s natural scenery. The route takes you through hilly terrain and along the coast. Behind every bend in the road, another breathtaking view opens up. After the road divides and the few cars that you have encountered so far have turned off towards Iona, you 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 bicycle 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 house fa-cades, a visit to an original Scottish pub is a must do. This includes trying the national dishes such as fish’n’chips or haggis.

4th Day (Wed) Mull Island: Tobermory – Salen – Lochaline (aprx. 31 mi. /50 km) (B, D)

Today we get some meters of altitude on our discovery ride through the northern part of the Island of Mull. In reward a cozy tearoom offers a welcome reprieve before we are heading 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. Our way back leads us across a marvellous high valley till we meet the shoreline shortly before Salen offering astonishing views as well as some unexpected very interesting ships wrecks. Our ship awaits us again in Salen for a little crossing to Lochaline on the Morvern peninsula, where we stay on anchor over night. Dinner on board.

5th Day (Thu) Morvern Peninsula: Lochaline – Corran – Ft. William (aprx. 31 mi./50 km) (B, D)

We are going to have an interesting cycling tour. After a first ascent, we reach an almost traffic-free road lead-ing through virtually treeless highlands. The route runs along hillsides, wild mountain streams and moorland and leads finally back to the coast, where we ride along the rocky coastal road to the ferry landing at Corran. From here our ship takes us to Fort William. The ship anchors in the first lock of the Caledonian Canal, where it can lie undisturbed by the tides. By bus or taxi you can easily get to Fort William, where numerous cozy pubs in the lively pedestrian zone are eagerly waiting for our visit.

6th Day (Fri) Caledonian Canal (aprx. 31 mi./50 km) (B, D)

An initially level route takes us along the foot of Ben Nevis and the Caledonian Canal. This canal connects on a length of approx. 62 mi./100 km the North Sea with the Atlantic and consists for the greater part of rivers and lakes connected by canals. The first highlight of the cycle tour is Neptune’s Staircase, the longest chain of locks in Great Britain. In eight consecutive locks, the ships negotiate here an elevation difference of 20 meters. We then continue to follow the Canal until you reach the shore of the first lake, Loch Lochy, which you follow for a short distance. A detour takes us then to yet another waterfall. On the way back to the ship, we cross a mountain ridge, which offers a fabulous view across the highlands. After a meal en route, we return to the ship, which remains in Fort William for another night.

7th Day (Sat) Caledonian Canal and Oban (B, L, D)

In the morning, the ship casts off for the last time and we start the fairly long trip across the Firth of Lorn in order to return to Oban. Prior to the Captain’s Dinner, we still have time for a stroll around Oban, where McCaig’s Tower, a never completed replica of the Coliseum in Rome, is well worth a visit.

8th Day (Sun) Oban (Disembarkation) and return home (B)

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

Ships

Flying Dutchman (Tallship)

At 39 x 6.5 m the Flying Dutchman took to the water in 1903. The rebuild of the former herring lugger took place in 2004 and included the addition of 10 comfortable guest cabins each with shower and WC, a salon below the main deck and the cosy seats on deck.

The impressive sail size of 480 sqm makes for a very special sailing experience as you journey from island to island. Of course the captain welcomes the active help of his guests when it comes to rigging the sails.

Rental bikes

21-gear hybrid bicycle of the Islandhopping brand

Our 21-gear hybrid bicycles are basic bicycles that are available in four frame sizes: Ladies 46 and 52 cm/men 56 and 60 cm.

All bicycles are equipped with a precise Shimano gear shift, Shimano V-brakes with strong “bite”, 28″ hollow chamber rims with quick clambs, safety mudguards and a comfortable touring saddle of Selle Royal.

The 21-gear Islandhopping hybrid bicycles are rented for 80 Euro per week on this tour.

Cube Cross Hybrid Pro Allroad 500

Our e-bikes are characterized by their light weight (20kg without the battery installed) and their ability to ride in varying terrain. This model is fitted with a performance motor, the most advanced e-bike motor on the market. The range of the 500 WH battery is noticeably better than that of the previous model; Delhi Hybrid Pro 400. The 9 gears are perfectly in tune with the motor and are easy to operate. We offer a trapeze frame for all guests up to 179cm, and a diamond frame for people 180cm+ (see frame types displayed).

The Cube Cross Hybrids are rented for 160 Euro per week on this tour (limited amount).

Islandhopping Pannier

For the duration of the tour we supply you with a waterproof pannier by Ortlieb, a practical way of carrying drinks, bathing gear, camera etc.

To ensure that bike panniers remain water proof they have to be closed tight. Although panniers are manufactured from waterproof material Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for any damage that might be caused to any personal belongings like mobile phones, cameras ect.

The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

Journey

How to get per airplane to Scotland

London (Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted), Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris have the best international flight connections to Edinburgh.There are also regularly scheduled flights directly to Edinburgh from the USA and Canada. Most UK airports have regular connections to Edinburgh. In particular there are regular flights from Birmingham and Manchester. Other domestic connections can be found from smaller regional airports such as Cardiff, Bristol and Belfast.

To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

 


Transfers between Edinburgh and boat and retour

We organize fee-based collective transfer 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 are available too on request.

For the organization please indicate your exact flight details (as well requested pick up point: centre or airport).

– arrival & departure date
– flight route
– airline
– flight number
– estimated arrival or departure time

If there are belated changes of your flight times you are kindly requested to inform our office immediately:

For all transfers please contact our office team:


Tel.: +49-(0)7531-36186-0


Email: info@islandhopping.com

Individual arrival from the Edinburgh or Glasgow airport

Scotland has a very well developed and inexpensive bus network. Therefore there is also the possibility of getting to the ship on your own.

To plan your trip, you can use the following website in order to help you: www.citylink.co.uk

In the middle of the screen you will find a box that states “Book your tickets online here“. This will give you the possibility, to either do exactly that, or to inform yourself of the various connection possibilities. In both cases please fill out the form (don’t forget to specify a price).

Afterwards press on the yellow button “search for coach times and fares“.

Now you will get more connection options, which you can view in more details by clicking on it, and afterwards it is also possible to print the information. When you have chosen a certain connection, click on “Select”, the price can also be seen. To book the ticket, click “Continue”.

Individual Arrival by Car

It is also possible to travel by car to Oban. 

If you plan to travel by car you may use the following link to get an impression of the current traffic on the roads in the UK: www.frixo.com

Please note, as well as whilst cycling, that in Scotland as well as on the whole island, traffic flow is on the left hand side.

The following speed limits should be noted:

Freeway 75.8 mi/h (122 km/h)
Highway 60.9 mi/h (98 km/h)
Urban areas 29.8 mi/h (48 km/h)

Parking in Oban

There are two parking possibilities (free of charge) in Oban for the duration of your trip: The first one can be found along the Longsdale Road and the second one along the Lochavullin Road.

With both possibilities, we recommend to drop off your luggage at the ship and park your car afterwards. The parking spaces are in a distance of o.93 mi (1.5 km) to the ship.

Extended stay

Extend your stay!

Would you like to be in vicinity for a few days before your boat- and bike trip or would you like to spend a few days in Scotland after your trip?

Please use the www.booking.com link, if you like to book a hotel:

www.booking.com

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a double cabin below deck)

1,290 euro (tall ship Flying Dutchman)

Included services

• 8-day cruise on a tallship with crew
• 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
• 7 x half board
• Guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
• Overview-maps for the daily tours on board
• Bed linen and towels
• English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services

• Single cabin, surcharge: 300 euro (limited, on request)
• ½ a double cabin can be booked
• Rental bike: 21-speed hybrid bicycle with pannier: 80 euro/week or E-Bike with pannier: 160 euro/week (limited number, on request)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the 21-speed rental bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the E-Bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• Collective transfer Edinburgh centre (5.30 pm) /Edinburgh Airport (6.00 pm) – Ship in Oban: 30 euro/person
• Collective transfer Oban – Edinburgh Airport (07.00 am to reach flights starting from 12.00 on):
30 euro/person (booking incl. the complete transmission of flight details)
• Other exclusive transfers are on request

Not included in the base tour price

• Journey to Scotland
• Drinks on board (tally sheet) – Bottled water flat rate, coffee and tea: 20 GBP
• Meals ashore
• Please bring a beach towel, if needed
• Entrance fees to museums and sights
• Tips for crew and tour guides
• Service charge: 2 % of the total invoice value (excluded for payments via IBAN bank transfers).

Price reductions

• Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount).
• The third and forth person in the quadruple cabin receive a reduction of 50 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount).
• Early-Bird discount: receive a 5% discount on the tour base price if your booking reaches us before the 31.01.2017 (combinable with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount).
• SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount: all guests booking the third or more tour directly over Islandhopping will receive a 5% discount on the tour base price (combinable with the Early-Bird discount).

Things to note

Language aboard

Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Tides

In contrast to our other journeys the tides play an essential role in the chronological sequence of this tour. In Oban for example the height difference of the tides can vary by up to 3.8 meters. This means that depending on the tides the boat will, in some harbours, only be accessible by a ladder and the loading and unloading of the bikes can take a little longer. If assistance is required our guides and the crew are happy to assist you in getting onto and off the boat.

Itinerary Changes

We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

Level 2 - 3

Moderately difficult tours in mostly hilly stages of 12 – 37 mi./20 – 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 exceptionally for brief stretches. This tour includes some longer and steeper ascents where, however, bicycles may be pushed any time. Strong headwinds may also be encountered. Helmet use is mandatory on our tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available (reserva-tion necessary). 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 required. Due to the change in tide, ladders my need to be used to access the boat/land, covering height differences of up to 3 m. Surefootness and balance are essential.

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).

Children

We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle-tours on their own strength.

Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.50 m (5ft.).

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
June 2017
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 04.06-11.06Scotland Inner HebridesFlying DutchmanObanOban1290
 11.06-18.06Scotland Inner HebridesFlying DutchmanObanOban1290
 18.06-25.06Scotland Inner HebridesFlying DutchmanObanOban1290 book
August 2017
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 13.08-20.08Scotland Inner HebridesFlying DutchmanObanOban1290
 20.08-27.08Scotland Inner HebridesFlying DutchmanObanOban1290 book
 27.08-03.09Scotland Inner HebridesFlying DutchmanObanOban1290 book
September 2017
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 03.09-10.09Scotland Inner HebridesFlying DutchmanObanOban1290 book

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com