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Sail & Bike

Inner Hebrides · Scotland

From 1340 €
Route
from Oban / to Oban
Duration
8 days /
7 nights
Distance
approx.
237 km
Level 2 -3
Level 1
Easy cycling tours suitable for islandhoppers who are confident on their bikes but prefer riding on flatter terrain (15-30km and 200 elevation meters per day).
Level 1 - 2
Easy to moderate cycling tours through hilly terrain suitable for islandhoppers who have a good basic level of fitness (20-35km and up to 200-400 elevation meters per day).
Level 2
Moderate cycling tours through hilly terrain suitable for islandhoppers who cycle regularly and feel comfortable with longer climbs (25-40km and 300-500 elevation meters per day).
Level 2 -3
Moderate to demanding cycling tours through hilly to mountainous terrain suitable for islandhoppers who like a challenge (30-50km and 400-700 elevation meters per day).
Level 3
Demanding cycling tours through hilly and mountainous terrain suitable for islandhoppers who can take on steeper climbs (30-60km and 400-800 elevation meter per day).

Raw nature, incredible colour contrasts and great biodiversity

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 Peninsula, still largely untouched by mass tourism and home to the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland. The isle of Jura, known for its large number of red deer and world-famous whisky distillery, is new to 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.

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Highlights

Culture: Duart Castle gives an interesting insight into the lives of the Scottish clans
Nature: The swirling waters of Corryvreckan, one of the largest natural whirlpools in the world
Activity: The brave hearted may dare to go for a refreshing swim at Calgary Beach, whose colour is reminiscent of Mediterranean beaches
Culinary: The Scottish national dish, haggis
Souvenir: A bottle of good single malt Whisky

Itinerary

Morvern Mull Kerrera Jura Islay Kintyre Luing Colonsay Oban Tobermory Salen Lochaline Calgary Dervaig Ardlussa Craighouse Crinan United Kingdom Scotland United Kingdom Scotland
1st Day Oban (Embarkation)
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 Edin-burgh 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 every-one a chance to get to meet each other, the crew, and the tour guides. (Catering: Dinner)
2nd Day Oban - Toberonochy – Crinan
(aprx. 22 mi. /36 km)
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 a remote peninsula 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 Dutchman awaits us, and we sail over to Crinan where we spend the night. (Catering: Breakfast, Dinner)
3rd Day Crinan – Isle of Jura
(aprx. 23 mi. /37 km)
Today’s bike tour takes us from Crinan to the fascinating excavation site of Kilmartin. Stone circles, 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. (Catering: Breakfast, Lunch)
4th Day Isle of Jura – Isle of Mull
(aprx. 17 mi. /27 km)
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 worry, our experienced crew will guide the ship safely to a quiet bay on the Isle of Mull for the night. (Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
5th Day Isle of Mull: Loch Spelve – Salen
(aprx. 32 mi. / 52 km)
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 may have encountered 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. (Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
6th Day
Isle of Mull: Salen – Tobermory
(aprx. 31 mi./50 km)
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 arriving 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 na-tional dishes such as fish ‘n’ chips and haggis. (Catering: Breakfast, Dinner)
7th Day Peninsula Morvern: Lochaline – Kingairloch (aprx. 16 mi./26 km)
After a short morning sail through the Sound of Mull to Lochaline, we hop on our bike for a scenic cycling tour. After the first ascent, we reach an almost traffic-free road leading through the barren highlands. We cycle along hillsides, wild mountain streams and moorlands before we reach the Flying Dutchman, which takes us 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. (Catering: Breakfast, Dinner)
8th Day Oban (Disembarkation)
After breakfast, individual return trip home from Oban or group transfer to the Edinburgh airport. (Catering: Breakfast)

Accommodation

Flying Dutchman (Tall Ships)

The Flying Dutchman was originally built as a herring fisher and was later reconstructed into the impressive passenger ship which it is today. Furnishings on board are simple yet functional. The saloon is comfortable and is the heart and soul of the Flying Dutchman.

Outside the decks offer plenty of open space, necessary for setting the sails. In good weather, the crew like to serve mealtimes at the three tables on the main deck. Adventure hungry enthusiast can climb into the bowsprit net and feel the true speed of the ship and the force of the wind. The impressive 480 m² sail surface make…

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Tall ship Flying Dutchman under full sails

Rental Bikes

Our E-Bikes

All our e-bikes are high quality pedelecs, most of which are fitted with Bosch motors with extra battery range. They are characterized by their relatively light weight and great components. Some of our fleet are equipped with other motor systems. With an Islandhopping e-bike, you will be able to climb almost any hill with ease. They are a true set of wings for anyone who needs a little ‘tail wind’ to make their ride that little bit more enjoyable.  …

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Our Hybrid Bikes

For our hybrid bike tours, we use reliable, low maintenance hybrid bikes with aluminum frames in various sizes. Twenty years of experience in bike tourism has given us the knowledge and confidence to select the right components for the requirements of an Islandhopping tour. Our bikes ensure a carefree riding experience for our cycling enthusiasts.…

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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.

 

The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

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  • Our E-Bikes
  • Our Hybrid Bikes
  • Pannier

Services, Dates & Prices

Included services
  • 8-day cruise on a tall ship with crew

  • 7 nights in a twin 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

Not included in the basic tour price
  • Journey to Scotland
  • Drinks on board - flat rate for beverages (beer, wine, soft drinks, drinking water, tea, coffee): 90 GBP/ 100 euro
  • Meals ashore
  • Entrance fees to museums and sights
  • Tips for crew and tour guides
Prices for Additional Optional Services 2022
Shared twin cabin Available on request
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use 500 euro
Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier
Hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week
E-bike: 180 euro/week
Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike
(not insured: grossly negligent damages)
Hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week
E-bike: 20 euro/week
Transfer between Edinburgh (airport or centre) – Oban Harbour
(available on embarkation or disembarkation days only)
40 euro per person
Additional fees may apply for the transfer of private bicycles.
Transfer between Oban Harbour – Edinburgh
(available on embarkation or disembarkation days only)
40 euro per person
Additional fees may apply for the transfer of private bicycles.
Exclusive transfers Prices on request
Prices for Additional Optional Services 2023
Shared twin cabin Available on request
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use 600 euro
Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier
Hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week
E-bike: 180 euro/week
Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike
(not insured: grossly negligent damages)
Hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week
E-bike: 20 euro/week
Collective transfer between Edinburgh (airport or centre) – Oban Harbour
(available on embarkation or disembarkation days only)
50 euro per person
Additional fees may apply for the transfer of private bicycles.
Collective transfer between Oban Harbour – Edinburgh (available on embarkation or disembarkation days only) 50 euro per person
Additional fees may apply for the transfer of private bicycles.
Exclusive transfers Prices on request
Discounts
  • 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.
  • If you place your booking for a tour in 2023 by the 31.12.2022, you will receive a 5% Early-Bird discount on the tour base price (can be used in combination with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount).

  • If this is your third or more Islandhopping tour booked directly with us, you will receive our 5% SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount for a tour in 2023 if you book it before the 31.12.2022 (can be used in combination with the Early-Bird discount).

 

TOURDATES AND PRICES

 

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Time Period Tour Country Accommodation Route Availability Price from
The final price is dependent on the type of cabin, the number of guests staying in the cabin and any additional services booked.

June 2023

11.06.
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11.06. –
18.06.
Sail & Bike
Inner Hebrides
Scotland Flying Dutchman Oban bis Oban available 1690,00 € To Booking
18.06.
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18.06. –
25.06.
Sail & Bike
Inner Hebrides
Scotland Flying Dutchman Oban bis Oban available 1690,00 € To Booking

August 2023

20.08.
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20.08. –
27.08.
Sail & Bike
Inner Hebrides
Scotland Flying Dutchman Oban bis Oban available 1690,00 € To Booking
27.08.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
27.08. –
03.09.
Sail & Bike
Inner Hebrides
Scotland Flying Dutchman Oban bis Oban available 1690,00 € To Booking

September 2023

03.09.
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03.09. –
10.09.
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Inner Hebrides
Scotland Flying Dutchman Oban bis Oban available 1690,00 € To Booking
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Arrival - How to get there

Embarkation Oban

This trip begins in the port of Oban. You will find the Flying Dutchman in Oban at the North Pier.

You can check in on the ship from 3 pm onwards. The cabins will be ready at 6 pm.

 

The trip officially begins with dinner at 9 pm, as soon as the guests travelling with the transfer from Edinburgh have arrived.

Arrival by plane

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 Birmingham and Manchester. Other domestic connections can be found from smaller regional airports such as Cardiff, Bristol, and Belfast.

 

Your flight can be organized as soon as we have confirmed that your tour is taking place.

Transfers between Edinburgh and the ship

We organize fee-based collective transfers between Edinburgh Airport and the ship (only on embarkation and disembarkation days).

 

  • Collective transfer from Edinburgh to Oban
    (5.30 pm from Edinburgh city centre/6 pm from Edinburgh Airport): 30 euro/person
  • Collective transfer Oban – Edinburgh Airport
    (07.00 am to reach flights starting from 12.00 pm/noon on): 30 euro/person

 

For airport pick up, please wait in the arrivals area. The transfer to Oban takes about 3 hours. To allow us to organise an exclusive transfer for you please indicate your exact flight details as well as your requested pick up location: Edinburgh city centre or Edinburgh Airport.

Arrival by car

Address for Navigation System:

Oban North Pier Terminal, Oban PA34 5QD, GB

Please note both while driving that in Scotland you must drive on the left-hand side of the road. For those driving to Oban from outside of the UK, please note that it is mandatory to use beam deflector stickers or to adjust the headlights of your vehicle if it is a left-hand drive. It is also mandatory to carry the Green Card insurance (International Motor Insurance Certificate). If you do not yet have a new EU license plate, a nationality decal (nationality sticker) must be attached to the car.

Parking in Oban

Oban has plenty of places to park cars, however, there is no FREE long-term parking. However, the council does allow overpayment at Longsdale Rd. and Lochavullin Rd. We strongly recommend dropping off your luggage at the ship first before parking your vehicle at either of these locations. The parking places are about 0.93 mi (1.5 km) away from the ship.

 

You can also make alternative arrangements such as parking outside of the town centre or using a private parking service such as Stoddarts or MacQueens who both offer secure long-term parking. Please call the services directly to make private arrangements:

 

JUST PARK
+44 (0)1631 564176 (Stoddarts)
+44-(0)1631 56484 (MacQueens)
www.justpark.com

  • Embarkation
  • By plane
  • Airport - Harbour
  • By Car
  • Parking

Important information

Spoken language

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

Itinerary changes

We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. Sometimes the tour will be run in reverse order. 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.

Requirements

Hybrid Bike Level 2

Moderately difficult tours of 12 – 41 mi./20 – 65 km in length with mostly hilly stages on typically quiet asphalt roads. In some instances, paths through fields will also be cycled. Main roads without 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.

 

Requirements for Embarkation

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.

Guided group pace

On most of our Bike & Boat tours you can choose between a hybrid bike and an e-bike. However, the guided group pace is based on the speed of the hybrid bike cyclists. Those who rent an e-bike on a hybrid bike tour are asked to show consideration for those who ride without electronic assistance. Hybrid bike cyclists need more breaks and more time to cycle the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).

Catering

The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one warm meal a day. The full catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). The meals are adapted to the travel conditions. This means no warm meal on board on the sixth day, but two warm meals on board on the fourth travel day.

Bringing children

We believe that only children with a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours with their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4.3 ft.) for hybrid bikes.

 

For the best tour experience with children, we recommend our Multi-Adventure tours in Croatia or Greece. We are convinced that these itineraries provide the best all-round experience for each individual family member when travelling as a family.

Bringing private bikes

The tour which you have booked requires a bike with a fully functional set of gears. Islandhopping can offer you high quality, fully serviced rental bikes perfect for the terrain of this tour.

 

Should you however wish to bring your own hybrid bicycle with you, please make sure to check the condition of your breaks, gears, and tires and don’t forget to bring along a puncture repair kit and the essential spare parts for your bike (e.g. brake pads and spare tubes). Your bike should be in prefect mechanical working order.

 

We do not allow private e-bikes on board of our boats. This decision has been made due to health and safety regulations. If you wish to ride an e-bike for the duration of your tour, please get in touch with us about the rental options.

 

We do not recommend bringing along private road bikes, as the thin tires are not suitable for some of the road surfaces encountered on the tours.

 

Liability disclaimer: Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH. Will not be held liable for any damages caused to private bikes during loading, unloading or other logistical handling thereof.

Luggage

Please bring your personal belongings in foldable travel bags. Please avoid hard protective cases. They will be too heavy to store within your cabin.

Noise on board

Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.

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