Sail & Bike Scotland

Sail & Bike Scotland

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 237 km )


Oban is the start and end point of your tour through the Inner Hebrides and the Highlands. With the Flying Dutchman, we visit the island of Mull and the Morvern Peninsula, home to the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland and largely untouched by mass tourism. The isle of Jura, which is known for its rich stock of red deer and its world-famous whiskey distillery, is also part of our program. Enjoy the wild scenery of Scotland, its colour contrasts 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 keep watch for dolphins and seals, and let the grandiose landscape pass on by. On our cycle tours, we’ll be looking out for eagles, red deer and otters with incredible views down over the sea from the most beautiful lookout points. 

This itinerary has been updated for 2021. The itinerary, prices and services should remain unchanged. All tour dates for 2021 are now online and available to book.

Map

Highlights of the tour
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 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 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.

2nd Day (Mon) Oban - Toberonochy – Crinan (aprx. 22 mi. /36 km) (B, D)

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 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 Toberonochy dock, the Flying Dutchman awaits us for our cross over to Crinan where we will spend the night.

3rd Day (Tue) Crinan – Isle of Jura (aprx. 23 mi. /37 km) (B, L)

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.

4th Day (Wed) Isle of Jura – Isle of Mull (aprx. 17 mi. /27 km) (B, L, D)

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 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.

5th Day (Thu) Mull Island: Duart Castle – Salen – Tobermory (aprx. 37 mi./60 km) (B)

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.

6th Day (Fri) Mull Island: Tobermory – Salen (aprx. 31 mi./50 km) (B, D)

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.

7th Day (Sat) Peninsula Morvern: Lochaline – Kingairloch (aprx. 16 mi./26 km) (B, D)

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.

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

Hybrid Bikes

Those choosing to rent an hybrid bike will receive a reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier, a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. All components are selected based on our twenty years of experience in bike tourism, insuring that they fulfill the necessary criteria to provide the rider with an uncompromised cycle experience.

These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 80 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

E-Bikes

Clients who wish to be supported by a tail-wind and seek to hire an e-bike will receive a high-quality pedalec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used. Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier, a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. With our e-bikes you will conquer the hills with a smile, they are a true declaration of independence for all who wish to cycle and seek the support of a little push.

These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 180 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

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 to Scotland 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 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 search and book a suitable flight you can use 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 pm/noon 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

Oban is well served with car parks, however, there are no FREE car parks (nor free long term car parks).

But the council do allow overpayment at Longsdale Rd. and Lochavullin Rd. For both possibilities, we recommend to drop off your luggage at the ship and to park your car afterwards. The parking spaces are in a aprx. distance of 0.93 mi (1.5 km) to the ship.

Another possibility is to make alternative arrangements like parking away from the town centre or to use a private parking service such as Stoddarts or MacQueens who both offer secure long term car parking.

Please call directly at (see below) to make private arrangements:
+44 (0)1631 564176 (Stoddarts)
+44-(0)1631 56484 (MacQueens)
www.justpark.com/uk/parking/oban-station/

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 twin cabin below deck)

1,340 euro (tall ship Flying Dutchman)

Included services

• 8-day cruise on a tallship 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

Additional optional services (on request)

• Single cabin, surcharge: 300 euro (limited)
• Shared twin cabin
• Rental bike: hybrid bicycle with pannier: 80 euro/week or E-Bike with pannier: 180 euro/week (limited)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the E-Bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• Collective transfer (day of embarkation only) Edinburgh centre (5.30 pm) /Edinburgh Airport (6.00 pm) – Ship in Oban: 30 euro/person
• Collective transfer (day of disembarkation only) Oban – Edinburgh Airport (07.00 am to reach flights starting from 12.00 pm/noon on): 30 euro/person (booking incl. the complete transmission of flight details)
• Other customized transfers 

Not included in the base tour price

• Journey to Scotland
• Drinks on board – flat rate for beverages (incl. drinking water for bicycle tours): 55 GBP / 60 EUR
• Meals ashore
• Please bring a beach towel, if needed
• Entrance fees to museums and sights
• Tips for crew and tour guides

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).
If you place your booking for this tour by the 31.01.2021, 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 you place your booking for this tour by the 31.01.2021, you will receive a 5% Early-Bird discount on the tour base price (can be used in combination with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN 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).

Good to know

On our regular cycling tours the riding pace is determined by the cyclists on regular bicycles. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that also the regular cyclists need time to rest and longer to climb the hills. Thank you for your understanding.

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.).

Bringing private bikes & EXCLUSION of private E-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 or MTB 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 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 logisitical handling thereof.

Luggage Advice

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

Characteristic features - Tallship journeys

Our Tallships mostly do not fit into small fishing harbors and therefore spend the majority of their nights on anchor. This means that a dinghy transfer is necessary to get to land. Additionally a tidal difference may effect accessibility of the boat on our tours in Great Britain.

In some cases it may be necessary to climb a ladder to get on/off the boat or that the use of a dinghy/tender might be necessary for embarkation/disembarkation. Surefootedness and a certain degree of agility are required to get on and off the boat. Needless to say, our tour guides will lend you a helping hand. In general: Wind, swell and tidal differences have a significant influence on a Tallship journey.

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.

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 the third day, but full board on the seventh travel day.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
June 2020
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 07.06-14.06Scotland Inner Hebrides Isles of Jura, Mull and the Kintyre PeninsulaFlying DutchmanObanOban1340
 14.06-21.06Scotland Inner Hebrides Isles of Jura, Mull and the Kintyre PeninsulaFlying DutchmanObanOban1340
 21.06-28.06Scotland Inner Hebrides Isles of Jura, Mull and the Kintyre PeninsulaFlying DutchmanObanOban1340
August 2020
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 16.08-23.08Scotland Inner Hebrides Isles of Jura, Mull and the Kintyre PeninsulaFlying DutchmanObanOban1340 book
 23.08-30.08Scotland Inner Hebrides Isles of Jura, Mull and the Kintyre PeninsulaFlying DutchmanObanOban1340 book
 30.08-06.09Scotland Inner Hebrides Isles of Jura, Mull and the Kintyre PeninsulaFlying DutchmanObanOban1340 book
June 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 20.06-27.06Scotland Inner Hebrides Isles of Jura, Mull and the Kintyre PeninsulaFlying DutchmanObanOban1340 book
 27.06-04.07Scotland Inner Hebrides Isles of Jura, Mull and the Kintyre PeninsulaFlying DutchmanObanOban1340 book
July 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 04.07-11.07Scotland Inner Hebrides Isles of Jura, Mull and the Kintyre PeninsulaFlying DutchmanObanOban1340 book
August 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 22.08-29.08Scotland Inner Hebrides Isles of Jura, Mull and the Kintyre PeninsulaFlying DutchmanObanOban1340 book
September 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 05.09-12.09Scotland Inner Hebrides Isles of Jura, Mull and the Kintyre PeninsulaFlying DutchmanObanOban1340 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