Sailing in Scotland, whisky tasting at the source

Board tall ship Thalassa and visit Scotland’s famous malt whisky distilleries while sailing through some of the most beautiful coastal sceneries in the world. Experience charming old fishing villages, hauntingly beautiful landscapes and visit places almost impossible to reach by anything but by boat.

Scotland is a whisky lover’s paradise and there is no finer way to explore the country’s whisky-producing islands than on board of Thalassa. Visit the world-famous Islay Festival of Music and Malt, join our whisky ambassador for a tour to the best fine malt coastal distilleries and explore the magical islands by foot or by bike. In the evenings, relax and enjoy the company of fellow whisky enthusiasts as you savour your favourite whisky from our well-stocked whisky bar on board. All in all, our Whisky Sailing Cruises offer a fantastic way to experience Scotland in all its wild and natural glory

WHISKY SAILING CRUISES 2020

                        

 

Whisky sailing cruise Islay Festival May 23rd - May 30th

Start: Troon, Scotland, 14.00, Saturday May 23rd, 2020
End: Troon, Scotland, 10.00, Saturday May 30th, 2020

Price: € 1,299 p.p.
Price is based on the division of 2 persons into a double cabin. 

The travel sum is inclusive:
- 7 overnight stays on board in a double cabin with private shower;
- all meals during the trip (breakfast, lunch and dinner);
- Non-alcoholic drinks with meals (coffee, tea, milk and water);
- 1 whiskytasting on board, accompanied by a whiskey expert.

Not included:
- all other non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (beer, wine and whisky);
- entry tickets for visits to the various distilleries;
- Extra excursions ashore. The costs for the different excursions amount tTRAVEL PROGRAMME (subject to change, program is due to changes determined by the whisky expert and the guests)o approx. € 100, - per person in total (participation is not mandatory).

The sailing voyage begins and ends in Scotland. You are responsible for arranging your own travel to Scotland. This is NOT included in the price

 

TRAVEL PROGRAMME (subject to change, program is due to changes determined by the whisky expert and the guests)

 

Day 1- Saturday- From 2 p.m. you can board the Thalassa at the harbour of Troon. After you have met the ship, the crew and the other guests the ship leaves around 17.00h towards Islay. At night we arrive in the port of Bruichladdich

Day 2- Sunday-Bruichladdich festival and crossing to Jura

Day 3- Monday- Jura, visit Jura distillery and then to Coal Ila where the actual whisky festival takes place. In the afternoon Thalassa sails to Port Ellen. Guests may choose whether to travel by land (bus or car) or sail along with the vessel.

Day 4 Tuesday-Port Ellen: the festival at Laphroaigh. It is also possible to visit other distilleries such as Ardbeg and Lagavullin

Day 5- Wednesday-Port Ellen. The festival takes place at Bowmore and Ardnahoe, accessible by public transport or by the rental car from the ship

Day 6-Thursday- Transfer to Campbeltown, afternoon tour at Springbank or Glen Scotia

Day 7- Friday-Transfer to Arran and then to Troon

Day 8 Saturday-between 06.00 and 10.00h the guests disembark in the harbour of Troon

 

Whisky sailing expedition August 29th - September 9th 2020 € 1.750 p.p.

Start: Invergordon, Scotland, 14.00, Saturday August 29th, 2020
End: Oban, Scotland, 10.00, Wednesday September 9th, 2020

The travel sum is inclusive:
- 11 overnight stays on board in a double cabin with private shower;
- all meals during the trip (breakfast, lunch and dinner);
- Non-alcoholic drinks with meals (coffee, tea, milk and water);
- 1 whiskytasting on board, accompanied by a whiskey expert.

Not included:
- all other non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (beer, wine and whisky);
- entry tickets for visits to the various distilleries;
- Extra excursions ashore. The costs for the different excursions amount to approx. € 100, - per person in total (participation is not mandatory).

The sailing voyage begins and ends in Scotland. You are responsible for arranging your own travel to Scotland. This is NOT included in the price

 

TRAVEL PROGRAMME 

 

Day 1: Saturday 29-08- Guests will be welcomed on board the Tallship Thalassa from 14.00 hrs. After a short introduction the ship heads for Cromarty (derived from the Gaelic words crom=twisty and bati=bay) where the ship will anchor after about an hour sailing.

Day 2: Sunday 30-08- The ship sails to Wick. Wick owes his name to the Norwegian word vik, which means bay. This is a cruise of 60 Nautical Miles (NM).

Day 3: Monday 31-08- In the morning guests can visit the famous distillery Old Pulteney (website: https://www.oldpulteney.com), after which the ship sails on to Scapa Bay, Orkney. A sailing trip of about 35 NM. In Scapa Bay guests can visit Kirkwall, the largest town in Orkney, in the evening.

Day 4: Tuesday 01-09 - The distilleries Scapa (https://www.orkney.com/listings/scapa-distillery) and Highland Park https://www.highlandparkwhisky.com can be visited. In the afternoon Thalassa sails her guests to the next destination: Stromness (derived from the Norwegian Straumrnes, land point at Hoy Sound). A bus trip to explore Orkney and its main attractions is also possible.

Day 5: Wednesday 02-09- We set course for Scrabster.  Scrabster Harbour is the northernmost port of the Scottish mainland and is of great importance to Scottish fisheries. The town has 290 inhabitants and is known as a ferry port to the Orkney Islands. This cruise takes about 24 NM. In the afternoon the distillery of Wolfburn is visited (https://wolfburn.com), in the evening the town of Thurso can be visited by taxi. Thurso was once founded by Vikings, who made it an important port.

Day 6: Thursday 03-09- A relatively long (125 NM) trip to Tarbert on Harris is on the agenda. Tarbert is the largest town on the island of Harris, a part of the Buiten-Hebriden. The village has a ferry port, from where the ferry to Uig on Skye departs. Fishing is next to cattle breeding (sheep) the main source of income. 

Day 7: Friday 04-09- A visit to Harris distillery: https://www.harrisdistillery.com/harris-gin In the vicinity is also the world famous Harris Tweed (https://www.thecarlowaymill.com) located, this company can also be visited. In addition, Abhainn Dearg distillery on Lewis can also be visited:. (https://www.abhainndearg.co.uk).

Day 8: Saturday 05-09- Sailing to Skye, the second largest Scottish island; the surface of Skye is comparable to the Dutch province of Zeeland.

Day 9: Sunday 06-09- A day on which Skye is being explored by bus. Visits of the different distilleries are planned. 

Day 10: Monday 07-09- The sails are set and the ship sails to Tobermory, Isle of Mull, the third largest island in Scotland. Tobermory is the largest town on the island, in the northeast. Brightly coloured houses directly on the water's edge and many craft businesses (chocolate shops, silversmiths, art galleries, potters). If possible, Ardnamurchan distillery will be visited. The distillery is only a few years old and combines a mix of new technology with a strong emphasis on sympathy and respect for the local environment. There is little waste and the staff of this distillery is very proud of the cooperation with the local community.

Day 11: Tuesday 08-09- A visit to Tobermory, the largest town on the island. Brightly coloured houses directly on the water's edge and many small businesses with a traditional character (chocolaterie, silversmith, art gallery, potter). After a day in Tobermory, the ship heads for Oban. Oban is a compact place, easy to explore on foot. Also in Oban there are many small galleries and independent shops to browse around. 

Day 12: Wednesday 09-09 10.00u- The crew of Thalassa says goodbye to its guests.

The above program depends on wind and weather, the opening hours/days of the various distilleries and sights to visit. It is possible that this program is deviated from, the purpose of the above program is mainly to give an impression of what our guests can expect from this trip. 

 

 

 

 

 

For further questions please contact us by phone (+31-10-4156600) or  email: info@hollandsglorie.nl

 

 

 

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