Guided Bike and Barge

Web code GB020

United Kingdom / Scotland

A sailing boat among the Hebrides

Get ready to cycle in the breathtaking Scottish landscape. Your boat, the Dutchman will lead you into the wild and rugged scenery of the isle of Mull. You will cycle up and don the Scottish hills to then restore yourself with a pint or a glass of Scottish whiskey while you listen to some good music and enjoy a warm meal looking out into the meadows.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Individual arrival at Oban and first overnight 

    Your cabins on the Flying Dutchman will be ready for check in at 17:00. If you arrive earlier than 5 pm feel free to leave your luggage on board and take the oppotunity to go for a walk in the lovely town of Oban and maybe visit its famous distillery of fine Scotch whiskey. During dinner you will meet your tour leader and the rest of your fellow travellers.

     

    2. Oban – Toberonochy (35 km)

    Your bike tour starts right after breakfast. Leaving Oban behind you will be heading south on a hilly itinerary which will unvail a breathtakng view after every turn. You will cycle by a typical Highlands lake until you reach the sea. After crossing a small peninsula you will embark on a ferry heading towards the isle of Luing, the slate island. Your boat will be waiting for you at the port of  Tobernochy, from where you will head to a quiet bay where you will spend the night. 

     

    3. Toberonochy – Isle of Jura (35 km)

    Today you will start your cyclng day after a short crossing to reach the harbour town of Crinan. The first part of your itinerary will be along the Crinan canal which will lead you to 

    Lochgilphead. The canal is very useful to the local inhabitants because it is utilized to cut across the island instead of having to go around the whole Kintyre peninsula. In the afternoon you ill be able to enjoy a short cruise around the famous Kintyre peninsula, Paul McCartney sings about. Once you reach Loch Caolisport fiord you will head towards the isle of Jura. 

     

    4. Isle of Jura  – Isle of Mull (30 km)
    Today you will visit the northern part of the island, where George Orwell spent his last years. He describes these lands in some of his novels as the most remote lands on earth. While cycling across this island you might just happen to be disturbed by one of the 5,000 deers populating the island! Once crossed over the Paps mountains, you will get to a small harbour where the Dutchman will be waiting to carry you over to the isle of Mull. 

    You will witness a swirling vortex, one of the most active in the world, but don’t worry! your crew will take you to a peacefull bay where you can spend the night. 

     

    5. Isle of Mull – Tobermory (60 km)
    Today’s cycling tour is dedicated to the beathtaking Scottish landscapes. Your itinerary will unwind over rugged hills and you will be able to admire fantastic landscapes after every turn. As you move towards the isle of Iona you will realize that your only fellow travellers are  sheep grazing over green grass. Right after Na’ Keal lake you will find the Flying Dutchman waiting for you at Salen. From here you will sail to Tobermory a lively town where you can have a proper meal in a real Scottish pub. Try fish and chips or the typical Scottish Haggis. 

     

    6. Tobermory – Lochlaine (50 km)

    Toays stretch will take you to the Isle of Mull where the road is a bit hilly, so expect some ups and downs. The beautiful landscapes will make up for the uphill stretches and you can alawya stop for a ‘cuppa’ at a typical tea room. You’re in Great Britain after all! 

    Next on your itinerary is Calgary bay considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland. Will you dare to jump in for a swim? Cycling again along the coastline you will once again reach Salen and jump back on board for dinner and some rest. 

     

    7.  Lochlaine – Oban (25 km)

    After an initial uphill you will be cycling on a quiet traffic free road looking over barren hills covered in shrubs and heather: the typical Highlands landscape. 

    Your initerary will take you through hills, streams and moorland to then descend towards the coast again. The small docking place at the end of the road will be hosting your boat which will sail off towards Oban, crossing Firth of Lorn, a special conservation area. 

    Before dinner you will have a chance to visit Oban and its McCaig’s Tower, an unfinishes replica of the Roman colosseum. 

     

    8. Oban

    Arrival and end of services after breakfast  around 9 am.

     

    The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday, due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as: extreme weather conditions, unannounced road or repair works or law enforcements.

     

  • Route profile

    This tour unwinds on a hilly itinerary mostly running on paved very low traffic roads. There might be some unpaved stretches and you might face some more difficlt uphills stretches. Cycling can be daunting if the wind is blowing or it is raining. Therefore we suggest that you plan on some extra training  for this tour by increasing your cycling at home before departure.

     

  • How to get there

    Your boat will be docked at the harbour in Oban. The exact embrakation point will be specified on you final tour notes, which you will receive a few days before departure by email. 

     

    The nearest airports to Oban are Glasgow and Edinburgh. 

     

    Contact us for a free airfare quotation.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    Included in the tour are:

    • 7 overnights in B&B
    • 7 meals either lunch or dinner (drinks NOT included) 

    Generally lunch is free and dinner is on board, except for:

    day 3 - lunch will be included while dinner will be free,

    day 4 - lunch and dinner are included

    day 5 - free lunch and dinner

     
     

    FLYING DUTCHMAN

    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 and a salon on the main deck with its cosy seats.


    The impressive sail size of 480 sqm o ers you 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. 

     

    Watch Flying Dutchman photo gallery.

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    The bicycles available on this tour are the following: 

    • 24 gear trekking FLEXeBIKE with handbreak.
    • 24 gear electric FLEXeBIKE with handbreak

     

    Renting the bicycle doesn’t require any down payment, but you are responsible for your own bicycle in case of damage or theft. You will be able to ensure your bike on site at the cost of €10 for the standard bike and €20 for the electric  bike .

     

     

    Your bike will be equipped with:

    • lock
    • waterproof side bag

    Wearing a bike helmets is mandatory. There will be a limited amount of helmets on board, so we suggest that you bring your own for safety and hygiene reasons.

     

     

  • Accompanying material

     

    A few days before departure you will receive an email including:

    • Boarding voucher with details on the name of the boat and the precise boarding area;
    • Tour Notes;
    • Final Tour Details.

     

    Please let us know if you don’t receive all the above mentioned information.

    If you have any doubt, please contact us before departure.

     

    You will receive on site:

    • tour maps. 
  • By your side

    Our tour leaders are multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. Smart, entertaining, caring and endlessly enthusiastic, they have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Thanks to a deep knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice about how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix your flat tyre.

     
     
    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.
  • 1 Client reviews
    • Ersilia

      Departure 09-16 June 2018

      Online from 21 June 2018

      L'itinerario è correttamente segnalato con 3 palle essendo impegnativo.
      A questo sommato il fattore meteorologico talvolta molto avverso (vento forte e tanta pioggia). Nel gruppo circa la metà delle persone ha utilizzato le bici elettriche. Questo fattore ha un po' squilibrato le prestazioni in termini di tempi di percorrenza non uniformi, ma i due accompagnatori hanno sempre raccordato il gruppo.

Tour details

 

from 1,340 €

8 days/7 nights, barge Flying Dutchman

Tour type

Guided 

 

Price per person

1340 € 

 

Departures

every Saturday from 08.06 to 22.06 and from 17.08 to 31.08.19

 

Included

  • 7 overnights in B&B
  • 7 meals, lunch or dinner (drinks are NOT included)
  • English speaking tour leader 
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Hotline service
 

 

Not included

 

  • Airfare to and from country of origin
  • Drinks on board
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • Anything that is not included under  ‘included’

 

 

Supplements

300 € single cabin supplement

80 € bike rental 

160 € electric bike rental 

35 € transfer from Edingburgh to Oban one way

 

 

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