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Inner Hebrides and Highlands by Bike + Boat

Isles of Jura and Mull and the Kintyre Peninsula

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Tour profile:

Moderately difficult tours in mostly hilly stages 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.

Day 1: Oban

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 welcomed to use our fee-based transfer service leaving at 5.30 pm from the train station in Edinburgh and at 6 pm from the Edinburgh airport. During a late dinner, you get to know your crew and tour guides.

Day 2: Oban – Crinan, approx. 36 km

After breakfast, you will fit your bikes and then embark on the first bike ride of the trip. This takes you in a southerly direction out of Oban through hilly landscapes and along a small highland lake back to the sea. Across a lonely peninsula you will finally reach a ferry with which you will cross over to the island of Luing. Here you cycle to Tobernochy, where the Flying Dutchman is already waiting for you to leave for Crinan.

Day 3: Crinan – Island Jura, approx. 37 km.

After a short crossing to Crinan, we start the day on two wheels. First we cycle along the Crinan Canal, leading from Crinan to Lochgilphead, it spared smaller ships the long sail around the Kintyre peninsula. Afterwards we head south over the peninsula, most commonly known from the Paul McCartney song. After a scenic cycling tour, we finally reach the deeply-cut, Loch Caolisport and cross over to the Island of Jura.

Day 4: Isle of Jura, approx. 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 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.

Day 5: Mull Island: Loch Spelvre – Salen, approx, 52 km

Today’s bike tour is all about the impressive nature of Scotland. The route takes you through hilly terrain and along the coast, which you will have to share almost exclusively with sheep and the shaggy Highland cattle. Along a varied coastal road you cycle past Loch Na’Keal to Salen. At the quiet Salen Pier you spend the night and with a little luck you can experience a beautiful sunset.

Day 6: Mull Island: Salen – Tobermory , approx. 50 km.

Today you can expect some elevation gain as you explore the northern part of the island of Mull by bike. As a reward, a cozy tearoom grants a welcome breather before the bright white beach of Calgary Bay beckons with its crystal clear water. The way back takes you through hilly country with some steeper climbs to the island’s main town: Tobermory.

Day 7: Island of Mull: Tobermory – Glengorm Castle, approx. 19 km

Today’s bike tour takes you once again out of Tobermory to Glengorm Castle, which is located in an exposed position in the north of the island of Mull. The manor house from the 19th century offers an impressive sight and in the cozy tearoom you can strengthen yourself for the return trip to Tobermory. Afterwards it’s time to cast off for the last time and the Flying Dutchman will take you through the Sound of Mull back to Oban. Before dinner you have the opportunity to have a look around Oban. The Mc Caig’s Tower, a never finished replica of the Colosseum in Rome is a worthwhile sightseeing destination.

Day 8: Oban

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. A cycle trip may be substituted by a sailing tour at any time. The daily programme depends on the weather and the captain’s orders.

Due to the necessity to enter or leave the ship by dinghy in some places, appropriate surefootedness is necessary when transferring between the ship and the dinghy. At some ports, due to the tides, the ship must also be entered or left via a ladder at the port. Here, height differences of up to 3 meters have to be overcome. Here, too, a certain surefootedness should be present.

Services

  • 7 nights in a double cabin with shower / toilet 

  • 7x half board

  • Guided cycling tours 

  • Bed linen and towels

  • English and German speaking tour guide 

  • Map material on board

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
      09.06. - 16.06.24
      16.06. - 23.06.24
      23.06. - 30.06.24
      18.08. - 25.08.24
    FULLY BOOKED
      25.08. - 01.09.24
    FULLY BOOKED
      01.09. - 08.09.24
    FULLY BOOKED

    Extras

    additional costs
    Flat rate for water, tea and coffee (payable on spot) 90
     
    Discounts
    3rd and 4th person in cabin -50%
    Children until 16,99 years in own cabin -25%
       
    Bikes and equipment
    21-speed-bike 80
    E-bike 200
    Insurance for rental bike 21-speed/E-bike 10/20
       
    Transfers*  
    shared transfer Edinburgh – Oban 70
    shared transfer Oban – Edinburgh 70

     


    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Ship

    Welcome aboard the FLYING DUTCHMAN!

    Thanks to her extensive safety and navigation technique, the Flying Dutchman has the world-wide permit to carry out sailing tours. With a sail surface of 480 m² it is usually possible to cover the stretches between islands under sail, and Captain Klaas appreciates any assistance offered by his guests.


    Cabins

    The ship has 10 small, but functionally furnished double cabins, each equipped with bunk beds, private shower and toilet. 1x cabin can be expanded to 3-4 bed cabin. 2-bed cabins for single use below deck possible. (subject to availability) The forward saloon in the deckhouse serves as a cozy dining and lounge area and offers seating for all guests on its cushioned benches


    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.


    Languages on board

    German, English

    Bicycle

    Rental bikes incl. Panniers

    We provide the following bikes on board:

    • 21-speed trekking bikes (men’s and women’s frames in four different frame sizes: 46 cm and 52 cm for women, 56 cm and 60 cm for men.).
    • E-bikes
    • tagalongs, child seats, ...

    If you do not want to do without your own saddle or clipless pedals, you are welcome to bring them with you and have them mounted on your rental bike by your tour guide on site.


    E-bikes | Electric bikes | Pedelecs

    Our e-bikes are high-quality pedelecs, which are characterized by a relatively low weight and good equipment. With an e-bike, even steep inclines can be climbed almost effortlessly. So now cyclists with different fitness levels can go on tours together! 


    Additional insurance (bookable/payable on site)

    Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike (not covered: intentional damage):

    21-speed trekking bike: € 10,- /week
    Electric bike: € 20,- /week

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA)
    From EDI airport drives a bus to Oban - Duration approx. 4,5h; costs approx. € 50,- From the bus station it takes you only a few minutes by foot to the pier.


    Arrival by car

    Parking: about 500 m - 1 km from the pier there is a free parking lot. (drive directly to the pier and one of our colleagues on board will be happy to show you the way).


    Transfers

    Sharad transfer Edinburgh (5.30 pm) / Edinburgh Airport (6.00 pm) – Ship in Oban: € 70,-/person
    Shared transfer Oban – Edinburgh Airport (07.00 am to reach flights starting from 12.00 on): € 70,-/person (booking incl. the complete transmission of flight details - only possible on embarkation day)

    Other exclusive transfers are up on request.


    Participants

    Minimum: 14
    Maximum: 22


    Additional information

    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

    Helmets
    Helmet use is mandatory on this tour. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available (reservation necessary).

    Due to the necessity to enter or leave the ship by dinghy in some places, appropriate surefootedness is necessary when transferring between the ship and the dinghy. At some ports, due to the tides, the ship must also be entered or left via a ladder at the port. Here, height differences of up to 3 meters have to be overcome. Here, too, a certain surefootedness should be present.

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