Scotland is a country of islands, rocks, beautiful northern nature and, of course, whiskey. The country has strong traditions - men wear kilts, travelers in medieval castles are greeted by their titled owners from ancient families, and on Sundays everyone goes to church. There are over 300 distilleries in Scotland, each with its own whiskey secrets, and you will have the opportunity to sample different varieties of Scotch.
On an expedition to Scotland, we will visit castles, walk along foggy and green hills, sail on a yacht along the picturesque Crinan Canal. We chose the best time of the year for the trip: there is the least amount of rainfall, and the average daily temperature rarely drops below +15 degrees.
Scotland has absolutely stunning nature - hills covered with emerald green, dense fogs, forests, waterfalls and sheer cliffs above the sea. There are also red deer and cute shaggy cows!
Scotland is famous for its medieval castles where kings used to live. Some are left only with picturesque ruins, while in others travelers are greeted by their titled owners from ancient families.
It takes time to truly love whiskey. And it is certainly impossible to discern any shades of taste of this drink the first time. But, having visited at least one Scottish distillery, you will learn, if not love, then at least understand whiskey.
from €1,210 / 8(8) days / 1pers.
Arrival at the marina.
Meeting the team.
Check-in on the yacht after lunch.
Oban is a popular resort in Scotland. It is home to the famous distillery of the same name - Oban Distillery, which has been operating since 1794. It is also worth looking at the local Colosseum (McCaig's Tower). And you should definitely try the seafood - the North Sea oysters are much tastier than the French ones. They can be bought cheaply at regular street kiosks - Oban Seafood Hut.
OBAN >>> MULL (TOBERMORY)
On the Isle of Mull, there is the Gaelic Castle of Duart, one of the oldest in Scotland, and the Tobermory Distillery. The capital of the island, Tobermory, with a beautiful harbor, colorful stone houses, and a Gothic cathedral, deserves special attention.
We will circle the Isle of Mull and dock at its northern point - near Tobermory. If we're lucky, we can see whales on the way.
MULL (TOBERMORIE) >>> ERRAID ISLAND
On the way to Erraid Island, we will see one of the largest caves in the Hebrides - Fingal's Cave. A very beautiful place, perhaps one of the most mysterious on the planet.
Erraid is a tiny tidal island. An eco-village has been set up on the island, where they live by subsistence farming, fishing, and livestock. By the way, the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of the famous "Treasure Island", loved to visit Errade.
ERRAID ISLAND >>> GLENMORE
A small village in the province of Argyll. An old Irish settlement in Scotland. Quiet and peaceful place with wonderful fishing and shady forests.
Here, you can walk arond enjoying the quiet northern nature and amazing views.
GLENMORE >>> CRINAN
Crossing the Crinan Canal is one of the coolest sailing experiences on the trip. It shortens the path around the Kintyre Peninsula by almost ten times. Crinan is nine miles of endless locks, almost all of which have to be opened and closed on their own.
It seems that the passage of the channel will require about 30 moorings, but in reality, it is not. Part of the way, someone from the crew will walk along the shore, opening and closing the locks, and the yacht will slowly pass the gates.
CRINAN >>>ARRAN ISLAND
Arran is one of the most interesting Scottish islands. The landscape here is very diverse: in the north, there are mountains and waterfalls, in the south, there are picturesque beaches.
Among this dramatic northern nature, rare white deer live on the island. Among other things, Arran is home to the famous Scottish king's castle Brodick with well-preserved interiors and a park.
DAYS 7 AND 8
ARRAN ISLAND >>> LARGS
Largs is a popular seaside resort on the west coast of Scotland near Glasgow. Here, there is the largest marina in the country, from which you can get to all the nearest islands by ferry.
Check-out from yachts the next day before 09:00. We recommend staying in Scotland for a couple more days, continuing to explore this beautiful country on your own.
OBAN — MULL (TOBERMORY) — ERRAID ISLAND — GLENMORE — CRINAN — ARRAN ISLAND — LARGS