GetBoat

Download for

Yachting in scotland

 

YACHTING IN SCOTLAND

(Let’s try some WHISKY)

---------------------------------------

04.08.2018 - 11.08.2018

---------------------------------------

€1100

per person

---------------------------------------

Sails full of fresh sea breeze, bright colors of Scotland and a rich aroma of a single malt whiskey - right where it was born, on the islands of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Welcome to our Yacht Whiskey Tour – an adventure for those who want something more than just a yacht vacation in the Mediterranean.

Join us in fighting the fog and wind, enjoying the vibrant nature of Scotland, setting a foot in ancient castles and savoring world class whiskey - Arran, Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Laphroaig, Bowmore...

 

 

 

Welcome to our Yacht Whiskey Tour – an adventure for those who want something more than just a yacht vacation in the Mediterranean.

Join us in fighting the fog and wind, enjoying the vibrant nature of Scotland, setting a foot in ancient castles and savoring world class whiskey - ArranLagavulinArdbegLaphroaigBowmore...

---------------------------------------

 


 SAILING   WHISKY   JUZZ   

ARRAN   CAMPBELTOWN   ISLAY   BALLICASTLE 

 

---------------------------------------

ROUTE

 

Largs;

Arran (Lochranza);

Campbeltown;

Islay;

Ballicastle;

Arran (Brodic);

Largs

---------------------------------------

PRICE INCLUDES

 

Yacht (1 place in a DBL cabin);

Skipper;

Fuel and water

 

---------------------------------------

 

ADDITIONALLY PAID

 

Transfer;

Visa (if required);

Provision

 

Juzz festival tickets (around 100 EUR for all weekend)

Refurndable insurance deposit for the yacht 100 EUR

 

---------------------------------------

 

YACHTS

JENNEAU SUN ODYSSEY 439

 

---------------------------------------

 

New beautiful yacht


If you like a pure sailing adventure or interested in gastronomic delights, want to learn more about the history or simply unwind – this tour is a perfect balance of unforgettable components.

The first component in the mix is yachting of course.

Hebrides of Scotland that we will explore is a perfect spot for sailing with it moderate wind tidal, beautiful coastline and a bright sky above your head.

Our yacht is equipped with everything you need for a week (or longer) lasting adventure – private rooms and common areas, hot water, bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge and a stove.

We will eat on board once a day (and from time to time we will do a “cook what you catch”  - our favorite entertainment on board - Scottish mackerel and cod fishing is no worse than in a world-famous Norway) and once in a cosy shore restaurants.
 

---------------------------------------

The second magic component of an unforgettable adventure is whishkey… Every drink has a climate it fits the best. As for example rum is a perfect match to rhythms of Carribean and Cuba. And Whiskey… Whiskey belongs to Albion, to its sea with strong, rough, primary iodine fragrance (curtesy of local algae), to its rough winds and primary nature. 
It’s here in Albion, where I fell in love with whiskey for the first time and understood the taste with all the complexity and character of it. 


 



Whiskey tastes the best where it belongs – on windy Albion, on board of a yacht.

When a single malt spreads on your palette, perfectly complimented by a salty sea wind, flocks of Gannets pass above your head and you are flying on the waves from one island to another… this all forms a perfect complete picture.

Where you are in the center and the world around you is in harmony. 

---------------------------------------

THE BEGINNING

 

Our yacht tour begins in Largs. You can get here by bus or express train from Glasgow and Edinburgh

It is highly recommended to arrive a day or two before the start to see Edinburg and (or) Glasgow.
Edinburg is one of the oldest cities in Scotland well known for its fortresses and castles, musicians and artists giving street perfomances in the evenings, for its art galleries and of course – cozy pubs, that will be ready to treat you with their own century old ale recipes.

If you fly through Glasgow, the best way to see the city is from a tourist bus, as most attractions of it are scattered around the city. 

Whatever you choose Edinburg or Glasgow, you will have an amazing time.

More information is available on numerous on-line resources about each city, my advice is to add an extra day or two to explore the land when planning the yacht tour! 

After exploring Edingburg or Glasgow you arrive to Largs, where our Yacht adventure begins.

The first day here is dedicated to logistics – check-in and purchase of provision for the coming trip.

Once all is settled, (weather and tides permitting) we will start our sailing from Largs to Arran the same day in the evening.  

---------------------------------------

ARRAN

 

Arran is the name of the island and of our first whiskey the same time.

Any whskey tasting begins with lighter flavors and ends with more deep, vibrant ones.

We built our yacht week in the same way – starting with Arran – a home of the one of the less smoky Scottish whiskeys.  

 




We will anchor in a beautiful Lochranza bay and set a shore.

Passing by a ruins of an ancients Lochranza Castle and a beautiful park with tame deers we will arrive to Arran distillery. 

Wiskey master at Arran will not only help us to uncover all the layers of the flavour, but will also entertain us with the stories about the Golden Eagle – a rare and majestic bird, a symbol of Arran whiskey, that you can often see soaring above the distillery.  

---------------------------------------

CAMPBELTOWN

 

The first stop of the first day will be in the evening in Campbeltown.

Here we will be able to dock directly to the bank, to do some shopping if necessary and refill the boat with fresh water.

For dinner we will kick off our culinary part of experience in a classic Scottish pub!
After the dinner or the next morning before we set off you can take a picturesque walk along the bank all the way to Davaar Island, that you can cross to while the low tide.

 

 

Once the morning shore activities are over, we will undock and explore the island coastline by the boat, passing by a picture-perfect light-house and making a stop to explore a cave where an unknown artist has created a makeshift church with a hand drawn icon of Christ. 

---------------------------------------
 

ISLAY - ISLAND OF WHISKEY!


Islay. We are arriving to Whiskey paradise – a birthplace of single malt whiskey and a home to 9 working distilleries.  Each distillery is beautiful in its own way and worths an exploration: 

 

Laphroaig- traditional distillery, which still manually flipsmalt (at least part of it).

The company has it own peat bogs.

Their whiskey is strong and rich – a classic island whiskey with a hint of seaweed and a strong peat taste.

 

---------------------------------------

 

Lagavulin- one of the brightest whiskey on island is 16-year-oldLagavulin. Solid, heavy, powerful, with a concentrated flavor.

One of the most smoky Scotch whiskey, a dark amber with a very long warming aftertaste.

 

---------------------------------------

 

Ardbeg- unique in their approach to whiskey they are usingwater from a local lake Ogadal and aging their whiskey in barrels of bourbon.

This gives Ardbeg whiskey an intense taste, making it the most powerful of all peat malt whiskey on the Islay.

 

---------------------------------------

 

Caol Ila – brews smoky whiskey with salty notes. A little harsh,with a character.

Distillery was completely rebuilt in 1970th, but traditions are fully preserved here. In fact, current director of the distillery Billy Stitchela describes his job as “a heritage keeper” continuing the work of his father, grand-father and great-grandfather who spent their lives working here!  

 

---------------------------------------

 

Bunnahabhain- aging their whiskey is in barrels of sherry and bourbon.

In this distillery water does not pass through peat bogs, resulting is a milder, softer taste.

 

---------------------------------------

 

Bowmore- oldest distillery of the island and one of the oldest in Scotland – it is said to be founded in 1779.

Besides making an excellent whiskey this distillery is know on the island for using the waste heat from the distillation process to heat a nearby public swimming pool that was built in one of the distillery's former warehouses

 

---------------------------------------

 

Bruichladdich- translated as "rocky shore", produces 1.5 million liters per year and has the most diverse range of whiskey on the island.

 

---------------------------------------

 

Port Charlotte- unit of Bruichladdich, which specializes in peatwhiskey

 

---------------------------------------

 

Kilchoman- youngest distillery on the island.

The distillery began the production in June 2005, and was the first to be built on the island of Islay in 124 years.

It is one of only six Scottish distilleries still doing traditional floor-maltings, and is unique in having all parts of the process - growing barley, malting, distilling, maturing and bottling - carried out on Islay.


Every whiskey on Islay has it unique taste and it own degree of smokiness.

Below is a map of taste cards of the most common whiskeys on the island:


Given how much the Islay has to offer, we will stay on the island for a couple of days.

Mornings will be busy with whiskey degustation (all the distilleries hold their degustation in the mornings).

In the afternoons we will explore the island – on foot or by bikes.

And in the evening – have a chance to enjoy an annual Jazz festival that Islay host in it’s distilleries.

This year – the stage is at one of the biggest and the most spectacular distilleries – the Lagavulin. 

 

---------------------------------------

 

NORTHERN IRELAND. BALLYCASTLE


Our next stop is in Northern Ireland, Ballycastle.

We will get out to the sea early in the morning, to take advantage of the tides (or avoid the tidal headache) – tides can accelerate or slow us down by as much as 50%.

Passage to Ballycastle always surprises us with the weather – one minute you are in a fog so heavy you don’t see a steering wheel at a stretch of a hand, and a minute later – the fog rises above you and you can clearly see all the way to the horizon. 

And always, almost always, the passage to Ballycastle means meeting a rainbow.

This is what Ballycastle to me – a town of rainbows. 


We will dock at the Ballycastle around noon and with no further due will jump into a bus or a car and head off to the northern coast, to it’s beautiful rocky cliffs.

Nature here is Irish national treasure and nothing beats a tranquility of sitting down on the grass on a cliff above the sea, gazing into the horizon for as long as the heart desires a UNESCO World Heritage side.

This range of huge polyhedral basalt columns that rise above the water was once formed by a volcanic eruption and today offers a breathtaking proof of nature’s artistic talents make sure to dedicate some time to Giant's Causeway We will also


Not always has the majestic design of Giant Causeway been contributed to the volcano.

The old legend claims it to be a leftover of the bridge once built by a 54-feet tall giant Finn: 


The Causeway story tells us that Finn lived happily on the Antrim coast with his wife Oonagh until he discovered he had a rival in Scotland known as Benandonner.

  Finn was frequently taunted by Benandonner from afar and on one occasion Finn scooped up a clod of earth and hurled it across the sea at him but missed.  

The huge clod of earth landed in the middle of the Irish Sea making the Isle of Man and the depression formed from scooping up the earth filled up with water to become Lough Neagh."


Finn finally challenged Benandonner to a proper fight and decided to build a causeway of enormous stepping stones across the sea to Scotland, so that he could walk across without getting his feet wet.

But as he approached and caught sight of the great bulk of Benandonner, Finn became afraid and fled back home, with Benandonner hot on his trail. In his haste as he ran, Finn lost one of his great boots and today it can be seen sitting on the foreshore in Port Noffer where it fell to the ground.


"The story takes a humorous twist when Finn asks his wife Oonagh to help him hide.

Clever Oonagh disguised Finn as a baby and pushed him into a huge cradle, so when Benandonner saw the size of the sleeping ‘child’, he assumed the father must be GIGANTIC.

Benandonner fled home in terror, ripping up the Causeway as he went in case he was followed.


Once we are done with Giant’sCauseway and if you still have enough energy after all these walking (usually we have!) - let's go to visit Dunluce Castle and (or) Bushmils Distillery.

---------------------------------------

AND AGAIN - ARRAN!


The last time we have visited the island near Lochranza.

This time, we will go to the other side. Isle of Arran is called a Scotland in miniature.

It has it’s own  mountains and valleys, rivers with waterfalls and a real Scottish castles. 


Arran is not only a home to whiskey, but also to a great selection of local ales and go at cheeses.

In case you feel like golfing – there are some excellent golf courses around town of Brodik and a small island museum.

But one of the best spots out there is probably a small Holly Island, where we have always been lucky with fishing! 

Arranis is a great place to arrange some extra activities – you can choose from horse riding, sea kayaking, jeep mountains adventure riding, or mountain river exploring.

Tours cost around 50-60 pounds and there is a great choice!

And in the evening, tired, but happy we will all crash on a comfy bench in one of the local pubs to enjoy live music, exchange our stories of the day and taste local ales.

Or escape the civilization to our own yacht and enjoy the evening under the stars, watching the city at night in accompanied by a pot of a hot tea and a bottle of great whiskey. 



We can only add - welcome aboard!