Bike and Sail the Highlands of Scotland
Scotland Bike + Barge Tours
A sailing and biking tour around Scotland’s Isle of Mull, the Inner Hebrides, and the Highlands
On this unique bike and boat tour in Scotland, a true sailing adventure, you begin and end in Oban, a resort town nestled in the hills and formally know as the "Gateway to the Isles."
On the tall ship, the Flying Dutchman, you visit the Island of Mull and the Morvern Peninsula, still largely untouched by mass tourism. You will admire the fortresses on the island weathered by the wind, and enjoy the wild scenery of the highlands Scotland, with its intense colors and great biodiversity.
From the ship's deck, you can look for dolphins and whales, as the grandiose landscapes glide by. While cycling, you will see eagles, red deer, and otters and gaze out upon the sea from the most beautiful cliff-top viewpoints.
In the evening, raise a glass of whiskey in one of the local pubs and listen to some Scottish music!
- Amazing wildlife on the Isle of Mull
- Excavation site of Kilmartin
- Unique accommodations on an authentic tall ship
- Jura distillery
- Duart Castles
- Wild nature of Scotland
Price £ 1223 $ 2,712 € 1440 $ 2170 NOK 13560 kr 12517 $ 1,627 Single supplement: £ 255 $ 565 € 300 $ 452 NOK 2825 kr 2608 $ 339
Electric bicycle rental: £ 85 $ 188 € 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113
Collective arrival transfer from Edinburgh (5:30 pm)/Edinburgh Airport (6:00 pm) to Oban: £ 25 $ 57 € 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34 Departure transfer from Oban (7 am to reach flights starting from noon) to Edinburgh Airport: £ 25 $ 57 € 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34
Other exclusive transfers upon request.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Edinburgh
Collective transfer is available between Edinburgh/Edinburgh Airport and tour start on embarkation and disembarkation day with supplement. See pricing and remarks for details. Travel time is 3 hours.
If you prefer public transportation, from the Edinburgh Airport, there are good connections by train and bus throughout Scotland. The simplest and cheapest connection between the individual places are the Citylink Busses. It is advisable to reserve the bus on the internet in advance.
Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website for weather information including high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com.
Collective transfer between Edinburgh Airport or Edinburgh Center to the boat and return (as long as it takes place on embarkation and disembarkation day) is available. See pricing.
• Collective transfer Edinburgh (5.30 pm) /Edinburgh Airport (6.00 pm) – Ship in Oban
• Collective transfer Oban – Edinburgh Airport (07.00 am to reach flights starting from 12.00 on)
If you arrive in the morning, you might take the public bus to Waverley Bridge/St. Andrews Square (every 10 minutes). Your baggage can be stored at the central station in a safe deposit box and you can enjoy the whole day in Edinburgh. At 5:30 pm the transfer bus can pick you up at Waverley Station Bridge at the center of Edinburgh. Otherwise, you can get picked up at the airport (arrival area) at 6 pm. The transfer to Oban takes 3 hours.
Should you require a transfer other than during the mentioned time, please let us know and we can get you a quote.
We will need flight information for transfers.
- arrival & departure date
- flight route
- flight number
- estimated arrival or departure time
Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.
*Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa
This tour is classified as a moderate to difficult bike and sail adventure. The daily distances range from 12 to 37 mi. (20 to 60 km) on very hilly terrain. The majority of the route is on quiet country asphalted roads but, at times, field paths are also used. This tour involves some longer and steeper ascents. Strong headwinds may also be encountered. The daily program depends on the weather and the captain’s discretion.
Due to the necessity to embark/disembark the ship by dinghy, good balance and steadiness is required. Due to the change in tide, ladders my need to be used to access the boat/land, covering height differences of up to 3 m.
Where You’ll Stay
Onboard the tallship, the Flying Dutchman
- Accommodations on board for 7 nights
- Daily breakfast
- 7 lunches OR dinners (see daily itinerary)
- Guided cycling tours as described in itinerary
- Overview maps of the daily tours on board
- 21 speed trekking bike rental equipped with pannier bag
- Bed linen and towels (please bring a beach towel)
- English speaking tour guide
What’s Not Included
- Arrival transfer from Edinburg/Edinburgh Airport to the ship
- Helmets (Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).
- Departure transfer from Oban to the Edinburgh Airport
- Drinks on board, tally sheet– flat rate (beer, wine, soft drinks, drinking water, tea, coffee): 50 GBP
- Meals other than those mentioned
- Entrance fees to museums and sights
- Bicycle Protection
- Travel Insurance
It is recommended that you spend at least one night in Edinburgh!
Bike and Sail the Highlands of Scotland Boats + Barges
Flying Dutchman Scotland Comfort Class Boat The Flying Dutchman, once a herring logger, was launched in 1903. The conversion to a sailing schooner took place in 2004 and the ship was equipped with 10 small but functionally furnished cabins, each with a private bath and all in one shower. The front saloon in the deckhouse serves as a cozy dining room and lounge with upholstered benches for seating all guests. At the stern, you can sit beside Captain Klaas at the wheel and perhaps even steer the 39-m-long vessel for a while.