This wonderful spring voyage offers the chance of sailing the Orkney Islands on a traditional tall ship. Setting sail from Amsterdam, this voyage will take you north to the Orkney and maybe even Shetland Islands before finishing in Ullapool.
Set sail across the North Sea and spend some days on some of the most majestical islands of Scotland – the Orkneys and Outer Hebrides. Vikings used to roam here and history can be absorbed on the islands. The Orkneys were first inhabited the fourth millennia before Christ. Archeological finds are scattered all over the islands. Skara Brae offers some of the best views, finds and walks.
Sailing the Orkneys in April is still rather unpredictable, so the exact route of this voyage will really depend on wind and weather. It might mean you will have to wait out a good wind on the Orkney Islands, while sheltering in a bay (and sampling from Higland Park Whiskey Distillery!).
The ship is a small an old Herring drifter built in 1915. At 28 meters over deck, she takes just 16 guests and crew on board so is smaller than some tall ships and is sailed by a family of four professional sailors. Her crew has a special love for traditional sailing and know how to combine this with modern techniques and equipment. The voyages work on a sailing training programme so you’ll be able to get fully involved in all aspects of sailing this beautiful ship as you make your way to Scotland.