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Bike and Sail I Scotland

Saturday, August 8th – Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Cash Price: $3565 Per Person
Based on Double Occupancy
Ground Only Deduct $800

The Trip Leader

Mary Pulaski

Mary Pulaski

9138 Jakes Path
Largo, FL 33771
813-416-4579
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Get ready to cycle in the breathtaking Scottish landscape. Scotland – hundreds of varying tones of green, countless castles and unique light characterize the highlands and the Inner Hebrides, and the stunning isles! The home of the Celt’s enchants with its purity, the untouched nature and of course the jolliness of its inhabitants. Traveling through Scotland by bike and boat you will experience four seasons in one day and pay witness to incredible light schemes. Hear the melancholic tones of bagpipes in the streets and set your eyes on the colorful facades of the village buildings – the landscapes through which you pass are one of a kind. Scotland is a symphony of colors with a huge diversity of flora and fauna. An absolute must for nature lovers: watch dolphins and sea lions from the comfort of your boat, the Flying Dutchman – your floating accommodation for the duration of the trip – and pass by red deer and otters on your bicycle. What better way to spend the evenings then to visit a local pub with live music and a glass of local whiskey, listening to tales of the highlands. Physical requirements (Grade 2-3) - This is a difficult cycling level so this trip is recommended only for experienced and fit cyclists.

Trip Highlights

Round trip air from Tampa to Glasgow Scotland. We will board the Flying Dutchman after our flight and start our tour the next morning. After arriving back in Oban we’ll head to Glasgow for 2 nights with many sightseeing opportunities.

Boat

Flying Dutchman 1
Photo Credit: Island Hopping

At 39 x 6.5 m the Flying Dutchman took to the water in 1903. The rebuild of the former herring luger took place in 2004 with 11 comfortable guest cabins, each with shower and WC and a salon on the main deck with its cozy seats. The impressive sail size of 480 sqm offers you a very special sailing experience as you journey from island to island. Of course the captain welcomes the active help of his guests when it comes to rigging the sails. On a Bike & Boat holidays, our floating hotels will follow you along the various stages of the tour, and welcome you back on board in the afternoon, for a hearty dinner and a good night's sleep. Your bike will be equipped with a lock & waterproof side bag. Wearing a bike helmets is mandatory. There will be a limited amount of helmets on board, so we suggest that you bring your own for safety and hygiene reasons. Our tour leaders are multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. Smart, entertaining, caring and endlessly enthusiastic, they have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, people, culture and local food. Thanks to a deep knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice about how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix your flat tire. Due to the necessity to embark/disembark the ship by dinghy, balance and surefootedness are 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. Surefootness and balance are essential. Due to the necessity to embark/disembark the ship by dinghy, balance and surefootedness are 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. Surefootness and balance are essential. Our Tallships mostly do not fit into small fishing harbors and therefore spend the majority of their nights on anchor. This means that a dinghy transfer is necessary to get to land. Additionally a tidal difference may affect accessibility of the boat on our tours in Great Britain. In some cases it may be necessary to climb a ladder to get on/off the boat or that the use of a dinghy/tender might be necessary for embarkation/disembarkation. Surefootedness and a certain degree of agility are required to get on and off the boat. Needless to say, our tour guides will lend you a helping hand. In general: Wind, swell and tidal differences have a significant influence on a Tallship journey. Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.

Bike Route

SCI Cycling
Photo Credit: Island Hopping

This tour unwinds on a hilly itinerary mostly running on paved very low traffic roads. There might be some unpaved stretches and you might face some more difficult uphill stretches. Cycling can be daunting if the wind is blowing or it is raining. Therefore we suggest that you plan on some extra training for this tour by increasing your cycling at home before departure. We travel from Oban to the North Sea to Tobernochy. Next we’ll ride along Crinan Canal to Isle of Jura with a short cruise around Kintyre Peninsula. From Jura we’ll head to Isle of Mull. From Mull Island to Salen then on to Lochaline.

The itinerary may be subject to unexpected changes before and/or during your holiday, due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as: extreme weather conditions, unannounced road or repair works or law enforcements.

Lodging

After leaving the boat we will head to Glasgow for 2 nights staying at Dakota Hotel.

Sign Up Details

Price Includes:
Round trip air and ground transportation to Scotland from Tampa. Daily breakfast, lunch or dinner on boat, après ski’s and final club dinner.

Deposit:
$1,000 per person, with completed and signed trip application.

Cancellation Date:
All cancellations must be received in writing by April 1, 2020.
See cancellation policy on the 2nd page of the trip application.

Balance Due:
April 8, 2020.

Payment:
Make checks payable to "Tampa Bay Snow Skiers & Boarders" and mail to: Mary Pulaski, 9138 Jakes Path, Largo, FL 33771.

Background photo credit: Island Hopping