Sailing across the North Sea
Amsterdam > Whitby > Holy Island > Eyemouth > Edinburgh
Sailing across the North Sea:
Amsterdam- Scotland will take you to the beautiful scenery of the English and Scottish east coast. We will visit picturesque fishermen’s villages like Whitby and Stonehaven.
Sailing: Amsterdam- Scotland: During this trip we will often sail during the night and, if you like, you can be a part of the crew by joining the watches. You will have the possibility to steer, to navigate, and to help setting the sails. Of course you will be assisted by the professional crew on board.
Gesproken talen aan boord: Dutch, German, English
A typical voyage is illustrated below, but please note that ports and destinations may be subject to change due to unpredictable weather conditions. The captain aboard will determine the final itinerary regarding weather forecasts. Please do not worry if we deviate from the original plan, because it just means that we will most likely visit another beautiful area. We ask for your understanding in this matter.
Day 1: Amsterdam
Sailing trip Amsterdam- Scotland: On Friday around 18:00 PM we welcome you aboard the ‘Flying Dutchman’ in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. After a nice dinner, the captain will give an introduction and the voyage planning, while you enjoy a nice malt whisky ‘on the house’. As a surprise the captain will maybe give a performance with his band ‘Slainge’.
Dag 2 & 3: Crossing the North Sea to Whitby
Today we will leave the port of Amsterdam early in the morning and set course to the sea locks of IJmuiden. During the passage on the North Sea canal you will get safety instructions and sailing instructions from the crew. After we have sailed out of the locks, we arrive at the open sea where we set the sails and start our first long crossing of approximately 220 miles towards Whitby. This part will be the longest of our journey.
Day 3 & 4: Whitby
After we spent the night at sea, we expect to arrive in the medieval town of Whitby in the morning. The harbour is situated in the heart of Whitby where the Flying Dutchman a well-known ship is and always recieves a warm welcome. In this fishermen’s town there is so much to see and enjoy that we will stay here for the rest of the day.
Day 4 & 5: Farne islands & Holy Island
After a very nice breakfast we leave Whitby and set sail to the Farne islands. The Farne islands can only be reached by boat and these rocky islands are a home to many seals, puffins and other species of seabirds. There are many old lighthouses situated on these islands, which are worthwhile seeing. We will try to make a landing on one of the islands with the Zodiac.
In the afternoon we leave for Holy island, which is close to the Farne islands. This special tidal island is situated just a couple of miles from the coast and cut off from the mainland twice a day by tides. It carries a lot of spiritual history and is seen as one of the treasures of England.
The actual name of the island is called the Holy island of Lindisfarne. This is also the name of the monastery, which was founded around 635 by the Irish monk Saint Aiden van Lindesfarne. In 793 the monastery was looted by the Vikings.
On the southeast corner of the island, impressively rising from a steep cliff, you will find the Lindisfarne castle. A castle which was built to defend English ships against Scottish invaders. You can pay a visit to the monastery and the castle. Tonight we stay with the ship in this serene scenery.
Day 6 : Eyemouth
We move on with our Sailing trip Amsterdam- Scotland, and set sail in the morning towards the pretty harbor of Eyemouth, south of Edinburgh. The harbor hosts nice pubs, restaurants and gift shops.
Day 7: Edinburgh
Unfortunately our voyage has come to an end. After a nice breakfast on board it is time to say goodbye. The transferbus (included) brings you to the center of Edinburgh.
Year of Construction 1903
Sailing vessel The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman is built in 1903. In 2004 Klaas bought this ship and reconstructed it in order to serve as a passengers’ ship that is able to sail the international waters. The ship has a worldwide license according to international safety rules and the ship has been outfitted with the latest navigation and communication systems.
The interior is warm and cosy. The mahogany wood adds to the maritime atmosphere. Refreshments can be found at the bar which is provided with a beer tab. Each cabin has its own bathroom with toilet and shower. Outside you will find plenty of spots to sit, relax and enjoy the passing scenery.