A grey day in Stornoway was brightened up this morning (Tuesday April 23rd) by the sight of an 111-year-old sailing vessel alongside Esplanade Quay in Stornoway harbour, half-way through a leisure trip around most of Scotland.

The Amsterdam-registered Flying Dutchman is a two-master, 39.55 metres long and with a gross tonnage of 120GT. She was built in 1903 and reconstructed and re-fitted in 2004, so that she now provides comfortable en-suite cabins for up to 26 guests, with a crew of mainly Dutch sailors under skipper Klaas van Twillert.

She operates out of Amsterdam and spends the whole summer season around the coastline of Scotland, returning to the Netherlands midway through October. She’s currently mid-way through a ten-day sailing tour from Aberdeen to Oban via Orkney, Lewis and Harris, Skye and Mull.

The pictures were taken in Stornoway harbour this morning by John Dyer and are used with thanks.