12th June - St Kilda, Islands on the Edge

Made up of five islands and three stacs, this is our third visit of the year to St Kilda.  Whilst the Double UNESCO World Heritage Site is the highlight of the cruise, there are other ancient sites to enjoy.

Our thanks to Mr David Dunn and Mrs Adelaide Taylor for supplying some of the images used on this weeks cruise log. 

Tuesday, 12th June.

When embarkation was complete we set sail through the Firth of Lorn to our overnight anchorage off the Isle of Colonsay.

Wednesday, 13th June.

We berthed alongside at Colonsay this morning for a visit to Colonsay House Gardens.

The afternoon was spent enjoying a scenic cruise north past the Treshnish Isles and the Small Isles, through the Sound of Sleat and Kyle Rhea on passage towards our overnight berth at Kyle of Lochalsh. 

Thursday, 14th June.

Guests disembarked at Kyle of Lochalsh this morning and travelled by coach to Eilean Donan Castle, restored to its former glory in 1932 by Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap.

After returning to the ship for lunch, guests enjoyed an afternoon exploring Attadale Garden.

 

We anchored overnight in Staffin Bay off the Isle of Skye.

Friday, 15th June.

We sailed into Stornoway this morning for a visit to the Callanish Standing Stones and Dun Carloway Broch. 

During the afternoon guests enjoyed an excursion to St Moluag’s Church and the Butt of Lewis or explored Stornoway independently.

Once all guests were safely back on board we cruise the Shiant Isles prior to dinner on passage to our overnight anchorage in Loch Bay, Isle of Skye.

Saturday, 16th June.

From Loch Dunvegan guests were tendered ashore to visit Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, alternatively they took a local boat to view the seal colony.

Over lunch we cruised to Tarbert, Isle of Harris, for an island tour and visit to the Tweed Shop for a demonstration.  Highlights of the tour included Rodel, St Clement’s Church and the beaches. 

Departing Harris, we set sail overnight on passage to St Kilda.

Sunday, 17th June.

This morning guests were landed on Hirta, St Kilda, where they enjoyed exploring the abandoned village and went for walks on the island.

Prior to lunch we cruised the Stacs of St Kilda and spent the afternoon cruising on passage towards our overnight anchorage in Tobermory Bay, Isle of Mull.

Monday, 18th June.

Spending the morning in Tobermory guests explored the town independently or walked to the Rubha nan Gall Lighthouse. 

Our final port of call was Craignure for an afternoon guided tour of Duart Castle.

The Farewell Gala Dinner was held at anchor off off Java Point, Isle of Mull. 

Tuesday, 19th June.

We cruised into Oban this morning where disembarkation took place.