12th September - Call of the Emerald Isle

The very word 'Gaelic' conjures up poetic images of myth and legend; capture the magical and mysterious spirit of the Emerald Isle and immerse yourself in Gaelic history and culture on this unforgettable voyage of discovery.

12th September 2017.

We set sail from Oban and sailed overnight on passage to Northern Ireland.

13th Spetember 2017.

We arrived and berthed alongside in Larne this morning.  Following an early lunch on board guests went ashore to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway.

We remained alongside in Larne overnight.

14th September 2017.

From our berth at Larne a coach transported guests to Londonderry, Ireland’s only completely walled city.  On arrival in Londonderry, guests were welcomed to the city at a reception in the Guildhall by the Mayor. Following this reception a local guide accompanied guests on a walking tour of the city. 
Luncheon was served at Roe Park Resort.

From the lunch venue, the coach departed to take guests to visit Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House before returning to the ship at Larne where we remained once again overnight.

15th September 2017.

Following an early morning sail to Belfast guests disembarked for a visit to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens and to explore the medieval village of Hillsborough.  

After lunch on board our afternoon visit was the Titanic Belfast Exhibition, following which the ship departed Belfast for our overnight anchorage in Belfast Lough.

16th September 2017.

After a morning spent relaxing on board as we cruised the Irish coast on passage towards Carlingford, we arrived and berthed alongside at Warrenpoint.  

From here a coach was available to take guests to Carlingford, Republic of Ireland for a walking guided tour of Medieval Carlingford. 

We anchored overnight in Dundrum Bay.

17th September 2017.

This morning guests departed the ship by local boat at Portaferry, Strangford Lough, to transfer guests onto the coach for the full day tour of Mount Stewart House and Gardens including lunch.

The ship sailed for Bangor, Northern Ireland where guests re-joined the vessel in the late afternoon ahead of an evening sail on passage to our overnight anchorage off Port Ellen, Isle of Islay.

18th September 2017.

We berthed alongside at Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, this morning where a coach was available to take guests to visit the Bruichladdich Distillery.

The final afternoon was spent cruising the Sound of Jura and the Sound of Luing on passage to our overnight anchorage in Castle Bay, Isle of Kerrera.

19th September 2017.

Our Irish adventure came to a close this morning in Oban as guests disembarked at Northern Lighthouse Board Pier.