14th May - Outer Isles Odyssey
The breathtaking beauty of Scotland's islands is beyond compare, shaped by sea and mountain, climate, heritage and culture. Bathed in a luminosity of colour that enhances every scene, the unspoilt Outer Isles are a virtually unknown paradise.
Tuesday, 14th May.
Guests were piped on board in Oban and once the safety drills had been completed we set sail on passage to our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay.
Wednesday, 15th May.
This morning was spent cruising the Sea of the Hebrides towards Bishop’s Isles. In the afternoon guests enjoyed the thrill of a beach landing on Vatersay for walks ashore and refreshments from the hamper.
We anchored overnight in Vatersay Bay.
Thursday, 16th May.
This morning we arrived and berthed alongisde in Castle Bay, Barra for a tour of the island.
During lunch we sailed to Lochboisedale for our afternoon excursion to Prince's Bay, Eriskay for walks on the beach.
We anchored overnight in Lochmaddy.
Friday, 17th May.
This moringing guests were tendered ashore in Lochmaddy for a visit to the ancient stone circle of Pobull Fhinn and Barpas Langass burial chamber.
In the afternoon we cruised seabird cliffs of the Shiant Isles and anchored off overnight.
Saturday, 18th May.
This morning we berthed in Stornoway to explore the Callanish Standing Stones, and Carloway Broch.
In the afternoon guests discovered local history and culture at the Lews Castle Museum or explored Stornoway independently.
We anchored overnight in East Loch Tarbert.
Sunday, 19th May.
After breakfast we arrived in Tarbert for an island tour of Harris which included Horgabost beach.
Over lunch the ship sailed to Dunvegan, Isle of Skye for our afternoon visit to the castle and gardens. Unfortunately the resident seals had been scared off by a whale!
We anchored overnight in Loch Bracadale, Isle of Skye.
Monday, 20th May.
Our final port of call was the Isle of Canna for morning walks ashore ahead of a realxing afternoon cruise through the Small Isles and the Sound of Mull on passage to our overnight anchorage in Charlotte Bay where the Farewell Gala Dinner was held.
Tuesday, 21st May.
We arrived in our home port of Oban this morning where the Captain and crew waved a fond farewell to the disembarking guests.