15th May - Secret Gardens of the Western Seaboard
The western seaboard of Scotland is home to some of the finest gardens in Europe, where unusual and exotic plants flourish in the warm climate of the North Atlantic Drift. Many were planted in the Victorian era and designed to complement grand country homes.
Tuesday, 15th May.
After embarking the ship in Oban, guests enjoyed an early evening sail to our overnight anchorage Bloody Bay off the Isle of Mull.
Wednesday, 16th May.
Spending a leisurely morning cruising north along the Sound of Sleat, Loch Hourn, Kyle Rhea and under the Skye Bridge we arrived in Plockton in the early afternoon where guests visited Attadale Gardens.
When all guests were safely back on board we sailed north to our overnight anchorage in Loch Ewe.
Thursday, 17th May.
This morning guests explored the lush oasis of Inverewe Garden from Loch Ewe.
Over lunch we steamed north to Ullapool for an afternoon visit to Corrieshalloch Gorge and the spectacular Measach Falls, or had free time to explore Ullapool independently.
We remained alongside overnight in Ullapool.
Friday, 18th May.
The ship remained in Ullapool today and guests disembarked after breakfast for a full day ashore, visiting Dundonnell Garden and Durnamuck Garden with lunch at the Dundonnell Hotel.
In the late afternoon guests returned to the ship and we set sail for our overnight anchorage off Uig, Isle of Skye.
Saturday, 19th May.
Cruising into Loch Dunvegan over breakfast guests enjoyed a morning visit to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens or took a local boat to view the seal colony.
The afternoon was spent relaxing on board cruising the west and south coast of Skye, past the Small Isles on passage towards our overnight anchorage in Loch Tuath off the Isle of Mull.
Sunday, 20th May.
Landing on the Isle of Mull, our visit this morning was the remote and self-made garden of Lip na Cloiche.
Sailing to Tobermory during lunch, the afternoon was spent visiting the Glengorm Estate or exploring Tobermory independently.
We anchored overnight off Java Point.
Monday, 21st May.
This morning guests travelled from Craignure by local ferry to visit the Ardtornish Estate Gardens which were sculpted out of a rocky hillside, creating a natural landscape.
In the afternoon guests were tendered ashore at Dunstaffnage marina for the final visit of the cruise to Ardchattan Priory Garden.
The Farwell Gala Dinner was held at in Charlotte Bay off Kerrera where we remained overnight.
Tuesday, 22nd May.
After an early morning steam into Oban, disembarkation took place at the Northern Lighthouse Board Pier.