18th June - Footloose to the Summer Isles & Shiants

This alluring Footloose itinerary reveals the rich diversity of the Inner and Outer Hebrides in the magical days of summer that take on a dream-like quality. Pursuing the usual programme of walks and activities for all, our experienced guides enliven this stimulating route.

Tuesday, 18th June.

Once all guests had boarded and the safety drills completed, Hebridean Princess set sail for her overnight anchorage in Tobermory Bay, off the Isle of Mull.

Wednesday, 19th June.

As with all of our Footloose walking cruises, there is always a choice of things to do when going ashore. This morning, guests had the opportuinity to explore the colourful Georgian capital town of Tobermory on Mull or particpate in the first of our guided walks on this cruise.

 

 

During the afternoon, a relaxing cruise of the Sound of Sleat, Kyle Rhea and under the Skye Bridge towards our overnight anchorage, ensued.

Thursday, 20th June.

Tendering ashore at Gairloch, guests had two options this morning. The walkers stepped out on a full day walk to The Fairy Lochs and Loch Bad-An-Scalaig, whilst those wishing for something less strenuous strolled Flowerdale Glen and visited Inverewe Garden during the afternoon.

The Fairy Lochs and Loch Bad-An-Scalaig walk:

 

 

Flowerdale Glen:

Our overnight anchorage this evening was at Hallaig off Raasay.

Friday, 21st June.

This morning, Hebridean Princess berthed in Ullapool and the walkers headed to Knockan Crag whilst Corrieshalloch Gorge played host to our strollers.

Knockan Crag walk:

 

 

Corrieshalloch Gorge:

 

 

During this afternoon, all guests had the opportunity to go ashore on Isle Martin in the Summer Isles, for walks and refreshments at the café.

 

 

Tonight's anchorage was in Loch Grunyard, at the entrance to Little Loch Broom.

Saturday, 22nd June.

Having crossed The MInch, we arrived at Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. A full day walk to Dalmore and The Butt of Lewis beckoned, with the alternative visit being to the historic Callanish Stones and Carloway Broch.

Dalmore and the Butt of Lewis:

 

 

 

Callanish Stones and Carloway Broch:

 

 

This afternoon, Lews Castle Museum welcomed the strollers for their second visit of the day, whilst the walkers continued to stride out.

 

Hebridean Princess remained alongside in Stornoway this evening.

Sunday, 23rd June.

Today, we landed on the enchanted Shiant Isles, spellbound by sights and sounds of the vast seabird cliffs.

 

 

During the afternoon, guests went ashore at Dunvegan for walks in the area or a visit to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens.

 

Anchoring off The Shiants, we were treated to the most spectacular sunset.

Monday, 24th June.

Our final foray ashore was to Loch Scavaig for a stretch of legs, before cruising the Small Isles and through the Sound of Mull.

 

This evening's anchorage was in Loch Scavaig.

Tuesday, 25th June.

As a delightful week of exhilarating walks and wonderful weather comes to a close, we said goodbye to our friends disembarking this morning and look forward to welcoming them all back on board soon.