19th April 2016 - Springtime Surprise
Join us on this spring surprise as Captain Richard Heaton decides the itinerary on a daily basis, taking you to some of his favourite destinations. Although the itinerary is unkown, you will be assured of excellent service, exquisite cuisine and the understated elegance of Hebridean Princess.
We hope that all our guests have enjoyed this Springtime Surprise cruise. The Captain, Officers and crew look forward to welcoming you all back on board very soon and hope you have a safe and pleasant journey home.
The final morning of the cruise was spent exploring the Isle of Kerrera which guards the entrance to Oban bay, ahead of free time in Oban in the afternoon for last minute souvenir shopping.
Our morning visit was Salen on Loch Sunart where guests went ashore for walks in the ancient oakwoods.
During lunch we cruised to the Isle of Mull for a visit to the capital town of Tobermory.
Today we toured the island of Lewis from Stornoway. The highlights included the ancient standing stones at Callanish and the well-preserved Carloway Broch.
After lunch ashore we travelled to the northern tip of the island, the Butt of Lewis, visiting the traditional Black Houses en route.
This morning, from East Loch Tarbert, we took a tour of Harris including Luskentyre beach, St Clement's church Rodel and retail therapy at the world famous Harris Tweed.
During the afternoon we cruised the Shiant Isles on passage to Stornoway where we berthed overnight and enjoyed local entertainment after dinner.
This morning guests relaxed on board as we cruised the Sea of the Hebrides and around the tiny, uninhabited Bishop's Isles of Mingulay, Pabbay and Berneray and Barra Head, the most southerly point of the Outer Hebrides. As we cruised past Mingulay are large colony of seals was spotted on the beach.
After lunch on board we landed on Eriskay and followed in the Footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie with glorious walks on Prince's Beach where the hamper provided welcome refreshments.
We anchored off East Loch Tarbert overnight.
The first day of our surprise cruise was spent exploring the Small Isles. Our morning port of call was the Isle of Eigg, dominated by the pitchstone ridge of An Sgurr.
In the afternoon we landed on Canna for walks and strolls on this island known as the 'Garden of the Hebrides'.
We spent the night at anchor in Loch Scresort, Rum.
Guests embarked in Oban in anticipation of this surprise voyage as we steamed through the Sound of Mull to our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay.