1st May - The Rugged North West Wilderness
The far north west Higlands offer superb scenery, mountain peaks, unspoilt sandy beaches, magnificent walking and wide open spaces. Add in the famous sub-tropical gardens at Inverewe, the remote Summer Isles and seabird cliffs of the Shiants to make this cruise a fascinating journey through beautiful landscapes of lochs and mountains.
Tuesday, 1st May.
Embarkation preceded an early evening sail to our overnight anchorage in Mingary Bay.
Wednesday, 2nd May.
Our first port of call was Armadale for a visit to the ruined castle, extensive gardens and grounds, and the Clan Donald Centre where guests could learn the history of the isles.
Returning to the ship for lunch, guests enjoyed a leisurely afternoon cruising the Sound of Sleat, Loch Hourn, under the Skye Bridge and through the Inner Sound on passage towards our overnight anchorage in Upper Loch Torridon.
Thursday, 3rd May.
After a morning stretch of legs at the pretty conservation village of Shieldaig we cruised to Gairloch for our afternoon visit.
During the afternoon guests could explore Inverewe House and Garden or go for a walk up the Flowerdale Glen.
We berthed alongside in Ullapool overnight.
Friday, 4th May.
After free time to explore Ullapool independently we spent the remainder of the morning cruising the rugged coast of Wester Ross.
After lunch on board we visited Loch a Chairn Bhain for afternoon walks ashore before sailing to our overnight anchorage off Tanera Mor, Summer Isles.
Saturday, 5th May.
This morning we landed on Isle Martin, Summer Isles for walks on the island and refreshments at the local tea room.
After lunch guests enjoyed a leisurely cruise of The Minch and the seabird cliffs of the Shiant Isles before arriving at our overnight anchorage in Loch Bay off Skye.
Sunday, 6th May.
Sailing into Loch Dunvegan, guests were tendered ashore to visit Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland which has been home to the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.
We spent the afternoon cruising the north coast of Skye, the Inner Sound, under the Skye Bridge and Kyle Rhea on passage towards our overnight anchorage off Java Point, Isle of Mull.
Monday, 7th May.
This morning we visited Duart Castle from Craignure, standing proudly on a clifftop overlooking the Sound of Mull, Duart is the seat of the Clan Mclean.
Sailing into Oban bay over lunch we berthed alongside for our afternoon excursion to Ardchattan Priory Garden which was first established in the 13th century.
We remained alongside in Oban overnight where the Farewell Gala Dinner was held.
Tuesday, 8th May.
After a hearty breakfast our Captain, Officers and crew waved a fond farewell to our guests as they disembarked at the Northern Lighthouse Board pier in Oban.