21st May - Natural World of the Shiants and St Kilda
Few experiences can match the overwhelming impression of the sea stacs as they loom through the mist on the approach to St Kilda, or the profound sense of abandonment on this far-flung archipelago, evacuated by its last residents in 1930 after 5,000 years of continuous habitation.
Tuesday, 21st May.
When all guests had been piped on board we set sail through the Sound of Mull on passage to our overnight anchorage in Kilchoan Bay.
Wednesday, 22nd May.
Our first port of call was Loch Scavaig, Skye where guests enjoyed walks around Loch Coruisk in the shadow of the Black Cuillin hills.
In the afternoon we cruised the west coast of Skye towards our evening anchorage near the Sound of Harris. After dinner we sailed through the Sound of Harris for our overnight passage to St Kilda.
Thursday, 23rd May.
This morning the St Kilda warden came on board to give a talk in the Tiree lounge before guests were tendered ashore in Village Bay, Hirta to explore the abandoned village.
Departing from Village Bay at lunch time we sailed around the sea stacs en route to our overnight anchorage in East Loch Tarbert.
Friday, 24th May.
This morning we berthed in Tarbert for our island tour of Harris followed by a weaving demonstration at Harris Tweed and a visit to the Harris Distillery.
The afternoon was spent cruising around the Shiant Isles where plenty of wildlife was spotted.
We remained alongside in Stornoway overnight.
Saturday, 25th May.
After breakfast guests visited the ancient Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch.
In the afternoon we landed on Isle Martin, Summer Isles, where guests had the opportunity to go ashore for walks and enjoy refreshments at the cafe.
We anchored overnight off Isle Martin.
Sunday, 26th May.
This morning we berthed in Ullapool and travelled to the box canyon of Corrieshalloch Gorge, or guests enjoyed free time to explore Ullapool independently.
During lunch we cruised into Loch Ewe where guests were tendered ashore at Inverewe Garden.
We anchored overnight in Upper Loch Torridon.
Monday, 27th May.
Our morning port of call was Shieldaig where guests could explore independently or join the coach tour to Applecross.
The final afternoon was spent relaxing on board and reflecting on our voyage as we cruised the Inner Sound, under the Skye Bridge, Kyle Rhea Narrows and the Sound of Sleat en route to our overnight anchorage in Charlotte Bay.
Tuesday, 28th May.
Disembarkation took place in Oban after breakfast and we hope all our guests have enjoyed discovering the Natural World of the Shiants and St Kilda.