23rd August - Wonders of the Western Isles
Enjoy the magic and splendour of the Hebrides from the Inner Isles of Rum and Skye to the tranquility of the Outer Isles of Barra and the Uists where ancient history and traditions combine with some of the most unique scenery in Britain.
We hope all of our guests have enjoyed this voyage of discovery around the Western Isles and have a safe journey home.
From Loch Harport our final port of call was Carbost for a distillery tour and tasting at Talisker, Skye's only legal distillery.
The below images show guest Mrs Hrudka and AB's Johnny Taylor and Alick MacDonald after their very sucessful fishing trip in Loch Harport.
The final afternoon was spent relaxing on board as we cruised the west coast of Skye, past the Small Isles and the Sound of Mull on passage towards our overnight anchorage where the Farewell Gala Dinner was held.
An island tour of Lewis was enjoyed this morning, the highlights of which were the Callanish Standing Stones and Dun Carloway Broch.
At Carloway Broch our american guests asked what a ‘kissing gate’ was so our public room steward – Egon, gave a demonstration!
In the afternoon we made a beach landing on the Shiant Isles for guests to explore on foot.
Returning across The Mich we anchored overnight in Loch Harport.
The ancestral home of the Chieftain of Clan MacLeod for 800 years, Dunvegan Castle hosts our visit this morning. Guests enjoyed a tour of the castle and gardens and took a local boat to view the resident seal colony.
In the afternoon we visited the Isle of Harris for a tweed weaving demonstration and tour of the island before berthing alongside in Stornoway, Lewis.
From Lochboidale guests disembarked for a full day tour of the Uists with a picnic lunch ashore at Nunton. The tour Included Kildonan Museum, Barpa Langass and Pobull Fhinn before re-joining the ship in Lochmaddy.
We anchored in Loch Dunvegan, Skye overnight.
From Castlebay this morning our guests enjoyed an island tour of Barra and a visit to the former Macneil stronghold of Kisimul Castle guarding the entrance to the bay.
During lunch on board we cruised to Lochboisdale from where guests travelled to the Isle of Erisaky for walks on the beach where Bonnie Prince Charlie first set foot on Scottish soil.
We remained at anchor off Lochboisdale overnight.
After rounding Ardnamurchan Point we arrived at our first port of call, the Small Isle of Rum for walks ashore and a visit to the Edwardian folly of Kinloch Castle, built by Lancashire industrialist George Bullough at the turn of the 20th century.
The afternoon was spent cruising the Sea of the Hebrides on passage to our overnight anchorage in Castlebay.
From Lighthouse Pier, Oban we set sail for our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay.