23rd October - Paradise Islands of Argyll

Join Hebridean Princess as she says farewell to her own port of Oban for another season.  A cruise of enticing variety, wonderful gardens, distilleries, architectural gems and the final Hebridean islands of the year all await.

Tuesday, 23rd October.

After completing our final Oban embarkation of the season, we set sail down the Firth of Lorn on passage to our overnight anchorage in Loch na Mile off the Isle of Jura.

Wednesday, 24th October.

Our first port of call was Jura where guests visited the village of Craighouse and explored the banks of the loch.

As guests enjoyed their first lunch on board, we cruised to Port Ellen on neighbouring Islay, the Whisky Isle, for an afternoon tour of the Ardbeg Distillery.

 

We remained alongside overnight at Port Ellen.

Thursday, 25th October.

This morning guests were tendered ashore at the Isle of Gigha for a visit Achamore Gardens and walks on the island.  

AB Artiom took these shots from the Hardy tender coming back to the ship.

We spent the afternoon cruising round the Mull of Kintyre and berthed alongside overnight in Campbeltown.

Friday, 26th October.

This morning guests travelled to Saddell Abbey for a tour of the remarkable collection of late medieval gravel slabs and effigies that marked burials there.

After lunch, our guide John escorted guests on a walking tour of Campbeltown which included a visit to the Springbank Distillery before we set sail to our overnight anchorage in Brodick Bay off the Isle of Arran. 

Saturday, 27th October.

Today was spent on the Isle of Arran and this morning guests travelled to Lochranza and toured Arran Distillery, currently the only legal distillery on the island.

 

During the afternoon guests enjoyed exploring the gardens at Brodick Castle with refreshments from the ship's hamper.

 


We anchored overnight in Lamlash Bay.  

Sunday, 28th October.

From our anchorage in Lamlash Bay, guests were tendered ashore on the tiny Holy Isle for morning walks on the island.

Our next port of call was Millport on Great Cumbrae, home to Britain's smallest cathedral, the Cathedral of the Isles, which seats only 100 worshippers. 

We anchored overnight in Rothesay Bay off the Isle of Bute. 

Monday, 29th October.

Going ashore at Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, guests had the opportunity to visit the flamboyant Victorian Neo-Gothic creation of Mount Stuart House or explore Rothesay independently.

Our final port of call was Little Cumbrae for afternoon walks ashore, ahead of the Farwell Gala Dinner which was held at anchor off Greenock. 

Tuesday, 30th October.

We cruised into the Ocean Cruise Terminal at Greenock where disembarkation took place.  We hope that all our guests have enjoyed exploring the Paradise Islands of Argyll and we wish them all a safe onward journey.