25th September - Secrets of the Western Isles
Islands are quintessentially places of mystery and mystique, and nowhere more so than in the Hebrides, Europe's best-kept secret. Wondrously carved by nature, each is unique, concealing precious secrets that are ours to share on this cruise which was first operated in our 10th season of 2008.
Tuesday, 25th September.
Leaving Oban in the early evening we sailed across the Firth of Lorn and into the Sound of Mull on passage to our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay.
Wednesday, 26th September.
Our first port of call was Tobermory, the island capital of Mull where guests could explore the town independently or join our guide on a walk to the lighthouse.
When all guests were back on board we sailed through the Sound of Sleat, under the Skye Bridge and through the Inner Sound to our overnight anchorage off Hallaig, Isle of Raasay.
Thursday, 27th September.
Landing on the Isle of Skye at Portree, guests spent the morning touring the Trotternish Peninsula with lunch at the Flodigarry Hotel.
An afternoon cruise of the north coast of Skye and the Little Minch brought us to our overnight anchorage off Castlebay, Isle of Barra.
Friday, 28th September.
From Castlebay guests enjoyed an island tour of Barra or a visit to the Macleod stronghold of Kisimul Castle which guards the bay.
We sailed to Lochboisdale, South Uist over lunch where a coach transported guests to the neighbouring Isle of Eriskay for walks on the beach at Prince’s Bay and refreshments at the Am Politican pub.
We anchored overnight in Loch Scresort, Isle of Rum.
Saturday, 29th September.
Today was sepnt cruising south on passage to our overnight anchorange in Loch na Mile off the Isle of Jura.
Sunday, 30th September.
This morning we landed on the Isle of Jura where guests visited the village of Craighouse and go for walks along the bank of the loch.
The afternoon was spent exploring the woodland gardens of Colonsay House.
We anchored overnight in Tobermory harbour.
Monday, 1st October.
This morning guests were tendered ashore on the Isle of Iona to absorb the peaceful tranquility of this sacred isle and the restored Benedictine Abbey.
Our final port of call was the Isle of Tiree for walks ashore ahead of the Farewell Gala Dinner which was held at anchor off Java Point in the Sound of Mull where we remained overnight.
Tuesday, 2nd October.
Our cruise sadly came to an end in Oban this morning where our Captain, Officers and crew waved a fond farewell to disembarking guests.