26th March - Sea Lochs and Small Isles

Along much of Scotland's western seaboard, long arms of sea reach far inland.  This dramatic scenery has resulted in spectacular sea lochs reminiscent of Norwegian fjords.  To the south of Skye, the Small Isles offer a wonderful variety of scenery and wildlife, all waiting to be explored from the comfort of Hebridean Princess.

Many thanks to guest Mr Pickering for many of the images used on this weeks blog.

Tuesday, 26th March.

For the first time this season, guests embarked in Oban and we set sail for our overnight anchorage in Kentallen Bay, Loch Linnhe.

Wednesday, 27th March.

During breakfast we cruised through the Corran Narrows to Fort William where guests were tendered ashore to visit Aonach Mor and travel 650 metres up the north face of the mountain by cable car.

Over lunch we cruised into Loch a’ Choire for afternoon walks on the Kingairloch Estate and refreshments in the boat house. 

We anchored overnight in the Sound of Mull.

Thursday, 28th March.

Our morning port of call was Salen on the shores of Loch Sunart from where guests travelled to the Resipole studios to view the contemporary art on display there.

In the afternoon we made our maiden visit to the Isle of Carna where guests were tendered ashore to enjoy walks on the privately-owned 600 acre wildlife haven and learn about the conservation projects which are underway there.

 

We anchored overnight off the Isle of Rum.

Friday, 29th March.

Tendering ashore on the Isle of Rum guests enjoyed a guided tour of the eccentric, once opulent Edwardian folly of Kinloch Castle.

Our afternoon was spent cruising the Small Isles to our overnight anchorage off Inverie and we witnessed a beautiful sunset over Eigg. 

Saturday, 30th March.

After breakfast guests were tendered ashore at Inverie for walks and refreshments at the Old Forge Inn.

Our afternoon port of call was the pretty conservation village of Plockton where guests explored on foot and enjoyed refreshments at the Plockton Hotel.

When all guests were safely back on board we cruised under the Skye Bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh where we berthed alongside overnight and local musicians Louden and Allister Mackay provided after dinner entertainment in the Tiree Lounge. 


Sunday, 31st March.

From Kyle of Lochalsh, guests travelled to the icnoic Eilean Donan Castle, the most photographed castle in Scotland.

 

We departed  from Kyle and cruised south through The Narrows over lunch to Armadale to explore the woodland gardens of Armadale Castle.

 

We anchored overnight in Tobermory bay. 

Monday, 1st April.

We berthed alongside in Tobermory this morning for guests to enjoy free time to explore independently or join our guide John for a walk to the lighthouse.

In the afternoon the guests took the local ferry to Kilchoan where buses transported them to Ardnamurchan lighthouse. 

The Farewell Gala Dinner was held at anchor in the Sound of Mull. 

Tuesday, 2nd April.

Our Captain, Officers and crew waved farewell to our disembarking guests in Oban this morning and we hope to welcome them back on board very soon.