27th August - The Atlantic Isles to the Bishop's Isles
Beautiful in all seasons, the Scottish Highlands and Islands display a stunning tapestry of landscapes. Far from the crowds and everyday world, savour the tranquility of the Inner and Outer Hebrides from the comfort and elegance of Hebridean Princess.
Tuesday, 27th August.
Setting sail from Oban, we cruised south down the Firth of Lorn on passage to our overnight anchorage off Tayvallich in picturesque Loch Sween.
Wednesday, 28th August.
The pretty fishing village of Tayvallich was our first port of call for morning walks ashore.
During lunch we cruised to our first Atlantic Isle, Gigha where guests enjoyed strolls and explored Achamore Gardens.
We anchored overnight in West Loch Tarbert off Jura.
Thursday, 29th August.
Ashore on Colonsay guests enjoyed a morning exploration of the exotic gardens of Colonsay House.
After lunch we used the beach landing craft to take guests on to the raised beaches of West Loch Tarbert on the Isle of Jura.
We anchored overnight in Bloody Bay off the Isle of Mull.
Friday, 30th August.
After a morning cruising round the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and past the Small Isles we spent the afternoon on the Isle of Canna for walks and refreshments at the local cafe.
When all guests were back on board we set sail across the Sea of the Hebrides on passage to our overnight anchorage off Lochmaddy, North Uist.
Saturday, 31st August.
Guests went ashore at Lochmaddy for a full day tour of the Uists which included Pobull Fhinn and Barpa Langass, lunch at the Dark Island Hotel and on to the Kildonan Museum in South Uist. Meanwhile Hebridean Princess sailed from Lochmaddy to Lochboisdale, South Uist, where guests re-join the ship in the afternoon.
We continued our sail south to our overnight anchorage in Castlebay off the Isle of Barra.
Sunday, 1st September.
From Castlebay guests embarked on a morning tour of Barra which included the beach airport.
During lunch we cruised to the Bishop’s Isles for a beach landing on Vatersay, the most southerly of the inhabited Outer Isles.
Returning over the Sea of the Hebrides, we anchored overnight in Gott Bay off the Isle of Tiree.
Monday, 2nd September.
Guests spent the morning relaxing on board as we cruised the east coastline of the Isles of Tiree and Coll on passage towards the Isle of Mull for our afternoon visit to Tobermory where guests explored the colourful Georgian harbour town.
We arrived and berthed alongside in Oban in the early evening where we remained overnight.
Tuesday, 3rd September.
Guests disembarked in Oban this morning and we wish them a safe onward journey home.