29th August - Outer Isles Explorer

On this cruise we will unwind as Hebridean Princess sails across the Sea of the Hebrides to the beautiful Outer Isles of North Uist, Harris and Lewis where we will be free to explore the remote, wild landscapes and absorb the breathtaking scenery.

29th August 2017.

Once all guests were embarked in Oban, Hebridean Princess heaved anchor for her overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay, off the Isle of Mull.

30th August 2017.

This morning we landed on the Isle of Rum and ventured to Kinloch Castle, the first private residence in Scotland to have electricity.

 

 

During the afternoon guests had the opportunity to walk ashore at Loch Coruisk on Skye, an inland fresh-water loch, lying at the foot of the Black Cuillin and reputed to be the home of a water horse.

 

 

31st August 2017.

Our next port of call was to the Isle of Skye and Dunvegan where we were able to savour the wealth and history of the castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland which has been the ancestral homes of the Chiefs of Clan Macleod for 800 years.

 

Crossing the Little Minch during lunch we headed to Loch Maddy.  Our tour of North Uist included the 5,000 year old burial chamber, Barpa Langass and the dramatic stone circle of Pobull Fhinn.

 

 

1st September 2017.

This morning a visit to the newly opended Harris Distillery kept us entertained - with a few samples of its produce, naturally!

 

Located around four miles off the island of Lewis The Shiants are gems of the Hebrides.  This afternoon we ventured ashore, after a beach landing, in search of the wondeful wildlife for which the isles are famed.

 

 

2nd September 2017.

On neighbouring Lewis we were able to discover and explore Gearrannan Black House Village, Callanish Standing Stones and the iron age structure of Dun Carloway Broch, designed to impress and defend more than 2,000 years ago.

 

 

3rd September 2017.

Returning to the mainland, the pretty conservation village of Shieldaig becokened our arrival.  Here, we enjoyed walks ashore.

 

Eilean Donan Castle is the most photgraphed castle in Scotland and our guide, Bryan Hogg, took this atmospheric picture during our visit from the Kyle of Lochalsh this afternoon.

4th September 2017.

Our last morning was spent cruising the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna.  Each island is uniquely different from its neighbour in terms of geography, agronomy, population and ownership. From Muck in the south, through Eigg with its tooth-like Sgurr, and Rum, mountainous and mysterious in the clouds, to Canna in the north, the Small Isles offer a wonderful variety of scenery, wildlife and lifestyle.  Our cruise continued with a sail of the beautiful Loch Sunart on the south side of the Ardnamurchan peninsula.

During the afternoon, a call to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull permitted us to stretch our legs and explore the colourful Georgian buildings stretching along its main street.  There was also time for a quick cup of tea and slice of cake.

 

5th September 2017.

A fond farewell to all of our guests who sailed with us this week.  We hope you enjoyed your cruise as much as we did.