31st August - A Taste of the Outer Isles
This four night late summer cruise introduces us to the world of Hebridean Princess as she sails across the Sea of the Hebrides to beautiful Barra where we explore the remote, wild landscapes and absorb the unique atmosphere of this unspoilt outpost.
Friday, 31st August.
When embarkation had taken place in Oban, we set sail through the Sound of Mull to our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay.
Saturday, 1st September.
As guests settled into life on board, this morning was spent cruising the Sea of the Hebrides on passage towards our first port of call, the Isle of Barra. Our guided tour introuduced guests to this island known as 'the Outer Isles in miniature' and included a visit to the Macneil's medieval fortress of Kisimul Castle which guards the entrance to Castle Bay.
When all guests were safely back on board we returned across The Minch to our overnight anchorage in Loch Scresort off the Isle of Rum.
Sunday, 2nd September.
On the Small Isle of Rum guests enjoyed a guided tour of the eccentric Edwardian sandstone folly of Kinloch Castle, the first private residence in Scotland to have electricity.
Our afternoon port of call was the Isle of Mull where the colourful Georgian harbour town of Tobermory played host to walks and a little souvenir shopping.
We anchored overnight at Java Point off the Isle of Mull.
Monday, 3rd September.
Cruising up Loch Linnhe during breakfast, we arrived at Fort William where a coach was available to take guests to visit Aonach Mor.
Returning to the ship for a delicious buffet lunch, pre lunch cocktails and canapes were served out on the Skye Deck.
In the afternoon free time was available for guests to explore Fort William independently or join our guide on a walk.
We spent the late afternoon cruising the Appin Narrows on passage towards our overnight anchorage in Ardmucknish Bay off Oban.
Tuesday, 4th September.
Our Captain, Officers and crew waved a fond farwell to our disembarking guests in Oban this morning and we hope to welcome them back on board in the near future.