3rd April - West Coast Wonders
Scotland's Western Seaboard is unspoilt, wild and beautiful. Explore the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the comfort and elegance of Hebridean Princess as she discovers hidden Hebridean highlights, together with rugged mainland gems on a voyage of varied adventure.
Tuesday, 3rd April.
When guests had embarked and settled into their cabins we set sail from Oban throught the Sound of Mull to our overnight anchorage in Mingary Bay.
Wednesday, 4th April.
Our first port of call was the Isle of Rum where guests enjoyed an excellent tour of Kinloch Castle by Ross. The folly remains a time-capsule of eccentricity and Edwardian extravagance.
Cruising into Loch Nevis over lunch we arrived at the village of Inverie for afternoon strolls to the Brockett Monument. The refreshment hamper was set up by the pier.
We remained at anchor overnight off Inverie.
Thursday, 5th April.
After an early morning sail through Kyle Rhea and The Narrows, we berthed alongside at Kyle of Lochalsh for our morning visit to Eilean Bán and the Bright Water visitor centre to learn about local culture and natural history.
Over lunch we cruised under the Skye Bridge and the Inner Sound to land on the Isle of Raasay for afternoon walks ashore and refreshments at Raasay House.
We anchored overnight in Holoman Bay, off Raasay.
Friday, 6th April.
After a leisurely morning cruising the Sound of Raasay and Loch Broom we berthed alongside at Ullapool for our afternoon visit to Corrieshalloch Gorge, Alternatively guests could explore the town independently.
We remained alongside in Ullapool overnight and local entertainers performed after dinner in the Tiree Lounge.
Saturday, 7th April.
This morning guests enjoyed walks at Knockan Crag nature trail.
After lunch we landed on Isle Martin, an uninhabited bird sanctuary in the Summer Isles. Guests explored on foot, many walking to the Back Bay, before enjoying delicious refreshments at the cafe where they were served by a young hostess Ailiena, and were given daffodils to take back to the ship.
We anchored overnight in Loch Ewe.
Sunday, 8th April.
This morning guests were tendered ashore at Inverewe Garden to explore the peaceful garden and visit Inverewe House.
The afternoon was spent relaxing on board as we cruised the Inner Sound and under the Skye Bridge towards our overnight anchorage off Armadale. During the cruise a visit to the ship's Bridge was conducted by Captain Richard Heaton.
Monday, 9th April.
On a beautiful morning many guests walked from the pier to Armadale Castle and the Clan Donald Centre to learn about the history of the Highlands and Islands at the Museum of the Isles.
As lunch was served in the Columba Restaurant we sailed to our final port of call, the Small Isle of Eigg for afternoon walks on the island and speedboat rides were also on offer. Several guests walked to the Massacre Cave with our guide Brian.
After an early evening cruise we arrived at our final overnight anchorage in Charlotte Bay off the Isle of Kerrera where the Farewell Gala Dinner was held.
Tuesday, 10th April.
We hope that all our guests have enjoyed their cruise exploring Scotland's west coast and we wish them all a safe journey home.