3rd September - Gaelic Trilogy

Capture the magic and mystery of three separate kingdoms, all linked by their Celtic and Gaelic ancestry.  Join us on this fascinating voyage through the southern Hebridean islands to the Irish Sea and three ancient lands.

We would like to thank guest John Noorani for many of the images used on this weeks blog.

Tuesday, 3rd September.

Guests were piped on board on a rather grey day in Oban.  Once the mandatory safety drill had been completed we sailed south through the Firth of Lorn on passage to our overnight anchorage in Loch na Mile off the Isle of Jura. 

Wednesday, 4th September.

Today was spent sailing the North Channel on passage to Northern Ireland.  As today was National Wildlife Day, here is a selection of bird life which was spotted during the passage.  

Gannet
Kittiwake
Manx Shearwater
Young Guillemot & adult in non breeding plumage

A rainbow appeared as we approached our overnight anchorage in Belfast Lough.

Thursday, 5th September.

Guests were taken ashore at Bangor, Northern Ireland, for the visit to Greyabbey House and Gardens which included lunch with owners Mr & Mrs Montgomery. Meanwhile Hebridean Princess sailed to Strangford Lough where guests re-joined the ship at Portaferry by local boat.


We sailed for Peel, Isle of Man, in the late afternoon where we remained alongside overnight. 

Friday, 6th September.

Guests disembarked after breakfast for a full day tour of the Isle of Man which included Peel Castle and the House of Manannan, followed by a trip to Port Erin, where guests boarded the steam train Caledonia for lunch. Our thanks to guest John Noorani for the special headboard which was displayed on the original steam locomotive for the journey along the longest narrow-gauge steam line in Britain. 

Hebridean Princess sailed for Douglas, Isle of Man, where guests re-joined the vessel during the afternoon and we remained alongside overnight. 

Saturday, 7th September.

This morning's tour from Douglas travelled by horse drawn tram to the village of Laxey to join the 1895 Snaefell Mountain Railway to the summit of the mountain.

The afternoon was spent cruising on passage towards our overnight anchorage in Belfast Lough. 
 

Sunday, 8th September.

Sunrise in Belfast Lough

Our morning tour of Belfast included the castle and town hall. 

During the afternoon guests explored the Titanic Exhibition and shipyard where the vessel was built.

The grass and decked areas represent those who died (turfed) and survived (decked), from the camera it is 1st class, 2nd class, 3rd Class and finally the crew.

We anchored overnight off Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. 

Monday, 9th September.

Returning to Scotland, guests spent the morning on the Isle of Jura where they visited the village of Craighouse and walked along the banks of the loch.

Our final port of call was Crinan for afternoon walks along the towpath of the canal. 

The Farewell Gala Dinner took place at our overnight anchorage in Charlotte Bay off the Isle of Kerrera.

Tuesday, 10th September.

Hebridean Princess sailed into Oban during breakfast and disembarkation took place alongside at Northen Lighthouse Board Pier.