4th September - Footloose from Skye to the Outer Isles
Whether you are a keen walker or just prefer to take it easy and soak up the scenery, this cruise combines the best of Skye and the Inner Isles together with the rich diversity of the southern Outer Isles of Eriskay and Vatersay.
Tuesday, 4th September.
All guests were welcomed on board by the Captain, Officers and crew and once the mandatory safety drill had taken place we sailed from Oban on passage to our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay off the Isle of Mull.
Wednesday, 5th September.
Our first port of call was the Small Isle of Rum, home to the red sandstone Edwardian folly of Kinloch Castle which played host to our strollers this morning. The Footloose walkers enjoyed a morning stretch of legs on the island.
After lunch on board the afternoon was spent at leisure as we sailed the Sound of Sleat and The Narrows towards our overnight berth at Kyle of Lochalsh.
Thursday, 6th September.
On the shores of Loch Carron, Plockton is an idyllic setting for morning walks and strolls ashore.
The Isle of Raasay was our afternoon port of call where the walkers tackled the flat-topped summit of Dun Caan whilst the strollers explored on foot and visited Raasay House.
We anchored overnight in Churchton Bay off Raasay.
Friday, 7th September.
After an early morning cruise we arrived in Portree, Isle of Skye, where the Footloose walkers disembarked for a full day walk on the Quirang with a packed lunch.
The strollers enjoyed a full day tour of the Trotternish Peninsula including lunch at the Flodigarry Hotel whilst Hebridean Princess sailed for Uig where all guests re-joined the vessel in the late afternoon.
We anchored overnight in Loch Bay off Skye.
Saturday, 8th September.
This morning we cruised into Loch Dunvegan to explore Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, stronghold of the ClanMacLeod for over 800 years where a local boat trip allowed guests to view the seal colony. Alternatively, the Footloose walkers could opt to discover the rugged backdrop which surrounds the castle.
A relaxing afternoon on board ensued as we sailed over The Minch on passage towards our overnight anchorage off Castlebay, Isle of Barra.
Sunday, 9th September.
From Castlebay, Barra guests travelled to the most southerly of the inhabited Outer Isles, Vatersay, for walks, strolls and refreshment on the dramatic beach.
An afternoon cruising the Sea of the Hebrides brought us to our overnight anchorage in Tobermory Harbour.
Monday, 10th September.
Stepping ashore on the Isle of Mull, guests spent the morning exploring the colourful Georgian harbour town of Tobermory or had the option to partake in walks to Aros Park or the lighthouse.
Landing on the most westerly point of the UK mainland at Kilchoan, the Footloose walkers enjoyed a final ramble from Ockle whilst the strollers took in the panoramic views from the top of the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse.
The Farewell Gala dinner was held at anchor off Java Point, Mull.
Tuesday, 11th September.
Today was spent in Oban conducting passenger disembarkation and embarkation.