5th August - Westering Home and Whisky Galore
Scotland is renowned for some of the best whiskies in the world and this adventurous cruise takes us to some of the finest distilleries in the Northern and Western Isles, coupled with alternative visits to Britain's most northerly cathedral, historic monuments and more.
Monday, 5th August.
For the final time this year, guests embarked in Invergordon and we sailed out of the Cromarty Firth to our overnight anchorage off Brora Point near Dunrobin Castle.
Tuesday, 6th August.
This morning guests were tendered ashore in Wick to visit the Old Pulteney distillery or enjoy a walk around the town with guide Malcolm which included Ebenezer Place, the shortest street in the Guinness Book of Records.
In the afternoon guests discovered local history and heritage at the Wick Museum or explored independently.
We anchored overnight off Shapinsay, Orkney Islands.
Wednesday, 7th August.
From our berth in Kirkwall, guests had the option to visit the Highland Park distillery or walk with guide Bryan to St Magnus Cathedral.
After lunch on board, the afternoon was spent enjoying a tour and tasting at the Scapa Distillery, or visit the Italian Chapel and the Churchill Barriers, accompanied by the ship's refreshement hamper.
We anchored overnight off Scrabster.
Thursday, 8th August.
During our morning sail around Cape Wrath on passage to Stornoway, guest speaker Jim Allan gave the first of his talks in the Tiree Lounge, Monks to Macallan, accompanied by some samples.
As we arrived in Stornoway, a dellicious seafood buffet lunch was served.
Our afternoon was spent ashore on the Isle of Lewis discovering the ancient standing stones of Callanish and the Gerannan Black House village.
We remained alongisde in Stornoway overnight and guests were entertained by Murdigan Macdonald's Ceilidh band.
Friday, 9th August.
This morning we berthed in Tarbert for a tour of the isle of Harris Distillery and watch a demonstration of the world famous Harris Tweed, or take an island tour which included Traigh Lar beach.
We spent the afternoon cruising across the Minch on passage to our overnight anchorage off Raasay Pier.
Saturday, 10th August.
After breakfast guests went ashore on the Isle of Raasay to explore the island on foot or visit the distillery.
Guests spent a relaxing afternoon on board as we cruised under the Skye Bridge and through Loch Alsh to observe the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, through Kyle Rhea and The Narrows en route to our overnight anchorage in Loch na Dal on the Sleat peninsula, Skye.
Sunday, 11th August.
From our berth in Armadale guests had the option to visit the Torabhaig Distillery or Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles.
In the afternoon guests were tendered ashore in Inverie to enjoy walks ashore and refreshments in the Old Forge pub.
We anchored overnight in Mingary bay.
Monday, 12th August.
During breakfast we sailed into Loch Sunart and guests were tendered ashore in Glenmore Bay where a shuttle bus was waiting to transfer them to visit the Ardnamurchan Distillery or the Ardnamurchan natural history visitor centre.
Our final port of call was the colourful capital of Mull, Tobermory, for walks ashore or to visit one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland.
The farewell gala dinner was held at anchor off Java Point.
Tuesday, 13th August.
The Captain, Officers and crew waved othe disembarking guests a fond farewell in Oban this morning.