6th September - Argyll's Atlantic Islands
A short 4 night cruise exploring the islands and remote areas south of Oban with isolated villages and glorious gardens.
An early morning sail took us into our home port of Oban where disembarkation took place after breakfast.
Our port of call this morning was Tobermory, the colourful Georgian capital of Mull. Here guests explored the town and visit the Isle of Mull Cheese Farm to learn about the traditional methods employed there.
Following lunch on board, the final afternoon was spent relaxing on board as guests enjoyed a scenic cruise of Loch Sunart.
The Farewell Gala Dinner was held at anchor off Java Point in the Sound of Mull.
Our visit this morning was Ardmaddy Castle Gardens, located in a spectacular setting, shielded to the north by mature woodlands and protected from the Atlantic winds by the castle.
The afternoon was spent enjoying the delights of Ardchattan Priory Gardens, A garden has existed at Ardchattan for over 700 years, since Valliscaulian monks, from a little know order in Burgundy, first settled here on the north shore of Loch Etive. Facing south, with spectacular views over Loch Etive, one can look east to Ben Cruachan and west to the hills of Mull.
Our overnight anchorage was in Bloody Bay, Sound of Mull.
Our voyage commenced with a visit to Colonsay House Gardens, owned by the Strathcona family for over 100 years.
After exploring the island on foot Chief Purser Zoe Gaunt was on hand to offer well earned sustenance!
Back on board lunch was a stunning seafood buffet and Tweed Valley Beef carved by Chief Purser Zoe.
We cruised to Craobh Haven in the afternoon where guests toured Arduaine Gardens, a tranquil green oasis on the south slope of the Arduaine peninsula.
A stunning sunset over Kerrera marked our departure from Oban at the start of a new cruise.