7th June - Scotland in Colour
The mild climate of north-west Scotland is influenced by the warm North Atlantic Drift offshore, giving rise to world class gardens. All are unique, not only for their magnificent collections, but for the wild, untamed beauty in which they stand.
Disembarkation was conducted this morning in Oban, we hope all of our guests have enjoyed their cruise and delightful colours of the Scottish gardens visited.
This morning we cruised past the Small Isles, around Ardnamurchan Point and along the Sound of Mull on passage to Lochaline for our final visit to Ardtornish Estate Gardens, sculpted out of a rocky hillside from which there are extensive views along Loch Aline to the northern hills of Mull.
We cruised to our final overnight anchorage in Charlotte Bay, Kerrera where the Farewell Gala Dinner was held.
Our port of call this morning was Attadale Gardens which were started by Baron Schroder in the 19th century. Here an eclectic mix of sculpture lurks amongst waterfalls and the sunken garden.
Following lunch on board we visited the Clan Donald Centre and Armadale Castle Gardens on the Isle of Skye.
We anchored overnight in Loch Nevis.
Today the alternatives were walks on the Isle of Ulva or a visit to Lip na Cloiche Garden on the Isle of Mull. Lip na Cloiche is a hidden gem of a garden, densely planted, private and self made in a very remote location with stunning views over Loch Tuath.
During the afternoon we cruised towards Kyle of Lochalsh and our guest speaker Jim Gardiner gave the second of his lectures.
We berthed alongside at Kyle of Lochalsh overnight.
This morning guests had the option to visit Colonsay House Gardens or take a bicycle ride to Kiloran Bay with our guide Bryan Hogg.
The afternoon was spent relaxing on board and enjoying a lecture by our guest speaker, Jim Gardiner, as we cruised towards our overnight anchorage in Loch Tuath.
Steaming north to Ardmaddy guests went ashore for a tour of Ardmaddy Castle Gardens, set in spectacular scenery and protected from the Atlantic winds by the elevated castle.
During lunch we sailed to Craobh Haven to discover the delights on display at the National Trust for Scotland's Arduaine Garden before sailing to the Isle of Colonsay and our overnight berth.
Not normally open to the public, our first port of call is Ormsary House Gardens. Here guests were welcomed by Lord and Lady Lithgow and Sir William also allowed guests to view his collection of vintage cars.
During lunch we sailed to the Isle of Gigha to visit Achamore Gardens, famously designed by Sir James Horlick.
The Captain's Welcome Gala was held at anchor in Loch Na Mile, Jura and we witnessed the sun setting behind the Paps.
Sailing south from Oban we cruised through the Sound of Luing and past the Gulf of Corryvreckan to Loch Caolisport and our overnight anchorage.