7th May - The Hebrides in Colour
The mild climate of north-west Scotland is dramatically influenced by the warm North Atlantic Drift, giving rise to world-class gardens that are a rarity on such northerly latitudes. All are unique, not only for their magnificent collections, but for the wild, untamed beauty in which they stand.
Tuesday, 7th May.
We set sail from Oban this evening on passage to our overnight anchorage off Ardmaddy.
Wednesday, 8th May.
Our first visit this morning was Ardmaddy Castle Gardens where the rhododendrons and bluebells were in full colour.
Over lunch we cruised to Craobh Haven and spent the afternoon exploring the renowned collection of rhododendrons, colourful azaleas and magnolias at Arduaine Garden.
We anchored overnight in West Loch Tarbert off Jura.
Thursday, 9th May.
After breakfast we landed on the Isle of Colonsay for our morning visit to Colonsay House Gardens.
During the afternoon guests relaxed on board as we cruised past Staffa and Fingal’s Cave on passage towards our overnight anchorage in Loch na Keal off the Isle of Ulva and guest speaker Stefan Buczacki gave the first of his talks in the Tiree Lounge.
Friday, 10th May.
Our morning port of call was the Isle of Mull where guests enjoyed exploring Lip na Cloiche Gardens.
As guests enjoyed an afternoon cruising north past the Small Isles, along the Sound of Sleat, Kyle Rhea, the Narrows and under the Skye Bridge, Professor Stefan Buczacki gave the second of his talks in the Tiree Lounge.
We anchored overnight off Plockton.
Saturday, 11th May.
From Plockton guests travelled to Attadale Garden for a guided tour.
Before sailing to our overnight anchorage off Gairloch, the afternoon was spent on the Isle of Raasay for walks ashore and refreshments at Raasay House.
Sunday, 12th May.
This morning we arrived at Gairloch to visit the world famous Inverewe Garden, Sir Osgood Mackenzie's masterpiece.
We arrived and berthed alongside in Kyle of Lochalsh in the late afternoon where guests had free time to explore independently and we remained alongside overnight.
Monday, 13th May.
Our final visit was the ruined castle and woodland gardens at Armadale on the Isle of Skye.
The afternoon was spent relaxing on board as we cruised past the Small Isles on passage towards our overnight anchorage in the Sound of Mull. For the first time this season the Farewell Gala Reception was held out on the Skye Deck.
Tuesday, 14th May.
During breakfast we sailed into Oban and disembarkation took place at Lighthouse Pier.