8th May - Footloose through the Long Isle

Often referred to as the  'Long Isle', the Outer Hebrides are an area of unspoilt natural beauty with spectacular scenery, impressive mountain ranges, moorland, lochs, machair, golden sandy beaches and turquoise seas.  Explore this area with a unique Gaelic culture on this Footloose cruise that has something for everyone.

Tuesday, 8th May.

Embarkation took place this afternoon in Oban and, following the madatory safety drill, we set sail through the Sound of Mull to our overnight anchorage in Bloody Bay.

Wednesday, 9th May.

Our first port of call was Tobermory, the island capital of Mull where guests explored the town or went for local walks to the lighthouse or Aros Park.

The afternoon was spent cruising Kyle Rhea and the Narrows on passage towards our overnight anchorage in Shieldaig. 

Thursday, 10th May.

From Shieldaig a coach was available to take the Footloose walkers on a walk from Slattadale to Tollie, returning to Gairloch whilst the strollers explored Shieldaig and the Ardmore headland.

We sailed to Gairloch over lunch where the strollers visited Inverewe Gardens and the Footloose walkers re-joined the ship. 

When all guests were safely back on board we sailed to Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, where we berthed alongside overnight. 

Friday, 11th May.

Spending a full day in Stornoway the Footloose walkers enjoyed a morning walk from Gerannan to Dalmore and an afternoon walk to the Butt of Lewis.

The strollers visited  the Callanish Standing Stones and Dun Carloway Broch in the morning and Lews Castle Museum after lunch on board.

We remained alongside overnight in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. 

Saturday, 12th May.

The walkers disembarked the ship for a full day walk on the Isle of Harris whilst the strollers were treated to a tweed weaving demonstration and a visit to Rodel Church during the morning and visited the Isle of Scalpay during the afternoon.

We anchored overnight tonight off Lochmaddy, North Uist. 

Sunday, 13th May.

The Footloose walkers travelled by coach to Berneray where they walked from the community hall, along the machair to the MacGaskill monument.  After the lunch stop at Carinish hall they enjoyed a beach walk from Stilligarry to Howmore, en route to Lochboisdale.

The strollers disembarked in Lochmaddy for a full day tour of the Uists including the Balranald bird reserve and the Kildonan Museum, with a picnic lunch served in the village hall. All guests re-joined the vessel in Lochboisdale, South Uist later in the afternoon.

We anchored overnight in Loch Scresort off the Isle of Rum. 

Monday, 14th May.

Cruising to the Isle of Skye over breakfast we berthed alongside at Armadale for walks or a visit to Armadale Castle and the Clan Donald Centre.

The final port of call was the Isle of Eigg for strolls on the island or the more energetic could tackle the dramatic pitchstone ridge of An Sgurr.

In the early evening we arrived and berthed alongside in Oban where the Farewell Gala Dinner was held and we remained overnight.

Tuesday, 15th May.

Guests disembarked in Oban after breakfast and we wish them a safe onward journey.