8th October - Autumn Surprise

Join Hebridean Princess on this Autumn Surprise as the Captain decides the itinerary on a daily basis, taking you to some of his favourite destinations.

Although the itinerary is unknown you will be assured of our excellent service, exquisite cuisine and the understated elegance of Hebridean Princess.

Tuesday, 8th October.

With a sense of excitement and anticipation, guests were piped on board in Oban, keen to discover where their Autumn Surprise cruise would take them.

We anchored overnight off Java Point, Isle of Mull.

Wednesday, 9th October.

Our first port of call was Loch a’ Choire for morning walks on the Kingairloch Estate, to visit Kingairloch House and explore the Victorian walled garden.

When all guests were back onboard we set sail and, during lunch, cruised to Tobermory for an afternoon visit to the Isle of Mull Cheese Farm and to explore the town.


We anchored overnight in Tobermory Bay. 

Thursday, 10th October.

This morning we sailed into Loch Sunart and tendered guests ashore at Salen for and refreshments at the Salen Hotel.

We spent the afternoon cruising round Ardnamurchan Point, the Sound of Sleat and under the Skye Bridge on passage towards our overnight anchorage off Shieldaig.  

Friday, 11th October.

After breakfast guests explored the pretty fishing village of Shieldaig.

During lunch we sailed to Portree, Isle of Skye, guests embarked on a tour of the Trotternish Peninsula or explored Portree independently. 

We anchored overnight in East Loch Tarbert off Harris. 

Saturday, 12th October.

From East Loch Tarbert guests took an island tour of Harris which included Rodel Church, Horgabost beach and a tweed weaving demonstration.

During the late afternoon we arrived in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, where guests enjoyed free time to explore the town and we remained alongside overnight.

Sunday, 13th October.

On a morning tour of Lewis, guests visited the Callanish Standing Stones and Dun Carloway Broch.

Over lunch we cruised the Sea of the Hebrides and, in the late afternoon made our first ever landing on the remote Isle of Rona for guets to explore the island on foot. Captain Heaton led the way in the speedboat with the tenders Sanda and Shona in convoy. 

We anchored overnight off the Isle of Raasay.

Monday, 14th October.

The final port of call on our Autumn Surprise cruise was the Isle of Raasay for morning walks, refreshments at Raasay House and a tour of the Isle of Raasay Distillery. 

Ahead of the Farewell Gala Dinner which was held at anchor in Charlotte Bay off the Isle of Kerrera, guests spent the final afternoon relaxing on board as we cruised south on passage towards our overnight anchorage.

Tuesday, 15th October.

After an early morning sail into Oban Bay, guests disembarked after breakfast.  We hope they enjoyed their mystery cruise and visiting some of Captain Heaton's favourite destinations.