7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
The beauty of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands has inspired numerous composers and musicians, most famously the dramatic cathedral-like Fingal’s Cave on Staffa. This cruise uncovers the talent of local musicians who have also been stimulated by the unique atmosphere of the environs in which they live.
Steaming to delightful Jura, a leisurely stroll to Craighouse awaits, before heading to neighbouring Islay for a concert at Laphroaig Distillery, performed by musicians of the Cantilena Festival.
A gentle sail of the Sound of Islay and the west coast of Mull is preceded by a visit to the ancient site of Finlaggan, and here we discover why Islay is referred to as the Cradle of Clan Donald.
Before landing on the sacred isle of Iona, a local boat leads us to Fingal’s’ Cave with its spectacular hexagonal basalt columns; its sheer size and eerie sounds produced by the waves have encouraged music and legends.
The virtually treeless island of Coll is a bird haven and a beach landing allows us to wander through the flower dotted machair. Our evening is enchanted with an on board concert performed by musicians from the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival.
Ashore at Glenmore Bay, the Nàdurra Centre introduces us to the flora and fauna found in this area, ahead of exploring the Kingairloch Estate.
Cruising Loch Linnhe, Aonach Mòr comes into view and taking the mountain gondola, we travel up the north face of the 8th highest mountain in Britain.
Our cruise culminates with a farewell champagne reception at Duart Castle, hosted by Clan Chief, Sir Lachlan Maclean.