Sutherland’s Secret Coast
7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners
A place of unspoilt beauty, abounding in flora and fauna, the Highlands and Islands boast an incredible heritage from prehistory through the early days of Christianity to the 19th century Clearances and beyond. Explore the rugged Sutherland coast, the Small Isles and Skye resplendent in the colours of late summer.
Cruise Kyle Rhea and The Narrows, bound for Shieldaig, one of the most beautiful villages on the west coast, for invigorating walks ashore before heading to Gairloch, from where we explore the oasis of exotic plants at Inverewe Garden.
Steaming north, we discover the dramatic Smoo Cave, boasting one of the largest entrances of any sea cave in Britain and amble along the wild and remote Loch a Chairn Bhain, site of the World War Two midget submarine training base.
Ahead of a relaxing sail across The Minch, our visit to the Highland Pottery at Lochinver educates us in the hand made manufacture of ceramics, with the opportunity to indulge in a little retail therapy.
On Harris, the stunningly beautiful Luskentyre beach awaits, boasting miles of white sand and stunning green-blue water. On Skye, the MacLeod stronghold of Dunvegan Castle has survived many conflicts and offers exhilarating boat trips to view the resident seal colony.
En route to Oban, we make landfall on two of the Small Isles; on Eigg walks below the lofty pitchstone ridge of An Sgùrr take in breath-taking scenery, whilst our final port of call of Muck allows for peaceful reflection on our travels.