including 2 Gala Dinners
Explore the Inner Hebrides combining wonderful vistas and classical music. Enter Fingal’s Cave and experience what inspired the musicians, poets, painters and Royals of the 19th century to visit these remote islands.
Craighouse, the only settlement on Jura and home to the Jura Distillery will be our first port of call before heading to the ‘Whisky Isle’ of Islay with eight working distilleries. Enjoy classical music from Islay’s Catalina Festival and explore Bowmore Distillery and Round Church. From Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland, we take a local boat to Staffa and Fingal’s Cave, with its spectacular hexagonal basalt columns; its sheer size and eerie sounds produced by the waves, encouraging Celtic legends and modern art.
On Ulva we visit the restored thatched Sheila’s Cottage, a faithful reconstruction of a traditional thatched croft house whose last inhabitant early in the 20th century was Sheila MacFadyen and which now houses a display depicting the fascinating history of Ulva from Mesolithic Man to the present day.
We spend a full day in Tobermory on Mull delighting in a musical interlude from those taking part in the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival. Enjoy wildlife and scenery on the Small Isle of Muck before cruising Loch Sunart to Salen on the Ardnamurchan peninsula. A cable car ride, on Britain’s only mountain gondola, takes us up Aonach Mòr part of the Nevis mountain range.
Duart Castle on Mull allows us to appreciate more from the wonderful musicians on Mull.