including 2 Gala Dinners
We continue to celebrate our 25th cruising season with the re-introduction of The Islands of the Inner Hebrides, Itinerary One from 1989, which departed from Oban on Saturday, 10th June on what was the first of six sailings of this itinerary.
Cruising south from Oban we anchor in Loch Crinan and enjoy walks along the towpath of the Crinan Canal, opened in 1809. Tides permitting we cruise Corryvreckan, the third largest whirlpool in the world, en route to Colonsay.
The museum at Hynish on Tiree tells the story of the construction of the Skerryvore Lighthouse before a late afternoon stroll on the Isle of Eigg. The opulent Kinloch Castle with its Orchestration awaits on Rum and on Skye, Armadale Castle and Gardens boast the Museum of the Isles at the Clan Donald Centre.
Eilean Donan Castle, possibly one of the most photographed in Scotland, is our next venue, before going ashore at the conservation village of Plockton. Skye’s main town of Portree awaits; ‘Kings Port’ in Gaelic, named after a visit by King James V in 1540.
Cruising Loch Torridon we go ashore at one of the most picturesque of the West Highland villages, Shieldaig. Along the north west coast of Skye we arrive at Dunvegan Castle, home to the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for nearly 800 years, then cruise the Small Isles.