14th June - Footloose in the Outer Isles
The second of our 2016 Footloose itineraries takes us to the Western Isles with some old favourites and several new walks, combined with ancient monumnents, imposing castles and beach landings.
We set sail for Oban early this morning where disembarkation took place alongside at Northern Lighthouse Board pier.
Our final foray ashore was on the Isle of Eigg where the more energetic hiked to the top of An Sgurr. Other guests enjoyed strolls or bike rides on the island, or a fishing trip.
We spent our last afternoon relaxing on board as the ship sailed south to anchor in Duart Bay overnight. The Farewell Gala Dinner was held this evening with a very vibrant atmosphere!
This morning we sailed to Tarbert where the walkers set off on a morning walk on the Isle of Harris and the strollers took a tour of the island which took in the church of St Clement's at Rodel.
In the afternoon we cruised past the Shiant Isles and the ship anchored off the islands to allow guests to appreciate the abundance of bird life which nest on the mighty cliffs.
We anchored overnight in Loch na Dal.
From Stornoway the walkers embarked on a full day walk to Dail Mor and the Butt of Lewis, whilst the strollers toured the highlights of Lewis by coach. This also included the Butt of Lewis, Callanish Standing Stones and Dun Carloway Broch with lunch ashore at the Dounes Brae Hotel.
We remained alongside at Stornoway overnight.
Today our Footloose wlakers enjoyed a full day stretching their legs on the Uists whilst the strollers took a full day tour of the same islands. This included the Neolithic chambered cairn of Barpa Langass and the ancient stone circle of Pobull Fhinn. Lunch was served ashore, picnic style, at Nunton on Benbecula.
All guests re-joined the ship in Lochboisdale from where we sailed to our overnight berth in Stornoway.
Sailing into Castle Bay, Barra we berthed alongside and guests disembarked for either a visit to Kisimul Castle or walks on Vatersay, the most southerly inhabited of the Outer Isles where the refreshment hamper went too!
Over lunch we sailed to Eriskay for an afternoon of walks on Prince's Beach and refreshments at the Am Politician.
Our anchorage tonight was off the Isle of Eriskay.
After a morning spent cruising the Small Isles to the Isle of Skye, we anchored in Loch Scavaig and guests were tendered ashore for walks and strolls at Loch Coruisk.
We anchored overnight in Loch Bracadale, on the west coast of Skye.
We set sail from Oban and cruised to our overnight anchorage in Mingary Bay.