15th March 2016 - Spirit of Scotland

Scotland is renowned for some of the best whiskies in the world and this new cruise will take us to some of the finest distilleries in the Western Isles, with the option of alternative visits to houses, castles and gardens.

22nd March 2016

We hope all our guests have enjoyed their Spirit of Scotland cruise and the variety of whiskies which are available in this part of the country.

21st March 2016

This morning, from Ardfern, guests were tendered ashore to enjoy the spring colours at Arduaine Garden.

In the afternoon we cruised into our home port of Oban for the first time this year, where guests could choose to stretch their legs on the nearby Isle of Kerrera, or tour one final distillery, the Oban Distillery.

20th March 2016

Our visit this morning was the Kilchoman Distillery where guests enjoyed a tour and, no doubt, tasted a wee dram.

We cruised during lunch to the neighbouring island of Jura for a visit to the Isle of Jura Distillery.  

Maintenance Supervisor Danny Lawrence captured this shot of the ship anchored off the Isle of Jura.

We anchored overnight off Ardfern Marina.

19th March 2016

This morning was spent relaxing on board whilst cruising round the Mull of Kintyre on passage towards the Isle of Islay. Our next port of call was Port Ellen, Islay, this afternoon where guests visited the Laphroaig Distillery for a tour.

We remained alongside in Port Ellen overnight.

18th March 2016

From our overnight anchorage in Drumadoon Bay off the Isle of Arran,  we cruised to the privately-owned Sanda Island for walks ashore. Sanda is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an important bird migration and breeding point.

We cruised to Campbeltown during lunch for an afternoon visit to the Springbank Distillery. The image below shows our guide John Harbour with guest speaker Charles MacLean.

 

17th March 2016

This morning our port of call was Rothesay from where guests visited the Victorian neo-Gothic masterpiece Mount Stuart House. 

Back on board for lunch, Chief Purser Bobbie Milne carved the salmon for the seafood buffet, during which we cruised to the Isle of Arran in readiness for this afternoon's visit.

An island tour of Arran, or a visit to the Arran distillery, were enjoyed this afternoon from Lochranza.

16th March 2016

From our overnight anchorage off Rhu Marina guests were tendered ashore for visits to either Hill House or the Glengoyne Distillery.  

Guests who enjoyed the Malt Masters tour of the distillery were accompanied by our guest speaker, renowned whisky author and consultant Charles MacLean.

The afternoon was spent cruising Loch Striven towards our overnight anchorage in Rothesay Bay, Bute.

15th March 2016

For the last time this spring we embarked guests at the Ocean Terminal in Greenock for this voyage which will see Hebridean Princess return to her home port of Oban for the first time this year.