2nd May - Away to the Western Isles

Wonder at the contrasts of Scotland's Isles, from the Inner Hebridean islands of Mull and Skye to the Outer Isles of Barra, Vatersay, Benbecula, Harris and Lewis.

2nd May 2017.

Emabrkation took place in Oban this afternoon ahead of an early evening sail to our overnight anchorage in Ardmore Bay.

3rd May 2017.

After a morning cruising the Sea of the Hebrides on passage to Castlebay, Barra guests travelled to Vatersay for afternoon walks on the beach.

The ship anchored overnight off Castlebay.

4th May 2017.

From our anchorage off the Isle of Eriskay, guests disembarked for a full day of walks or a tour of the Uists with a picnic lunch served ashore at Nunton Steadings.

 

During the day the ship sailed to Lochmaddy where guests re-joined the vessel before cruising to our overnight anchorage in East Loch Tarbert.

5th May 2017.

This morning the ship remained in East Loch Tarbert where guests had the option of a tour of the Isle of Harris or a walk on the island.

The ship sailed to Stornoway over lunch, where guests could visit Lews Castle or explore the town independently.

We remained alongside in Stornoway overnight.

6th  May 2017.

After a morning visit to Callanish Stones and Carloway Broch from Stornoway, we set sail across The Minch on passage to our overnight anchorage off Uig, Isle of Skye where a magnificent sunset was witnessed.

7th May 2017.

Today those guests had the option to disembark the ship at Uig for a full day walk on the Isle of Skye, or to remain on board to enjoy a relaxing sail around the east coast of Skye on passage to the Isle of Raasay for the afternoon strolls on the island.

The walkers re-joined the vessel at Rassay, arriving by ferry from Sconcer.

The ship anchored in Glenmore Bay overnight.

8th May 2017.

This morning coaches were waiting at Glenmore Bay to take guests to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse to take in the panoramic views from the top.

Over lunch we sailed to Tobermory, Isle of Mull for an afternoon of walks and strolls.

The Farewell Gala dinner was held at anchor in Ardtornish Bay where, for the first time this season, the Champagne reception was held on the Skye Deck.

9th May 2017.

After an early morning steam into Oban disembarkation took place at Northern Lighthouse Pier.