4th July - Hebridean Symphony

Explore the stunning Inner Hebrides on this cruise with a musical theme.  Visit Fingal's Cave on Staffa, the inspiration for Mendelssohn's Hebridean Overture and be entertained by musicians from the Cantilena Festival on Islay.

4th July 2017.

Once embarkation was complete we sailed from Oban to our overnight anchorage in Loch Sween.

5th July 2017.

At the head of Loch Sween is the picturesque village of Tayvallich and guests spent the morning exploring on foot.

During lunch we cruised to Loch na Mile and landed guests ashore on Jura for walks to Craighouse, the island's only settlement, or cycle rides.  Seals were spotted in the bay.

When all guests were safely back on board we sailed to Port Ellen, Islay where we berthed alongside overnight.

6th July 2017.

After a guided tour of the Laphroaig Distillery guests enjoyed a tasting of the distinctive, peaty malt whiskies produced there.

Returning to the ship for lunch, we were entertained on board in the afternoon by musicians from the Cantilena Festival.

Setting sail in the late afternoon we arrived at the Isle of Colonsay and berthed alongside overnight.

7th July 2017.

Our morning was spent exploring the woodland gardens of Colonsay House and Kiloran Bay.  Some guests took the ships bicycles ashore for rides on the island.

In the afternoon we landed on Iona for visits to the abbey or walks ashore to explore at leisure.

We anchored overnight in the Sound of Iona.

8th July 2017.

This morning our guests visited the Isle of Staffa by local boat where they could explore Fingal's Cave, the inspiration for Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture. They also encountered some of the resident puffins.

We berthed alongside in Tobermory in the afternoon where guests enjoyed free time to explore the town. Later in the afternoon Richard Jeffcoat gave a talk in the Tiree Lounge which introduced the artists and the programme of the Mendelssohn on Mull festival.

We remained alongside in Tobermory overnight and were entertained on board after diiner by musicians from the Mendelssohn on Mull festival.

9th July 2017.

Our first port of call today was Salen on Loch Sunart for morning walks in the ancient oakwoods.

We sailed to Craignure over lunch and enjoyed a second performance in the afternoon from the Mendelssohn on Mull musicians, following which we travelled to Duart Castle for a Champagne reception hosted by Sir Lachlan Maclean.

Returning to the ship for the Farewell Gala Dinner, we sailed to our final overnight anchorage in Charlotte Bay off the Isle of Kerrera.

10th July 2017.

After breakfast disembarkation took place in Oban and the Captain, officers and crew waved farewell to the departing guests.